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About Ken

Ken Frohling manages Viator's partner programs in the Americas and tries to keep abreast with the ever changing online travel industry. Typical of Viator, Ken is another travel nut and loves to explore whenever he gets the chance. He got his first bite of the travel bug when he woke up one day in the early 90's and realized his "dream job" in pharmaceutical sales was no dream. He quit the next day and spent six months in Europe to find himself. He never did, but kept trying to repeat the effort spending 9 months backpacking in Africa from Morocco to Cape Town, plus a three-month stint in France. He HAS since found himself and now lives in Charm City – Baltimore, MD. His favorite getaways are Bangkok (for the food), Amsterdam (for the nightlife) and Melbourne (for the tennis).

Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day

Editor’s Note: Ken’s been at it again, reading books and filing reports. Read his last book review about Stonehenge, or settle back and enjoy Ken’s wise insights into the life of ancient Rome. I do a lot of traveling (the evidence is here and here), so a new book from Thames & Hudson caught my […]

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October 3, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Ken’s Book Report: Solving the Mysteries of Stonehenge

Editor’s note: Good news! The mystery of Stonehenge has been solved. No kidding, apparently it’s a cemetery. Always has been, too. Read more here in the SF Chronicle. Stonehenge is one of the most famous ancient monuments in the world, but what do we really know about it? Anyone intending to visit Stonehenge will be […]

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May 30, 2008 by | 11 Comments

Baltimore, Maryland – Charm City USA!

One of America’s oldest cities, Baltimore is often in the shadow of its more flamboyant neighbors: Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City. But Baltimore hasn’t been nicknamed Charm City without reason – “Bawlmore” as the locals call it is known for its many attractions, its rich ethnic and maritime heritage and its quirky, off-beat […]

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May 18, 2008 by | 5 Comments

I Have Never Been to Brazil

Iguazu Falls area – Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay I have not been to Brazil. That’s the official line and I am sticking to it. However, the reality is, I have been to Brazil. Well… My trip was simple enough. After visiting the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls we would transit the very corner of Brazil […]

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April 15, 2008 by | 2 Comments

One night in Bangkok…

…and the tough guys tumble. It’s true, but really – one night in Bangkok is never enough. Perhaps more than any other city, Bangkok is a city for the senses. There are amazing sights – like the golden-spired “Wats” that dot the city; amazing sounds – the whir of tuk-tuks and buzz of conversation; amazing […]

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February 4, 2008 by | 8 Comments

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a really, really BIG plane!

The World’s largest passenger jet – the Airbus A380 – is set to take flight this month After 13 years of planning and development, the massive new Airbus A380 arrived in Singapore this week – nearly 2 years late and a few billions of dollars over budget. But that could not stop the hype and […]

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October 19, 2007 by | Comments Off on It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a really, really BIG plane!

This ain’t Wal-Mart – Ken’s Top Ten Places to Shop in the World

Welcome to the Medina One of my favorite things to do in any destination I visit is a little shopping. I am not talking postcards, logo shot glasses or t-shirts (..My uncle went to Paris and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!..). I am talking about the places where the real locals shop. Instead […]

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July 11, 2007 by | 5 Comments

Ken’s Top 10 Tips for Flight Delays

Delays at Heathrow We at Viator have always said “it’s the things you do when you get there” that make the trip, not how you get there. And with summer travel season at its peak in Europe and the United States, getting there can be a bit of a challenge. Airport crowds, security lines, full […]

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July 2, 2007 by | 4 Comments