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Month: June 2020

What Clients Should Know About Debt Relief Companies

For the most part,debt relief companies in Michigan have a list of recommended agencies to provide their clients with debt relief help. While some of these companies are only available through the phone and may not offer free consultations,the majority of them are offered free consultations as well. Since so many people need help,it would be silly to not provide them with the help they deserve. It is important for individuals to know exactly what assistance is being provided before they choose which firm to contact. Whether the individual needs debt relief advice or even to purchase a debt consolidation loan,the same basic criteria should be met. First,the company should have a proven track record of helping others successfully.-

Clients should feel confident in the fact that their fees will be used for their purpose. In addition,the company should not charge additional fees for advice that has already been offered. Because of the present economic crisis,more individuals are being asked to shoulder more of the burden for their lenders. With more borrowers looking for help,the banks and creditors must find new ways to recover some of their money. For this reason,clients should be informed about all of the options that are being presented to them and which options are not being considered.

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Many individuals are asking about using a personal credit report to help them determine if a potential company is a scam. Most of the time,the people that receive these services are those who are desperate for help. The personal reports that are available for free should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. In order to receive assistance and other options to help them learn how to reduce their monthly payments,it is important for borrowers to understand all of the various programs and services that are available. A good help center should be able to match their needs with a reputable organization that offers assistance in lowering their interest rates and bills.

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Desert Adventures: The Best Things to Do in Phoenix,AZ

Using it’s signature red rock landscape,crystal blue skies and endless sunshine Phoenix is a city where life is best lived outdoors. Whether you’re traveling to Phoenix for a business trip or to Scottsdale for a girlfriend getaway,the proximity of several mountains,the Sonoran Desert and a handful of lakes and rivers means you’re never too far from some outdoor adventures. So if you want red mountain hikes,crave a little culture or desire nothing more than to lounge in a poolside cabana in Scottsdale; there is no shortage of outdoor activities in Phoenix Pack your bags and have a look at some of the very best things to perform in Phoenix,Arizona.

Hiking in Phoenix

There is no question Phoenix offers up some of the very best urban hiking in the country. Where else can you hit the trails during the day with plenty of time for a poolside cocktail at night? Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale is perhaps the very best known hike in Phoenix but the nearby Usery Mountains,Tonto National Forest and Superstition Mountains have miles of trails waiting to be explored. While beautiful the desert can also be brutal; ensure you stay on marked trails,keep an eye out for wildlife (a snake bite is a sure way to ruin your day) and drink plenty of water (ensure to bring along an eco-friendly reusable water bottle). With countless trails ranging flat and wheelchair accessible to 2,000 foot climbs that require scrambling and boulder hopping,some of the very best hiking in Phoenix is only minutes from downtown.

 

Laze by the Pool in Scottsdale

When the Arizona sun brings temperatures into the triple digit range the only thing you really want to do is lounge by the pool with a fruity drink in hand and naturally Phoenix has elevated lazing by the pool into an art form. Scottsdale is well known for it’s world class luxury resorts featuring over the top pools that are the perfect antidote to the blazing Sonoran sun. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale features a 2.5 acre aquatic playground with 10 pools,20 fountains and a three-story tall tall high speed waterslide (have a look at my review for the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale); while the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess features six pools including one that has a 9,000 square foot white sand beach.

 

Horseback Riding in the McDowell Mountains

For a true taste of the wild west,cowboy up with the folks at Fort McDowell Adventures. Atop your trusty steed explore the sun-baked hills dotted with saguaro cactus and mesquite while real-deal cowboys share the history of the Yavapai Indians and tell tales of long lost gold mines. We-Ko-Pa Resort,a family friendly resort operated by the Yavapai Nation that boasts a pool with views of the nearby Red Mountains as well as a cozy spa and an awardwinning casino,is the perfect place to rest your haunches after a day in the saddle.

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Board in Mesa

When you think about Arizona adventures stand paddle boarding probably isn’t the very first thing that comes to mind but when the desert temperatures climb there is nothing like a day out on the water. With six lakes and a handful of rivers the Phoenix area offers ample opportunity to go out on the water. Pick up your rental board from the friendly folks at No Snow Stand Up Paddle in Mesa on your way out to Saguaro Lake. This two square mile lake,with views of the Four Peaks mountain range,towering sandstone cliffs and namesake saguaro cacti lining the shores is among one of the most stunning places I’ve paddled. Lake Pleasant,a 10,000 acre lake popular for windsurfing and waterskiing,is just a 45 minute drive from downtown Phoenix.

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Phoenix

A hot air balloon ride tops many bucket lists and with over 300 days of sunshine per year and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert extending for miles Phoenix is among the very best places in the US to make your ballooning dream a reality. Watching the sun rise from behind red rock mountains while gliding up to 5,000 feet above the desert landscape is equivalent parts thrilling,magical and surreal and with a champagne brunch after you land this flight with PhoenixHot Air Expeditions is one experience you won’t mind getting up early for. If you’re a first timer be sure to have a look at my tips for your first hot air balloon ride.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Including an architectural tour on a list of outdoor adventures may seem a bit odd,but hear me out. Taliesin West,the winter outpost of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright,is where the architect’s signature brand of organic architecture is on full display. The home is equivalent parts Flintsones and mid-century modern while the history of Frank Lloyd Wright,his family and students (Taleisin West continues to work as an architectural school to today) are fascinating. Time your visit to Taleisin West for the evening for magnificent sunset views over Scottsdale and the surrounding McDowell Mountains.

 

Spend a Day Out on the Farm in Queen Creek

The deserts around Phoenix hold many surprises and one of the biggest for me was discovering the rich agricultural heritage of the farming communities near Mesa,Arizona on the Fresh Foodie Trail. Queen Creek Olive Mill,Arizona’s only working olive grove,offers a true farm-to-table experience with it’s olive press and cafe. At their Olive 101 class you can find out about (and sample) the olive oil pressed on site then dine on casual Tuscan-inspired fare at the Mill’s onsite eatery. When it comes to peaches Georgia has nothing on Schnepf Farms,Arizona’s largest organic peach farm that has been run by the Schnepf family for over four generations. Over 250,000 visitors visit Schnepf Farms for juicy peaches straight from the tree,fresh baked peach pies and peach cinnamon rolls from their bakery,as well as the many festivals the farm hosts throughout the year.

Residents Recommend: 10 Things to Do in NYC

What should you perform in NYC? We asked some New Yorkers. They gave us their best tips on how to explore the Big Apple,from getting on the subway to finding the city’s best bagels to definitely (definitely) leaving Manhattan

# 1: Get out of Manhattan

Manhattan is wonderful. But locals note that it’s only 1/5 of NYC– you’ll find much of New York’s coolest places to visit in the other four boroughs.

Besides Manhattan,where should you go? Locals say it depends on your travel style. Our trip planners say that Brooklyn is a great place to enjoy local breweries,that you’ll find fantastic Asian cuisine in Queens (dim sum!!),and that the Bronx Botanical Garden is really fantastic.

Plus,you can easily get on a train to an entirely different universe– upstate New York! Not far from the city,you’ll find fantastic nature,hiking trails,small towns,and places to camp. We have local trip planners in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. They can help you plan a visit. Learn more.

So if you’re trying to find cool things to do in NYC,catch the train. Cross a bridge. You’ll find a lot to do beyond Manhattan.

Local tip: Staten Island gets a bum rap,but taking the ferry there is free– and the island offers some cool hikes.

# 2: Wander through Times Square …

Locals tell us they get it. If it’s your very first time in NYC,you’re going to want to go to Times Square. (They note,however,that you won’t see any local New Yorkers there.).

Wander through,take a look at the lights,and snap a selfie. But then walk a few blocks. There’s a lots of cool stuff nearby.

If you walk about fifteen minutes south,locals say you’ll get to Koreatown– and delicious Korean food. Walk a few blocks to the west,you’ll hit the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood– and more fantastic restaurants. Our trip planners say you’ll also find some great museums within walking distance,including some hidden gems– like the beautiful Morgan Library.

# 3: Have a hotdog (or some halal food).

Sure,you’ll find plenty of incredible restaurants in New York. But there’s something special about NYC street food. Maybe it’s because everyone in New York has somewhere to become,that makes these grab-and-go meals a vital part of city life.

Locals can provide you some direction when it comes to their favorite street food snacks. Hot dogs,obviously,are iconic. (Especially NYC’s so-called “dirty water dogs”.) Or,visit a halal cart to grab a delicious meal of chicken or lamb over rice. (Our trip planners in New York recommend getting white sauce and hot sauce).

As for the most important meal of the day? Locals assure us you’ll find fantastic breakfast carts on almost every corner. Proceed and grab a bagel,muffin,or donut before power walking your way through the city streets.

Local tip: Definitely check out New York City farmers’ markets. And in the summer,go to Williamsburg to eat lunch at Smorgasburg. They have dozens of vendors all with different sort of food.

# 4: Catch a live show.

Broadway is cool and you should go. But locals tell us that you’ll find live shows throughout NYC. Everything from underground (and free) comedy clubs to Shakespeare in the Park to immersive theater experiences. NYC draws creatives. And the result is that you’ll find shows all over the city,every night of the week.

If you love music,see what a like-minded local says about their favorite venues. Our trip planners tell us that the historic Blue Note is great for jazz. If you love indie-rock,go see a show at Baby’s All Right. More into traditional music? Visit the NY Philharmonic or the Metropolitan Opera.

Local tip: If your New York City budget is not Broadway sized but you want to see a show,try to get discounted tickets at TKTS.

# 5: Eat as much iconic NYC food as you can.

Yup,another must-do in New York City has to do with eating. There are just so many incredible eats here.
Both big ones? Bagels and pizza.

You’ll have so many choices for these in New York,so get some local advice. Our trip planners tell us that 2 Bros Pizza,Joe’s,and DiFara’s are all great. And those $1 slices always suffice.

For bagels,they tell us it really depends. Some people prefer the smaller,chewy style of Bagel Bob’s. Some prefer the fluffier fare at Leo’s. But all can settle on the NYC magic of a fresh-baked everything bagel with generous globs of cream cheese.

Local tip: There are up to 800 languages spoken within the 5 boroughs which means you can likely find whatever type of cuisine you want. You’ll find Ukraine food in Brighton Beach; Shanghai snacks in Flushing; and Polish dumplings in Greenpoint.

# 6: Bask in Central Park …

We’re all about leaving the beaten path,but the well-known and well-loved Central Park is absolutely worth a visit. Plus,this park is full of so many twisting trails that it is possible to wander from the main drag.
Locals suggest wandering the thirty-six miles of the Ramble,sunbathing in Sheep Meadow,or simply wandering around. You’re bound to discover some treasures.

# 7: … but make certain to explore Prospect Park too.

Is Central Park incredible? Yes. Is Prospect Park in Brooklyn more incredible? Possibly– even Frederick Law Olmsted,who designed both parks,saw Prospect Park as his “masterpiece”.

And locals love Prospect Park. They tell us that it’s quieter than Central Park,and feels more like a hidden gem than its well-traveled Manhattan sibling.
What to do here? Our trip planners suggest wandering the trails,watching the dogs splash around Dog Beach,seeing a show at the bandshell,or visiting the beautiful Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

# 8: Get on the subway.

The subway may seem intimidating. But locals tell us that New York’s prime form of transportation is safe,simple to use,and extensive. It’s a must if you want to explore every corner of the city.

So get that Metrocard! If you’re going to be using the subway often,our trip planners suggest getting a 1-week unlimited pass. They also note that,at many stations in Manhattan,you don’t need a Metrocard at all. You can tap your charge card or your smartphone to enter the turnstile.

# 9: Wander through as many museums as possible.

Museums play a huge role in New York’s status as a hub of art and history. Locals love them just as much as tourists. They suggest visiting the Met and the MoMA obviously,but also highly recommend branching out and visiting some of the less-touristy spots– like the Guggenheim,the New Museum,the Museum of Sex.

# 10: Discover the hidden gems– see NYC like the locals do.

New York City is huge. Huge,and constantly changing. That means that new places are popping up constantly. Guidebooks and Internet lists simply can’t keep pace with everything going on in this particular dynamic city. When you work with a local to plan your trip,they’ll let you learn about the activities they adore. Maybe it’ll be the Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza. Or maybe catching a show at Rough Sell Williamsburg … or maybe … Basically,there’s a New York City that the tourists see … and an entirely different city that the locals love. Why see New York City like a tourist when you could see it like a local?