In recent years, the eyes of the world have been trained on China. The rapid changes in its economy and politics have made it a front-page staple, but for travelers, the allure of China is far richer. The country is one of the oldest in the world, and for those seeking a diversity of experiences, spanning centuries, cultures and landscapes, China travel can offer all of that and more.

(ARA) – The world is full of amazing things to see, but there are a select few sites that people agree are truly wonders of the world. The tradition started a long time ago, in ancient Greece, when Antipater of Sidon listed the unrivaled buildings of the day. More recently, new lists of world wonders have been proposed including both man-made and natural sites, providing the perfect blueprint for a traveler’s “bucket list”. Luckily, Americans can start checking things off right in their own spectacular backyard by taking a Grand Canyon tour.

While last-minute deals often get a lot of press, what smart travelers know – and live by – is that thinking ahead is the most reliable way to get the best deals. After all, waiting until just before you’re ready to go might leave you stuck with few options and lots of restrictions - or worse, no vacation at all. Airlines and hotels are thinking ahead, too, and are eager to fill up planes and hotels. That translates to great prices right now – the ideal time to book for the best vacation deals.

Life is hectic enough and in these economic times, it’s all the more important to carefully manage your money in a way that fits into your lifestyle. Utilizing tools that offer easy access to and constant control of your cash can save you valuable time and hassle.

Buying gifts for guys can be challenging – especially if you aren’t truly thinking about them. Though your heart may be in the right place, your guy may not be excited about a fabulous set of picture frames or tickets to the ballet.

The versatile ingredient used to help turn soy milk into tofu and to give a boost to sports drinks also can make streets and highways safer during summer as well as extreme winter weather.

National Park Week begins April 19. The weeklong celebration encourages Americans to recognize the diverse American history and vast natural resources that exist in the national parks. It is also an opportunity for Americans to become active participants in park conservation.