In recent years there’s been a huge proliferation of price-comparison websites offering to find you cheap airline flights (cheap airfare tickets) within a couple clicks of your mouse. But there are a couple problems with using these cheap-ticket sites. One is simply that there are now so many of them you may need hours if not days of research just to get them sorted out and decide which ones have the best deals for the kind of travel you’re planning. The second problem is that, in truth, these sites often don’t get you the top deals after all your work.Because there are now so many price-comparison sites out there nowadays most people wind up just sticking with one favorite, like Kayak.com or Expedia’s FareCompare – but this is really a leap of faith. Such sites may or may not provide the best price for your trip. Following is a more thorough step-by-step approach to shopping for rock-bottom fares. Note that while I am picking a few sites I feel are good, there are others just as good.Step 1: Always start your research with a megasite. I like Travelocity.com myself. Here you’ll have access to the airline’s openly published fares. These are the fares that the airlines openly publicize and market. On Travelocity, just fill in the “From” and “To” fields, then click on “Flexible Dates” and then “Search Flights” — this search will give you a list of the cheapest published rates. Have a notebook handy and write down the best deal or deals for your trip.Step 2: Go to one of the discounted-fares sites. Try Kayak.com and check what they have to offer. If you find better deals than your did on Travelocity, write them down.Step 3: Next go to AirlineConsolidator.com and get a list of consolidators. These are companies that buy seats in bulk and resell them, usually to travel agents but also occasionally to individuals. For a really cheap airline flight, you should try to book a month or more in advance with a consolidator, though sometimes last-minute seats are available. Sometimes these consolidators have the best prices to be found anywhere. A few reputable consolidators are AirfarePlanet.com (based in Salem OR), DfwTours.com (based in Dallas TX), and PicassoTravel.net (based in Los Angeles CA). Again, if you find the best deal so far, write it down.Step 4: Finally, go to Priceline.com and submit a bid in which you reduce the lowest fare you’ve found in Steps 1 – 3 above by 20%. Submitting to Priceline is fairly simple for airline tickets. Just enter your home city and destination, your preferred dates, and number of tickets needed. Then choose the airports you want. Priceline will get back to you by email within an hour, telling you if your bid has been accepted or not. If it has, you’ll receive your tickets by priority mail, usually within a couple days.If you follow the above four steps on every trip you’re virtually sure to save a bunch of money on airfare.
Rest assured that there are a lot of reasons why you should join a fitness club but there’s only one reason that you’ll even feel marginally reluctant to join a fitness club and it’s called MEMBERSHIP FEES.Still, don’t let this dissuade you. After all, you can’t expect to reap all the benefits of joining a fitness club for free right?Fitness Clubs – Helping you Achieve your Fitness GoalsFitness clubs motivate you. Exercising alone is no fun and even if you are not with an exercise buddy, the atmosphere in fitness clubs alone is often enough to energize you into ‘getting back on track’ with your fitness goals. However, don’t worry that you won’t find your own ‘personal space’ in fitness clubs. Most people, like you, appreciate the ambience but are quick to leave you alone.Fitness clubs offer savings. There is no doubt that various fitness machines have proven themselves to be extremely effective. However, to buy them all would cost a fortune! This is really one of the main reasons to go for a fitness club membership. Sure, you might pay a steep amount especially if you are going for a well-equipped fitness club, but considering that you get access to numerous equipment, consider it a worthwhile investment to your overall fitness goals.Fitness clubs give you access to fitness professionals. Fitness centers truly worth their salt are staffed with professional nutritionists, dieticians, fitness consultants and personal trainers. Most of the time, access to these people are included in your membership fee so do take advantage of them!Fitness clubs offer pleasant pleasures. Great amenities such as saunas, steam rooms, spacious shower and changing rooms, and perhaps a swimming pool are all great ‘perks’ that come with a fitness club membership. So exercise and enjoy!What to Look for in a Fitness ClubAll geared up to join fitness club. Following are a couple of pointers you should consider.Consider your own fitness goals and what particular type of activity really encourages you. For instance, if you are more into aerobic workouts, join a fitness club that offers aerobics classes and offers a host of aerobic fitness machines. On the other hand, if you’re idea of an overall body workout is swimming ensure that the fitness club has a great swimming pool.Location, location, location. The best fitness club to join is to the one that you have ready access to. Believe me, if that ‘perfect’ fitness club is all the way across the other side of town, chances are, you will NOT go as often as you should and you would have just wasted money joining it.Friendly and reliable fitness club staff. Although one of the main factors to join a fitness club is the range of fitness equipment they offer, it is important that they have professional staff that are accessible to you all the time. For instance, some fitness clubs claim that they have in-house trainers and consultants but many customers are never able to ‘consult’ with them. If you are a novice with fitness equipment or are just starting out on your fitness goals, this point should be big consideration with you.
One of the most endearing occasions that families around the world celebrate is Father’s Day. This is the day where children can honor their fathers for all the things they have done for them. In most countries such as the United States, UK and Canada, Fathers’ Day is celebrated during the third Sunday of June.In other countries, the festival is celebrated on other dates particularly if there is some national or religious significance to it such as in Spain where Fathers’ Day is celebrated in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Day on March 19. Other countries celebrate this festival either on the first Sunday of September or the second Sunday of November.During Father’s Day, wives and children would usually express their heartfelt gratitude by giving their fathers a special gift that he will surely love. Some of the best gifts to give your dads are hi-tech gadgets. Most fathers are engaged in a hobby, a weekend activity, or simply a daily pleasure they would like to engage in after arriving home from work like listening to music or watching television.Knowing what your father loves to do, you can surely find a hi tech gadget or two that you can give him this Father’s Day, and the following can jumpstart your selection process.* LED FlashlightsFor fathers who love the great outdoors doing their favorite pastimes such as hunting of fishing, a LED flashlight would be a great gift to give. LED lamps are more economical, brighter and would last longer on batteries than ordinary flashlight bulbs. Before choosing one, know which size your father would prefer whether he would like a big heavy duty one or a pocket sized version. If he is engaged in activities involving water then it would be better to give him a waterproof version.* Solar ChargersStill for fathers who love the great outdoors, solar charges would be great gifts to gift to complement his array of gadgets as backup power sources particularly if he’s engage in activities in places where he may not have access to electricity. Just make sure that the voltages, current ratings, and adapter plugs for the chargers matches that of your father’s gadgets.* Film ScannersIt is normal for fathers to have great collections of photos and prints of their family and friends. Help them categorize and convert them all into longer lasting and easily sharable digital media by giving them film scanners for Father’s Day. Choose one that is easy to use and can accommodate most types and sizes of photo prints.* USB PensHave you noticed you dad struggling with all his files, notes and other stuff before going to the office? Help him organize his files and make them portable anywhere he goes by giving him USB Pens. These gadgets have built in USB flash drives right inside working pens and would be great for office work and presentations. Just make sure that the memory capacity is enough to his needs.* LED LightsSome fathers are do-it-yourself buffs and they would usually start their hobbies right in their own homes. Aside from that, many are becoming environmental conscious and would like to install green and energy efficient improvements in their homes. Give them LED lights as exciting and very practical gifts as replacement for their energy-hogging incandescent bulbs.* Inspection CamerasAnother great gift for do-it-yourself dads is inspection cameras which can help them see hard-to-reach areas or to work around fixtures. These gadgets would also be great gifts for dads in the construction or handyman business.* Voice and Phone RecordersDo you have a dad who’s a doctor or a scientific researcher? Help them with their work by giving them portable voice recorders which they can bring along on the job or anywhere they go. And for fathers who are always on the go, a good phone recorder that can capture all messages would be a great gift to gift so they won’t miss all their important messages.* IP CamerasIs your dad living alone or have a shop or store for their business? Give them added security through IP cameras which they can easily install anywhere in their homes or business where they would need a third eye to watch over a particular area.* Video GlassesIs watching TV or a home movie one of the finest pleasures your dad have after coming home from work? Give him a new level of viewing pleasure using video glasses that he can hook up to his TV or video player and watch his favorite shows in peace.* GPS Navigation DevicesDoes your dad easily gets lost when going somewhere while driving or on foot? A portable GPS navigation device would be a great gift that can help them get to any destination safely and accurately through interactive route maps and directions.* GPS Tracking DevicesDoes your dad sometime have problems locating their cars after parking? Well, help them out by giving a GPS tracking device as a Fathers’ Day gift. They can conveniently place the GPS transmitter in their cars which they can activate and track to help them locate their cars with a single push of a button.* Bluetooth Rearview Car MirrorsGive your dad an innovative hi-tech gadget gift with a bluetooth rearview car mirror which can give them a clearer view behind their cars that no ordinary rearview mirror can give. It’s like giving them eyes behind their backs giving them a safer and smoother ride.* Action Sports CamerasSome dads are really athletic and would still engage in physical sports even in their age. A good action sports camera would be a great gift to give them so they can record their activities while in action – and brag about them while watching the recorded videos with friends and family!* Resonance SpeakersIs your dad a music lover? Amaze him by giving him a resonance speaker set which makes his favorite music resonate through any surface through ultrasonic technology.* Handheld ScannersGive your dad a great tool to convert their documents, photos, favorite magazine and newspaper clippings to digital files which they can store in DVD’s or in their computers to make them last longer, properly categorized and easily sharable with friends and family.Fathers’ Day is an important festival that gives everyone a chance to show how much their fathers mean to them. Show your appreciation for the great work your fathers did by giving them these cool hi tech gadgets that they would cherish for the rest of their lives.