World’s Strangest Festivals

Hadaka Matsuri photo courtesy of kc7fys via Flickr

One of the best reasons to travel is the resulting opportunities to experience a new country and culture; there’s no better way to better understand a foreign culture than through one of its festivals. From fire dancing to flesh piercing, there are some experiences that seem extremely strange to the uninitiated. However, once you’ve either seen it firsthand—or taken part in it—you’ll never be quite the same. From the religious to the wacky, here are some of the world’s strangest festivals.

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September 8, 2014 by
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September Viator Customer of the Month: Stacy Cooper’s Surprise Proposal in Las Vegas

At the famous Las Vegas sign

From volunteering with baby pandas in China to visiting the Sistine Chapel after its closed to the public, every year Viator helps thousands and thousands of travelers just like you have unforgettable experiences. To continue to inspire you, each month we’ll be highlighting one of our recent customer’s trips. We hope seeing how fellow Viator travelers experience the world will inspire you to get out and plan your own trip! Meet Viator’s September Customer of the Month, Stacey Cooper!

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September 8, 2014 by
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12 Cities to Explore on a Big Bus Tour

From open-aired roofless double-decker busses to big, red, air-conditioned British trolleys that fill a postcard, Big Bus Tours offer the convenience of hop-on hop-off location points with informative guides and the unique and charming Big Bus experience.

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September 8, 2014 by
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Charleston and Savannah: The Haunted Cities of the South

Marshall House

Separated by less than 100 miles of coastline and Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah compete for the title of Most Haunted City in America. Episodes of the Sci-Fi channel’s Ghost Hunters and HGTV’s If These Wall Could Talk feature hotels, gravestones, and other sites known to host apparitions. Diner, pub, and brewery guests tell tales of having their hair pulled, feeling otherworldly presences, and even seeing dishware moved by invisible hands. With more buried history than in just about any other cities in the nation, it’s no wonder some souls are looking for redemption… or justice.

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September 3, 2014 by
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Where to Go in September: 20 Great End-of-Summer Spots

Rhine Valley

Why does everyone always ask, “are you going away at all this summer?” Traveling isn’t limited to July and August. Which means that just because you didn’t get a vacation this summer doesn’t mean you have to wait another ten months. The month ahead happens to be one of the best times to travel. From the changing colors of the leaves to the crisp pleasant weather to the tasty fall beers, we are actually surprised that more people aren’t jetting to the airports during the not-quite-fall-yet month of September. We aren’t complaining about the lack of crowds, though!

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September 1, 2014 by
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12 Tips for Traveling Like an Insider, From the Viator Travel Ambassadors

To keep bringing you more insider knowledge of destinations around the world, we’re working with a team of Viator Ambassadors, expert travel bloggers who’ve been around the block (and around the world) a few times. Collectively, they’ve visited hundreds of airports, logged thousands of miles of flight time and learned through experience how to make the most of any trip. We asked our ambassadors for their best tips for traveling like an insider. Here’s what they had to say.

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August 27, 2014 by
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Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

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August 18, 2014 by
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Photos: Viator Celebrates Joining the TripAdvisor Family

On July 24, 2014, Viator announced some exciting news: we’ve been acquired by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. As a part of the TripAdvisor family, the Viator site will continue to offer tours and activities around the world, all handpicked by local experts. Being a part of TripAdvisor will allow us to grow, adding new […]

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August 14, 2014 by
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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas,” Panama is more than just the meeting-point of North and South America, it’s a tropical junction, famous for its beautiful beaches, thriving jungle, and, of course – its renowned waterway.

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August 12, 2014 by
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Out of Office: Daniel in Bolivia

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. In this new series we’ll bring you their stories. Here, Daniel Hackett details his trip to La Paz, Bolivia.

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August 11, 2014 by
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