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Vacation Apartment Hack: How to Feel at Home in Someone Else’s

on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 15:49

When opting to vacation in an apartment instead of a hotel there are many advantages. Firstly, it makes it easier to immerse in the culture if you’re not returning to a sea of other tourists every evening to a large, corporate-feeling hotel. Secondly, nothing can replace the warmth and welcoming environment an apartment can have over a single room with cups covered in plastic bags. Thirdly, you’ll probably get more space for your money since you’re renting a home over one room. Renting an apartment through Untours over a hotel is a no-brainer, but how to do make someone else’s home feel like your own? Especially if you’re staying in that apartment for a week or more, it is important to settle in and make it your own.

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London Like a Local: What you Should and Should Not Do in the English Capital

on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:11
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Don't stick out like a sore thumb! Here are some quick tips to help you make a good impression in London, and to make merry with the locals.
 
You Should…
Stand on the right side of the tube escalators and walk on the left. Londoners abhor when people stand on the left.
 
You Should…
Visit a pub outside of the touristy hubs (Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, etc.). Find a pub filled with more locals than tourists and sit down for a pint and enjoy classic pub food. It is an incorrect stereotype that pub food is bad.
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28 Days of Travel: Untourists Gerald and Lynda in Europe

on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:12
Lynda and Gerald's Twenty Eight Days of Travel UNtour

Untourists, Gerald and Lynda Taylor sure love to travel. So much so that they recently shipped out to Europe for four weeks to live like locals. Starting in the gorgeous Nafplio, Greece apartments they travelled around Greece visiting famous sites like Acropoli, Delphi, and Mycenae. After spending two weeks with the gods, they flew north to arrive in the lovely Austrian town of Kuchl. Here their storybook-like Untours house was waiting. But let's first start from the beginning of this adventure...

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B Corp Re-Certification: Still Measuring What Matters Most

on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:41
Untours Staff Holiday Card

It’s no secret that we’re proud to be the first certified B Corporation. The B Corp mission aligns perfectly with the values we hold most dear here at Untours and being certified is our way to say to the world: we care. People, planet, and profit have always held equal ground here as we send people all around the planet (while maintaining a profit). Cross-cultural understanding is at the core of what we do. We have shaped our lives around offering truly local and immersive experiences for our clients, and we have now for over 40 years.

Untours has received its fair share of awards including

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Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums, to mosques and mountains

on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:00
Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums to mosques and mountatins

Top 10 Places to Go in Spain

 

Barcelona

This seaside city, known for its quirky architecture, outstanding seafood, and rich art history, is a must-see for anyone traveling to Spain. Architecture really is the center of attention, with great works from Antoni Gaudí, the famously-unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia, and many other cathedrals, buildings and museums. The city’s most visited shopping street, La Rambla, attracts hundreds of tourists daily, so if you’re looking for a wardrobe update, this is the place to do it.
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The 7 Best Street Markets in Paris

on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 15:51
Shopping Parisian Markets Like a Local Paris Untours

Ahh les marchés, what could be more French than open-air markets? From fresh produce to fish and game to antiques and local artisanal products, every neighborhood has its own. You’ll mix with locals, pick up a little slang and certainly test your mental arithmetic when calculating whether that round of chèvre is a bargain or a rip-off. One could spend days exploring the numerous options, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites (foodie ones first of course).

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10 Perfectly British Train Trips from London

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:53
10 British Train Trips from London England on your Untours

10 British Train Trips from London

Although we adore London, sometimes the city is so bustling that we long for slow, small-town, English living. This is why we've compiled a list of our top 10 favorite English towns to visit by train from London. All of these can be enjoyed in a day, offering a peaceful getaway before exploring the remainder of the history, art, and culture of the English capital.

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Beyond Bérets and Baguettes: Top 11 Places to Go in France

on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:05
Beyond Berets and Baguettes: French Untours shows you the top 11 places to see in france

There's so much to see and do in France. Here's our French Bucket List, a good place to begin.

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Your Swiss Bucket List: All the Towns, Mountains, and Lakes to See in Switzerland

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:30
Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland Untours

It’s no secret that here at Untours we love Switzerland. It’s where Untours started over 40 years ago with the Heartland and Oberland programs, also where we have expanded to Ticino. Switzerland truly has it all: beautiful mountain landscapes, rich traditions and culture, gorgeous lakes, and outstanding train service. With borders touching Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, Switzerland offers the ultimate central location to continue exploring Europe on Untour Samplers. Clearly we think the world of Switzerland so below we’ve compiled our Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland.

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7 Ways to Beat the Post-Vacation Blues

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:31
Sketched memories of a European vacation

It is never easy to return home from a vacation, at least not when you've had a good trip! Here's a little wisdom to help you keep your post-travel blues at bay, from tips for self care to ideas that will help you share your experience and keep that buzz going.

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