Archive | January, 2008

Love, Romance, Travel: Valentine’s Day for Travelers

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day (or in dread of, depending on your romantic perspective), I’ve been pondering the notion of love and travel. Not as in ‘the love of travel’ or ‘love to travel’. But rather love and travel as in expressing your love through travel. Do you follow me? Let me try explaining that […]

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January 30, 2008 by | 9 Comments

Silverjet: Testing Classless Flight

Someone said the great thing about travel is the journey, not the destination. At Viator we take issue with that for about 5,000 different reasons — as in the 5,000 tours and things to do you can book in hundreds of destinations worldwide at For us travel is all about the destination, and certainly […]

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January 29, 2008 by | 2 Comments

Travel News Round-Up: Week of January 28

What is the travel world buzzing about this week? The New York Times travel section focuses in on ‘Hawaii on a Dime’. (Which is a good example of synchronicity in action: over on the Viator site we’ve just completed a review of our entire collection of Hawaii tours and things to do, including dozens of […]

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January 27, 2008 by | 2 Comments

A Tank Full of Palm Oil: Biofuel Flights to Start in February

The Future of Air Travel? In the UK, airline flights account for 7% of that country’s CO2 emissions, but thanks to more and more cheap flights this will probably rise to 25% in the next couple of decades. Worldwide, flights make up about 2% of all emissions, and again the percentage is rising. The numbers […]

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January 22, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Mongol Rally: Meet the Optimistic Fools

Editor’s Note: Read the latest on the Optimistic Fools preparation for the 2008 Mongol Rally here. Viator is pleased to be a sponsor of the Optimistic Fools rally team, on their journey to complete the 2008 Mongol Rally from London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. We’ll be checking in with the team over the next 6 […]

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January 18, 2008 by | 5 Comments

Belgrade & Serbia: A Guide for Beginners

A land of world class beaches and luxury hotels, Serbia is not. It is quite literally a land full of Serbs and others, getting by, looking forward, working if they can, but more than anything else, living life as people have for as long they can remember. Surely much has changed recently you think, and […]

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January 17, 2008 by | 6 Comments

Kyoto and Tokyo, a Tale of Two Cities

Kyoto and Tokyo are composed of the same letters, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end for these two cities. I like to think of them as twins separated at birth that have totally grown up into different people, kind of like the twins in the movie The Parent Trap.

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January 15, 2008 by | Comments Off on Kyoto and Tokyo, a Tale of Two Cities

Travel News Round-Up: Week of January 14

What is the travel world buzzing about this week? The New York Times travel section surveys family-ski options that won’t break the bank in Colorado; uncovers the top eating spots in Amman, Jordan (including my personal favorite falafel seller anywhere, Hashem, located in downtown Amman); and casts an approving eye on Hollywood despite all the […]

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January 13, 2008 by | 2 Comments

Hello Queensland, I Really Must Be Going

Once you’ve stayed in to bat for while in the Northern Territories (NT), the score can become a little familiar. (Warning: skip this cricket metaphor if you’re not Australian — like even if it’s a long innings, you should have declared a while ago because the other team, in this case the Territory, is never […]

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January 11, 2008 by | 3 Comments

New Year’s in Japan

New Year’s is a holiday made for fun. No presents to buy, no families to visit, and a vacation day – do you need more excuses to take a trip? Last year we headed to Joshua Tree, this year we opted to visit some friends who had relocated to Japan. New Year’s is a huge […]

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January 11, 2008 by | 2 Comments