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Safety in Dhaka: What Travelers Need to Know

Tenerife TKTKTK beach at sunset

On July 2, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka updated its recommendations to travelers in Dhaka/Bangladesh. Following the hostage event at Holey Bakery in Gulshan-2, Dhaka, the U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens avoid the area around the restaurant (Road 79 in Gulshan-2) and remain vigilant in their movements and activities, both inside the diplomatic enclave and anywhere else in Bangladesh.

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July 5, 2016 by | Comments Off

17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015.

The idea of creating protected wilderness areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off

Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

May's a great time to hit the beach in Rio.

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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April 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments

10 Great Observation Decks Around the World

The Shard

There’s no better way to experience a location than to peer down upon the landscape from a great height. From the world’s tallest man-made structure to a walkout platform shadowing the Grand Canyon, these 10 observation decks around the world offer some of the world’s most breathtaking views.

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February 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Best Countries for Tea Lovers

Tea time in Morocco

Tea may have just started gaining popularity in North America and Western Europe, but in the rest of the world it’s been a household staple for centuries. It doesn’t matter whether locals refer to it as “cha,” “tee,” “the,” “cay” or “tea,” whether the brew is black, green, white or red; local tea traditions are fascinating no matter where you go.

Tea lovers will attest, nothing beats a great cup of tea to start off your day — except maybe a great cup of tea to start off your day in a foreign country. Here are just a few examples of destinations where tea will, undoubtedly, be at the heart of your travel experience.

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January 7, 2016 by | Comments Off

7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

New Year's Eve fireworks at Copacabana Beach in Rio

Eating, drinking and dancing. These are three activities that define New Year’s Eve across the globe. But some people do them wearing winter jackets, while others get to feel the sand between their toes as the fireworks go off. Do you want to be one of the latter? Then spend December 31 at one of the following destinations.

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December 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top 25 Things to Do in Asia: 2016 Viator Travel Awards

Marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal.

As the world’s largest and most populous continent, with more than 50 countries spread across six distinct regions, Asia offers a wealth of experiences. The cultural, geographical and ethnic diversity that exists within Asia ensures travelers with varied interests and levels of experience will find something to cross off their bucket list. Join us for this tour of the Top 25 Things to Do in Asia!

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December 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments

December Top Photos of the Month: Let it Snow!

Let it snow with Viator’s December Top Photos of the Month!

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December 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Festivals Taking Place Around the World in November

Pushkar Camel Fair

Visiting a new place during a festival can be a great way to get an inside look at traditional food, music and art, and to learn more about the local culture. Here are some of the festivals taking place around the world in November.

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November 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Top 25 Haunted Places Around the World

Dublin has plenty of haunted landmarks.

There are 25 haunted spots featured on this list, and plenty more around the world besides. How do you pick just one each year in which to spend your Halloween? Well, the good news is that these places retain their scary reputations year-round, so even if only one of them makes the cut for October 31st this year you can turn the rest into a frightening world tour if you want. It may not be a relaxing trip, but at least you’ll keep your adrenaline going at full speed.

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October 28, 2015 by | 5 Comments

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