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About KellyG

Kelly Gillease is our VP of Marketing at Viator. Always up for a new experience, Kelly learned in the past year that World Cup fans are really loud, Iceland has nice food, surfing is fun and there are better places to sleep on your honeymoon than the Buenos Aires airport. Kelly's favorite city? San Francisco, of course. Favorite things to do? Glacier hiking and surfing. Check out her marketing musings on her blog,

Love is in the Air


When you see something interesting happen once, you think, well that’s interesting. Twice, its a coincidence. More than that, well, that’s a trend. Recently we’ve begun to notice a delightful trend on Viator – a fair number of people are proposing to their partners while on a Viator excursion.

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February 11, 2013 by | Comments Off on Love is in the Air

The Truth About Shore Excursions

All of us who work at Viator strive each and every day to make our site a trusted online resource where you can quickly book the world’s most popular tours and travel experiences, at the best value. And, for more than a decade, we’ve done a good job of doing just that – for most […]

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December 13, 2010 by | Comments Off on The Truth About Shore Excursions

How to Avoid a Turkey Thanksgiving

If most Americans are like me, and I suspect many are, when it comes to Thanksgiving, they trudge home through horrible traffic and/or airport delays to eat a very large meal on Thursday, visit their family, maybe see a movie, and possibly battle some horrendous shopping crowds in an effort to get a jump on […]

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November 24, 2010 by | 3 Comments

The London Weekend Getaway: Brighton

Brighton smells like oysters – that briny, seaside smell. Which I like, so kind of like the smell of fresh baked bread, it just makes me hungry. Being perpetually willing to eat in Brighton (a town on the south coast of England) works in my favor as there are many, many wonderful places to eat […]

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July 22, 2010 by | Comments Off on The London Weekend Getaway: Brighton

Announcing the Launch of ViatorX

At Viator we take your comments and feedback to heart, we hear you. Whether it takes the form of a traveler review, an email to customer support, or a kind of awkward heavy breathing phone call (dude, just stop calling me!), we listen to our customers. Time and time again we hear that many of […]

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April 1, 2010 by | 4 Comments

Kelly’s Book Report: The Darwin Experience

There’s an old question that you hear from time to time: If there was one person living or dead you could have dinner with, who would it be? Obviously there are tons of enticing choices here, but for me, the answer is pretty easy, Charles Darwin. Not the famous Charles Darwin you see with the […]

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December 10, 2009 by | 1 Comment

The Beatles on Tour

I’ll start off with a confession, I am becoming hopelessly addicted to Beatles Rock Band, I would play it eight days a week. My brother and I are big Beatles fans, so naturally we got the game, and despite genetic advantages, are still trying to get our high harmonies in sync. Let’s just say I […]

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September 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on The Beatles on Tour

Bermuda’s 400th Birthday (On a Budget)

I am noticing a strange trend in my travels over the past year. I end up in places turning 400. Are a lot of places celebrating 400 years? Probably not. Nor do I seek out the big birthday celebrations. And yet last summer I found myself in Quebec City for its 400th anniversary. This winter, […]

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March 18, 2009 by | 2 Comments

133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

My Mum turned 60 and wanted to go to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for her birthday, the trickiest part is getting tickets and everything else is easy. On the tickets front, just mail in your form early (I think I mailed it in October), download it at the Westminster Kennel Club website. Beautiful […]

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February 25, 2009 by | Comments Off on 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Alcatraz Confidential

When I was 11 years old (nearly 20 years ago), in May of 1989, I took my first tour to Alcatraz Island. My elementary school was a two-hour drive from San Francisco, and this was our big field trip of the year, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Zoo. In retrospect I think that part of […]

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January 16, 2009 by | 1 Comment