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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The summery (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) month of July is host to a number of exciting festivals around the globe. From America’s Independence Day to the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, here are some of the month’s most fascinating festivals.
With July fast upon us, the global tourist industry is laying out the red carpet, opening its doors, and is enticing visitors inside. In addition to the established historical sites and natural wonders, destinations are adding an ever growing schedule of events and festivals to the resume. It’s not just about where you go anymore, but what you do. Below are some of our favorites for the month of July.
Ranging from a few hours to a few weeks, athletic competitions are one of many reasons to pack a bag and hit the road. If navigating unknown territory, breaking into a sweat and undertaking physically demanding activities is your idea of a good vacation, get your race on at one of these competitions.
Trains often service areas farther away from airports and in many cases, particularly in Asia, offer a much cheaper transit option than flying. And best of all, you get to see the landscape passing by at ground level.
Here are a few of the best rail journeys in Asia.
Travelers willing to take on the rugged, largely untouched landscapes of Mongolia will be rewarded with some of the most one-of-a-kind travel experiences in the world. Below are the top five experiences not to be missed.
As the largest and most heavily populated city in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is a logical place for many visitors to start their exploration of this beautiful country. Though the city itself can hardly be recognized for having a particularly clean environment, the pulsating hub of Mongolian commerce is home to both modern ways of life and the quaint and serene tradition of Mongolia’s rich culture and religion.
China seems to be behind us as we pull into Erlian, to cross the border into Mongolia. Already we’ve seen the landscape growing drier and stations have lost their grim institutional look. Actually crossing the border is a formality. Customs officials snatch up our passports and give us no idea of when we’ll see them again. We begin the long slow wait for the gauges to change.
We crossed the Caspian Sea in an ancient ex-Soviet cargo ship, from Baku in Azerbaijan, headed towards Aktau, in the world’s largest landlocked country, Kazakhstan. We had a chance to sit back and relax for a change. Having left London almost a month back we were part of 200 teams taking part in the 5th annual Mongol Rally, chasing the sunrise towards Ulan Bataar in Mongolia, all in the name of raising stacks of cash for various deserving charities.
Editor’s Note: Read the latest on the Optimistic Fools preparation for the 2008 Mongol Rally. Viator is pleased to be a sponsor of the Optimistic Fools rally team, on their journey to complete the 2008 Mongol Rally from London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The race starts July 19, so the next time we hear from […]