By Lachlan Nicolson |
Every year nearly 5 million people go to see the Grand Canyon, and it’s no surprise why. This natural landmark is stunning, so join the masses and witness the wonder yourself.
Overall the canyon covers more than 1.2 million acres in the Colorado Plateau in Arizona. It’s been studied as a fascinating geologic landscape that shows eras of history in layers of rock, fossils and caves.
There are numerous tours that will take you through the canyon. Sure, there’s the option of taking a mule trip and staying overnight, but why not go for something more luxurious and take a helicopter tour?
The majesty of this World Heritage Site is something you have to see to believe, and an aerial view is definitely a unique way to witness the spectacle and see it up close.
A great way to get your kids interested in nature and history is to have them learn about the place as they are seeing it.
Most tours start at the Las Vegas Airport, where the helicopter will take you over the West Rim, over Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead, as well as the Hoover Dam.
Sunset and sunrise here are particularly special at the canyon. The sun drenches the billion-year-old layers of rock, spilling over the top edges into the many valleys and hollows – the perfect parting view as you prepare to head back down to the ground.
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By Lachlan Nicolson |
That dreaded middle seat might become hard to slide out of in the near future if your invested in a budget economy seat.
This week Airbus released a new proposal for the future of economy flying that included an 11 seat wide layout for selection by airlines on A380 aircrafts. Originally economy seats on an airbus have been 3-4-3 across, a popular and successful layout by the aircraft maker for many years. However Airlines are looking for new ways to increase revenue and offer more flexibility within economy class by offering levels of seating groups. The new airbus economy seating is divided into 3 groups: premium, comfort and standard. In other words "comfy, sort of comfy and efficiently uncomfortable”.
Business Traveller magazine writes "Premium will be similar to today's premium economy product, which comes with a 19-inch width, and is aimed at business and wealthy leisure travelers." The comfort seating will be similar to a typical economy seat today.
The tight fit seats are part of a growing trend for consumers willing to endure slight discomfort on long-haul flights to save money. The cost cutting measures also reveal the growing gap between business and economy seats as business seats become more in demand and the price gap becomes larger. Offering more choice within the economy class however will give better flexibility to consumers wanting that small amount of comfort, for a reasonable price.
The new seating layouts will be available for airlines to purchase by 2017.
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By Lachlan Nicolson |
Healthy travel tips
Flying is the best method of long-distance travel. It’s fast, and increasingly affordable Flying isn’t always the most comfortable experience, but there are plenty of tips to experience a healthier, more comfortable and pleasant flight.
Did you know you are 20% more likely to catch a cold when flying? It is important to take extra vitamins such as Vitamin C and Zinc the week leading up to your flight. It’s also important to drink a healthy and consistent amount of water.
Make sure you pack comfortable and flexible, light-weight clothes for the plane. Don’t wear anything you are not prepared to endure for the long-haul. It is also good to wear comfortable socks that are reasonably loose around your ankles, which will help with circulation to your feet.
Before the flight avoid salty food and over-excessive caffeine, choose water and fruit to stay hydrated and energised.
During the flight
To boost your circulation it is suggested you stand up ever 2 hours and go for a short walk around the plane. Stretch those legs frequently! It will also give you more energy during the flight and post-flight lag.
Sometimes the water isn’t the best quality on aircrafts. The United States EPA discovered 1 out of 7 planes had tap water that did not meet federal standards and contained small amounts of bacteria. It is important to bring your own water to brush your teeth with and drink as your primary source.
Aircrafts also pose threat to sickness because of the tight airflow and filters used to clean the air. It is a good idea to bring alcoholic hand wipes that kill germs, and use paper towels when washing hands to dry. Be careful and considerate to not sneeze on anyone during the flight and keep those water levels and vitamins high!
After your flight it’s important to take time to sleep off any jet-lag. Try to allow your body some rest, then force yourself towards the new timezone according to the sun. It is important to drink large amounts of water, exercise and be in sunlight during the day. Don’t try to sleep during the day if possible, and eat healthy foods to give your body the nutrients it needs to recover.
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