Archive | December, 2008

A White Christmas in Scotland

Christmas Day in Australia. Turkey, ham, the plum pudding set alight then eaten with brandy butter. A tree decorated with tinsel and coloured lights and little wafts of cotton to look like snow. Carols about reindeers and sleigh rides through snow which lay all about. And then we go to the beach for a swim. […]

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December 29, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Holiday + Staycation + Beer = Beerstaycation

It’s always a bit of a drama trying to work out where to go and how to get to that little getaway at the end of the year. If you want to head out and get the most out of the holiday season, why not do it in local style — given that most vacancies […]

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December 29, 2008 by | Comments Off on Holiday + Staycation + Beer = Beerstaycation

Cairo, Fabulous Chaos

Chaos. Complete chaos. And yet with some kind of unspoken rule and unexpected courtesy. It’s the only way I can begin to describe driving around Cairo. There are no lane markings on the roads – why bother when nobody is likely to take any notice? It’s more like a mass of angled, battered dodgem cars, […]

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December 29, 2008 by | Comments Off on Cairo, Fabulous Chaos

In Praise of the Boxing Day Test Match

After the madness of Christmas, there’s nothing quite like sitting in the shade on a hot summer day, eating cold turkey sandwiches, reading the paper and chatting with friends. And if the venue happens to be in Melbourne, at the grand Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and there’s a cricket game in action – all the […]

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December 22, 2008 by | Comments Off on In Praise of the Boxing Day Test Match

Do you have a Travel Blog or Website?

Then you should become a Viator booking partner and earn commissions today! The Viator Team has a passion for travel, and if you are reading this blog, you probably do as well! We know it’s the experiences you have when you travel that make your trip, so we’ve travelled the globe to find the best […]

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December 17, 2008 by | 2 Comments

Celebrations Brought to You by Viator Travelers

While Santa’s checking off his list for the last time, we here at Viator are just adding up the final tally for our best of 2008 list extravaganza. With over 50,000 reviews and photos, it’s been fun taking a look back at what our customers have been up to this year and see how our […]

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December 16, 2008 by | Comments Off on Celebrations Brought to You by Viator Travelers

Getting Steamy in Saunas in Europe

In the absence of hot water to submerge in, I find lolling in steam a good alternative. Great for the skin, relaxing for the muscles and all-round soothing to the soul. Unless, of course, you’re in Russia. In which case it can just be traumatic (although very relaxing in hindsight). The following are a few […]

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December 16, 2008 by | 5 Comments

Linz: A Guide to Europe’s 2009 Capital of Culture

Linz, the third-largest city in Austria, is the European Capital of Culture in 2009. It’s no wonder the city is gearing up for the occasion with new cultural centres, a year-long program of events, and big big spending on the arts. And that – spending on the arts – is always a reason to celebrate […]

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December 14, 2008 by | 2 Comments

Suggested Itineraries for Belize

The first decision you need to make is this: ocean first, ruins and mountains second; or ruins and mountains first, ocean second. I typically opt for the latter course. I like to have my adventures up front, then relax and unwind after. While you can’t make a bad choice, you do need to make a […]

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December 14, 2008 by | 50 Comments

Viator’s Top 3 Travel Videos

It’s official. The end of the year approaches, it’s time to say farewell 2008 and HELLO 2009. If you’re a regular reader of the Viator blog, you know what this means. It’s time once again for us to ponder the travel year that was, chose our favorite things to do, favorite destinations, best photos, you […]

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December 11, 2008 by | Comments Off on Viator’s Top 3 Travel Videos