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Top U.S. Airlines That Allow Pets in Plane


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Many people are hesitant to leave their pet at home while they travel. Airlines have started to realize that lots of people would simply fly with another carrier rather than not fly using their pets and hence are finding ways to accommodate pets in the air. Many airlines will not allow a pet to board the plane at all, while some will allow your pet to ride in the cargo hold area of the plane and others will allow small pets to ride in the cabin area of the plane, beneath your seat. Pet-friendly flights allow you to take to the skies with your pet without worrying about boarding the pet at a kennel or hiring a dog sitter. All airlines that permit pets to travel by air will even require that you get yourself a certificate out of your veterinarian that certifies the animal to become healthy which your pet has already established all its shots and it is up to date with immunizations. The certificate must be under thirty days old more often than not. So, we are going to consider here some of the top pet friendly airlines.

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AirTran
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 6
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : none
• Carrier Size : 8.5Hx18.5Lx13.5W
• Cost : $95 per pet carrier

Alaska
• Type of Pets Allowed : Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Household Birds.
• Pets in Cabin : 1 in First & 5 in Coach
• Pet Per Passenger : 2 (only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same passenger)
• Maximum Weight : none
• Carrier Size : 7.5Hx17Lx12W (Hardsided) and 9.5Hx17Lx12W (Softsided)
• Cost : $100 per pet carrier

Allegiant
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : No Limit
• Pet Per Passenger : 2
• Maximum Weight : none
• Carrier Size : 9Hx19Lx16W
• Cost : $100 per pet carrier

American Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 2 in First & 5 in Coach
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 20 lbs. total
• Carrier Size : 9Hx19Lx13W
• Cost : $175 (Checked Pet) and $125 (Cabin Pet) per pet carrier

Delta
• Type of Pets Allowed : Dogs, cats (domestic and international) and household birds (domestic U.S. only)
• Pets in Cabin : 2 in First & 4 in Coach
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : No Limit
• Carrier Size : Varies
• Cost : $50 to $180 per pet carrier (subject to kennel size)

Frontier
• Type of Pets Allowed : Dogs and Cats
• Pets in Cabin : 10
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : No Limit
• Carrier Size : 10Hx24Lx16W
• Cost : $75 or $125 (depending on fare option)

Hawaiian Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Dogs or Cats in cabin and Household Birds in luggage.
• Pets in Cabin : 5 total (B-717); 2 in First, 5 in Coach (B-767 and A330)
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 25 lbs. total
• Carrier Size : 9.5Hx16Lx10W
• Cost : $35 (Neighbor Island) and $175 (Hawaii to North America)

JetBlue Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : Limited Number
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 20 lbs. total
• Carrier Size : 8.5Hx17Lx12.5W
• Cost : $100 per pet carrier

Southwest Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 6
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 20 lbs. total
• Carrier Size : To fit under-seat space measurements
• Cost : $95 per pet carrier

Spirit Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 4
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : No Limit
• Carrier Size : 9Hx18Lx14W
• Cost : $100 per pet carrier

Sun Country Airlines
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 4
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 16 lbs.
• Carrier Size : 8Hx16Lx11W
• Cost : $125 (advance reservation) and $199 (walk-up) per pet carrier

United
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats, Dogs, Rabbits and Household Birds
• Pets in Cabin : 1 in First/Business and 4 in Economy
• Pet Per Passenger : Not Specified
• Maximum Weight : To fit under-seat space measurements
• Carrier Size : 7.5Hx17.5Lx12W (hardsided) and 11Hx18Lx11H (softsided)
• Cost : $125 per pet carrier

U.S. Airways
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats, Dogs and Household Birds
• Pets in Cabin : 6
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : To fit under-seat space measurements
• Carrier Size : 8Hx17Lx16W (hardsided) and 10Hx17Lx16W (softsided)
• Cost : $125 per pet carrier

Virgin America
• Type of Pets Allowed : Cats and Dogs
• Pets in Cabin : 6
• Pet Per Passenger : 1
• Maximum Weight : 20 lbs
• Carrier Size : 8Hx18Lx15W
• Cost : $100 per pet carrier

The best airlines for pets are listed above determined by the breath of the policy for the transported pets such as in the cabin, cargo or checked baggage.


Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas


Friday, July 25th, 2014

Have you ever imagined that you can come close to world’s largest mammals and feel them? Yes, it’s possible only in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos Mexico. Plan to visit Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos Mexico between December to March as this is the best time to see the majestic and largest mammals –the whales in action. The enormous grey whales frolicking around with their calves, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Cabo San Lucas. Every winter the grey, blue and humpback whales migrate 6000 miles from Alaska to the warm and shallow waters of Baja California in order to mate and birth their young. There are 11 species of whales found worldwide, eight ventures to the water off Los Cabos, including minke, bryde, fin, sei, humpback, gray and blue. Spotting the magnificent creatures, that can grow up to 100 feet in length and reach 120 tons in weight.

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Here you will have numerous encounters with 50 foot grey and blue whales that will get up close to the boats and show off their tricks. From coming up for a breath and spouting to signify their presence to a full body breach where the whale rockets out of the water, a close encounter with these animals is something everyone needs to experience. Even you can touch them when they come near your boat. These whales are very calm and gentle. Baja California is the perfect vacation destination for whale lovers; it is home to two world heritage sites that protect the whales and the surrounding environment. This makes it a perfect breeding ground for the beautiful mammals and an even better whale watching destination for vacationers.

So, plan a trip to Cabo San Lucas and experience unforgettable whale watching tour. If you need any assistance in planning the trip, you can call us toll free @ 877-247-6435.


Important Travel Tips for Vacations


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Summer vacation is here and it’s time to venture out and enjoy some sunshine and warmth. We know you are full of excitement and looking forward to an adventure of a lifetime. Bags are packed and you are ready to hit the travel route. Before proceeding and planning for a vacation, you will be at an advantage if you follow some important travel tips.

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Vacation Destination

For a perfect vacation you should decide on a suitable destination depending on your budget, number of travellers and your vacation duration.

Accommodation

Once you finalize where you go for a vacation, book your accommodation in advance. This will not only save you money but also ensure you get the perfect accommodation for your vacation.

Documentation and Money

Carry all your important documents like visa, identification papers and passport if you are traveling outside the country. Do not forget to carry foreign currency, credit cards, and debit cards.

Clothing

Before pack your bags checkout the weather report of your vacation destination and select your travel cloths according to the weather. Browse the internet to get all the important information regarding the weather and the type of clothing to be worn according to the kind of weather.

Medicines

If you are on any medications, it is very important to carry them with you. You should also carry the prescriptions and your health related documents. This will help you buy medicines when you are out of stock and also few countries ask for a prescription to carry few medicines. Keep with you the emergency contact details of your doctor. Carry few common medicines that you can use in case of emergency.

Insurance

Travel insurance is very important and it can be easily obtained through a travel agent or any insurance company. Make sure that you are sufficiently insured to take care of any contingencies during your vacation.

Travel Accessories

Do not forget to pack the necessary travel accessories. You should also remember to carry all the accessories of your mobile and other electronic devices.

Home Security

Ensure that your home is well protected from thieves. Inform about your travel to your neighbours and the local home security. Provide them your travel contact numbers so that they can reach you in case of any incidents.

Always book your trip in advance while you see any discount offer as this will help you save a lot.


Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games 2014


Friday, July 18th, 2014

Glasgow is one of the largest cities of the UK’s with modern culture, sport, forward-thinking, creativity and has a lively heart and warm people. Commonwealth Games 2014 or Scottish Commonwealth Games are to start on 23 July. The eyes of the whole world will be on Glasgow as it hosts the XX Commonwealth Games. It might not be as big as Olympics, but its hold their forte.

Glasgow



Starting of the Commonwealth Games

British Empire known as ‘the empire on which the sun never sets’ wanted to make sure people remembered their legacy. That is the reason the idea of Commonwealth Games came to life. There are 53 members of the Commonwealth Nations, but 71 teams will participate in the Games as British overseas territories, Crown dependencies and island states compete under their own flag. The Commonwealth Games happen every four years.

History of the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games started with a strong purpose, its help to increase the goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire. The first event “British Empire Games” was held in 1930 and 11 nations participated. The Second World War disrupted the four-year schedule of the Games. The games were later revived in 1950 and were renamed four years later.

Where Are These Games To Be Held This Year?

This year, the Commonwealth Games are to be held in Glasgow. This is the third time Scotland will host the Games, though for Glasgow, it will be their first Commonwealth Games. With 15 different venues to host the Games, Glasgow is prepared well for this spectacle. Athletes’ Village, Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, Celtic Park, Emirates Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Glasgow Green Hockey Centre are few of the venues where over 261 events will be held.

XX Commonwealth Game Events

This year the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games will be the biggest multi-sport event that Scotland has ever seen! Total number of 17 sports will be played. Participants will win or lose medals for Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

This is the best chance for sports fans to experience the thrill of the action and be part of Scotland’s largest ever sporting spectacle. For the cheapest flight deals to Glasgow, call us @877-247-6435 or visit: http://www.smartfares.com/cheap-flights/glasgow.html


Top Four Fantastic Destinations to Visit in 2014


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

All of us always try to make our holidays unforgettable and it is incomplete without a perfect holiday destination. Check out the list of top four fantastic destinations everyone should definitely visit in 2014.

Dubai

Dubai



Dubai is an amazing place for a holiday and it’s no wonder that it tops the list of fantastic destinations everyone should visit in 2014. This is the place where you can be gazing at the Architectural craftsmanship that lead to the tall modern buildings and 5 minutes later you can be wondering through the little old side streets at the Dubai gold souk. The fabulous Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, the Dream Dubai hotel and the Burj Khalifa makes Dubai a major tourist destination. Once in Dubai, you know where to go and you can choose to have a walk tour, to ride in an open-top big bus, hot air balloon or a helicopter to have a full aerial view of sights.

Malaysia

Malaysia



Malaysia is one of the Southeast Asia’s top tourist destinations, possessing an endless range of attractions and activities that cater for the cosmopolitan shopper, cultural enthusiast, historical buff and nature-lover. In fact, there are many reasons to everyone should visit this country at least once in their lifetime. Malaysia have full of world’s most beautiful beaches, with sparkling sand and crystal waters. The main new attractions to see in Malaysia in 2014 are breathtaking theme parks Hello Kitty Land & Legoland Malaysia and exciting Melaka Bird Park that is a home to about 6,000 birds from 400 species.

Egypt

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Egypt is a land of mystifying pyramids, amazing sand dunes and deserts. It’s famous for its architectural and cultural treasure. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations across the world. Every year thousands of tourists visit this marvellous country and fall in love with its enchanting beauty and exciting history. Here you can explore important Egyptian monuments such as the Giza pyramids, Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Great Sphinx of Giza and the Luxor Egypt tour.

Scotland

Scotland



Scotland is one of famous tourist destination in the United Kingdom. It’s known as the land of cakes and it is famous for its oatmeal cakes. It is the land of several significant historical battles, mother of cherished sport ‘golf’, globally appreciated for its Balmoral Castle (a vacation spot for Queen Elizabeth and her family) and famous Scotch whisky. It is blessed with a rich history, culture and scenic splendour. Believe it or not, Scotland is expected to have more than 50 million visitors from all around the world. So, get ready and be a part of them!


Top 5 Places to Scuba Dive in the Atlantic Ocean


Friday, July 11th, 2014

Dreaming of a scuba diving tour? Looking for best place to scuba dive? There is no shortage of places in the world in which offers amazing scuba diving experiences, regardless of whether you are a novice or beginning scuba diver, or an expert in the field.

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Mexico

Mexico is listed as a premier scuba destination for several reasons. First, the Yucatan peninsula is home of two scuba diving wonders: the Great Maya Barrier Reef some of the world’s most famous Cenotes, “sink holes.”

The Great Mayan Reef, also called Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, is located on the coasts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. It stretches more than 620 miles and is the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia that measures 1550 miles.

A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. It can also be found along the coast line of the Yucatan peninsula. They offer scuba divers, the opportunity to explore fish and plant life that cannot be seen anywhere else.

Bonaire

Bonaire is one of the most enjoyable scuba diving destinations because of the island’s continued commitment to marine life preservation and conservation. It is located off the coast of Venezuela and to the east of the island of Curacao. It is home of beautiful underwater landscapes and crystal clear waters. Here you can find several professional diving operators that work to aid in all types of scuba diving experiences. The island’s marine life treasures can be explored at the Bonaire Marine Park.

Bahamas

The Bahamas are a group of seven hundred islands located to the north of Cuba and just off the coast of Florida. It is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations and scuba diving in the Bahamas occurs year round.

In Grand Bahama you can dive with dolphins, explore Shark Junction and Devil’s Backbone. One of the most popular scuba sites in Grand Bahama is Theo’s Wreck, which was purposefully sunk by UNEXSO in 1982. UNEXSO also sunk the Sea Star in 2002 and La Rose in 2006.

British Cayman Islands

The British Cayman Islands offer scuba divers year round scuba diving experiences. It is located to the northwest of Jamaica and to the south of Cuba. Here you can enjoy some of the most noteworthy scuba diving experiences include Grand Cayman’s North Wall and Stingray City. In addition, here you can get the opportunity to explore the Kittiwake wreck, a decommissioned US Navy Submarine rescue ship.

Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands are located to the southeast of the Bahamas and to the north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Three of the most notable of these experiences include the Providenciales, Grand Turk, and Salt City.
The Turks and Caicos Islands have a coral reef system that stretches over 65 miles across and is two hundred miles long. In addition, the Turks and Caicos Islands are one of only two locations in the world where humpback whales can be seen in the waters.

There are several wonderful scuba diving places in the Atlantic Ocean and these are only a few of them. What’s your favourite place to scuba dive? Share with us in the comments section.


Top 5 Strangest Places in World


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Blood Falls, Antarctica: - In 1911 Australian geologist and explorer Griffith Taylor discovered a strange glacial feature in Antarctica. This is known as Blood Fall. It is a bright red waterfall that comes from five stories high, flow through a crack known as Taylor Glacier in to Antarctica’s Lake Bonney. Geologists first believed that the color of the water came from algae, but today the red color is known to be caused by microbes living off sulfur and iron in oxygen-free water trapped beneath the ice for nearly 2 million years. The hidden lake beneath Taylor Glacier sits beneath a quarter mile of ice and trickles out at the glacier’s end. It deposits an orange stain across the ice as its iron-rich waters rust on contact with air.

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Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania: - The Eye of Sahara also known as, The Richat Structure and Guelb er Richat. It is a prominent geological circular feature in the Sahara desert in Mauritania near Ouadane. It is nearly 50 kilometers across and very visible from space. The structure is formed because of its high degree of circularity, and then as a structure formed by a volcanic eruption that also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock, it is now argued to be a highly symmetrical and deeply eroded geologic dome that collapsed. So it is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. But the fact that the “rings”, are equidistant to the centre and that the Richat Structure is nearly circular remains a mystery.

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The Boneyard, Arizona:- Old fighter jets never die; they just go to the Boneyard. This dirt lot near Tucson is the final resting place for roughly 3,000 retired military aircraft. While some can take to the skies with little more than a spit and polish, others some up to 60 years old are gradually being harvested for spare parts.

Door-to-Hell-Turkmenistan



Door to Hell, Turkmenistan: - One can imagine the surprise of the geologists drilling in the Karakum Desert in 1971 when their rig suddenly fell through the earth and plummeted into a 300-foot-wide cavern filled with natural gas. Deciding it was safer to burn off the methane than to allow it to seep into the nearby village, they lit it, expecting the fire to last a few weeks; It has been near about 43 years and the flames are still burning brightly. At night the scene resembles fire and brimstone of biblical proportions—hence the name.

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Chapel of the Holy Cross, Arizona: - Built in 1956, this bold church rises from the stony bluffs of Sedona’s Mystic Hills, which have eroded over the years to resemble the faces of eagles, snakes, and foxes. Sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude conceived of the chapel after experiencing an epiphany while viewing the Empire State Building; she witnessed a giant cross reflected in the glass of the skyscraper’s towering facade. The design of the chapel and her life’s ambition was born.


Top 5 Record Setting Attractions in the United States


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

America is massive at 3.8 million sq. miles, and it is blessed with several natural attractions. It is the home to spectacular deserts, ancient forests, waterfalls, volcanic features, mountain ranges, glaciers, caves, canyons and swamps. However that reality doesn’t diminish the awesomeness of those places. Here, we have provided a top 5 list of nature’s record setting attractions in U.S.

Crater Lake – The Deepest lake in the U.S.

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The Crater Lake is one of the record setting attractions in the western United States, located in south-central Oregon. It is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. The Lake is also known for the “Old Man of the Lake”, a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for over a century.

General Sherman – Largest living tree in the world

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General Sherman is the second record setting attractions in U.S. and it’s not only the largest giant sequoia, but it is also the world’s biggest living tree. It is located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. With a height of 83.8 metres, a diameter of 7.7 metres, an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years. It is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

Death Valley – Lowest and hottest spot in the U.S.

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Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert, the lowest, driest and hottest area in North America. It is famous as the hottest place in the world. It is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level and the world record highest air temperature of 134°F (57°C) was recorded at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. Death Valley may sound like a depressing destination to visit, but it boasts some of the most adaptable plant and animal life on the planet.

Mauna Kea – World’s tallest mountain

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Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. About one million years old, Mauna Kea is the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii, standing 13,803 ft above sea level. However, much of Mauna Kea is below sea level, when measured from the ocean floor, its height is 33,100 ft, more than twice Mount Everest.

Rainbow Bridge – Tallest natural bridge in the U.S.

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Rainbow Bridge in southern Utah is one of the world’s highest natural bridges. The bridge is estimated to be more than 200 million years old. It is 290 feet tall; at the top it is 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide. Rainbow Bridge was known for centuries by the Native Americans who have long held the bridge sacred.

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