Grand Canyon Tours 7 Decisions To Make Before Taking A South Rim Bus Trip

By Keith Kravitz

The Vegas Grand Canyon South Rim bus is regarded as the economical way to get to the national park. It’s comfortable, too, especially if you travel aboard one of today’s luxury motor coaches. Before you climb aboard and settle into your plush seat, here are seven things you need to think about before you hit the road:

1. The South Rim is 270 miles away from Vegas and takes 5.5 hours to reach by bus. Tours include up to three hours at the rim. Travelers get back to their Strip hotel around 9 p.m. Conservatively, budget 15 hours for this trip.

2. Find out if your Hoover Dam photo stop includes the new bypass bridge. The new Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge opened in October 2010 and it’s a sight to behold. Even better is walking across it. The thrill comes from being suspended 900 feet above the Colorado River. And the view of Hoover Dam is incredible.

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3. See if lunch is included. This is a long trip. Breakfast will get you as far as Kingman, AZ (make sure to load up on snacks here). The typical box lunch is OK for lunch. I suggest satisfying your hunger at the restaurant in the Bright Angel Lodge, where the servings are huge and delicious.

4. Dress for the weather. During summer, bring a hat, sunscreen, lots of water, and loose clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants. Bring a windbreaker if you have one. South Rim winter’s are much colder than what you’ll experience in Vegas. Stay warm by dressing in layers. Bring a hat and/or beanie, scarf, gloves, and a medium weight jacket. Put on a pair of sturdy shoes or boots. A pair of YakTrakz anti-slip walker-crampons are a great way to deal with icy conditions.

5. Make sure to your issue of “The Guide.” The Park Service puts out this wonderfully informative publication. Updated quarterly, the newspaper has information about Park history, museums, gift shops, restaurants, the best view points, and a map of the free shuttle bus system. In my view, it’s the key that unlocks all the Park’s fabulous features.

6. Not all lookouts are created equal. Time is limited and you want to make sure you see the most-famous viewing points. My suggestions include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, Hermit’s Rest, and Yaki Point. Sunrise is best at either Mather or Hopi Points. The view from the Rim Trail behind Bright Angel Lodge is also good (below you’ll see Indian Gardens and a tiny bit of Phantom Ranch).

7. Remember: What goes down must come up. South Rim trails are beautifully maintained and really put you in touch with the canyon. The walk back to the top of the rim is steep. Don’t overwork yourself. Take your time on the return and enjoy the views. I suggest taking a leisurely 30-minute stroll down and then turning back. During the summer, bring lots of water and a salty snack like trail mix during the summer. Take lots of breaks going up. There’s no rush. Stand to the side to let mule trains pass.

South Rim bus tours from Las Vegas are a hit with Las Vegas travelers. And for good reason. It’s cheap, includes lunch and all park entrance fees, and its done on a state-of-the-art luxury bus. It’s also a sightseeing paradise. En route, you see Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Mojave Desert, the Kaibab Plateau, and the South Rim. If you are looking for an affordable, fun way to do the South Rim, this bus trip is absolutely the way to go.

About the Author: Cheap South Rim bus trips? Travel writer Keith Kravitz reviews the best Grand Canyon bus tours here.


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Iso Merchant Agents Best Companies To Resell For

By Edgar Moore

What is an ISO Merchant Agent?

An ISO (Independent Sales Organization) is a person or a group of persons that are contracted by a credit card processor or acquiring bank to sell financial services to merchants that want to process credit cards or need working capital. ISO Agents act like middle men, connecting businesses to merchant account providers. There are two types of ISOs in the credit card processing industry: Registered (essentially a merchant sales agent) and Unregistered (more like an independent company).

Many professionals stay as unregistered ISO for the following reasons:

1) A lengthy, thorough, and expensive application process.

2) Both personal and professional history are closely scrutinized.

These characteristics are expected from an ISO Merchant Agent:

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– Credit card industry knowledge.

– Excellent communication skills.

– Sales and cold calling experience.

The Best Companies for a Successful ISO Merchant Agent

Besides the obvious financial benefits, there are many factors an ISO should consider before joining any merchant account provider.

Access to the High Risk Market:

Most financial institution are selective about the businesses to which they provide merchant accounts. To reduce risk, some merchant account processors limit approval to merchants in its geographical area, those with a physical retail storefront, or those that have been in business for 2 years or more. Not accepting High Risk Merchants (more prone to to charge-backs and credit card fraud), could leave a gaping hole in an ISOs ability to provide services. The best companies for ISO Agents are those that allow Independent sales organizations to attract and sign merchants from a wide range of profitable markets with ease.

Fast Merchant Account Approvals:

Same day, 24hrs. and 48hrs. approvals are essential in this competitive environment. Hassle free termination policies are also important in the event that a merchant decides to cancel services.

Marketing Support:

ISO Agents needs a high degree of marketing and sales support to engage merchants in a compelling way. The list of marketing materials include well designed color brochures, business cards, an optimized website, etc.

Tech Support:

Your merchants need working credit card terminals (retail stores) and functional software (online businesses). They have to be trained by a knowledgeable technical staff who can also assist them in case of system failures.

To Wrap up:

Successful ISO Merchant Agents are those who resell for smart and honest merchant account providers. Trust is a key factor in any business relation but it is especially important in the credit card processing industry. Merchants have many options to choose from when it comes to opening a merchant account. ISO agents need to build and sustain a special bond with the clients in order to be successful in the long run. But all your personal efforts are meaningless if the merchant account provider you are reselling for doesnt perform his part of the deal: delivering high quality merchant processing services in a consistent manner. There are many good companies to partner with so take your time, do your research, and ask the hard questions on your first meeting. Good luck!

About the Author: Edgar Moore is an expert on credit card processing topics like

ISO merchant agents

. He writes for UCS Rainbow Merchant Services, a

high risk merchant account provider



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Electronic Picture Frame: Getting A Good Deal On A Hot Item!

By Chad Barker

Electronic picture frame technology is one of this year’s most desired items. It has the ability to display all of the great photos and memories that you have in a slide show effect so that you can easily watch your memories going by. Either hanging on your wall or sitting on the desktop, these picture frames are not one image that stairs back at you but a wealth of them. The best part is that you get to design your own slide show, creating a memory album that just sings.

The only bad part about the electronic picture frames seems to be its cost. With the costs of these units ranging greatly, it can be hard to actually determine which the ideal choice is for you. To help you get a great deal on them, here are some tips.

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1. Watch for sales. No matter if its Christmas time or the middle of summer, deals are always filtering through the latest electronic gadgets, including these frames. You’ll find discounts available heavily online, too.

2. Get what you want. Some of the electronic picture frame options out there actually have a number of unique features. If you really love those features, paying extra for them is just great. But, if you really won’t use them, don’t pay for them.

3. Get the size you need. Many of these frames will house numerous photos. If you only plan to upload a dozen, why pay to upload hundreds? Take into consideration the price difference, though. If you could use more, then go for the extended price.

One of the most important things to do in regards to electronic picture frame purchases is to get a good warranty on the product. Depending on the model, you may have problems with it as some point. Take the time to fill out registration forms and get the guarantees that come with the product.

About the Author: For more observations about

picture frames

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