Coongoola cruise – Snorkeling While on a Coongoola day cruise you have plenty of opportunities to go snorkeling. Snorkeling gear is provided by the staff and included in the package. I went out in the water three times but must say the afternoon swim wasn’t good. Thick clouds blocked the sunrays needed for good visibility and it started to rain heavily. Normal visibility on sunny days is 30 up to 40 meters! … [Read more...] about VANUATU – Must do day trip: Coongoola cruise from Port Vila
Be Extra Kind to Your Seatmates Your row might be a bit more snug than some others on your flight. And it’s hard to endure a huffy seatmate who resents your very existence. Smile, say hello and introduce yourself to your fellow passengers. It’s tougher to be nasty to you if you’re sweet as pie. I’ve even bought drinks for those in my row as a thank you for their cooperation and understanding. … [Read more...] about 9 Tips for Savvy Plus-Size Travelers
Long-haul rail trips on Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada offer single-occupancy sleeping compartments for close to the PPDO price. Some cruise ships have a few single cabins—usually more expensive than the minimum PPDO price but less than you’d pay for single occupancy of a standard cabin. Cruise lines and tour operators occasionally offer reduced single supplements as an inducement to fill unsold cabins/rooms. You’re most likely to encounter these offers as last-minute promotions. We’ve seen single supplements as low as 10 percent and occasionally “no supplement” single pricing. More from SmarterTravel: Single Travel: Tips for Going Solo The 10 Safest Countries for Solo Female Travel 6 Essential Tips for Solo Female Travel in the Middle East This story was originally published in 2008. It has been updated to reflect to most current information. SmarterTravel writers Ed Perkins, Rebecca Johnson, and Executive Editor Christine Sarkis contributed to this … [Read more...] about Solo Travelers: Avoid the Single Supplement
Alternative airports: When you fly to or from a metro area with multiple airports—such as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington—airlines consider all of the airports in the area to be equivalent, and you can book a replacement flight to/from any mix of the ones your airline serves. Some airlines also allow you to reschedule to/from different airports in the same region—Milwaukee for Chicago, for example, or Philadelphia for New York—without paying a change fee and a fare difference. From there they might cover alternative transportation like rail or bus. … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?
It is believed to be the second pyramid built after The Step Pyramid of Djoser. The original plan for The Meidum Pyramid was to build a seven-step pyramid, yet The Meidum was later rebuilt for an eight-step base. The architect, the successor of Imhotep, the builder of Djoser, later decided to use a limestone fill to transform Meidum from a step pyramid to an “actual pyramid”. Where the initial foundation and modifications rested directly on bedrock, the final limestone layer was laid horizontally rather than angling towards the pyramid’s core and rested on the sand. This is how these accomplished modifications compromised the structure. Yet, the Meidum pyramid is believed to have collapsed during a downpour while still under construction. … [Read more...] about 5 lesser-known pyramids in Egypt