Around the world: facts, legends and curiosities of Valentine’s Day

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There it is again: the infamous Valentine’s Day. On the 14th of February, lovers around the world express their affection. But it’s clear: the customs are different depending on where you look. We’ve summarized the highlights for you.

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The legend of Valentine’s Day

The romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day is based on a gruesome event. The legend tells of an Italian bishop named Valentine, who is said to have married a young couple in the third century AD in spite of a royal ban. He then handed the newlywed couple flowers from his own garden. On February 14, Valentine was executed by the emperor for his crime – at least, so says the legend.

Valentine’s Day was celebrated even in ancient Rome: in honor of the goddess Juno, women received flowers from their loved ones on this day. To this day, flowers play a significant role in the traditions of Valentine’s Day across much of the world.

Far and wide: flowers of every kind

In German-speaking countries, it’s typical for men to gift their romantic partners with a pretty bouquet. Flowers are also in high demand in Great Britain and the United States. At least as important is the accompanying Vanentine’s Day card. And the more cards the better: particularly among young people, it’s not just about quality, but also the quantity of cards received. Read More »


Luxurious, extravagant or bizarre: 10 extraordinary hotels across the world

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Thanks to our new integration of booking.com, it’s now possible to book your perfect hotel directly in the app. That’s why today, we wanted to devote a bit more time to the hotels of the world, because after all: these days, you can find just about any hotel imaginable. Here, the hotel really is the star of the vacation! Today, we’ll introduce you to 10 hotels that have inspired us with their unusual lacation, luxury or uniqueness.

In a palace: Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur, India)

A hotel right in the water: The Taj Lake Palace in the Indian city of Udaipur is located in the middle of Lake Pichola and is only accessible by boat. The interior of the palace is a perfect mix of magnificent oriental architecture and stylish luxury. It’s no wonder that the Taj Lake Palace was used in the filming of the James Bond film “Octopussy” with Roger Moore.

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In the treetops: Treehotel (Harads, Sweden)

A designer hotel in the middle of the forests of Sweden: This extravagant treehouse hotel promises a very special experience in the heart of nature. These one of a kind hotel rooms are located at a height of approximately six meters. Read More »


Asian cities: a best-of

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The contrasts could hardly be greater: In Asian cities, international flair meets fascinating treasures from the past. We’ll tell you which cities in East and Southeast Asia have awakened our wanderlust.


Hectic, noisy and nerve-wracking: That’s Bangkok. Either you love or hate this Thai metropolis that never stands still. Not to be missed is the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho – the temple of the reclining Buddha. Bangkok is also a paradise for lovers of Thai cuisine: Excellent eating can be found in every small roadside food stall.

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Photo: iStock

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, West and East cross paths. The “New York of Asia” even has more skyscrapers than its American counterpart. The best view of the fascinating, modern megacity can be found from the 552 meter high Victoria Peak. At the same time, Chinese culture is omnipresent in Hong Kong: you’ll encounter ancient Chinese temples everywhere across the city. Read More »


The most beautiful ski resorts in Europe

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Imposing mountain backdrops, endlessly long slopes, and don’t forget: just the right mood for Après-Ski. But where can you have the most fun carving down the slopes? Today, we’ll show you the eight ski resorts in Europe that we can’t stop dreaming about.


It’s no wonder that this destination makes it into our top 8: Zermatt at the Matterhorn. The most beloved ski resort in Switzerland is the currently reigning “best ski resort in the Alps.” In the study “Best Ski Resort,” nearly 50,000 winter sport enthusiasts were surveyed directly on the slopes. The result: Zermatt, the highest ski resort in the Alps, was singled out for its high quality slopes and spectacular mountain setting.

Foto: flickr, Simone Lovati

Photo: flickr, Simone Lovati

Les trois Vallées

“Trois vallées” – “the three valleys” – are connected with one another by a ski circuit. Together they form the largest ski area in France, and one of the largest ski resorts in the world. If you want to take full advantage of the unbelievable 600 km of slopes, you’ll need to leave yourself plenty of time. Read More »


The most beautiful city trips in Europe on a shoestring budget

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Translated from the German version of this article.

It doesn’t always have to be Paris. Or London, Berlin or Rome. There are plenty of exciting cities to visit in Europe that – first and foremost – will keep your wallet intact. Today, we’ll give you ten destinations that should find their way to your travel wish list.


The only problem with the capital city of Slovakia is that nearby Vienna draws all the attention – but Bratislava certainly doesn’t need to hide. It scores points with a surprisingly impressive historic city center and extremely low prices.

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The unofficial capital of the Baltic region has a long list of cultural highlights. Night owls are in good hands here, as the Latvian capital is considered a secret party mecca. Read More »


Welcome to paradise – these are the most beautiful islands in the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Distant, tropical and remote islands pull us in like a magnet. The view of palm trees, sandy beaches and azure waters – our sense of wanderlust couldn’t be stronger. But which islands are the most beautiful in the world? Today, we’ll introduce you to ten of them.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lions, penguins, turtles, wales and dolphins: the Galapagos islands promise animal encounters at close range. This natural paradise, located hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, leaves us speechless.


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Ambergris Caye, Belize

Of all the countries of Central America, Belize remains an insider tip: one of the most beautiful destinations is Ambergris Caye, an offshore island that makes the hearts of snorkeling and diving lovers beat faster. Read More »


Travel Fever 2016: Our Wish List

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Happy New Year! Now that we’re all starting to slowly recover from New Year’s Eve, it’s finally time to start hammering together our plans. A new year of travel is upon us, and along with it the perenial question: where to go this year? Today, we present to you the travel destinations that can’t be missed in 2016. Hey, you can dream a little, right!


Oman isn’t on your wish list yet? That will change quickly – we promise. Here in the Sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula, you’ll feel the magic of the Orient first hand. You’ll cross mountain passes, wind through the desert, stroll through picturesque towns and meet incredibly friendly people. Convinced?

Foto: flickr, Andrew Moore

Photo: flickr, Andrew Moore


Cuba is booming – there’s no doubt about it. More and more airlines offer service to this Caribbean island nation. Many guests are eager to pay a visit to the country before “Americanization” takes hold. But the new travel year is the perfect time to finally get to know this fascinating country. Read More »


YEEHAW! tripcloud is here!

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For weeks, we’ve been tinkering with one of the biggest features in tripwolf history – and now it’s finally ready!

No more tiresome recovery of guides on iOS and Android, no more “lost” coupon travel guides, and no more (admittedly cumbersome) procedure if you want to use a second device. From now on, you can use everything you’ve bought from us or received as a gift on up to three devices at the same time. With no extra charge! All you have to do is register with tripwolf. It takes 2 minutes, and of course it’s free.


And since we were already at it, we also spruced up user management a bit. Now, you can change your user name or password anytime, directly in the app.


Our next project? Synchronizing trips across multiple devices, which will also be a part of tripcloud. Subscribe to our newsletter in the app or follow us on Facebook and we’ll let you know when the time comes.

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Traditional Christmas dishes from around the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Christmas is coming! Soon, people all over the world will once again celebrate one of the most important Christian festivals in the company of friends and family. Have you ever wondered what culinary specialties are served in other countries across the world at Christmas time?


“Sopa Paraguaya” isn’t a soup – although its name might suggest as much. Rather, it’s a type of cornbread. And it must be present in each and every household on Christmas Eve. By the way, there’s no exchanging of gifts on Christmas in Paraguay. Children have to wait until Epiphany.


In the USA, Christmas doesn’t start until the 25th of December, but then there’s food enough for everyone. Mostly turkey finds its way to the table, sometimes a roast ham. It’s not just the Christmas feast that’s impressive, but also the Christmas lights. Campy, flashy, glaring – the most important thing is keeping up with the Joneses.

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Photo: iStock


Greenland’s traditional Christmas delicacies are even stranger than you might think. Eaten with particular gusto is “Mattak,” a specially prepared whale skin with a thin layer of fat. Even more peculiar is “Kiviak.” For months, the meat of a particular species of bird – including the beak and feathers – is tucked into sealskin and fermented. Bon Appetite! Read More »


Let us surprise you for your next holiday…

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With 2015 nearly over, it’s time to reflect on all the places you wished you’d visited in the past 12 months. But what about those you don’t wish you’d visited? What about all the places you never even thought about visiting? These are the most exciting in our eyes, so out of the kindness of our jolly, festive hearts, we’ve got a few tips up our snowy, sleeves…


Today there are a few websites out there providing you with the latest, or most local, or cheapest travel ideas and locations to enhance your trips and travels, and one of the more recent angles that some sites like to opt for is that of the ‘surprise’.

Airlines have already gone down the route of letting passengers choose an unknown destination for their next trip, and now you can also surprise yourself with unexpected stays with locals through NightSwapping…  Read More »

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