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Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

How to Spend One Day in Papeete

When people talk about vacationing in Tahiti, they aren’t necessarily talking about staying on the island of Tahiti itself. Tahiti is the largest of the islands in French Polynesia, which many people commonly refer to collectively as Tahiti. Flights typically arrive to the capital city of the island of Tahiti, Papeete, early in the morning to allow for travelers to make connections to neighboring islands or spend a few hours before embarking on a Paul Gauguin cruise. If you’re looking for things to do in town, here’s how to spend one day in Papeete:

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August 19, 2015 by | Comments Off

Best Boone Activities for Families

Grandfather Mountain at sunset

At an elevation of exactly 3,333 feet, Boone is the highest city of its size found east of Colorado. It’s home to Appalachian State University and is the unofficial capital of the North Carolina High Country that spans the surrounding mountains. Thanks to the city’s lofty elevation, it’s a refreshing respite from the summer heat found down on coastal plains, and a white wonderland of fluffy deep snow when winter starts to set in. It’s an area full of outdoor adventure and historic country sights perfect if you’re planning on bringing kids to the mountains.

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August 17, 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

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

8 Secret Places in China That Tourists Haven’t Discovered Yet

Hangzhou, China: Heaven On Earth

Don’t get us wrong: We’ll never stop being impressed with the Great Wall of China or the Forbidden City. But China is a vast country, and as more North Americans turn their sights eastward, we jumped at the chance to shine the spotlight on some less-known (at least to Americans) but exceptional experiences .

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August 7, 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

Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

The famous Mall of America.

Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be at the top of your travel list, but Mall of America is far from your average shopping center. From fun and games to fashion and food, this mega mall is a top place to experience when in Minnesota.

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August 3, 2015 by | Comments Off

Travel With Viator: What’s Happening in August

Zaanse Schanse windmills

Find deals, discounts, new tours and more below in our monthly blog update!

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August 1, 2015 by | 15 Comments

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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