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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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Translated from German version of the article.

 

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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Translated from the German version of this article.

 

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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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.

 
 

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

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Translated from the German version of this article.

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…

 

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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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