Out of Office: Emma’s Cape Town Adventure

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 9, 2015 by
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Best Practices for Keeping Your Gear Safe While Traveling

Since you can’t fit everything into a backpack or suitcase, most of what gets packed for trips are the essentials. Few things disrupt a trip more than lost, stolen or damaged gear. Losing a laptop or camera while on the road can make a person feel like a turtle without a shell. Fortunately, most theft and loss can be avoided with a good dose of mindfulness, something you should bring with you everywhere you go. The advice here comes from personal experience, meetings with U.S. Embassy security personnel and an interview with self-defense expert Ron Fortin.

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July 8, 2015 by
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Best Summer Activities in Minneapolis

Minnehaha Falls in Minnesota

Minneapolis is covered in snow and ice for over half the year so when the weather finally gets warm, every day seems like a reason for celebration and fun. Much of the summer activities in Minneapolis take place around lakes — after all, Minnesota is the “land of 10,000 lakes.” In addition to nature, summer is a great time to experience some of the cultural aspects of Minneapolis as well. Here are some of the best summer activities to do when the weather finally gets warm in Minneapolis.

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July 7, 2015 by
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Five Reasons to Visit Mauritius

Mauritius

The lesser-known, remote island nation of Mauritius offers visitors the ultimate island adventure, and then some–here’s why:

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July 6, 2015 by
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France & Italy: The Best of Two Great Foodie Destinations

Enjoy Italian wine country!

There’s no disputing the culinary prowess of France and Italy. Both countries have long been held up as examples of the finest food traditions, although for completely different reasons.

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July 2, 2015 by
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Where to Celebrate the 4th of July

There's no better place to watch fireworks than on a beach! Photo credit: Kyle Nishioka via Flickr.

For many Americans, July 4th is a family holiday — it involves backyard barbecues, maybe a parade through town and a local fireworks show. Some people, however, have dreams of celebrating the nation’s birthday with more pizzazz. Thankfully, there are plenty of options around the country that deliver 4th of July festivities worth traveling for.

So, where to celebrate the 4th of July? These 11 places around the U.S. each offer something special for the day, whether it’s a stunning backdrop for fireworks or a party that makes you forget the fireworks altogether.

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July 1, 2015 by
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Out of Office: Katie Wines and Dines in Burgundy

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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June 26, 2015 by
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The Rums of Central America

Centario rum

One of the great benefits of traveling through Central America is that it’s easy to find really good rum for a ridiculously low price. While most people associate rum with the Caribbean, many of the best ones actually come from the mainland of Central America. They might not be as famous or as heavily marketed brands like Bacardi, but that’s a good thing. Thanks to more abundant sources of fresh spring water and the ability to store the barrels above sea level, these often beat out the island brands in international tasting competitions.

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June 23, 2015 by
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Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

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When the city of Savannah was first established in 1733, the entire area was free of lawyers, liquor, slaves and Catholics. I pondered this bit of historical trivia while strolling the cobbled streets, sipping on a Chatham Artillery Punch made with seven types of booze. Savannah’s original liquor law, it turns out, only lasted for nine short years. Today, the entire Savannah historical district is completely open-container — meaning anyone with a single, plastic cup can legally carry up to 16 ounces of liquor out on the street.

While the potent punch was originally poured in the confines of Tondee’s Tavern, I find myself swilling the drink en route to Scottish-themed Molly Macpherson’s. The pubs, respectively, are stops two and three on a culinary, cultural walking tour of Savannah’s historic district — which, aside from stopping at seven eateries from bakeries to beehives and bars, also offers tasty morsels of Savannah’s early history.

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June 19, 2015 by
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June Top Photos of the Month: Summer Lovin’

Nothing quite says "summer travel" quite like a trip to the Grand Canyon

Get out and about and enjoy summer around the world with Viator’s June Top Photos of the Month!

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June 17, 2015 by
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