Meet John Blakey, a Private Guide in London

Meet John!

As a former television and film actor with 20 years of experience, John Blakey knows how to breathe life into stories and characters associated with a place. His motto is ‘Bring history to life’, and his aim is to take clients into the heart of his native England — whatever their interest might be.

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November 5, 2013 by
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Festivals Taking Place around the World in November

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in NYC

Visiting a new place during a festival can be a great way to get an inside look at traditional food, music, and art, and to learn more about the local culture. Here are some of the festivals taking place around the world in November.

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November 4, 2013 by
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10 Norway Winter Activities

Norway horse riding in snow

Vast, glistening fjords? Horn-capped Viking invaders? The eerie glow of the Northern Lights? Whatever comes to mind when you think of Norway, there’s no doubt that it’s steeped in mystique. With its location on the cusp of the Arctic and wilderness blanketed with snow for up to 6 months a year, Norway is a country tailor-made for the winter and there’s no better time to explore than with a carpet of fresh snow underfoot. Whether sleeping in a suite carved from ice, careening across the plains in a husky-drawn sled or marveling over a city made entirely of gingerbread, here are 10 Norway winter activities you’re sure to enjoy.

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November 4, 2013 by
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Exploring Texas’ Culture in the Downtown Dallas Arts District

View of Downtown Dallas

Dallas, Texas is known for many things, such as the Dallas Cowboys and other professional sports teams, fine dining and shopping, and the long-running 1978 television drama, Dallas, about a wealthy and feuding Texan oil family. Most people, however, don’t know about the city’s burgeoning Arts District, a rare gem that is the centerpiece of the area’s cultural life.

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November 1, 2013 by
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Pinterest Contest: Holiday Travel Wishlist

Pin to Win holiday contest

We know each of you probably has a travel wishlist of your own, so this holiday season we’re giving away a $500 Viator.com gift certificate to help one Pinterest follower knock something off their list.

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October 31, 2013 by
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Meet Dawn Blee, a Private Guide in London

Meet Dawn!

As a professional Blue Badge tour guide working in London and the Southeast of England, Dawn Blee’s entertaining and informative tours earned her the Tour Guide of the Year award in 2011, as well as a reputation for being one of the area’s best guides.

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October 29, 2013 by
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Auckland’s Best Beaches

Mission Bay

So you’re in Auckland, the sun is out and you’re thinking, wow this is a great day to go to the beach: where do you go? West to the black sand and surf? North to the sandy suburban shores? Or closer to home to a city beach?

Auckland is located on an isthmus between two coasts – east and west – so there are many beaches to choose from. For some you’ll need a car, for others a bus ticket or short ferry ride will get you there in no time.

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October 24, 2013 by
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Kreuzberg District Tour: Food, Culture, and Street Art

One of many famous works of graffiti in Berlin

The Kreuzberg district of Berlin is a very hip area. Hence, it’s the perfect spot for a Kreuzberg District Food, Culture, and Street Art tour. Tour guide Jannes met me and the other tour participant by the East Side Hotel, just outside of the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, and directly across from the East Side Gallery. The East Side Gallery is the longest section of the Berlin Wall that remains standing – at 1.3kms. It’s covered in graffiti-like art, but it’s not for just anybody to come along and make their mark; artists are invited.

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October 24, 2013 by
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Helsinki in 48 Hours

Suomenlinna

Scandinavia’s northernmost capital city is elegantly sprawled around its Baltic Sea waterfront on a peninsula scalloped by inlets and scattered with rocky skerries. Today Helsinki is one of the coolest cities in Europe, with a pounding modern heart, buzzing seaside restaurants and bars, innovative contemporary architecture, fashion-forward shopping streets and an edgy nightlife. That it also manages to be one of the world’s friendliest cities, with many sights easily walkable, makes this pocket-sized capital all the more charming.

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October 23, 2013 by
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10 Sights Off the Beaten Path in Guatemala

El Jobbiton

You could spend weeks and even months visiting all of Guatemala’s “must-sees.” However, it has more to offer than what most people hear about. Here is a list of ten destinations that creep beneath most visitors’ radar.

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October 23, 2013 by
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