Sunday, 23 September 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour Travels for The Last Time

Space Shuttle Endeavour flew 25 times outside the Earth's Orbit  and now it will travel for the last time to Los Angeles, just  like an expat ready to retire in Santa Teresa Malpais Beach Costa Rica but will be house in a museum in California.

After a dramatic parade in California, the workers began removing it from the 747 jumbo jet and to be transferred to a trailer going to the Science Center.

The road trip that begun in October was welcome by protest due to the  cut down of 400 to give way to the 70 lb ton, 50 ft high shuttle with wingspan of 78 feet. The 400 trees will be soon will replaced with 1000 trees by the Science Center.

With all the problems that the Space Shuttle Endeavour travel has encountered, last Friday the citizen came out and receive a heroes welcome.

The people everywhere welcome the Endeavour, from the outside of the capitol to the golden gate bridge and up to the Hollywood sign.

Space Shuttle Endeavour famously known as "baby shuttle" replaced the Challenger when it burst in to flames in 1986, which killed seven astronauts. 

Space Shuttle Endeavour had 25 flight missions and 12 of those flights are for the repair of the space station. Endeavour travelled 123 million miles (198 million km) in distance and has reached 4,671 orbits.

After a momentous tour, the Endeavour touchdown in the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). You can still catch the Endeavour in the LAX until Oct 30 and will be permanently house on the California Science Center.

The transportation cost was about 28 Million dollars which will be shouldered by the Science Center.

Five Money Saving in Your Trip

1. Inquire on Travel Agencies

Whenever discounts are offered online, travel agencies should have the same rate because cruise lines are maintaining their rates strictly. There would be no additional fee to be added because travel agencies already have a commission on the cruise lines itself. These agencies could also help you on choosing which cruise line suits your taste.

2. Search for Promo Tickets

Promo tickets are advertised online any time of the week. Most people think that they are usually available on Tuesday s and Wednesday s only, it’s actually wrong. If clients only search for certain days, they could miss the tickets that have the lowest price on the internet as advertisements could pop at any time, any day of the week and they don’t last long.

3. Early Flight, Less Fare

There are days in the week that airports get less crowded compared to other days; usually, during Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. First flights on these days have a less incidence of delays and could offer you lower prices.

4. Check in as Early as Possible

Early check in can be done from home or on your mobile phone if you have internet connection. Seats are limited on every plane. Though there are only rare incidences, this could still happen to you. Early check in gives you an assurance that you have a reserved seat on your flight.

5. Hotel Discounts

Each Malpais hotel has different policies on their reservation and cancelation of bookings. There are “money back” hotels and there are Santa Teresa hotels that give discount on their clients who pays in advance. Always inquire for the policies of the Costa Rica hotel that you choose with regard to this matter.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Taxi Travel Tips for your Costa Rica Holiday

Vacationers and travelers who will be on holiday on Malpais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica and will be riding those abundant red taxis service frequently that there is a recent fair increase.

Five colones additional charges for a taxi ride for the first kilometer of your travel. This is about $0.01 US dollars but if you continue to increase those mileages then this can become a substantial amount.

The recent fare hike from ¢ 585 to ¢ 590 was approved by the Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep).

This increase is about 0.78% for those regular Red Fleet taxis and those Taxis that get costumers from Juan Santamaria International Airport have a lesser increase of 0.64%.

The resetting of taxi meters began on February and August each year. The calculation of the fare increase includes the driver’s wages, average fuel price and exchange rates.

All tourist as well as taxi riding public must always pay what is indicated on the meters because Local transportation agencies like(Aresep)  make sure that these Taxi meters are tamper proof and is working accurately.

There are no additional charges for tourist travelling at night but it is always safer to travel during day. Make sure to report the drivers for abuse and overcharging.

When entering the taxi make sure to check on your driver and always check if the meter has been reset or started. Unscrupulous drivers will try to scam you by intentionally forgetting to turn the meter on and will just try to estimate your fare when you arrived at your destination.

Always keep an eye on the meter and never ride a taxi with a faulty meter or a suspicious looking driver. Try to list the plate number of the taxi when you are travelling or try to text it to your friends. It will always come in handy when you forgot something like your passport or iPhone 5.

If you like the service of the driver and the taxi operator, you can always ask for their card or contact number for the next ride. Try to call them if they can be available for that time and location in your hotel in Malpais.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

5 Things You can Do in Austin Texas

Austin is the capital of Texas and it is also the “Live Music Capital of the World”. Every year thousands of people are visiting Austin. Find out why.

Here are the 5 things to do when you are in Austin.

Austin is very popular in the world for its live music. Every year they held a music festival it is an annual three-day American music festival that takes place in Austin, Texas at the city's central public park, Zilker Park. In Texas News each year, in addition to food & art, most from local vendors, ACL Festival brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages. Thousands of fans are gathered to watch these yearly festivities.
This is Austin’s heart of entertainment and nightlife scene. It is the place to go if you want to experience the nightlife in Austin. There are bars, music venues, cafes, art galleries and many others that you can visit. 

3. Austin Zoo
It’s a private, non-profit zoo rescuing animals. This is a small facility, but one that displays quite an assortment of animals. Most of its inhabitants are rescued exotic animals whose former owners were no longer capable of caring for them. Admission fees are much lower than at large public zoos.

It is a must-go-to place in the summer to cool off. It's a full three acres of water, allowing lots of room for the numerous and diverse swimmers it attracts. It's fed from an underground springs and remains cool all year round.

5. Austin Segway Tour

Austin Segway tour is a cool, new unique Austenite way to show you around town while riding a Segway. There are many agencies offering these services. They can show the town of Austin from 6th Street to the State Capitol you'll be amazed at what you'll learn about the heart of Texas & what keeps Austin weird. It’s easy, fun and entertaining.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Eight Important Green Travelling Ideas

Eco-friendly travellers are what we should be. 

Here are travel strategies that we could employ to be a more environmental friendly traveller.

Travel as Light as Possible

When you carry light luggage’s, you would carry less weight and won’t have to use fuel for transporting those from time to time. As we know, carbon is emitted when fuel is burned and the result is air pollution.

Research Your Destination

Tourist spots would always impost rules and regulation to conserve the beauty of the sceneries. You could always check on the internet for the background of the place before travelling. Doing this would make you save money for fines and help conserving the environment. Also, choose hotels that go “green”. Check on the state department website which hotel is more earth friendly.

Use Public Transport

Carbon emissions would lessen if you travel with bus or trolleys from your hotel to restaurants, airports, malls, museums, and other attractions. This would make you enjoy the place more and see what is it to be a resident of the place that you are visiting.

Recycle Your Consumables

Hotel toiletries such as towels and sheets could be reused every day in a week. They don’t have to be sent to laundry daily. Room service is not necessary for this situation and this would help in conserving water. Shampoo bottles can be refilled and you won’t have to use the one that the hotel provided you which usually come in sachet – non-environment friendly. Water bottles can also be reused and make you save some money.

Energy Conservation

Turning off the light, air cons/heaters and other appliances in the place that you are staying would save a lot of energy. Though you are paying the electricity for the entire day, you should think that you should help in conserving the energy plus fire could emerge from overheated appliances.

Shop Sustainably

Buying local goods is helping the economy of the place that you are visiting – the least that you can do. When you buy local goods, imports are limited and this would mean saving fuel and less air pollution.

Fuel Efficient Transportation

Car rentals could save a couple of minutes to an hour in travelling in Texas. When you rent a car, be sure that the tires are inflated properly and must be fuel efficient. Also direct flights when travelling on plane would not only make you reach your destination faster but could also save fuel. Remember, less fuel consumption, less carbon emissions, less air pollution.

Use Green Technology

New inventions that are environment friendly are presented worldwide. Take time to see these inventions. Though it may cost you more, when you patronize these new inventions, you are helping the environment.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Top Five Girlfriends Travel Vacation Spots

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Hotels and casinos are taking a huge part in this place. Landmarks such as Bellagio and Wynn resorts and casinos give additional fame to Las Vegas. Entertainment plays a large role on the tourism of this place. Meals from four and five star restaurants along The Strip could make you go back to the place from time to time.

2. Piedmont, Italy

White truffles, fritto misto, and other delicacies would make you crave to go back and have it over and over again. Wines such as Barolo, Barbresco, Barbera, and Dolcetto will always excite you on your next visit, not to mention the birth of Nutella in this place. Red wines are produced from the northwest part of the country. Biking along the scenic view would make you appreciate the beauty of nature and at the same time burn the extra calories that you have gained.


3. Hong Kong

Women would always want to go shopping. Antiques, electronics, high-end fashion, and jewelry can be bought here without sales tax or VAT. This will make you spend less and buy more goods. Shopping malls and street markets would make you shop endlessly due to the quality goods that they have.

4. Bali, Indonesia

Holistic activities are best in this place. As seen in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilberts, yoga and meditation are self-fulfilling activities that people in Indonesia does. This will help you relax your mind and body, clearing all anxieties that you have, and boosts your self-confidence. Snorkeling and other outdoor activities such as hiking could also be enjoyed at this place.

5. Costa Rica

Beaches and tropical rainforests are the best spots of Costa Rica especially in Malpais Beach and Santa Teresa Beach. Though it is still a developing state, it is accessible by plane. Tourists can choose from a number of Malpais hotels and vacation rental resorts that suits their budget and taste. Eco-tourism is promoted since this place is located on the tropics.
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