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About Rod

Rod Cuthbert is Viator's founder and chairman. Rod has traveled extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Western Europe and North America. Rod believes strongly in the importance of working with the very best suppliers in each of our markets, and has personally "road-tested" many of the tours, activities, shows & attractions offered by Viator. He is a lousy golfer and a below-average surfer who has enjoyed those pastimes in every destination he finds with a golf course or a beach (with waves.) When not traveling, Rod shares his time between San Francisco, USA and Sydney, Australia.

Vacation Tips for Workaholics

Even workaholics can enjoy great vacations; in fact their fear of being away from the office for too many days at a time may even work in their favor. Here are my three key rules for workaholic vacationers…

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April 26, 2013 by | Comments Off on Vacation Tips for Workaholics

Two Great Tips for Making Your Vacation Work For You

Snorkeling

I’ve always been surprised by the reluctance many people have to take their annual vacations. Even in the United States, where two to three weeks is a normal allocation for many employees, many avoid taking their allotted days. In most of Europe, oddly enough, the opposite is true: workers often have five or six weeks […]

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April 2, 2013 by | Comments Off on Two Great Tips for Making Your Vacation Work For You

Plan Ahead for the 2012 London Olympics

London Eye

Unless you’ve been living in a submarine these last few months, you won’t have missed the fact that the UK is having a big year. Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee went off with a big — though sometimes rainy — bang, and it’s now only a few weeks to the 2012 London Olympics, which run from […]

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July 13, 2012 by | Comments Off on Plan Ahead for the 2012 London Olympics

Nowhere is Off-Limits—Choosing a Destination for Your Next Trip

Our world is a topsy-turvy place, with no end of unforeseen events sent to try us. War, internal strife, natural and man-made disasters arrive unbidden and deliver untold disruption and suffering. Headlines are typically so dramatic we often overlook some of the less obvious outcomes. Among these, the death of tourism is generally instantaneous, often […]

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July 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment

How to Cope With Vacation Disasters

Ice on plane

Bad things can happen to good people, including you. Sadly, they sometimes happen on vacation. That can make things seem doubly bad, seeing as you’ve paid good money to enjoy yourself, not to hassle with goodness knows what problem fate has decided to drop on your head. So it’s a good idea to have a […]

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June 14, 2012 by | Comments Off on How to Cope With Vacation Disasters

Don’t Let Your Guidebook Rule Your Vacation

Ayers Rock

To be truly happy on vacation, psychologists have found you need to feel in control of the itinerary and activities. This is a subtle but important point for vacationers: for a great vacation, you need to do what you want to do, not what your traveling companions want, and not necessarily what the guidebook suggests.

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May 9, 2012 by | Comments Off on Don’t Let Your Guidebook Rule Your Vacation

Leave Your Worries at Home on Your Next Vacation

Pompeii

If you spend 17 years in the travel industry you end up talking to a lot of travelers, and over time you learn some interesting things about them. One of the most intriguing things I’ve found is that when it comes to thinking about upcoming vacations, it’s just human nature to spend some time worrying […]

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April 12, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Need a Vacation After Vacation? You Need a Different Vacation!

Las Vegas skydive

Many of us set off on our vacations with a single goal in mind: to escape the troubles, worries and stresses of our workaday lives. There’s no shame in that; our western civilization seems to value escapism pretty highly, and if you are going to truly escape, well, you need to put some thought into […]

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March 22, 2012 by | Comments Off on Need a Vacation After Vacation? You Need a Different Vacation!

5 Things Travelers Really Don’t Want To Hear

Luggage

“We’d like to upgrade you to a suite.” “This flight will be arriving early.” “Admission is free today.” Some sentences are music to any traveler’s ears. But for every phrase we long to hear, there’s one we dread just as much. Here are five things you never want to hear as a traveler, and what […]

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March 15, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Christchurch, New Zealand: Shaken, definitely not stirred

Christchurch, New Zealand

It would have been unfair, prior to the rumblings over the last couple of years, to describe Christchurch, New Zealand as “sleepy”. But it was definitely free of the drama and devastation that the series of earthquakes, which began in September 2010 with a major repeat in February 2011, have brought to this beautiful South […]

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March 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment