9 of the Best River Journeys in the World

An aerial view of the Amazon

Rivers, the great, ever-changing highways of water on the banks of which nearly all early civilizations were built. Nehir in Turkish, rio in Spanish — the river’s signifier in almost every language is beautiful, conjuring images of life and death, of settlement and flight, of the unstoppable flowing movement and renewal of all things. Their names — Ganges, Nile, Congo, Amazon, Danube — evoke entire worlds. Here is my list of the nine greatest river journeys in the world.

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February 5, 2016 by
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The Civil Rights Trail: Significant Locations in the Struggle for Freedom

Rosa Parks Library

February is Black History Month in the United States, a time to reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of black Americans in their pursuit to widen the consciousness of their country and balance the injustices of the system they were born into. This was a long and arduous struggle, which culminated in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. For those wishing to explore this history, here are a few significant sites on the Civil Rights Trail you’ll want to check out.

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February 2, 2016 by
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26 Cheap Things To Do, Eat and See in New Orleans

Big cities can be a drain on the wallet, with pricey options for food, entertainment and transportation, but New Orleans, Louisiana, is particularly friendly for those traveling on a budget. Sure you can drop a ton of cash in the Big Easy, but it’s not necessary. Here are 26 cheap — and free! — things to do, eat and see in New Orleans.

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February 1, 2016 by
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10 Must-Pack Items for a Europe Winter Trip

The weather in Europe in the wintertime is fickle. From sunny and mild in southern parts of the continent to downright frigid in others, packing for the winter months can be a challenge depending on where you are going and your length of stay. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. The key to any good packing job is being able to mix and match, layer to warm up, and peel off to cool down. So, what are the essentials to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a stylish European vacation?
The good news is it doesn’t have to be.

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January 28, 2016 by
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Top 8 Places to See the Northern Lights

Northern Lights Easter 2006 in Norway by PJ Hansen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

While travelers flock to the world’s northernmost countries for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, seeing them is no exact science and there’s no guarantee. From the snow-enveloped wilderness of Siberia to the northernmost tip of Canada, here are some of the best places to see the Northern Lights. So wrap up warm, pick a clear night and cross your fingers.

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January 25, 2016 by
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14 Europe Destinations to Visit in 2016

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. * […]

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January 21, 2016 by
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12 of the Best Places to Go for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese lunar calendar – and because of its vibrant public events, we can join in on the fun as well! In 2016 it’s on February 8, but the celebrations start on February 7, or New Year’s Eve, and can go through February 22, known as the Lantern Festival. So let’s take a look at where you can enjoy ringing in the Year of the Monkey with locals!

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January 20, 2016 by
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Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Most of us are familiar with some of the most famous Carnival celebrations in the world — Rio, Venice and New Orleans among them. But Carnival is celebrated all over the world in nearly any place that has a strong Catholic background, so there are plenty of places where you can enjoy festivities even if you’re not in Brazil or Louisiana this year. In addition to the majors, here are places with some of the more interesting Carnival celebrations around the world.

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January 20, 2016 by
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12 Budget-Friendly Destinations to Visit in 2016

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. * […]

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January 13, 2016 by
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12 Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations to Visit in 2016

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. * […]

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January 11, 2016 by
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