Cheer Up Your Relatives Abroad With A Parcel

If you are thinking of getting in touch with your relatives living in another country, then why not consider sending them a parcel, rather than just picking up the phone. These days, people are always so busy that it can be difficult to find time to make a call or send a text, even though it only takes a few minutes. Well, thanks to advances in technology it is now really easy to organise for a package to get from an address in the UK to one on the other side of the world, perhaps in South Africa or New Zealand.

Everyone loves receiving a gift in the post – it’s an experience that can’t be matched by an email or phone call. You can’t beat the suspense that you feel before finding out what exactly is inside, or who it is from. Knowing that someone has gone to the effort of picking a perfect present, packaging it and sending it across the world can really make a person feel special and lets you know that someone you care about is still thinking, even though you may be separated by thousands of miles of land and ocean.

All you’ll need to do if you are thinking of sending an international consignment is go onto the internet and find a leading online parcel delivery specialist capable of handling the delivery. There are top rated companies out there that have years of experience matching customers with the best courier companies in the world – firms such as UPS, Parcelforce and FedEx. When your package is being delivered by one of these companies you will be able to relax safe in the knowledge that your items will be taken care of, and that the consignment will arrive at its destination on time and in great condition.

An important part of the process after entering some details of your package into the website, such as its weight and dimensions, is selecting what type of service you would like. You can decide to go for a speedy express option that will ensure your parcel arrives at its destination in the shortest possible time, or a slower service that will still get it there safely, just not quite as quickly. By choosing the latter option you’re likely to save some cash, which is great if you are in no particular hurry.

The final thing to organise once you have completed the online process is to make sure that your items are suitably packaged ahead of their journey. Use good quality packaging materials in order to ensure your goods cannot come to any harm while they are in transit. The last thing that you want is for things to get broken on their way over. Your relatives will be thrilled to receive a package from you, but they’ll be less ecstatic if they open the parcel to find everything is broken inside! Take a bit of time and do everything possible to protect your items and make sure there’s enough cushioning to handle any knocks and bumps.

By: → Alan Trotter

The Very Best Grand Canyon Tours and Activities

If you are taking a trip to the Grand Canyon, you should think about taking one of the fun package tours they offer there. You could view the immense wonder by airplane, helicopter, bus, or even while floating down the river on a raft. All of them are fun experiences and include all you need to have a fantastic time.

If price is a priority, then taking a Grand Canyon tour by bus would be good because it is the least expensive. The boat tours cost a little more, and the plane tours are even more costly. The most expensive way to tour the canyon is by helicopter. Each of the options have discount and luxury tours. The 5-star trips cost the most, but they provide the best service using the best equipment, so your trip will be much more enjoyable.

If you plan to visit the West Rim, you can choose a tour that departs from Las Vegas, and if you are going to the South Rim, you can depart from Vegas or Tusayan, Arizona, which is just outside the main entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. You have to decide beforehand which rim you want to see because no tours include both rims.

Helicopter tours that leave from Las Vegas only go to the West Rim since the South Rim is too far. However, if you are determined to see the South Rim and you are staying in Vegas, you can choose a 45 minute flight by airplane or a 5-hour ride by bus. It is probably easy to tell which is the more popular choice with travelers.

You’ll find lots of interesting things to experience on a helicopter tour to the West Rim. The West Rim is the only location where helicopters can land on the floor of the canyon and it is a quick 45-minute flight from Las Vegas. Other things you can do include adding on a raft trip down the Colorado River and walking out on the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Tours to the South Rim are air only. A basic tour takes about 30 minutes and covers the scenic vistas from the South Rim to the North Rim and back again. The longer tour takes almost an hour and allows you to cover about three-fourths of the National Park. The longer tour is highly recommended because you get to see so much more of the park.

Airplane tours a very similar to helicopter tours and they offer landing packages as well. Only one tour goes to the South Rim and it is a lot like the 50-minute South Rim helicopter tour except it flies higher. Airplane tours to the West Rim depart daily and fly over the canyon or land you at the Grand Canyon West Airport. If you buy a landing package, you can add on a helicopter ride that takes you to the bottom of the canyon, a raft trip down the Colorado River, and a pass to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Bus tours that take off from Las Vegas go to both the West and South Rim, but buses from Phoenix only go to the South Rim. These are all day excursions on state-of-the-art sightseeing buses that offer comfortable seating and clean restrooms. All of the tours that depart from Las Vegas make a stop at the Hoover Dam so you can see this immense structure and take photographs.

Bus tours to the South Rim that leave from the Phoenix area offer convenient pickup service from various locations including Scottsdale. These tours make a stop in Sedona, Arizona where you can see some impressive red sandstone buttes, but you will still have 2 hours allotted to explore the Grand Canyon, which is plenty of time to add in a helicopter tour.

1-Day rafting trips are only available from late March to November. If you take off from Las Vegas, your package will include a helicopter flight that lands on the bottom of the canyon at the West Rim; then you will hop aboard a raft that meanders down the Colorado River for eleven miles. The South Rim has a fifteen mile long version that starts at Glenn Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona and concludes at the historic site known as Lee’s Ferry.

These tour packages are all-inclusive; they cover lunch, park fees, taxes, hotel pickup and drop off, and a tour guide. These packages are fantastic deals and make sure you will have plenty of exciting things to do on your trip.

Be sure to go online when getting your tickets for one of these memorable tours of the Grand Canyon. You will get the best prices there when you use the internet discount, but you need to pay for your ticket online to take advantage of the offer.

By: → Luke Plunket

Packet8 Offers a VoIP Internet Phone Service Plan for Everyone

Within the past few months, leading VoIP providers Vonage and Sunrocket have been competing head to head in the internet phone service wars by adding new services and reducing the cost of international calling.
Packet8 recently got back into the action by introducing a new softphone service and an unlimited annual plan. Packet8 is now the VoIP service leader in terms of offering the widest variety of plans.
Packet 8 has always provided some nice choices when it comes to residential or business VoIP, but these newest service offerings really differentiate Packet8 as the “one stop VoIP service shop”. From residential video phone plans to hosted PBX solutions for small businesses, Packet8 truly has something for everyone – and at the right price!

Packet 8′s VoIP Plans – Residential Internet Phone Service
Freedom Unlimited – This popular internet phone service plan costs $19.99 per month and provides unlimited local and long distance calling within the US and Canada. This is a residential plan, and includes around 20 or so free calling features.
Freedom Unlimited Annual – This is a new type of residential plan from Packet 8, and it includes unlimited calling within the US and Canada, plus all the free features for an annual price of $199 per year. This is a “prepaid” VoIP plan that saves consumers’ about $40 per year over the traditional monthly plan.
Freedom Unlimited Global – Designed for those who make frequent international calls. For $49.99 a month, this unlimited international long distance plan includes calls within the US, Canada, and 40 other countries. The calling area includes many destinations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, as well as Israel.
Freedom Unlimited Videophone – This is a really neat residential internet phone service plan, designed specifically for use with Packet8′s unique Video Phone system. It includes unlimited local and long distance calling within the US and Canada, and unlimited audio/video calls to other Packet8 subscribers worldwide. The service costs $19.99 per month. Packet8 is the only residential internet phone service provider offering a videophone service plan, and it’s quickly becoming a very popular service.
Softtalk™ Basic – This is Packet8′s free softphone service, and you can download the free software on Packet 8′s website. As is typical of software-based VoIP services, all calls made “in-network” (with other Packet8 Softtalk™ users) are free.
Softtalk™ Premium – Using the same software as the Softtalk™ Basic plan, the premium plan provides subscribers with 500 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls per month within the US and Canada. This service costs $5.99 per month and includes a phone number, voicemail, caller ID, and several other calling features. Additional minutes are billed at 1.9 cents per minute.
Packet8 VoIP Plans – Business Internet Phone Service
Virtual Office – Packet8′s flagship small and medium business internet phone service plan. For $39.99 per extension (minimum of three extensions), you get a full-featured, managed PBX system that makes a small business seem like a huge corporation. Each extension includes unlimited local and long distance calling within the US and Canada, a separate “direct dial” phone number, voicemail, 3-way conference calling, multiple call handling and more. For international calling, you can get “global extensions” for $79.99 per month each, allowing unlimited local and long distance calls within the US, Canada, and 40 other countries.
Virtual Attendant – A unique service for businesses, allowing you to connect all cell phones, home phones, and any other phones together under a single phone number. Calls come in to the primary number, and an auto attendant directs the calls to the appropriate person – no matter where they are. This plan starts at $14.99 per month, depending on the type of options you need and number of extensions.
Business 2000 – For the low price of $34.99 per month, this plan is perfect for home businesses or small businesses requiring only one line. You get 2000 outbound/inbound minutes per month (US and Canada Calling), and additional minutes are billed at the low rate of 3.5 cents per minute.

The Wonders of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistory monument found in England and one of the most famous sites in the entire world. Located in the county of Wiltshire England, Stonehenge is group of large standing stones set into the earth and several burial mounds. In 1986 the site became an official World Heritage Site in a co listing with the Avebury Henge monument. Stonehenge has attracted visitors from all over the world for as long as they have been standing. It is believed they were constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to as early as 2000 BC. It is thought the stones and area served as a burial ground due to the fact that human cremated remains from the earliest period of their existence.

There are many aspects of Stonehenge which are subject to debate. The trouble theorists have is that Stonehenge was constructed at a time where there are no written records. So how and why they are there will always be argued. As technology evolves, the history of the stones will finally piece together the truth behind this great site. How they were constructed is one of the questions which have baffled scholars and visitors alike. The stone circle was built before the invention of the wheel so how they got to the site is one question unanswered. The stones around the outer ring are sarsen sandstone slabs which are believed to be from local quarries, fair enough, however, the inner ring of stones are made up of rocks known as bluestones which scientists believe came from the Preseli Hills in Wales. This is some 200 miles away so how on earth did they move these 4 ton stone this far?

How this early civilization produced the mighty circle of upright megalithic stones will always be up for question. It is known that they were built in several different phrases or many years. As technology evolves and historians discover more facts, we may find the answer one day. But for now they will be a wonderful mystery for people to marvel over.

Other theories surrounding the meaning of Stonehenge is that the stones are of astronomical nature. Gerald Hawkins’ who was an English astronomer used a modern computer to calculate all the sightlines and their relation to objects of sky such as the Moon and Sun. Hawkins and other astronomer Fred Hoyle believed that Stonehenge was used as an observatory to keep records and predict astronomical events like eclipses. This is just one of the theories which have mystified people for many years.

Currently there is a scheme being run by English Heritage to make the area much more suitable for visitors. They began the work in July 2012 and hope to complete by Autumn of 2013. A visitor centre with exhibitions and education facilities is planned, as is a transport system to take visitors from the centre to a drop off point close to the Stones. There will be an archaeological gallery which will feature important objects on loan from local museums. They also plan to build three Neolithic houses which will be recreated using extremely rare evidence of domestic buildings from prehistoric England which were recently unearthed near Stonehenge. These ambitious plans which are currently in process as I type are set to give visitors to Stonehenge an even greater experience.

By: → Carolyn A Clayton