This website provides a ton of information about each of the Top 100 Wonders of the World, as selected by the website's author, Howard Hillman. For example, I didn't know that originally the pyramids (Ranked #1) had a smooth exterior or that the Acropolis (Ranked #21), built by 5th century BC Athenean
statesman Pericles, was considered to be in poor taste by some of
Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, Edutopia has posted a number of useful links that provide current, former, or retired educators significant travel discounts. From Edutopia:
You might think, reasonably enough, that being
entrusted with the young minds that represent America's future might
bring teachers more of a thank-you than a paycheck with little left
over for a well-deserved vacation. Alas, reality tends to have other
plans for educators. However, all is not lost. A few financial perks
exist in the teaching life, and at this time of year the best of these
are travel discounts specifically for educators. Although the budget
for satisfying wanderlust may be thin, these discounts can help travel
prices slim down, too.
Current, former, or retired educators who join this extensive online
network qualify for discounted stays at fellow members'
bed-and-breakfast establishments. Sign up by paying a $10 initiation
fee and $36 yearly dues, and you and your immediate family become
eligible to stay in any of the 6,000 member homes in more than fifty
countries for a per-night price of $36. Meanwhile, your home becomes
eligible for hosting other members as well (with additional discounts
for hosting). Not only can you find comfortable, inexpensive
accommodation this way, you'll also tap into a useful educational
network, because your "innkeepers" are teachers, too.
How do you use your teaching skills, continue your own education, and
travel free at the same time? Sign on to lead an educational tour.
Dozens of tour companies hand out free trips and cash bonuses to
teachers willing to share their knowledge with other travelers. The
biggest player in this field, EF Educational Tours, lets teachers
travel free and even earn continuing education units. EF also offers
language schools, cultural-exchange programs, and tours for adults as
well as students. For free travel as a group coordinator with Go Ahead
Tours, gather six people (including family and friends) who want to
take a tour and you travel for free, with cash bonuses for you or
discounts for your companions. With the tour company, Explorica, you
can travel free if you sign on at least six students.
The initials stand for International Student Exchange, but ISE Cards --
with their great discounts -- are available to teachers, too. Take
South Africa's Baz Bus, dive off the coast of Western Australia, tour
London, rent a car, or even enjoy a good meal abroad for far less than
it costs those unhappy folks who forgot to become teachers. The card
also provides up to $2,000 in medical benefits, a toll-free
twenty-four-hour emergency-assistance hotline, and up to $2,000 in
airline-bankruptcy protection (a handy benefit these days).
The International Teacher Identity Card also functions as a freebie
magnet. Knock down the cost of flights, accommodations, museum
admissions, sports-equipment rentals, cultural attractions, and more by
flashing this card -- discounts will quickly pay for the $25 annual
cost. Not bad, considering that the ITIC, like the ISE, also provides
basic accident insurance when you travel outside the United States.
This coverage includes hospital stays, medical expenses, emergency
evacuation, repatriation of remains (an unlikely need, let's hope), and
baggage-delay insurance (far more likely).
Another interesting use of the web. Now you can find out where that dollar has been. Go to Where's George, enter the serial number of your bill, and the tracking begins (or if it's been registered, continues). You can even see the bill's traveling history on a Google map.