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
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Five Sights Not to Miss in Slovenia

Beautiful Bled

Ljubljana’s pastel-painted Old Town, castle, Baroque churches and edgy Metelkova district intriguingly combine clashing architectural styles, making it a perfect destination to spend a few days. But beyond this lovely city lies some of central Europe’s most spellbinding countryside. Here are five sights not to miss in Slovenia — many still remarkably overlooked on the tourist trails and just waiting to be explored.

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August 4, 2015 by
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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
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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
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Five Top Sights in Lithuania

Vilnius Old Town.

Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:

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July 30, 2015 by
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Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

Musical performance from local university students.

The town of Swakopmund, Namibia was established as the main port for what was once German Southwest Africa in the early 1900s. During colonial times, the 12 native tribes of the area were moved to areas of the city called townships, where many still live today. In order to understand these integral parts of the city and Namibian culture, we decided to take a tour of the Swakopmund townships.

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July 29, 2015 by
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Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip

Daytripping to Carpathian wine country from Bratislava

The Carpathian Mountains run from Western Slovakia, near Bratislava, all the way to Transylvania in Romania. Slovakia was formerly behind the Iron Curtain, and part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Then it separated from Czechoslovakia to become its own country. Does Slovakia have an identity of its own? The locals certainly think so. I booked the Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava, the capital, in order to find out.

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July 28, 2015 by
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The Best Way to See Greenville, South Carolina: By Segway

Gliding through Greenville on Segways

Of all the ways to see the sights in and around historic downtown Greenville, gliding effortlessly on top of a Segway has to be the most fun!

The “people mover” machines used on the Greenville Segway Tour are fun and easy. The non-motorized machines are based on balance and respond to how your body shifts. Leaning forward or backward or lightly moving the steering to the left or right is all you need to do — the Segway technology takes care of the rest.

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July 27, 2015 by
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A Quad Biking Tour in Namibia

On a quad bike tour of the Namib Desert

Piled high against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean are the golden red sands of the Namib Desert. Between the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, a massive dune field backs the seaside. While on the coast of Namibia, we found time to jump on off-road bikes as part of a quad bike tour of the Namib Desert and explore this beautiful part of the country. On the tour we got to see how the Topnaar tribe lives in the desert, visit an ancient burial site, see centuries-old petrified footprints and have some fun carving up the massive sand dunes.

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July 24, 2015 by
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Explore Your City This Summer and Win a $500 Viator Gift Card

While you might already be shopping for fall school supplies, don’t lament the end of summer quite yet — there’s still plenty of fun to be had, even if you aren’t venturing far from home. Are you one of the thousands of San Franciscans who have never been to Alcatraz? Or a New Yorker who’s […]

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July 24, 2015 by
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