Travel News Round-Up: Week of January 14

What is the travel world buzzing about this week? The New York Times travel section surveys family-ski options that won’t break the bank in Colorado; uncovers the top eating spots in Amman, Jordan (including my personal favorite falafel seller anywhere, Hashem, located in downtown Amman); and casts an approving eye on Hollywood despite all the […]

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January 13, 2008 by
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Hello Queensland, I Really Must Be Going

Once you’ve stayed in to bat for while in the Northern Territories (NT), the score can become a little familiar. (Warning: skip this cricket metaphor if you’re not Australian — like even if it’s a long innings, you should have declared a while ago because the other team, in this case the Territory, is never […]

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January 11, 2008 by
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New Year’s in Japan

New Year’s is a holiday made for fun. No presents to buy, no families to visit, and a vacation day – do you need more excuses to take a trip? Last year we headed to Joshua Tree, this year we opted to visit some friends who had relocated to Japan. New Year’s is a huge […]

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January 11, 2008 by
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Munich River Surfing

Yes you read that right. River surfing in Munich. I was browsing the latest travel videos on the Viator YouTube site, and I noticed a new video titled Munich River Surfing. So of course I hit ‘play’, and glad that I did. I’ve been to Munich a dozen times and yet I’ve never, ever heard […]

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January 10, 2008 by
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Happy Coptic Christmas

To my Christian friends in Egypt – Happy Christmas to you! The majority of Christians in Egypt belong to the Coptic Orthodox church, one of the oldest denominations of the Christian faith, and they celebrate Christmas on January 7. Celebrations begin on the evening of January 6 when families attend large church services which run […]

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January 5, 2008 by
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Top Kids & Family Tours in 2007

Got kids? Plenty of travelers do, and in 2007 they hit the road in record numbers. Family trips, vacations with kids, kid-friendly adventure holidays, all of these experienced major growth in 2007. We saw similar trends on the viator.com site, with kid-friendly and family-friendly travel growing by more than 35%. We’re also impressed by the range of kid- and family-friendly tours purchased in 2007. Sure there were plenty of holidays to Disneyland and Universal Studios, we would expect no less from two of the world’s most popular theme parks and entertainment brands.

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January 4, 2008 by
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Unforgettable Travel Experiences: The Viator Top 3

As part of Viator’s “2007 Travel Year in Review”, we have already announced our Top 25 Things to Do in each of the regions we cover, and we’re getting ready to announce (look for it next week) the Top 50 Travel Destinations of 2007. In the meantime here’s another window into the best travel experiences […]

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January 3, 2008 by
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The Viator Travel Blog: Top Posts in 2007

What were the year’s most popular stories on the Viator blog? Opening Day at the Grand Canyon Skywalk: Our #3 post in 2007 We’ve run the numbers and the most popular posts from 2007 (based on page views) are below. It’s an interesting list, to be sure. Enjoy the walk down memory lane in 2007, […]

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January 2, 2008 by
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My husband the Egyptian god…

From the moment he discovered there is an Egyptian god called Amun-Ra, my husband Eamonn pronounced himself a god. The fact he is not an Egyptian living 4,000 years ago in the time of Pharoahs and Pyramids seems to be of little, if any relevance. The obvious spelling difference between Amun and Eamonn deemed unimportant, […]

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January 1, 2008 by
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Happy New Year, from Australia with Love

Editor’s Note: Jack Brown has been pondering his New Year’s resolutions and revelations, and asked us to share his “Guide to Australian Cultural Iconography over the Holiday Period.” As always we’re happy to oblige Jack. Happy 2008 from the Viator team. Resolution: Go to the Beach Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Australia Most fellas (men) […]

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January 1, 2008 by
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