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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 Africa & the Middle East: 2016 Viator Travel Awards

Go adventuring in the Dubai desert.

Welcome to the 2016 Viator Travel Awards: Africa and Middle East Edition! Below, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the most fun and interesting things to do and best places to visit in Africa and the Middle East. The tours and activities listed have been chosen based on traveler reviews, data from the millions of people who check out Viator.com during the year, and information on which tours travelers book most often. Reading through this list, you’ll get a sense of the top things to do in each place – it’s a great virtual vacation from work, or the perfect way to start planning a trip anywhere.

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December 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment

How to Pick a Safari in Tanzania

Setting off on a safari in the Serengeti

Tanzania is one of the best safari destinations, with world-famous parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, where you can find the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the nearly extinct rhinoceros) in their natural habitat.

Defining the right safari for you is the key to enjoying your trip. Different formulas are available depending on what you’re looking for and, of course, your comfort level and budget.

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November 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Moment with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

A mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

If your bucket list includes observing gorillas in the wild, Rwanda should be your destination of choice. Its mountain gorillas — the world’s most endangered apes — live in the Virunga Mountains across Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

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November 11, 2015 by | Comments Off

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

October Top Photos of the Month: Crazy Adventure Activities Around the World

Be an adrenaline junkie with Viator with the October Top Photos of the Month!

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October 22, 2015 by | Comments Off

Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi River

Through the Batoka Gorge

Approaching the Zambezi River for the first time was like stepping from a room of silence into one of chaos. The rushing water of the river slammed over rocks, creating rapids with chalky white caps. Yet despite this first impression, after taking in a deep breath, it took only seconds to relax amidst the natural beauty.

Touted as the adventure capital of Eastern Africa, Victoria Falls is a stop that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Zimbabwe. While the falls themselves are the star, it’s the activities in the vicinity that get your adrenaline flowing. We wanted an up-close look at the lifeline of the great falls, the Zambezi River, and the best way to enjoy it is on a full day whitewater-rafting trip that takes you through the Batoka Gorge.

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August 13, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, "the smoke that thunders"

Between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe lies a giant gash in the Earth’s surface that sends water plummeting and mist high into the air. The locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” In English, it’s known as Victoria Falls. The local name seems more fitting as the falls drain 800,000 gallons of water every second from the mighty Zambezi River. The falling water lands with such force from the 360-foot fall it splashes into a mist that can been seen like smoke from a fire, miles away. To truly see the scale of Victoria Falls, you need to see it from above; so we took a Victoria Falls helicopter tour.

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August 5, 2015 by | Comments Off

Cruising the Zambezi River at Sunset

The anticipated sunset did not disappoint!

Just upstream on the Zambian shore, we set sail on a Zambezi River Sunset Cruise tour while we were in Livingstone, Zambia. We boarded the ship just as the sun was starting to make its slow drop down for the evening. Our captain for the evening guided us up the river to see African wildlife, enjoy local food and drink, then finish the cruise with an amazing sunset over the River.

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July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off

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