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Hearty tagine, delicious couscous and sweet mint tea: This is how good Morocco tastes

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Moroccan cuisine is said to be one of the best in all of Africa, maybe even the world. And with the incredible variety that makes its way to the Moroccan table, it’s no wonder. Delicious stews are conjured up over an open fire, sweets fruits such as dates or rasins combine with savory ingredients for a true taste explosion. So: Lean back, get inspired, and start looking forward to your next trip to Morocco.

Tagine

Morocco’s national dish is named after the special clay pot in which it is cooked. Whether vegetarian, with meat or even fish: there are no limits on the selection of ingredients and spices. Very popular is the combination of salty and sweet, and prunes, dates or raisins give the tagine an oriental kick. The ingredients are carefully stacked, then the tagine is cooked slowly and served directly in clay pot.

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Harira

During the fasting month of Ramadan, harira is traditionally part of the evening meal. A nutritious soup is conjured up from lentils, chickpeas, vegetables and beef or lamb, which is often happily served up for visitors. Not be missed is chebakia, those sticky-sweet sesame rings, which are happily eaten together with harira. Read More »

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Where to in Southeast Asia? Your decision-making aid for your next trip

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Translated from the German version of this article.

 

You’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, but just can’t decide on a country? No problem! Today we’ll tell you what’s waiting for you in Thailand, Cambodia, and other countries, so you can make the right decision.

Myanmar

After decades of isolation, Burma has experienced a real tourist boom in the last few years. Nevertheless, travelers will find still the originality and authenticity missing in many other countries in Southeast Asia. The most popular spots are the city Yangon with its imposing gold-leaf Shwedagon Pagoda, the mystical temples of Bagan and Inle Lake with its floating villages.

 

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Indonesia

The geographically largest country is probably one of the most multifaceted: Here you’ll climb volcanoes, visit temples, see orangutans in the jungle and snorkel with turtles at fantastic beaches. And then, of course, there’s the much-visited Hindu island of Bali, which marches to the beat of its own drum compared to the otherwise Muslim Indonesia.
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Staying healthy while traveling: Top tips for a worry-free vacation

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The anticipation for your upcoming vacation is rising: Sun, summer, sand and sea aren’t far away! If course, we don’t usually associate the best season of the year with illness or injury. But be careful: If you want a worry-free start to your vacation, and to stay healthy on your trip, it’s important to give some thought in advance to vaccinations, insurance and so on. We’ve summarized the most important points for you.

Photo: flickr, James

Photo: flickr, James

Vaccinations

Even though there are only mandatory vaccinations for a handful of vacation destinations, you should still start dealing with this issue sooner rather than later. In almost any major city, you can get advice from private physicians or government travel centers. Depending on the type of travel, itinerary and duration of your stay, you’ll be recommended specific vaccinations. Read More »

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The most beautiful rock formations around the globe

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Over thousands and millions of years, nature has used its impressive strength to craft majestic rock formations: Mountains that look like stacked pancakes, rock windows through which you can look out at the open sea, gigantic canyons and hills reminiscent of chocolate. Today we’ll take you on a journey to the most impressive rock formations on earth.

Twelve Apostles, Australia

Along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia, you’ll come across these majestic, limestone cliffs that rise out of the ocean up to 60 meters high. They were created by the erosive power of the sea, which is also responsible for the slow, gradual erosion of the pillars.

Photo: flickr, Adib Wahab

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The anti-packing list: You can leave these at home

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As your next trip draws near, the Internet begins to burst at the seams with your packing lists. Stick to these lists too closely, and you’ll come to regret it – at the very latest when you heave your heavy backpack onto your shoulders for the first time, or when you’re asked to pay more at airport check-in for your overweight bag. Today we’ll tell you which items you can cross off your packing list and leave at home with a clear conscience.

Big, heavy towels

Even ignoring the fact that most accommodations come equipped with towels, these things take up an unbelievable amount of room in your backpack or suitcase, and aren’t exactly light. And: They take hours to dry. Therefore, dear travelers, get yourself a good travel towel. That way you’re equipped for emergencies and you’ll have more space in your luggage and less weight to carry around.

 

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Clean clothes take for your entire trip

It’s almost always enough to take along clothes for about a week. You can almost always wash your clothes on the go without a problem. It’s much more important to take along clothes that can be combined sensibly with one another.
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Europe’s 7 Most Incredible Road Trips

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This article is presented to you by EHIC.

 

Road trips may be a quintessentially American tradition, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most out of it on the long and winding roads of Europe. In fact, Europe has some of the most incredible road trips in the world, with long drives offering incredible scenery for anyone with the time to take the long way round. So what are you waiting for? Pack your passport, camera and EHIC card, and get yourself behind the wheel – it’s time to hit the road.

 

1. The Autobahn, Germany

We cannot start a list of the top road trips in Europe without the Autobahn taking pride of place. With astounding views of the countryside from the bottom of snow-capped mountains and no speed limit outside of the urban areas, the Autobahn is one of the ultimate destinations for anyone looking to clock their top speed.

2. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Not only is southern Italy one of the best places to take a summer holiday, but it’s one of the best places to go road-tripping in Europe. The Amalfi Coast offers drivers the unique feeling of driving back in time, exploring beautiful architecture from a bygone age as if you were Marty McFly yourself. This seaside route is not to be missed.

 

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3. Trollstigen, Norway

Literally the Troll Route, the Trollstigen is famously one of the most scenic drives in all of Europe. With a selection of both mountains and waterfalls to enjoy, the Trollstigen is the place to go if you want to see the beauty of Norway from behind the wheel. Read More »

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Are we there yet? Vacations with the kids: These are the best kid-friendly travel destinations

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Stressed parents are looking for relaxation, but the kids are longing for adventure. The perfect travel destination should be quiet, with excellent food, and of course high hygienic standards and safety are a must. It’s not as difficult to balance the needs of both adults and children under one roof as you might think. Whether a baby or school-aged child, today we’ll introduce you to a few destinations that are ideal for traveling with kids.

 

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Austria: Vacation at the lake

After the first few months with their new sprout are over, frest-baked parents are always on the lookout for a place to relax. Travel by car is ideal, so you’re not fighting for space for that oversized stroller. The drive shouldn’t exceed three or four hours. These are the criteria for many families planning their first vacation for three in Austria. In Carinthia, the warm lakes are perfect for splashing around. Especially popular is Lake Klopein. It takes about an hour to complete a loop around the lake with a baby stroller in tow. Read More »

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On top of the world. The most spectacular sky bars

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Bangkok, New York, or Singapore: High above the rooftops of these metropolitan cities, the caipirinha just tastes worlds better. Today we’ll introduce you to eight bars at dizzying heights that you absolutely have to visit at least once in your life.

 

 

Bangkok: Sky Bar, Lebua State Tower

At a stunning height of 230 meters, the sky bar of the Lebua State Tower sits high above the rooftops of Bangkok. It’s well known thanks to the film “Hangover II,” which bestowed its namesake “Hangovertini” to the cocktail menu. Whether it was – as stated in the menu – really created specially for the film crew, we venture to doubt – but it’s tasty nonetheless. Read More »

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Finally an end to the wild-goose chase: route planner and “near me” function in the tripwolf app

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It’s not an easy task to manage your time while traveling: particularly on short trips, time is an especially precious commodity.

On the hunt for the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot to check your emails for that big upcoming project, and who doesn’t have that one friend who needs to find a bathroom every 10 minutes?

 

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This hopeless wandering around is something we’re well acquainted with. That’s why we wanted to make your search for an ATM, pharmacy, etc, a whole lot easier – so we equipped our tripwolf travel guides with two new functions: the “Near me now” function and route planning!

“Near me now”: With just a touch of your smartphone, you can immediately see where to find services for your everyday needs like drinking water, Wi-Fi, post offices, car sharing, and many more, right in our travel guide. All this information can be reduced to a specific radius, and when you’re headed to a certain location, you can display the most convenient route in the route planner!

Route planner: The route planning function can also be used independently of other functions. For each entry in the tripwolf travel guides, you can now display the quickest route from your current location, and select whether you’re traveling by foot, bicycle, or car (this function will be expanded soon).

 

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Try it out for yourself in the app, and let us know what you think – we’re looking forward to your feedback!

Have a nice trip!

Your tripwolf team

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New Orleans, Boston, Chicago: unique cities across the US

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Nowhere in the world are there as many unique cities as in the United States of America. They all meet those clichés that have taken root in our minds: Boston’s European style, the film industry in Los Angeles, the southern charm of New Orleans or the unmistakable skyline of New York. Each of these metropolises has its own individual flair and unique way of life. By the way: For these and many other cities, we just expanded our English-speaking travel guides and content in the tripwolf app thanks to our cooperation with Fodor’s Travel!

Photo: Katharina Werni

Boston

The most European of American cities impresses with its historical significance and well cared-for city center. Newcomers to Boston can get an excellent first impression of the city along the Freedom Trail: The paths, marked with red bricks, lead past sixteen significant historical sites and buildings.
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