Ten Great Day Trips from Riga

Sunset on the Jurmala coast.

Sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia’s capital of Riga has exploded with fun things to do since the end of Soviet occupation and has become party-central of the Baltic. Outside the capital, the frenetic pace of life slows right down in towns and villages where time has virtually stood still. To see the contrast between the country’s turbulent history and its natural beauty, check out these suggestions for day trips from Riga:

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July 23, 2015 by
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Exploring Greenland: The Next Frontier for Travelers

Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland during the summer

Call it the Walter Mitty effect, but Greenland is suddenly on the cusp of shedding its arctic-explorers-only reputation to become the next great travel destination. Rather than cold and inhospitable, its shores now appear like an unexplored frontier to sure adventure.

While most won’t take an ice-cold leap of faith from a helicopter into the north Atlantic, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring Mitty moments that will send chills down your spine. Just a quick search for “things to do in Greenland” results in a list from Arctic wildlife viewing to thermal hot spring swims. In between lie options to scuba dive, sea kayak, fly fish and, perhaps most in-demand, watch the Northern Lights. Then there are the opportunities to discover Norse and Inuit culture while interacting with native Greenlanders. Let’s call Greenland off the grid, but on the radar.

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July 22, 2015 by
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Out of Office: Patricia Dives in Bonaire

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members […]

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July 21, 2015 by
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A Walk Through Culture & Food of Sofia

Bulgarian sausages and dried meats.

To learn about the city we took a Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour on our first day in Sofia–which proved to be the perfect introduction. We set out to spend three hours sampling Bulgarian cuisine and discovering the layers of this fascinating city.

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July 20, 2015 by
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Six of the Most Beautiful Drives in Montana

Disappearing Ice in Yellowstone Lake

Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S.A. and is home to a number of national parks and forests, making it a prime candidate for road trips. From the plains of the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, Montana has no shortage of scenic drives, but here are some of the best.

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July 17, 2015 by
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Six Tips for Surviving a Road Trip

Take time to stretch your legs

Summer is the best time for a road trip, especially if you’re looking for a bit of adventure and spontaneity. The open road can provide spectacular views and crazy stories … or leave you and your carmates stir crazy and desperate for an escape. Whether the drive is the means to a vacation destination or the vacation itself, a little preparation can turn what could be a cramped, monotonous disaster into an unforgettable journey. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your travel companions sane during the drive.

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July 16, 2015 by
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Exploring the Colorful Markets of Zanzibar

Skillful woodworkers on the job.

Zanzibar is a small white sand island dropped into the Indian Ocean and surrounded by turquoise waters. The island is almost synonymous with spice and it was a major part of the spice trade in colonial times. We got to explore the islands heritage and local crafts as part of the Handmade Zanzibar and Market Workshop tour while staying in Stone Town.

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July 15, 2015 by
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Five Reasons to Visit Bucharest

Get off the beaten path in beautiful Bucharest

Often overlooked by visitors as a drab, post-Communist city, Bucharest is actually anything but. In addition to centuries’ worth of architecture to discover, the city has a vibrant, celebratory vibe that mingles with a café culture and edgy nightlife. The Soviet blues are fast disappearing but prices are still cheap in comparison to other European cities, so stay a while to explore the five top things to do in Bucharest.

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July 14, 2015 by
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Scenic Spots Not to Miss on Moorea

Stunning landscape of Moorea Island as seen from the sea.

Located just off the coast of Tahiti, Moorea island is ideal for those wanting a more low-key Polynesian experience. It’s renowned for its unspoiled landscape, scenic views, and seemingly endless pineapple plantations. If you’re considering a holiday in Moorea, here are some of the island’s most scenic spots.

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July 10, 2015 by
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July Top Photos of the Month: Eating Around the World

In Mumbai, try eating the street food like a local!

Get out and eat your way around the world this summer with some photo inspiration provided by Viator’s July Top Photos of the Month!

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July 10, 2015 by
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