The 8 biggest travel myths

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What would happen if I didn’t switch my cellphone off onboard the plane? Is London’s famous clock tower really named Big Ben? And is it really true that there is no 13th row aboard an airplane? Questions questions, questions – we have answers.

Is the city of Venice home to the most bridges in the world?

Unfortunately not. Venice, the supposed bridge record holder, really doesn’t have all that many bridges as you’d think – the total “only” falls somewhere upwards of 400 bridges. This puts the painterly city squarely behind Hamburg. The German Hanseatic city, with around 2,500 bridges, is the true title holder for the most bridges in Europe.

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Can your cellphone cause the plane to crash?

By now we all know by heart the announcement at the start of every flight, asking passengers to put our cellphones in “flight mode” or switch them off. And many of you have probably wondered what would really happen if someone accidentally forgot. The good news: no airplane is so easy to crash. The bad news: in rare cases, cellphones that are switched on can interrupt the radio traffic of the airplane and cause unpleasant noises in the headphones of the pilots – and that’s certainly not worth the risk. Read More »


Dubai a little differently – the cultural side of this Arabian megacity

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This article is sponsored by Rove Hotels.

Dubai, known for its enormous construction projects like the palm islands, isn’t just the home of gilded luxury hotels and skyscrapers that reach into the heavens, like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This capital city of the United Arab Emirates also boasts a lively and authentic cultural side that might surprise you. Today, we’ll put these interesting Dubai locations under the microscope!

View of Dubai creek with abra’s or water taxi’s at foreground

Dubai Creek:

On the Dubai Creek (Arabic: Khor Dubai), the natural inlet of the Persian Gulf in the heart of Dubai, water taxi is the preferred method of transport. Called Abras, these water taxis can take you on a sightseeing tour or dock you in the city center to the north. You can also rent out entire Abras for a cozy private tour.
Ideal for a family getaway, the leisure park Dubai Creekside Park is located on the western bank of Dubai Creek. Among other attractions, you’ll find the indoor play area Children City. Nature lovers will also find plenty to love here: in the Ras al Khor protected zone, the forested lagoon in the southern part of the Dubai Creek, you can observe entire colonies of flamingos in their natural habitat. Read More »


10 exceptional city tours for every budget

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Soaring in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, exploring ancient Rome by Segway or sailing the waters around New York on board a sailboat: These ten tours from our partner GetYourGuide make touring your destination city a highlight you’ll remember for years to come.

USA: Helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon

Nothing can compare to the feeling you’ll experience when the helicopter raises up over the southern edge of the canyon and sweeps across the shimmering red cliffs. This round-trip tour over the imposing crevasse of the Grand Canyon just has to be experienced!

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Photo: GetYourGuide

Bangkok: Nighttime bicycle tour

In the evening, when the pulsing metropolis really comes to life, is the best time for a bicycle tour. You’ll pedal through narrow alleyways, visit points of interest like the Wat Arun totally free from the usual throngs of tourists and enjoy Thai delicacies at one of the city’s many vaunted food stalls. Read More »


5 unforgettable road trips

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Music in your ears, wind in your hair, nothing but open road on the horizon: without a doubt, road trips are one of the most exciting ways to travel. These five trips have us yearning for a summer full of adventure on the road.

Along the South Island of New Zealand

Fjords, glaciers and deserted beaches: could there be any more beautiful place for a road trip than the South Island of New Zealand? We don’t think so! That’s why this idyllic spot of earth is pretty close to the top of our list of dream destinations. Where do we feel most at home? In lively Queenstown for example, the unofficial party capital of the country. Or at the rugged cliffs of Nugget Point, where you’ll find wild penguins and seals. It’s hard to stop staring in New Zealand; everywhere you turn you’ll find another breathtaking example of nature’s beauty. By the way, New Zealand is great for unexperienced road trip fans, since outside of the major cities you’ll have the streets more-or-less to yourselves.

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Photo: flickr, mhx

Across Morocco

A road trip across Morocco? If you’re scratching your head, you’re not alone, as many tourists come here just for a trip to the bustling city of Marrakesh. But the landscape of Morocco is just as impressive. Rocky mountain passes, endless expanses and the sands of the Sahara – all that and more can be found in this tiny country in northern Africa. Not to be missed are the two famous gorges: Dades and Todra. Even if you can’t complete a traverse without an off-road vehicle, it’s worth it even to take a drive through the gorges in a rental car. Spring is an ideal travel time, when it’s not yet oppressively hot but the worst of the winter cold has subsided. Read More »


The most beautiful camping spots in Europe

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With a view of the ocean, at the base of a glacier or in the middle of the wilderness: There’s a camping spot to suit just about everyone. These are seven camping spots that really wow us.

Naturcamping Spitzenort, Germany

You can’t get closer to nature than this! This idyllic camping spot is located on the Spitzenort peninsula – right next to the ocean. Families with children are particularly fond of this spot, and for that reason the offerings are oriented towards small campers: there are plenty of playgrounds, a pool with waterslide, and a large kid’s area. In sum: there are plenty of great reasons why this camping spot always earns top marks as one of the best in Europe.

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Photo: flickr, @DerekFinke

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Camping with a spectacular view – it’s possible in Norway. From this camping spot, you’ll have a direct view of one of the best-known fjords in Norway, the Geirangerfjord. It’s only the cruise ships that sail by from time to time that interrupt the idyllic view a bit. But is that really such a surprise? The Geirangerfjord still counts among the top natural highlights in the country – ships included. Read More »


Sand between your toes: our favorite beaches, wanderlust guaranteed

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At least, except when it comes to beaches. These beaches are without a doubt so breathtakingly beautiful, we’d like to beam ourselves there right now.

Eagle Beach, Aruba

It’s no wonder that Eagle Beach, located on the Caribbean island of Aruba, is routinely listed among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the spirit of the Caribbean reigns supreme. The sand couldn’t be finer, the turquoise-colored ocean shimmers. What more could anyone ask for?

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Photo: flickr, Göran Ingman

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

White, whiter, Whitehaven Beach. It’s the high content of quartz that makes the sand of Australia’s Whitehaven Beach shimmer like snow. This natural paradise on the eastern coast of Australia is guarded like a treasure. You won’t find hotels or other manmade buildings or structures. Only a few camping spots dot the landscape. Read More »


Our favorite springtime travel destinations

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Goodbye winter, hello spring. We’re finally leaving our winter depression behind, and return to the most wonderful topic in the world: travel. But where are we headed off to this spring season? We’ve put together the five most beautiful travel destinations for you.

Marrakech, Morocco

Losing yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the city’s historic center is as much a part of a trip to Marrakech as the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. The center of Marrakech, the so-called Medina, is easily the most exciting and colorful mazes of alleyways anywhere in the world: merchants offer their wares for sale, among elegant piles of spices. Children run in packs through the streets, and every so often your path is crossed by a fully-laden donkey.

The beating heart of the city center is the famous Djemaa el Fna square, a pulsing mix of snake charmers, merchants and street artists. The perfect way to take in the hustle and bustle here? Enjoy the sunset over the Djemaa el Fna from one of the surrounding rooftop terraces while sipping a Moroccan mint tea. And one more tip for shopping fans: make sure to arrive with plenty of room left in your suitcase. Marrakech is a paradise for lovers of authentic handmade crafts.

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Photo: flickr, SuperCar-RoadTrip.fr

Madeira, Portugal

Where better to greet the most beautiful season than on the “island of eternal spring?” This Portuguese island is the ideal getaway destination for those of you who have had more than enough of cool winter temperatures. Two weeks after Easter, the so-called “island of flowers” lives up to its name: for two days, the capital city of Funchal transforms itself into a sea of flowers. With the flower festival (“Festa da Flor”), locals and tourists alike eagerly greet the beginning of spring. Read More »


Higher, bigger, more exciting: new attractions for globetrotters

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You think you know all the major attractions in the world? Then listen up, because you won’t find these eight attractions in most travel guides. We’ll show you which skyscrapers, museums and other highlights have just opened their doors to the public.

Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro

Futurism par excellence: the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) does its name justice. Like a spaceship, it hovers in the heart of the newly redesigned harbor promenade of Rio de Janeiro. Inside, interactive exhibits on future innovations and research are displayed.

One World Trade Center, New York

New York’s newest landmark has finally been completed – and it wouldn’t be America if they hadn’t come up with an outstanding design for the new skyscraper at the site of Ground Zero. The elevator trip to the 102nd floor takes just 46 seconds. From there, visitors are enchanged with a seemingly endless view across the city. Weak knees are just part of the program: if you’re brave enough to enter the Sky Portal, only a glass floor will separate you from the lively streets of New York below.

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Photo: flickr, Peter McConnochie

Market Hall, Rotterdam

For a little more than a year, Rotterdam has had a whole new hot spot: nowhere else in the world is shopping for fruits and vegetables such an experience as in the newly constructed Market Hall. Inside, this horseshoe-shaped attraction impresses visitors with a colorful ceiling installation by Dutch artist Arno Coenen. Read More »


Tips that actually help against jetlag

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Your head is buzzing, your stomach aches and all of a sudden, all of the anticipation for your trip is gone. Anyone who has suffered a bout of jetlag knows exactly what we’re talking about. So you don’t have to suffer through your next long-haul flight, we’ve collected the best tips to fight jetlag.

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Jetlag starts in the mind

The agony of jetlag really does start in the mind: that’s why you should set your watch to the local time at your destination as soon as you board the plane. Starting now, there’s no more “How late is it at home?” Your thoughts should be focused exclusively on the journey ahead. When possible, eat your meals at the appropriate times for your destination country. Admittedly, that’s sometimes easier said than done, since at the end of the day as long as you’re on board, you’re at the mercy of the cabin crew. But nevertheless, your body will thank you, and you’ll notice a marked difference in the speed at which you put your jetlag in the rear view mirror.

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How your direction of travel determines jetlag

The degree to which you experience jetlag depends largely on which direction you’re traveling. A westbound flight extends your day by “only” a couple of hours, while a flight to the East artificially shortens it. Most people have more of a problem with a shorter than with a longer day, and thus cope much better with flights headed west. Read More »


The culinary highlights of the Middle East

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Refined combinations and unusual flavors are what make Middle Eastern cuisine a true culinary experience. Today, we’ll take you along on a virtual trip to the most delicious dishes of the Middle East.


A widely consumed Middle Eastern specialty is hummus, a puree of chickpeas and sesame paste. The classic version of hummus has been modified into countless inventive variations: whether it’s with beetroot, pistachio, pine nuts, spicy peppers or mushrooms – creativity knows no bounds.

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Baba Ghanoush

This eggplant puree is often served as a “mezze.” The local variations sometimes differ from one another in preparation, but most of the time the eggplant is grilled directly over a gas flame before being prepared further. This is how baba ghanoush gets its distinctive, smoky flavor. Read More »

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