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17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015.

The idea of creating protected wilderness areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off on 17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

10 Festivals Worth Traveling for in March

Calle Ocho 10 by Bob B. Brown (CC BY-ND 2.0)

As the cold weather begins to subside, revelers come out of hibernation for these unique March festivals. Whether you want a little peace and quiet or a month-long blowout, we’ve got you covered with this list of March’s best festivals worldwide.

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March 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments

The World’s Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.

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February 18, 2016 by | 2 Comments

Top 25 Things to Do in Asia: 2016 Viator Travel Awards

Marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal.

As the world’s largest and most populous continent, with more than 50 countries spread across six distinct regions, Asia offers a wealth of experiences. The cultural, geographical and ethnic diversity that exists within Asia ensures travelers with varied interests and levels of experience will find something to cross off their bucket list. Join us for this tour of the Top 25 Things to Do in Asia!

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December 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Seven Unusual Ways to Greet People Around the World

From sticking out your tongue to pressing noses together to breathing on someone way up close, there’s more than one way to say hello around the world.

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September 24, 2014 by | Comments Off on Seven Unusual Ways to Greet People Around the World

9 of the Best Summer Music Festivals Around the World

Sziget Festival

It’s that time of year again, when music concerts swap sticky dive bar floors for well-tramped grass and enormous open-air stages. 2014’s festival season is finally upon us and to get in the mood, here are 10 of the world’s best. From America to Australia via Europe and Japan, just about every artist you can think of, is bringing their music to the great outdoors this year and the only question is, which one do you go to first?

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May 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments

New Year Traditions Around the World

What are you doing when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve? Depending on where you are, this answer could vary. In America, there is the tradition of watching the ball drop from Times Square in NYC (or the Peach drop in Atlanta and so on), along with an impressive fireworks display that rivals Independence Day, breaking out into “Auld Lang Syne” and the kiss to start the year off right. But, that’s America. What about downing 12 grapes at each chime of the clock? Or smashing plates against a front door? There are different New Year traditions around the world. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

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December 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Finding Zen in Yakitori: 12 Delicious Dishes to Try in Japan

An assortment of grilled delicacies! From L-R: bacon-wrapped asparagus, grilled chicken cartilage & hearts, chicken yakitori with asparagus, tsukune (chicken meatball grilled on a stick)

Any first time visitor to Japan will no doubt be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of delicacies available, whether they go to an upscale restaurant or visit a tucked-away izakaya. One of the best ways to experience Japanese cuisine is to seek out the neighborhood izakaya and try a variety of enjoyable dishes – from takoyaki to yakitori. Here are some of those must-try foods that are guaranteed to make your visit to Japan memorable.

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December 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Meet Yasushi Watanabe, a Private Guide in Tokyo, Japan

Meet Yasushi!

Yasushi Watanabe has been serving as a licensed, freelance guide in Japan for more than six years. A Tokyo native, Yasushi is highly knowledgeable of his beloved city, and his learning, experience and enthusiasm makes his private tours truly one-of-a-kind experiences.

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October 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments

15 Strange Tourist Attractions in Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japan celebrates one of the richest histories and cohesive cultures of any country on the planet, but the country has a quirky side that it isn’t afraid to show to strangers. Strange tourist attractions in Japan range from the bizarre and unexpected to the downright freaky. All of them are one-of-a-kind and worth a visit, if only for the gawking factor.

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October 14, 2013 by | 2 Comments

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