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Around the world: the sporting highlights of the year

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Article translated from the German version of tripwolf’s author Christin.

We have often presented the peculiarities of different countries to you, but today it’s getting a little sportier! This coming weekend, one of the most important sports events in the world is taking place, and that is why we are showing you the sporting highlights of this year.

 

The Super Bowl in the USA

On February 2nd 2015 (US time), the wait for football fans will come to an end: the Seattle Seahawks are playing in the final against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona.

As one of the most important sporting events in the world, it draws more than 111 million viewers in the States alone, who watch the spectacle, as well as the half-time show, on big-screen monitors or at home on the couch, making this event TV’s highest-rated program of the year. By the way, the Super Bowl is becoming more popular in Europe with each passing year, thus nearly every country offers a live broadcast.

 
Photo: upthebanner

Photo: upthebanner

 

In addition to the half-time show, at which superstars like Madonna and Katy Perry perform annually, especially the commercial breaks are a hot topic of conversation: advertisers pay a stiff price of 4.5 million US dollars per 30 seconds on air. Read More »

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5 inspirational travel videos for people with a yen for far-away places

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Sometimes, when it comes to capturing memories of our most enjoyable times in foreign countries, the static images of our compact camera just won’t cut it anymore. It doesn’t matter if it is the video camera in your hand at a picnic in Central Park or the GoPro strapped to your head while bungee-jumping in Sydney: footage from our journeys lets us rekindle memories of our most wonderful adventures time and again.

 

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Luckily, some filmmakers let us see through their eyes and create the most artistically ambitious short films, to illustrate the beauty of a country, a culture, or traveling in general. Accompanied by the right music, these videos become breath-taking short trips in your mind. Like fresh fuel, the following 5 clips won’t fail to kindle your wanderlust. Read More »

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Not your average accommodation for your winter holidays

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A skiing resort would seem to be a logical choice if you consider yourself a winter athlete, but sometimes it’s worth looking into alternatives. Particularly for those occasinos a number of hotels specialize in unusual interior design, or a unique location. Be this meters above the ground in the forest or in between walls of ice: the following accommodations will definitely make your winter holidays something to remember.

 
Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra - www.treehotel.se

Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra – www.treehotel.se

 

The Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

You can find them in the dense, green forests of Vancouver on the Canadian west coast: Eve, Eryn and Melody, three wooden spheres hanging in the branches at 4 meters above the ground. Those among you who want to spend the night in a modern tree house can rent the spheres all year round and spend an unforgettable night amongst the trees. According to their description, they were designed to be able to shut off for a while and awaken your creativity.

 

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

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A new year brings new travel pleasures: Destinations for 2015

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Cultural events, spectacles of nature, unknown places – in 2015 there are many good reasons to travel. Here are some travel destinations for the new year.

1. Vienna (Austria)

“Vienna, Vienna, only you, you shall always be the city of my dreams….” Vienna Lieder composer Rudolf Sieczynski wrote these lines about the Austrian capital. In 2015, a visit to Vienna is especially worthwhile: the Eurovision Song Contest is being held this year in Vienna, the Ringstrasse with its impressive and magnificent buildings celebrates its 150th anniversary with special exhibitions and special Ring tours, and someone else is having a birthday too: the University of Vienna was founded 650 years ago – it is the oldest university in the German-speaking world.

 
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Beautiful architecture alongside the Wiener Ringstraße. Photo: flickr, shlomp-a-plompa

 
The Austrian Parliament. Photo: flickr, Harshil Shah

The Austrian Parliament. Photo: flickr, Harshil Shah

 

2. Northward ho!

2015 is the International Year of Light. To celebrate the occasion, there will be many large auroral tours on offer, in which visitors with a little luck can watch the fascinating natural spectacle. The “Northern Lights” travel destinations include northern Scandinavia, northern Scotland, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and northern Siberia.
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10 bizarre Christmas customs

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The stories of how countries celebrate Christmas fascinate us from an early age. The famous Christmas pudding from England, the picnic on the beach in Australia, and the Finnish Santa Claus with the wonderful name of Joulupukki. But who has ever heard of the shitting tree trunks, the flying high heeled shoes, and the biting horse skeletons? Just in time for the holidays, we have unearthed the 10 most bizarre Christmas traditions in the world!

 

Here are our Top 10 most bizarre Christmas traditions in the world

1. The pickle on the Christmas tree – USA

In America, it is a tradition to hide a pickle (the “Christmas Pickle”) among the branches on the Christmas tree. Instead of using a real cucumber, traditional Christmas tree ornaments made of glass are used and passed on from generation to generation. On Christmas morning, whichever child in the family is the first to spot the green gherkin in the dark green thicket gets an additional gift. According to American legend, this custom has German roots – in Germany itself, however, is is completely unknown …

 
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The pickle on the Christmas tree. Typically German? Photo: flickr, Robin Zebrowski.

 

2. Trade a shoe for a husband – Czech Republic

Sometimes you have to make great sacrifices in order to lead a happy life. In the Czech Republic, therefore, every year probably thousands of single women throw one of their high heeled shoes over their shoulders toward their house doors. If the shoe lands with the heel pointing toward the house, the woman can try their luck again the following year. But if the toe is pointing toward the house, she can start packing, because in that case the lucky woman will soon be getting married and will be leaving the house. Alternatively, she can also shake an elderberry bush and hope that the neighbor’s dog barks. This allegedly causes miracles in the acquiring a partner. Read More »

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A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days

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What is the best cuisine in the world? Choosing one is difficult: the exotic Thai cuisine, the renowned French cuisine, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Indian, Chinese. . . . One thing is for sure, there’s something for every taste! Finally, a person’s taste can range from vegetarian to meat-heavy, traditional to innovative/experimental. Sometimes one wants hearty home cooking and sometimes one wants fresh raw vegetables.

 
Mexikanische Guacamole.

Mexican Guacamole.

 

New styles of cooking sprout like mushrooms: before most people can even try the minimalist molecular gastronomy, elsewhere the “Paleo” trend based on the archaic diet of Stone Age man pops up. When you are traveling, it is worth taking a closer look at the style, the fresh and local ingredients, and the traditional feel of the local cuisine. We have chosen some recipes to give you some culinary inspiration from the Mediterranean, Mexican, and Japanese cuisines! Read More »

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Great transportation tips to save some money

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Blog post freely translated from an article by French tripwolf author Marianne Morizot.

 

Whether you’re traveling for months around the globe or zipping off for a cozy weekend in Rome, traveling has a tendency to empty the wallet and is rarely straightforward. Thinking on your feet, insider tips, special offers . . . voilà, a selection of our tips and tricks to help you stay within your travel budget — and spare your nerves.

 
Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

 

- Buy Cheaper Airline Tickets

Of course the famous comparison portals are unavoidable. Not everyone knows, however, that tickets for overnight flights are often much cheaper than tickets during the daytime. Another hot tip: work in a small (or large) detour and change the destination – the fares often differ drastically. Read More »

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10 original gift ideas for travelers

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Disclosure: All products and shops mentioned in this article have not been included in the list because of a sponsorship; rather, all of them correspond to our personal recommendations!

 

Christmas is around the corner, and along with it a great opportunity to you’re your friends practical and innovative gadgets that will simply have to come along on their next trip! Here are ten suggestions.

 

1. Travel alarm

Yeah, we know: nowadays, who needs a battery-powered alarm clock, the cell phone can do that, right? True, except the phone battery is low, the charger is nowhere to be found, all of the sockets are occupied anyway, and oh, the new travel adapter is at home in the drawer, unopened….

 
Photo: flickr, joerpe.

Photo: flickr, joerpe.

 

2. Travel immersion heater

Fill your cup with water, put the immersion heater in, wait – the hot water for your 5 o’clock tea is done! Read More »

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5 great alternative winter sports

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Overcrowded slopes, skis constantly getting crossed up, or trauma from that skiing course in kindergarten – there are plenty of reasons not to like skiing. But for anyone who would still like to swish around through the snow and ice, we have found five alternative winter sports for you!

 

1. Ice Climbing

Climbing up a frozen waterfall: Granted, it’s not a sport for the faint of heart. But the person who dares will probably experience a unique combination of sport and nature. As a paradise for ice climbing in Europe, Norway, due to the low temperatures, has countless frozen waterfalls because freeze has many different climbing routes of varying difficulties for interested parties.

 

Foto: flickr, gego2605

Foto: flickr, gego2605

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10 of the most impressive bridges in the world

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They allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of the most impressive bridges worldwide that simply take our breath away.

1. The Helix Bridge in Singapore

Photo: flickr, Jeffery Wong.

Opened as recently as in 2012, the Helix Bridge in Singapore is the first and youngest on our list. Visitors can cross the 918ft (280m) long bridge and gaze at Singapore’s skyline from five different viewing platforms.
The design of the bridge is based on the strands of human DNA – the Double Helix Model – which is most obvious at night, when the bridge is radiant in different colors. This is when you will also see the illuminated letters c, g, a, and t, the initals representing the components of human DNA (cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine). Read More »

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