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

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Translated from the German version of this article.

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!

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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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Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala

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This article is brought to you by Guatemala resorts.

 

Guatemala City (Also known as Guate) is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, it also boasts as its biggest city of Guatemala and is a popular tourist destination for those planning a vacation in Central America, based on a small stretch underneath Mexico and opposite Cuba. As well as the superb weather, there is also plenty of sights to see for those amazing photo opportunities. Below we list three of the top places you can visit when staying in the numerous Guatemala resorts to guarantee you a fun packed vacation in this exciting and beautiful city.

 

Museo Miraflores

The Museo Miraflores is an archaeological museum that displays artifacts from the ancient Maya city of Kaminaljuyu, for those non-speaking tourists everything is also shown in English. It is a treasure trove of everything relating to the Mayan culture and spans two large floors. Admission is approximately $5 US and provides ample opportunities for photographs with genuine Mayan artifacts. As well as the opportunity to explore the history of the Mayan culture, the museum is also located next to two large shopping centers so you can also incorporate a little holiday shopping at the same time.

 

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

This presidential palace is located next to Parque Central and is one of the most impressive structures of its kind in the city. Whilst the current palace (The third to occupy this site) is fairly modern having been constructed in the 1930s-1940s it is no less impressive and is now open as a museum allowing tourists to take guided tours which are available in English. Again there are plenty of photo opportunities and one of the attractions of the palace is the styles of architecture that spans from the earlier styles of the Spanish Renaissance to Neoclassical.

 

La Aurora Zoo

This Zoo is located in the heart of Guatemala City and is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, one of the most attractive parts of this zoo is the abundant flowers and landscaping of the zoo grounds that makes this a most relaxing and calming environment to visit as well as provide some great photographs to take back home and show your friends. There are also plenty of shops and cafes nearby should you want to take in more of the city as well. These are just three places that are worth a visit when staying in Guatemala City, there are also day trips to the nearby Volcano, various activities such as the canopy zipline tour. Whatever you plan we recommend that you only book with a trusted tour operator and make sure you take plenty of sun cream.

 
 

 All Include Outdoor Instagram Tips If you want to practice this ‘Instagram tips’, in one of the Barcelo Hotels, you should check Guatemala Resorts

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Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack

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Crumpled clothes? Forgot half of your stuff? Backpack shoulder straps making your back hurt? Recognize any of this? In the days before a vacation, we really just want to get going. We’re happy to take care of the annoyance of packing at the very last minute. But you’ll be able to travel more relaxed if you take a bit more time for your luggage. And: If you follow our advice.

 
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Photo: iStock.

 

Suitcase or backpack:

Let’s start with the most important decision: The choice of luggage. The decision whether to bring a suitcase or a backpack depends heavily on your personal travel style. There is no ideal, universal answer. If you just have to carry your belongings from the taxi up to your hotel room, you’ll be happier with a suitcase. Suitcases in general travel more comfortably, and it’s also easier to keep them in order. As a piece of luggage, a backpack is much more flexible. If you’re the type to start looking for a place to stay once you get to your destination, you’ll be happier with a backpack.
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Vegan, organic or traditional: These are the best ice cream parlors in the world

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Ice cream is trendy these days. And not just because the temperature is steadily climbing. Vanilla and chocolate are yesterday; today, you can treat yourself pumpkinseed oil, goat’s cheese, and red beet and poppy seed. Extravagant variations are often the order of the day, but also sometimes something simpler. Some like it vegan, some organic. One thing is certain: Ice cream is more individual than ever.

 

 

And with the increasing demand for this ice-cold refreshment, new ice cream shops are springing up like mushrooms from the ground. hether new, time-tested, whether vegan or traditional: Today it’s all about the best ice cream parlors in the world.

 

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Vienna: Veganista
For two years, the ice cream shop “Veganista” has been the gathering point for vegan ice cream lovers in Vienna. The 100% vegan, fresh and handmade ice cream is unspeakably delicious.
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Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips

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As a child growing up in Cape Town, the city was always a place that people from Johannesburg would visit. They would come in the first week of December and leave by mid January – and that was the season. Which suited us just fine, as we Capetonians would then get the beaches to ourselves for the rest of the summer. These days, however, the story is very different. Cape Town is the number one tourist destination in Africa, with an international season that runs all year round – and the city I love has evolved into a truly global destination. Relaxed, beautiful, reliably hot in summer and with no jet lag involved thanks to a 1-2 hour time zone difference depending on the season (from Europe), it’s a perfect holiday destination for everyone from families to independent travelers.

I probably shouldn’t be encouraging you – I’d still like the beaches to myself! In any case, here are my top tips for first-time visitors to the Mother City…

 

High life

The city sits in one of the most beautiful natural situations in the world, overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain. The mountain itself has remained eternally impressive through the years, but the number of people heading up it has certainly changed in the past 20 years. The rotating cable car that takes you to the top is ten times the size it was – once it would take 15 people, now it’s more like 100 each trip. The five-minute ride to the top should be on every Cape Town itinerary, rewarding you with wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Peninsula from the top.

 

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Picnic or visit the restaurant, while you watch the wildlife in the National Park – you’ve got plenty of time as the cable cars are every 10-15 minutes and finish at 9.30pm in the summer. Or if you’re really daring you can even abseil off the top of the mountain when you’re ready to get down. Read More »

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10 natural pools straight out of paradise

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Into the cold water! Now that summertime temperatures are beginning to reach their peak, we’re all looking for a way to cool down. And where better to take a dip than in the midst of breathtaking natural scenery? From jungles to islands – today we’ll show you the world’s most beautiful natural swimming pools.

Kuang Si, Laos

Not far from the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, multistage waterfalls come crashing down limestone cliffs. The rock pools below are absolutely splendid spots for swimming in the jungle.

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Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

The wadis – dried-out riverbeds – are typical of the Sultanate of Oman. The Wadi Bani Khalid, north of the Wahiba desert, invites visitors with its turquoise waters, perfect for swimming all year round. Read More »

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10 Useful Tips for Comfortable Long-Haul Flights

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Does this sound familiar: Sore knees pressed against the seat in front of you, glaring cabin lights, freezing temperatures, and worst of all: 7 hours to go before landing. As huge as the anticipation is for an upcoming trip, a long flight can easily steal it all away. To help you bear those many hours in cramped confines more easily, today we’ll give you our best tips for your next long-haul flight.

 

Photo: flickr, Cha già José

 

1. Check in as early as possible

If you want to start your journey relaxed, you should check in for your flight the evening before if at all possible. Choose your seat according to your particular preferences: Legroom is important to you? Then take the aisle seat. If you prefer to lean your head against the window while you sleep, better to take a window seat. Whatever seat you choose, just make sure it’s far away from the toilets. Read More »

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5 summertime destinations in Europe

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Article translated from the German version.

 

Summer is just around the corner, and you still don’t have any idea where to go this year? It shouldn’t be too far away, but you don’t want to have to do without beautiful coastlines and stunning natural beauty? No problem. It doesn’t matter if you feel the draw of the beach or want to satisfy your sense of adventure: Today we’ll introduce you to 5 destinations in Europe that will put long-distance travel destinations to shame.

 

Roadtrip through Sweden

Nothing feels more freedom than a roadtrip through Sweden. You don’t even have to go too far north – in the provinces of Skåne and Småland, southern Sweden shows its best side. Sweden is wonderful for camping, and the number of potential sites is overwhelming. The adventurous will take the Swedish “Allemansrätt” – known in English as the “right to roam” – to heart, and pop up their tents in the great outdoors. So pack your bags and off you go!

 

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Croatia: Heading down the coast

It’s hard not to imagine sitting in the evening, directly on the shoreline, enjoying a meal of freshly-caught fish. You’re a bit tired from your day of discovering secluded coves and strolling through the impressive Diocletian’s Palace. Welcome to Croatia! From the coasts of Istria and Dalmatia to Dubrovnik: Those who love crystal-clear sea and sun will feel completely at home in the towns, fishing villages and beaches along the coast of Croatia. Read More »

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All good things are 3 – 3 guides for €3!

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Let summer vacation begin! Starting now, you can get our 3-Guides Package, which will let you can pick any 3 travel guides of your choice from the tripwolf app, for €2.99, instead of the regular €9.99!

The offer is only valid until the end of Sunday, so strike while the iron is hot!

Have Fun!
 
Here you can download the tripwolf App.
 
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5 tips for better vacation pictures: This is how to get the best out of your pictures

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Hand on your heart: How many times after a wonderful trip have you sat at home, annoyed that your photos couldn’t capture the same emotions you felt at that time and place. How many times have you shown friends and family your vacation photos and said with a twinge of melancholy: “It was really much nicer than this.” How often have you thought: “Next vacation, everything will be different.” Seem familiar again? If so, then today we’ll tell you five ultimate tips that will finally help you shoot more beautiful, expressive, and inspired photos.

 

 

Your camera is your potential

Let’s start with the most important thing: Get to know your camera. It sounds so simple, but yet it’s so essential. ISO, aperture, shutter speed – sorry, what was that again? Only when you’ve mastered the basics can you use your camera properly when it counts. Remember: A camera is only as good as the photographer.
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