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The Most Beautiful Place You’ve Never Heard of to Watch Sunsets

Ludington's famous sunset (photo by Jessica Spiegel)

“Where are you going after your visit to Detroit?” My table-mate was a young Michigan native working for the city’s tourism office, and when I replied, “Ludington,” her face positively lit up. Then she grabbed her phone and started swiping through photo after photo of glowing pink, yellow and orange clouds over water.

“Ludington is the best,” she gushed. “The sunsets – I mean, just look at them – they’re amazing!”

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March 18, 2016 by | Comments Off

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Magens Bay, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

For soul-warming sun, powdery sands and crystalline waters, the Caribbean offers thousands of beaches from which to choose. From secluded mountain-coddled coves and peaceful palm-lined stretches of sand to idyllic resort-fronted stretches and lively people-watching expanses, you’ll discover an abundance of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choosing from which beach to enjoy the sun and surf can be challenging, so we’ve put together an insider’s guide to the best beaches in the Caribbean.

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March 7, 2016 by | 5 Comments

The World’s Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.

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February 18, 2016 by | 2 Comments

9 of the Best River Journeys in the World

An aerial view of the Amazon

Rivers, the great, ever-changing highways of water on the banks of which nearly all early civilizations were built. Nehir in Turkish, rio in Spanish — the river’s signifier in almost every language is beautiful, conjuring images of life and death, of settlement and flight, of the unstoppable flowing movement and renewal of all things. Their names — Ganges, Nile, Congo, Amazon, Danube — evoke entire worlds. Here is my list of the nine greatest river journeys in the world.

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February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment

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

Best Over-Water Bungalows in The Maldives

Tucked away off the southern coasts of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea, The Maldives is a tiny island nation comprising 26 atolls. Characterized by white sand beaches and diverse underwater ecosystems, the Maldives has long been a favorite destination among honeymooners with cash to splash. And while many of the Maldives opulent resorts are certainly splurge-worthy, there are a few more modest accommodation options for those with tighter purse strings. Here are a few of the Maldives’ best over-water bungalows for travelers of all budgets:

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September 17, 2015 by | Comments Off

How to Spend a Week in Nicaragua

Little Corn Island

If you have a week to travel Nicaragua, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one location — consider a multi-day adventure that lets you see some of the country’s best sights and attractions. If you want to see as much as possible, here are some ideas on how to spend a week in Nicaragua.

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August 31, 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

August Top Photos of the Month: Mediterranean Travels

Make sure to enjoy all of Croatia, including the Plitvice Lakes National Park waterfalls

We want to dig our toes in the sand, kick up the ocean waves on a cruise and pull out our binoculars from the highest mountain tops to make the most of our Mediterranean travels with Viator’s August Top Photos of the Month!

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August 12, 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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