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Ode to Istanbul

For Western travelers, Istanbul is truly exotic. The dictionary defines exotic as “intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange” and that’s a great way to think about Istanbul. The sights, the sounds, the food, the music, the culture — it’s all excitingly strange, intriguingly unusual. I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to the small […]

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November 26, 2012 by | 10 Comments

Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam

Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave […]

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October 20, 2012 by | 208 Comments

New York’s 9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop

While few people chose to travel in pursuit of tragedies, occasionally a tragedy helps put a destination into meaningful context. No where is that more true than New York City. The attacks of September 11, 2001 are easy to overlook nowadays; New York is healing, moving on, looking forward not back. And yet 9/11 was […]

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June 1, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

I’m used to being a tourist. Perhaps this was why I decided to play tourist in my own city. Back in July, before leaving New York for a two-month stint, I signed up for Viator’s Best of Brooklyn Sightseeing, Food and Culture Tour. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last 10 years yet I wanted […]

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December 18, 2009 by | Comments Off on Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

Travel Gifts: The Holiday’s 5 Best Travel Gifts

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about gifts for the people in your life who love to travel. These people won’t be satisfied with average gifts. No, they’ve seen too much of the world to be impressed with a fruitcake or pair of socks. If you want to impress the travelers in […]

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December 4, 2009 by | 6 Comments

Madrid on the Cheap

Before the arrival of the euro, Madrid was well known as one of Europe’s cheaper destinations. These days, as on the rest of the continent, you can go through money like water if you don’t come prepared. You need to plan ahead, and go with the local flow, to make Madrid achievable on a budget.

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November 11, 2009 by | Comments Off on Madrid on the Cheap

2009 TRAVELtech Awards: Vote for Viator, Mate

2009 has been a good awards season for Viator, knock on wood. Our blog has been nominated (and won!) a handful of awards. And yesterday we learned that has been nominated by TRAVELtech as one of Australia’s Top 25 travel websites. What, you didn’t know we spoke Australian? Well we do, mate. Don’t believe […]

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August 19, 2009 by | 1 Comment

In Praise of Summer

Swimming in a lake for hours on end. Cooking pulled-pork on a barbecue grill in 90-degree heat. Water skiing. Tubing. Wake boarding. Sitting on a porch with four generations of the same family. Coolers overflowing with cans of ice-cold beer. The blaring of cicadas at dusk, outboard motors at dawn, air-conditioning pumps all night long.

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July 4, 2009 by | Comments Off on In Praise of Summer

Vatican Confidential: Behind the Scenes of the Guided Tour Industry

Personally I have rarely been tempted to take guided tours. The times I have were usually accidental; faced with some complicated monument in the depths of India, an ageing guide has approached me and very softly urged me to take a tour at a wonderfully reasonable price. This is the sort of guided tour that […]

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June 30, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Paris Chocolate Tour

Do the words “chocolate” and “French pastries” get you excited? If so you should keep reading. Otherwise this borderline Paris food porn post will rub you the wrong way. You have been warned. It all started a few days ago, when we noticed an excellent review of our Paris Chocolate & Pastry Tour by Marie […]

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June 3, 2009 by | 2 Comments