Spending your time online wisely

In recent times people spend a lot of their time online. Whether you’re using a computer at home or browsing social media on your smart phone device, escaping the internet is a near impossibility. One of the biggest societal disadvantages of an over reliance on technology is the reduction in face to face interaction experienced as a result of being consumed by your phone. Often people fail to be in tune with each other as a result of communicating through social media, where you’ll normally see individuals glued to their phone rather than taking in their surroundings and communicating with others.

The ability to communicate is crucial in life and employment, so it is important to find a balance between utilizing technology and interacting with others. Though spending time online is often viewed as wasteful, it is important to remember that the internet is a vast network of information with many opportunities to personally develop and learn new things. Below you will find a few examples of ways you can productively spend your time online.

Improve your typing

This element of online learning is particularly applicable to industry, where the majority of work nowadays is conducted from behind a computer screen. This

Safety Tips for Girls Traveling Alone

download (23)Choose accommodation wisely.

Check all the hotel options, location, services they provide and type of rooms. Try to avoid hostels.

Protect your money and documents.

As your packing and luggage, you need to travel light and avoid carrying many handbags and stuff with you. A good tip is to get a money belt, you can find it easily, it is cheap and you can use it under your clothes.

Visit public and safe places.

Avoid walking alone especially at night and in dark places. Try to visit popular places and if you need something or get some information avoid asking a stranger, you better go to a coffee shop, restaurant or store and ask an employee. You can also have with you a pepper spray.

Avoid Taxi Cabs.

Taxis are not always the best option, you don’t know if they’re completely safe or which route they can take. You don’t need to be looking for a taxi standing alone at street, there are some private transportation agencies like Uber or any airport shuttle that will provide you the whole information of your ride like the type of car, driver’s name,

How to Choose Between Uber and Lyft

download (24)The Ride Sharing phenomenon is changing the world at quantum speeds, and the two fastest growing companies are Uber and Lyft.

Interestingly, while there are many similarities, there are also some differences, and these differences can heavily impact passengers.

On the similarity side, both companies charge about the same, they are competing after all. The apps are easily downloaded to your cellphone, payment is taken from your credit card, and rides usually arrive within five to ten minutes.

Riders get in the cars, which are usually, but not always, Prius’s, they can chat with the driver or not, curl up in the corner and sleep, or whatever. Most drivers, honestly, don’t care about chatting, though it does tend to make their time go faster.

On the differences side there are a couple of items that effect the passenger a little, but the driver more so.

First, the pay for Lyft is better. Lyft charges about the same, but they pay their drivers a higher percentage. What this does is make the Lyft driver more polite and caring. Also, Lyft allows, even encourages, tipping. Uber frowns on tipping, even

Therapeutic Tourism in Jordan

download (22)The Jordan Kingdom is the most important touristic destination in the Middle East. The country enjoys many magnificent historical monuments that attract tourists from all over the world to travel to Jordan like Petra, the most important historical site in Jordan.

One of the most famous natural areas of Jordan that is popular for its therapeutic effects is the Ma’In Hot Springs. Located around 58 kilometers to the South of Amman, the Jordanian capital, the area is 120 meters below sea level and it hosts more than 160 natural springs with various temperatures. Such natural areas attract many travelers from various regions in the world to spend their holidays in Jordan.

The natural hot water springs in Ma’in contain a high percentage of various important minerals like calcium, Sodium chloride, the Rado Gas, Hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide. The temperature in some of the springs may reach up to 63 degree centigrade. Many tourists who travel to Jordan love to explore the natural treasures of the country.

While visiting the natural springs of Ain Ma’in, one views a large number of travelers who tour Jordan for

Grand Canyon Airplane Tours During Memorial Day Vacation

download (21)If you’ll be celebrating Memorial Day in Vegas this year, then you don’t want to miss the chance to tour the Grand Canyon since you’ll be so close. Touring by airplane is an excellent adventure, and you can choose to go to the West or the South Rim. With the nice weather and holiday weekend, it will be busy at the Canyon, so buy your tour tickets soon or they might sell out.

Choosing Between The West And South Rim

Vegas is closest to the West Rim, so it is the starting point for tours there, and tours of the South Rim generally start from Tusayan, Arizona. From Vegas, you can fly to the West or South Rim, but you can also drive to Tusayan yourself to begin the air tour of the South Rim.

The flight from Vegas isn’t wasted time, because you’ll see many interesting sights from the air. For example, you’ll get a fantastic view of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from the air. The West Rim tours can be air only, or you can book a landing tour and spend some

Pearls, Shiny Beauties Of The Sea

images (12)Whenever that what this article is about comes to my mind the ‘inbuilt music player’ in my head is turned on and one of the most famous Reggae songs from the late 1960s starts to play. It is a song that is opening and warming the hearts of all those who have in the times of Eddy Grant’s “Baby Come Back”, Desmond Dekker’s “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and Tony Tribe’s “Red, Red, Wine” discovered the world of love and have had their first serious love affairs with their ‘One-and-Only’. Do you remember these times and your first serious love affair? The song now playing in my head is “Black Pearl”. Can you hear it? “Black pearl, precious little girl, let me put you up where you belong, because I love you.” Well, this article is about black pearls too, but black pearls of a different kind and it is not confined to them’.

Burma, the country I call home since more than 25 years, has once played a notable role in the global pearl industry and some of the

I’m Going to Cuba – And Other Adventures!

download (20)Cuba has been on my bucket list for years. I’ve always wanted to see the country as it is now, frozen in the 1950’s, unchanged while the rest of the world moved forward. My husband, Barry, didn’t want to go so my best friend Pat and I booked a trip with the League of Women Voters before President Obama’s visit. Unfortunately, it was cancelled because regulations had suddenly changed, a typical problem when dealing with the Cuban government. When we were notified that the problems were resolved and a trip was scheduled for May, we didn’t hesitate. In fact, we may have been the first travelers to send in our registration.

This is not the first time a planned trip was cancelled. Many years ago, Barry and I were all set to leave for Israel with a tour group when one of the many wars broke out between Israel and Palestine. A couple of years ago, we had to cancel an Eastern European River Cruise when I broke my heel (I tripped over a computer cord) and wouldn’t be out of the cast in

What You Must Know When Applying For A Visa

images (11)The process of applying for the visa necessary for you to travel or migrate to another country is challenging. For an ordinary person, this may be series of complicated steps. Good thing there are experts who are very much willing to help you simplify the process. Immigration consultants will also help you achieve a successful visa issuance.

Visa Interview Tips

Be Prepared – Experts highly emphasized that you must know some significant information regarding your country of destination. Oftentimes, the more you know about where you are going and why you must go there, the better you will do. There are some officers who begin their interview in a casual way, asking you to search your country of destination in a map. Some officers might have specific questions regarding the program you intend to take up if you are applying for a student visa.

Always speak for yourself – You must not bring your parents or any of your family members during the interview. Bear in mind that you will be interviewed not your parents or relatives. So be very prepared to speak on your own

Make Memorial Day Special By Taking A Las Vegas Grand Canyon Airplane, Helicopter Tour

download (19)The Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer travel season, so it’s time to start planning a fun trip. Going to Vegas is always a fun idea, but you can make the trip even more memorable by taking a side trip to the Grand Canyon, but you need to buy your tour tickets soon.

Touring By Helicopter

Helicopter tours of the West Rim depart from Vegas and the tours of the South Rim depart from Tusayan, AZ. If you go to the West Rim, you can book a landing tour that sets down on top of the rim or on the Canyon floor, but if you go to the South Rim, you’ll have to take an air-only tour since helicopters are not allowed to land at the Canyon in that part of the National Park.

Beginning your tour in Vegas means you’ll see a lot of interesting sights during your flight to the Canyon. Your helicopter flies over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, so you get a fantastic bird’s eye view of these massive landmarks. If you book an air-only tour, your helicopter will fly

The Highlights of Rabat Part One

download (18)Rabat hosts some of the most magnificent historical sites that are commonly included in several travel packages to Morocco. Today we will be highlighting some of the most interesting monuments of the Moroccan capital.

No traveler who tours Morocco can pass by Rabat and not visit Challah, as it is considered the most amazing historical site of the city and a place of special magic due to its significant history and marvelous location situated on the shores of the Bou Regreg River that separates Rabat from the neighboring city of Sale.

Challah was established as early as the 6th century BC as a small town and then it witnessed many renovations and alternations in various periods of history. It became a royal necropolis and then a simple lake for fishing. The city flourished during the ruling period of Moorish as many buildings were constructed in the city. Today many travelers who tour Morocco are keen to visit Challah.

The city of Challah saw an important turning point in its history when the Romans took control of the region in 40 AD. Many constructions were added to

Facts About Airport Taxi Services

images (10)Getting to and from the air field can be a very real challenge. You might think that it’s best to take a shuttle bus, or maybe public transportation. On the other hand, you might think that it’s best to have someone drive you and pick you up when you return or even drive your own car and when it comes to parking its tiresome. Actually, taking an airport taxi is the better choice, but you need to ensure that you choose the right company for your needs. Here are some of the most important facts to consider.

The Right Size

Cabs come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important to ensure that you’re choosing the right size and capacity for your needs. For instance, if you’re traveling alone, or with just one other person, a mini-cab would be a better option than a van or a sedan. If you’re traveling with a group, a mini-van might be the better choice to help save some money.

In addition to the number of passengers who will be sharing the taxi with you, consider the amount of luggage or

Dealing With a Travel Agency for Your Trip

download (17)When you are going on a trip to attend conferences or to have fun like going to a safari, it starts with searching for travel packages online or getting help from a travel agency. However, before deciding, you must know what you can expect from an online agency to find out the best way to match your needs. The level of service you need would depend on your personal preferences as well as the requirements of your trip.

There are lots of options available whether you choose self-service wherein you can do the searching and booking by yourself, or full-service travel agency that would take care of everything on your behalf – accommodation, meal plans, sites to visit, etc. Depending on the type of trip you will have, there are also different choices you may consider. Some travel agencies only offer packages and others offer a la carte travel services, where you can pick items and pay for each separately.

Expectations on Online Travel Agencies

There are also expectations that are common to every online travel agency. It has something to do with the affordability and

Travel Tips When Going to Safaris

download (16)Here are some general guidelines that can help you when going on safaris:

1. Personal safety – in any place that you travel to, you must ensure your personal safety.

• Do not bring huge amounts of cash.
• Your passport, cash, and other travel documents should be in a pouch under your shirt or stuffed in your daypack or camera bag.
• Watch your personal bags closely while walking in jam-packed places, such as on the streets, restaurants, markets, and airports.
• Do not walk alone in the evening.
• When going out, consider your cash, passport, and airline tickets in the lodge or hotel safe.
• Do not bring any jewelry during your travel. It is best to leave them at home.
• Valuables, such as your camera, handbag, wallet pouch, and mobile phones, should be kept hidden, and definitely not in your car hire, tour bus, or back seat. Make sure also that you do not leave them in your room at safari lodges or camps.

2. Travel insurance – obtain travel insurance as soon as your travel plans are confirmed so that

Private Tours to Iran

download (14)Now, what does a private tour mean and what are their advantages? The first advantage of private tours is simply the privacy! These packages offer you a magnificent opportunity to enjoy your vacation with your family, friends, or companions without being bothered by any other passengers or any hustle to be mentioned.

Another superb advantage of private tours to Iran is flexibility. The package would be tailored to make all your wishes come true. You will not have to wait in the reception area in various hotels or resorts for other passengers to show up or even explore some sights you would not like to visit.

Your tour guides will be all yours! This is another wonderful feature of private tours to Iran, or any other destination in the whole globe, that the tour guide will have all the attention and care just for you and your family.

Now, on the other hand, what is so appealing in the country to encourage vacationers from the USA to book private tours to Iran? These lands have witnessed the glory of the Persian Empire that controlled a vast

A Blissful Journey

download (15)Travelling is an appealing experience wherein you can experience new adventures and enjoy new places. It also gives you a joy of exploring new things, meeting up with new people and tasting different cuisines. Through travelling, you will also have a chance to know yourself better and appreciate the beauty of life.

I love travelling and explore new places. It excites me. It relaxes me and it gives me independence.

I was a cultural exchange student in Europe for 4 years and I was able to visit 10 cities.

My most favorite city is Paris. I love the architectural design of their buildings and the amazing Eiffel Tower. I travelled together with friends and celebrated my birthday at the City of Love. We did canal tour and took pictures of some other beautiful sceneries. We also visited The Notre Dame, Sacre Couer, Arch de Triumph, Champ Elysees and the walking street. French macarons are also the best from Laduree. And of course, the very delish croissant from France.

Are you craving for tasteful pasta with pesto and stone baked pizza? Then, go to Italy and enjoy their

5 Tips: Grand Canyon Helicopter And Airplane Tours

images (9)If you’re ready to take the ultimate getaway, then it’s time to visit the Grand Canyon And the best way to see this massive natural wonderland is on an air tour. Helicopter and airplane tours depart right from Vegas, and if you use these 5 tips, you’ll be able to book the best tour for you.

Tip One – Buying Your Tour Online Is Best

There is a very easy and convenient way to book your tour. Just go online to look for the tour options, pick out your tour, and then book it instantly. Buy your tour from your home computer or even do it when you’re in Vegas, but by buying online, you get to use the low Internet rate and bypass added commissions. However, to get to use the discounted Internet rate, you have to use your credit card and pay for your tour online.

Tip Two – Buy Your Tour In Advance

These fun air tours of the Canyon and National Park are in great demand with visitors to Vegas. The seats sell out fast all seasons of the year. For that reason,

The Zen of Travel

images (7)A few years ago I was in Las Vegas on my way home from teaching a seminar. When I got to the airport, I found out that my flight had been delayed which caused a bunch of us to miss our connecting flights. Ah well! I tend to be calm about these sorts of things because there really is no use getting mad about it. In fact, I was cracking jokes to the woman in back of me to lighten the mood a bit.

The gentleman in front of me, however, was different. He was so mad that I could almost see steam coming out of his ears. He was yelling and screaming at this poor young girl behind the counter. It wasn’t her fault that our flight was delayed, but he didn’t seem to care about that. He spent about 10 minutes banging the counter with his hand and yelling at her in loud tones, and then stormed off. As I watched him go, I wondered why on earth would you yell at the person who has the power to get you home?

Since

Benfits of Metro Transportation

images (8)Transportation in India is one of the major issues which rested from many decades. People who are living in the megacities like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai suffers less, in comparison to those cities which still not have sufficient infrastructures. These megacities sustain various means of transportation such as Auto rickshaw, Bus and rapid transit system such as Metro.

Due to increasing rate of the population in these cities, Metro is one of the major transport systems which provides better options to the inhabitants. Do we ever think why this rapid system is beneficial for most crowded cities like Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi? To know an answer you have to understand, various viewpoints of Kolkata metro report which is as follows:

Fuel cost saving: The yearly saving due to minimum fuel utilization will be Rs.180.89 crore in 2009, more than twofold from Rs.73.22 crore two years prior.

A Number of vehicles off the street: Since the Metro started operations in December 2002, there has been a dynamic reduction in the day by day vehicle demand because of the people moving to Metro for commuting. In 2009, the

Jade, The Stone Of Heaven Comes From Hell

download (13)The title says it all. I have written this article because you have a right to know the story behind jade rather than the story about jade itself. The story I will tell you does stand in stark contrast to what you usually hear and read about and related to jade. My story is about what hardly anyone is telling you because it’s easier, more pleasant and maybe also safer to write about jade in glowing terms than to write about the invisible layer of jade mine workers’ blood and misery, corruption and illegal gains worth billions of USD, with which raw jade and products made of the ‘Stones Of Heaven’ are coated with. But this is exactly what this article is about.

Let’s take a look at the poverty and misery behind the stage on which emerald green jade surrounded by glitzy diamonds or in form of wonderfully carved larger or smaller pieces of artwork is taking centre and sold or auctioned off for tens and hundreds of thousands and occasionally millions of USD. The gap between riches beyond imagination in front

The Advantages of Nile Cruises in Egypt

download (12)Among the most important reasons why tourists who travel to Egypt love to go on Nile Cruises is that the ride includes all the important historical sites in the cities of Luxor, Aswan, and even between the two cities.

In Aswan, the guests enjoying their vacations in Egypt would visit the High Dam, the most significant architectural achievement of modern Egypt. The High Dam was constructed in the 1960s to control the water of the flood of the River Nile and to generate electricity. After a long story of struggle to collect the money to fund such a huge project, the Egyptians were able to do it!

The other visits tourists who travel to Egypt enjoy in Aswan are the Philae Temple, one of the finest Greco Roman temples of ancient Egypt. The temple was relocated after the construction of the High Dam. The water reserved due to the dam exposed many historical sites to drawn in the River Nile. The rocks Philae temple were divided, numbered, transferred, and then assembled it its new location in Agilika Island.

One more historical site tourists enjoying their holidays