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Where to Spend Christmas in Italy

Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses – you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds plus get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery.

December 25th isn’t the biggest holiday of the winter season in Italy (that would be Epiphany, in early January), but it’s still a great time to go – and you’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that take the holidays to another level.

Here are a few suggestions for where to spend Christmas in Italy.

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November 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Safety in Paris: What Travelers Need to Know Right Now

Paris, France

We are shocked and saddened by the recent tragic events in Paris. Our team members are on the ground in Paris, actively working with our local partners to assess the situation and provide our support in this difficult time.

We also want to keep you informed of what is happening for your own travel purposes. Read on for the latest news and security updates.

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November 16, 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

Exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca

The vibrant student city of Cluj-Napoca, located in legend-riddled Transylvania, and has proclaimed itself as Romania’s ‘city of the arts.’ A multi-cultural city with its origins in Roman times, Cluj’s profile is currently riding high as European Youth Capital for 2015. Thanks to its proximity to many of Romania’s unique attractions, exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca is a sightseer’s delight.

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October 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

Thanksgiving Travel: 8 Amazing Things to Do and Places to Go

Pikachu balloon by Ben+Sam (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thanksgiving’s eating, drinking and merrymaking tend to come with an element of stress over meal planning, preparation and cleanup. So take a break from the usual this year: Because what better way to celebrate an extra two days off in a row than to travel elsewhere than someone’s dining room? Consider going big — take your family and friends with you, or make a break for it with a private getaway — and skip the Black Friday shopping this year in exchange for experiences with far greater returns.

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October 19, 2015 by | Comments Off

Explore the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest

The Peles and Bran castles are a few hours drive outside of Bucharest, therefore making a great day trip to our Romania travel plans. Since we were traveling without a car, I chose to book the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest Private Tour in order to discover the true history of the region.

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October 7, 2015 by | Comments Off

Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local and traditional music, arts and crafts, dance and food, attending an event is one of the best ways to learn about regional traditions, customs, cuisines and values. Here’s a roundup of October festivals around the world.

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October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

The Best of Bucharest With a Private Guide

Downtown Bucharest

Razvan Trancu has 13 years of tour guide experience as well as a varied background that includes a law school degree and operations work in a film studio. He was born and raised in Bucharest and enjoys the cultural exchange of his profession as well as putting travelers at ease as he takes them on tours around his city as a Viator private guide. He took the time recently to provide us his local perspective on Bucharest’s interesting history and many attractions.

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September 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip

Predjama Castle

From the moment my tour guide, Peter, introduced himself, I knew it was going to be a fun day. I’d arrived in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, the day before this trip, eager to learn as much as possible about this small but vibrant country. I climbed into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and introduced myself to the other seven participants on the Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip from Ljubljana.

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September 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

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