Archive | August, 2012

How to Plan Black Sea Trips

Odessa's Uspensky Monastery

The Black Sea is a fascinating but obscure travel destination, and its ancient shores do not find their way onto many travel itineraries — a shame, as it hosts some of the most intriguing cities in the region. Here’s a guide to show you how to plan Black Sea trips. But where to go? What […]

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August 31, 2012 by | 1 Comment

How to Find the Best Travel Accommodations

Bellagio

Whether you’re on a tight budget or splurging on an expensive vacation, there are myriad ways for you to find the perfect spot to lay your head…without having to settle for a roach motel.

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August 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Cusco Beyond Machu Picchu

Cusco

Machu Picchu is by no means the only thing to see in Peru (although it tends to be what the country is most famous for), or even the only thing to see around Cusco, the nearest city. For a variety of reasons (such as time constraints), some travelers cannot make the trip out to Aguas […]

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August 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Kecak Dance in Bali

Kecak Dance, Bali

While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a traditional Kecak dance in Bali. While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a […]

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August 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] Kecak Dance in Bali

Bilbao: A Spanish City Finds Its Swagger

Bilbao Rooftops

I would have to put Bilbao among the biggest surprises in all of my European travels. In this single regional city in the north of Spain, we found a paradise for foodies, luxury accommodation for about half the price we would have expected and multiple beaches accessible by the metro. Yet, somehow, Bilbao had never […]

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August 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on Bilbao: A Spanish City Finds Its Swagger

Meet Private Tour Guide Zafer Yazici in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia tour guide

Meet Zafer Yazici, one of Viator’s local experts in Cappadocia, Turkey with a license to provide private tours.

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August 28, 2012 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide Zafer Yazici in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hand-Picked: The 10 Best Adventure Tours

Bangkok elephant ride

Many travelers pride themselves on their ability to ‘go it alone’ or ‘get off the beaten track’, often bemoaning organized tour groups as unauthentic or formulaic. But while independent travel can be a life-altering experience, there are certain destinations and activities that simply aren’t available to the solo traveler. So whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-charged […]

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August 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Eco-Adventures Near Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal

Sandwiched between two oceans at the narrow southern tip of Central America, Costa Rica boasts an impressive range of attractive vacation experiences, mostly centered on its rich ecology.

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August 24, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Viator’s Summer Photo Contest – Winner Announced!

summer photo contest

Since the start of our Summer Photo Contest in May, we received over 1,700 amazing travel photos from around the world. Now it’s time to announce which contestants will have the chance to compete for our grand prize of a $5,000 Dream Vacation! The 6 winning photos from each topic are automatically considered for the […]

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August 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Old Montreal, New Worlds

Montreal is often regarded as one of the best cities in the world, for many reasons. But to me, a native Montrealer, I love my city for its dual personality: a bit of Europe in North America, a cityscape both modern and ancient, the gastronomical juxtaposition of poutine and foie gras. Despite an agitated history […]

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August 23, 2012 by | 1 Comment