Monday, June 9, 2008

JUNE 9, 2008

The summer travel season is here... and we know that when you're searching the web for sweet deals. Well, save yourself some time and listen to this list of the best websites for travelers:

1) This is the best place to find good deals. It's a search engine that checks prices of airfares, hotels, and rental cars from almost 500 other sites.

2) This site finds the best airfare deals on the web and sends you alerts when a new or cheaper fare comes out.

3) It's kind of like eBay for hotel packages. You bid on auctions... everything from exclusive hotels to cruises... and most packages sell for less than the amount you'd pay for everything separately.

4) This site costs way too much money for most people... it's $250 a year for a membership... but if you're a sophisticated traveler who wants expert advice from travel journalists and customized planning services, this is your site.

5) When you go to this site, pick your destination and it will provide you with a ton of travel articles from magazines like "Vanity Fair" and "Town and Country".

6) If you've ever used your cell in another country, you know it can wind up costing you as much as your whole trip. So go here to buy cheap international cell phone plans.

7) If you want to save some money and get in touch with the locals, become a member. It's kind of like being an exchange student. You get to stay in someone's house for free on your next trip... as long as you agree to offer your place for free to other travelers.

8) It's always a good idea to insure your trip in case you lose luggage or need medical assistance. This site gets quotes from a bunch of insurance companies and lists the lowest prices.

1) Happy couples felt at home with each other from the start.
Most of the couples felt a rapport almost immediately. Sometimes it was shared values, physical attraction, or emotional connection. The rapport includes a delicate balance of friendship, which is based in sameness, and passion, which is based in difference.

2) Happy couples share routines and dreams.
Routines in and of themselves do not produces happiness, but they instill confidence and trust in the natural existence of the marriage. Working together to make a dream come true makes a couple glow.

3) Happy couples don't hold a grudge.
When a conflict arises, they become angry, storm about--and then move on.

4) Happy couples look for the best.
Couples thrive when spouses focus on what is good and true in the other. Positive expectations exert a tremendous force.

5) Happy couples learn to change.
Most couples said they had changed a great deal throughout their marriages. A surprisingly large number of the very happy couples had experienced a crisis in their relationship. The marriages survived — and Flourished — because one or both partners changed whatever it was about himself or herself that was causing conflict in the relationship.

6) Happy couples understand the importance of closeness.
There is often a strong and vibrant intimacy.

7) Happy couples do not struggle for the upper hand.
Regardless of the contributions made, the efforts of each were viewed as equally important within the household. Without exception, every happy couple reported that the money was theirs not his or hers.

8) Happy couples usually describe their mate as their best friend.
These husbands and wives simply liked each other above all others.

According to a new study, 60% of teens spend at least 20 hours a week in front of their TV and computer screens... 33% of teens spend at least 40 hours a week watching TV and on the Internet... and 7% of teens spend at least 50 hours a week in front of a screen.

Overall, teens spent more than FIVE TIMES the amount of time watching TV as they did on the Internet... and boys spent more time on both than girls.

Dr. Tracie Barnett led the study. She says that boys whose parents had, quote, "lower educational attainment" were most likely to spend a lot of time in front of the TV and Internet…

She then makes the leap to her conclusion that those kids are, quote, "at increased risk of obesity."