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It’s tapped! The Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014

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Munich in autumn isn’t all beer, pretzels and short dirndl dresses – in order for you to enjoy your time outside of beer tents as well, you can now download the tripwolf Munich guide for free until the end of the Oktoberfest! Have fun!

On September 20th, the (in-)famous Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich – new Mayor Dieter Reiter will give the beer tap a mighty blow at noon precisely and announce, “It’s tapped!” for the 181st annual celebration. Together with the guys behind the MyWiesn Secrets app in Munich, we have once more created the most up-to-date Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014 so you can enjoy the Oktoberfest adventure to the fullest.

Each year, 6 million people come from all over the world and guzzle millions of pints of beer and over 500,000 roast chickens. Any “Zuagroaste” (as residents of Munich lovingly call newcomers) standing at the gate of the Theresienwiese for the first time might be forgiven for asking: “How the hell do I find my way through this sea of intoxicated people, tents, beer gardens and sausage stands?”

 

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Answer: The tripwolf Oktoberfest 2014 Survival Guide

 

What to wear? The right outfit

The gentleman slips into his Kracherte (leather pants) and Haferlschuhe (Bavarian rugged shoes), while the lady opts for a dirndl – ranging from the traditional long cotton dirndl to sexy couture. Read More »

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Five travel health myths and what’s actually true – expert information from travel doctors

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The main travel season is upon us, and everywhere backpackers, city trippers and entire families are setting off on their summer holidays. Wherever their trip takes them, their health should be an issue they always pay attention to. While some may choose to neglect this topic, others might be unsettled by health myths. In order to bring some light into the mix of rumors and half-truths, we met with experts in the field of travel health and asked them about health myths on the road. To keep you well-informed from the start of your vacation, Dr. Ursula Hollenstein and Dr. Georg Stühlinger of the “Traveldoc” travel health center in Vienna, share their insights into five of the most persistent myths on travel health.

 
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Travel myths are widespread. Everyone who likes to travel has come across one or other of them. The increasing flood of information on health and illness from the internet offers instant access to an amount of data that, if not explained properly, can be too much for or misleading for the lay reader. Moreover, travel stories from friends and acquaintances who have heard rumors or had individual experiences themselves, can often not be generalized and should be met with caution. Finally, myths and wrong information can be spread by self-proclaimed experts at the destination. Unfortunately, this information can point people in the wrong direction and is potentially dangerous. While well-trained medical professionals in a trustworthy health care system can usually give reliable advice about the health situation in a country, this is less the case for ex-pats living there or even locals without well-founded medical knowledge, and even less so for one-time travelers with a lack of experience. Here are some of the most persistent rumors about travel health. Read More »

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Treasures and secrets in Copenhagen

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A city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective.
Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience!

The famous Little Mermaid, as seen on many a touristy  Copenhagen photos -- Alex Dantart

The famous Little Mermaid, as seen on many a touristy Copenhagen photos. Photo: Alex Dantart

This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at high tide, as in winter, she looks like a small dark figurine surrounded by waves. In summer, the sculpture seems to come closer, becoming more accessible at low tide. As she can be reached from the pedestrian promenade, many people can not resist the temptation to touch it, or even climb it… The Little Mermaid literally lost her head twice! Read More »

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Changed beyond recognition – iPhone app 4.0 with a brand-new design

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Not everyone today uses an iPad. The tripwolf iPad app we released about a year ago sparkled with a brand-new design and enabled the tripwolf community to grow.

So we decided that it was high time to transfer the fresh design of the iPad App to the iPhone version. Without further ado, we present the totally refurbished tripwolf iPhone app version 4.0!

 

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The focus of this update was a major overhaul of the app design. The entire interface has been adapted to the requirements of iOS 7 system. The formerly dark colors of the navigation elements have been replaced with light, bright colors that create a harmonious overall picture.

 

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Based on this, we have relied on the tile design already used in the iPad version with contemporary, bold colors and large, sleek fonts.

Last but not least, the new interface of the iPhone app has more room for the display of beautiful photos so you can get a better visual impression of the destinations and get more inspired!

Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon of parents who praise their children to the skies. Of course, we also know that our app is the best one in the whole universe, but we might be a little biased ;) So you should find out for yourself.

Today you will also receive a free guide so you can try out the new app for yourself. We hope the new iPhone app gives you as much pleasure as it does us.

We look forward to your feedback via e-Mail or in comments on the blog!

We hope you enjoy it!

Your tripwolf team

 

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5 Dreamy Old Towns in Europe

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In multifaceted Europe you can find many buzzing modern metropolises that are in constant change and keep reinventing themselves. At their core, however, you can encounter the architectural and artistic remains of times long gone, which often make those old towns tourist hot spots. Here are some cities that invite you to wallow in nostalgia and romantic feelings while at the same time satiating your hunger for culture.

 

1. Stockholm (Sweden):

The old city center of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, directly translated from “Gamla Stan”, connects the northern district of Normalm with the southern one of Södermalm. In the 13th century the old town of Stockholm was the actual urban part, surrounded by rural areas. Nowadays, Gamla Stan offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities thanks to its medieval relicts. The Grand Square is packed with tourists taking pictures of the typical earth-colored architecture. In addition, the two churches of Tyska Kyrkan and Storkyrkan, as well as the royal palace, are just around the corner. Besides these typical sights, little alleyways with their tiny original cafés, restaurants or craftworks stores whisper tales of long gone Scandinavian times.

 
Gamla Stan, Stockholm.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Photo: flickr, 2benny

 

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Does traveling to Indian Wildlife destinations help in the conservation?

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Guest article by Anshul Srivastava.

 

“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – JIM FOWLER

 

Wildlife tourism is adorned with two different sets of thoughts. One perception supports wildlife being spaced out from tourism in order to save the rare flora and fauna species. The other side of the coin encourages wildlife tourism as an effective medium of conservation. Wildlife tourism in India adheres the latter opinion.

Endowed with around 100 national parks and 400 plus wildlife sanctuaries, the largest peninsula is a perfect abode to an assortment of exotic wildlife species. However, conservation of wildlife in India was neglected for a long time. Poaching on a large scale, destruction of natural habitat and human conflicts are some of the major reasons behind the rapid decline in the number of wilds roaming in Indian woods. Thankfully, wildlife lovers and the government are now gradually understanding their responsibility in this context and making efforts at their levels for wildlife conservation in India.

Every year, lots of travelers from the country and overseas visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India just to explore the wildlife, however, they are generally unaware of what contribution they are making towards the conservation of wildlife. Scroll down to know how your travel to any wildlife destinations helps the conservation.

1. Generate revenue through tickets, safaris and government forest lodges

For every project for conservation, money is the primary requisite. When you pay the entry fee in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, undertake safari rides and stay in government owned forest lodges, you are adding to the amount of revenue generated throughout the year. This revenue is used for the betterment of the park as well as the wilds. A portion of the money collected by the authorities of parks and sanctuaries is further used for the protection of wildlife.

 
Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar

Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar

 

2. Educate the world about the beauty of Indian wildlife

You can make people aware about the exquisiteness possessed by the exotic wildlife of India. These days, social media has become a major addiction for most of us. After traveling to any wildlife sanctuary or national park, we often update our social media profiles with pictures and interesting updates. Those updates indirectly help in educating the world about the beauty of the country’s wildlife and their habitats. Read More »

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Brace Yourself for a Unique and Enthralling Adventure Experience in Ladakh!

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Guest article by Zara Jones.

 

Ladakh, a mesmerizing land, is cosseted by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains in the northernmost part of India. This amazing region is also known as ‘the land of high passes’. Ladakh lies in the elevations ranging from almost 2750 mts at Kargil area, to 7627 mts at Saser Kangri. The mercury count of Ladakh may drop to minus 40 °C. This beautiful town is also named as ‘Mysterious Land’, ‘Magic Land’ and ‘Moon Land’, because of its unmatched panorama. Along with the vistas of spectacular and rugged beauty of the region, the magical land offers a great scope for undertaking an adventure travel. Ladakh is also known as the ‘adventure capital’ of India. It provides a blend of a string of exhilarating sports. Read more to know about the adventure activities in Ladakh that an adventurer freak can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush.

 
Ladakh, the 'adventure city'. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.

Ladakh, the ‘adventure city’. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.

 

Here is the list of top 6 adventure activities that an adventurer can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush:

 

Experience Wilderness with Exotic Wildlife in Ladakh!

Ladakh is a rugged area where only the fittest can survive. Though the environment is a bit harsh, it boasts of plenty of life, endemic to this area. Its exotic terrain plant life springs up in the summer that engulfs the scenery in diversified colors. The awesome predators include the elusive snow leopard, mighty brown bear, lynx, wild dogs, Shanko or wolf and fox. The herbivorous animal species include the kiang, wild yak, wild hare, marmot, shapo, niyan marcopolo ship, goat, chirru, bharals and ibex marchers. Read More »

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2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil

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The upcoming FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil is just around the corner. From June 12th to July 13th all sports fans will be looking at Brazil to watch the most important football event worldwide. Held every four years since 1930, the World Cup was cancelled only twice in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II and its aftermath. The formers champions of the World Cup are Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002), Italy (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006), Germany (1954, 1974 and 1990), Uruguay (1930 and 1950), Argentina (1978 and 1982), England (1966), France (1998) and Spain (2010).

Since 1998 (hosted by France) the tournament features 32 national teams. The first stage is the group stage when the 32 teams are divided in 6 groups of 4 teams each. At this point each team will play against the other 3 teams in the same group. The top two teams of each group advance to the next stage. The knockout stage starts in the eighth finals with 16 teams in eight single-elimination matches in which the winner advance to the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals, the third place match (between the defeated teams of the semi-finals) and the final.

 
Copacabana, Río de Janeiro. Photo: flickr, Christian Haugen.

Copacabana, Río de Janeiro. Photo: flickr, Christian Haugen.

 

The opening match (Brazil vs. Croatia) will take place at São Paulo on June 12th. The twelve host cities along with São Paulo are Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with 4 group stage matches in each.

Besides the tournament, football fans will have the opportunity to experience such a variety of attractions in the host cities and their surroundings. Curitiba, for instance, is a well-developed city with some nice attractions like the Botanical Garden, the Wire Opera House and Oscar Niemeyer Museum among others. However, for those going to the Paraná State, a top not to miss attraction is Iguaçu Falls in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, one of the most impressive natural beauties on earth. The trendy Praia da Pipa is a 2 hours’ drive away from Natal. Read More »

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Top 10 Safari Destinations in the World

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Guest article by Tanmay Sharma.

 

Catching a glimpse of the wildlife in their natural habitat is the ultimate thrill that any wildlife lover would love to experience. In the wild, animals roam about uninhibited and go about their business without a care in the world. The abundant resources available in and the protective cushion provided by the wild mean that these animals continue to thrive in these regions. Taking a safari in the wild and having a close encounter with these awesome animals is not an everyday event, and so when you get an opportunity you would want to make the most of it. The unspoiled beauty of the wild is another reason why people are so attracted to the wild. But then, not all safaris are the same and not all wildlife has the same element of thrill. So, we have prepared a list of the best safaris in the world from which you can have your pick.

Costa Rica

One of the premier destinations for a jungle safari, the lush green jungles of Costa Rica is home to a number of popular and endangered animals. Costa Rica is one of the top 20 countries with the most diverse plant and animal species in the world; it has over 500,000 species of wildlife contributing for almost 4% of all species in the world. A wildlife safari to Costa Rica would present you the opportunity to see exotic birds, insects and butterflies. Popular animals include monkeys, languid sloths, crocodiles, countless lizards and poison-dart frogs. The Giant Anteater is an endangered species found here, and it may well be your last opportunity to see it in real!

 
Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson

Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson

 

Kenya

Kenya has to be the best place for safari as it has a wide variety of flora and fauna; from the famous Cape Buffalo to wildebeest to African Elephant to Giraffe, you name the most popular animals and you will find them here. In fact, the famous “Big five” can be spotted here. The abundant wildlife in Kenya is not just restricted to its parks, pens and reserves, of which there are many, but you can even go off the beaten track and try out less famous destinations that may spring a surprise. Birdwatching is another activity that you can indulge in during your safari holidays in Kenya. Read More »

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10 Stunning Natural Phenomena That Will Leave You Amazed

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There is a variety of cultural and historical sights or events that make us pack our bags and travel to a certain destination. The most incredible events are staged by nature itself, though, the biggest artist on the stage of planet earth. These amazing natural phenomena are definitely worth a little detour!

1. Aurora Borealis — colorful lights in the sky

We already recommended the picturesque northern lights in our article about interesting places to visit in 2014. Whenever solar storms shoot huge amounts of charged particles in the direction of our planet, the sky above northern parts of the Earth glows with beautiful colors. The year 2014 is especially convenient for a trip to the north of Iceland, Alaska or Scandinavia — due to high energy concentration the phenomenon will occur with unusual frequency in December 2014!

 
Aurora Borealis. Foto: flickr, Moyan Brenn.

Aurora Borealis. Photo: flickr, Moyan Brenn.

 

2. Bioluminescent Bays — stressed out plankton

Tiny blue plankton living in certain bays in Puerto Rico (e.g. Crab Island), the Maldives (Baa Atoll) or California perform an astounding and surreal natural event. Their blue glow could almost be mistaken as reflection of the night sky, it is the result of the bioluminescent quality of this special kind of phytoplankton, though. Whenever these micro-animals are stressed out (for instance when being stirred by waves or stepped on by human feet), they emit a light blue glow. For us, the resulting view is entirely hypnotic and not stressful at all. Read More »

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