Author Archives | Melinda Harrington

About Melinda Harrington

Melinda is Viator's Project Manager (and amateur blogger!). Crossing the equator when she was five months old, Melinda developed a love for traveling early. Back at home, her family crisscrossed the United States, adding 49 of the 50 states to her traveling portfolio (why not just go to Alaska and cross them all off the list?). Now based in Australia, she is busy exploring the Southern Hemisphere, sampling the snorkeling in Fiji, New Caledonia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Maldives, and - of course - Australia. Melinda has now managed to visit all of the Australian states and territories (it’s a short list). Check out Melinda's posts for her latest adventures.

[PHOTOS] A Review of “La Traviata” on Sydney Harbour

Opera Performance on Sydney Harbour

My husband did ask the obvious question, “Why?” Yes, why would you suspend the biggest chandelier you have ever seen over a stage floating in the air, over the Sydney Harbour, in front of the Harbour Bridge? And then perform “La Traviata”? And even more so, how? I can imagine the original meeting with the […]

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March 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] A Review of “La Traviata” on Sydney Harbour

[PHOTOS] Segway in Hawaii!

Waikiki Beach Hilton

Four tourists in coordinating Hawaiian Christmas ensembles asked us how we were able to balance as we scooted past during our Honolulu Segway Tour. My answer: you don’t really have to think about balancing, you just stand and the machine balances for you. This was my second time on a Segway and I found I […]

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February 14, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise


Somebody handed me a Mai Tai as soon as we sat down on the Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise. I think I could get used to this! Later I even succeed in convincing my darling to dance to “Easy Like Sunday Morning”. Yes, it’s all very easy. Our hotel had a shuttle that dropped us off […]

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January 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise

The Woman Behind the Winchester Mystery House


Follow the footsteps of Melinda as she tours the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The mystery of the house lies in its owner, a woman convinced that to keep the ghosts at bay she must construct her house with as many turns, twists and dead-ends as possible to confuse them. The final design leaves […]

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March 7, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Exploring San Francisco by Segway

I believe the best way to see a city is through the soles of your feet. But after lifting those feet a few inches off the ground on the San Francisco Waterfront Segway Tour I have to say walking has some serious competition.

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December 14, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Welcome to Tillicum Village, Seattle

Halfway through our scrumptious salmon dinner on the Tillicum Village Tour, my Darling said to me “this review is writing itself isn’t it?” OK, well I wouldn’t go that far but yes, this tour was easy to like. We found the starting point easily.

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October 21, 2010 by | 1 Comment

A Three Hour Cruise

Maybe it’s the negative ions, or the sparkly lights. Or, perhaps the bubbly had something to do with it. Whatever it was, not long into our Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, this group of jaded Sydney-siders was joyfully running around taking pictures of the Opera House as if we had never seen it before. Just imagine […]

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September 2, 2010 by | Comments Off on A Three Hour Cruise

An Afternoon of Art and High Tea in Sydney: How Lovely

While enjoying High Tea at the Art Gallery of NSW one finds oneself saying things like – “one”. Like the Queen, I believe my birthday should be a public holiday. Unlike the Queen’s Birthday, technically mine isn’t a holiday. But I take the day off anyway – and encourage my friends and family to join […]

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July 14, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Did Tintin Have this Much Fun in Vietnam?

Apparently Tintin never actually went to Vietnam but I’m sure if he had, he would have enjoyed Viator‘s Mekong Delta Adventure Tour. Parts of this tour were a little well – goofy. But even the ‘too cool to be on vacation with her parents’ teenager got into it. There’s something about being loaded on the […]

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June 9, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Enter the Dragon: Descending into Vietnam’s Halong Bay

The karsts in Halong Bay, a few hours from Hanoi in Vietnam, were on my ‘must see in my lifetime list’. I can confirm that they merit a spot on that list. Halong Bay also has a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural […]

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May 20, 2010 by | 7 Comments