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Solo or in company – what’s the best way to travel?

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It’s a question of taste and the traveling circumstances: how many people does it take to have the best journey possible? Whether you decide to travel alone, with a partner or a whole gang – every one of these combos has its own advantages and disadvantages.

 

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Traveling alone – Between freedom and boredom

When you are traveling alone, the question is whether this is truly a comfortable way to travel. Especially when it comes to girls and women alone on the road, although there really is no better way to get to know a country than to travel alone. You can roam through winding alleys and soak in the atmosphere without having to deal with comments on the clothing style of an eccentric passerby or constant toilet breaks that could distract you from the adventure. If you are traveling alone, there is a good chance that you will be able to fully immerse yourself in what is going on around you. You will love or hate the new world around you and be entirely engulfed by it, but you will have no choice but to find your own way of dealing with the situation. After all, you are the only one in charge of the organization, as well as – in most cases – the only person there who understands your language.

 
Photo: flickr, d.real

Photo: flickr, d.real

 

On the other hand, you can enjoy the perks of complete freedom – I am on the road alone and don’t have to coordinate my traveling schedule with anybody. This way, you are able to take in fully this once-in-a-lifetime, personal experience, that you otherwise – with a partner or in a larger group – probably wouldn’t be able to.
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The 5 most beautiful markets in Europe

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Spring is almost here and with it the perfect time to explore great cities. And there’s no better to do so than in a market! There you can find the great cuisine, culture, and people of a city or even an entire country. And for this reason, we would like to present you our 5 most favorite markets in Europe.

 
‘Borough Market’ in London

The origins of this market, located in Southwark, go back into the 13th century, which makes it one of the oldest markets in all of London. However, it has gotten a lot larger since then. Now the market has almost 130 booths and is the selection of foods just keeps growing. Here you can get everything you need, from fresh fruits to foreign beers and tons of different types of fish or the latest fast food creations London has to offer. This market presents a mix of regional sellers and imported products from all over the world. You could spend hours at Borough Market, but still want to come back the next day since you’ll still feel you’ve missed something. This feeling that you could try and see more will bring you back to this great place again and again! It’s full of so many surprises and has such a unique charm that you should definitely check it out someday!

 
Where? 8 Southwark Street, London
When? Regular market days are Wednesdays through Sundays – but you can get lunch all week.
 

Borough Market

 
The ‘Mercado Central’ in Valencia

At this market you’ll find both locals and tourists together. Together, like you’ll see them nowhere in all of Valencia. It’s described as one of the oldest markets in Europe, since its roots go back to 1839, when it was called Mercado Nuevo. Some decades later the market was brought back to life after a full restoration. Since then, it has become one of the economic centers of the city. With over 400 retailers it offers everything the global, but in particular the Spanish cuisine has to offer. You’ll be able to feast your eyes on the gigantic amounts of fish which are spread throughout a separate 1400 square meter hall dedicated only to seafood.

 
Where? Plaza Ciudad de Brujas, Valencia
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Colorful destinations to lighten up your winter mood

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Cold, rain and snow and nothing blue to spot on the sky for days? Winter sure is a very unique season, but in the long-term can really get you down. No worries though, we’ve got the cure: travelling. Get inspired by our list of ten colorful destinations!

 
Valladolid (Mexico)

You’ll find houses colored in mint green, pink and pale yellow, the sidewalks are terracotta-colored and the heaven mostly blue with clouds as smooth as cotton candy. The city of Valladolid on the Mexican peninsula Yucatán is as colorful as the Mexican ponchos.
 

Foto: shutterstock | Eddy Galeotti

Foto: shutterstock | Eddy Galeotti

 
Cinque Terre (Italy)

Cinque Terre is a lovely place that translates into five villages and is located along the seaside of the Italian Riviera and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. If you plan to go, each of the five places can be visited right after each other at the coast. Read More »

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Romantic last-minute travel tips

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No worries, this is not going to be just another story on how to get that last-minute room in Paris. In fact we believe if you’re already that far behind schedule, you might as well surprise your significant other with a more creative trip for Valentine’s day. We’ve prepared a list of five destinations that can easily give Paris, Venice orLondon a run for their money, but are not yet on everyone else’s romantic bucket list.

 

Istanbul – the city of stunning beauty on the Bosporus

There’s a reason people visiting Istanbul tend to lose their hearts to the city. Strolling around in the narrow streets of Turkey’s most densely populated city, you are instantly overwhelmed bythe oriental flair the city emanates. Combining traditional with modernity, this city will be an unforgettable destination for couples. Insider tip: Get a breath-taking view of Istanbul from Büyük Çamlica, a hill located some 268m above sea level in the neighborhood Üsküdar.

 
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Istanbul. Photo: flickr – halbag

 

Brighton – as romantic as it gets

London sure is a safe bet for a decent Valentine’s Day. Without question, the city is fantastic and leaves no wishes unfulfilled. Unfortunately, however, this also comes at a price. London is always among the most expensive travel destinations in the world, and Valentine’s Day is no different.

So here’s our romantic tip: check out Brighton! The city really offers everything you could ask for on a Valentine’s trip, ranging from narrow streets, cute little cafés and those typical charming English houses. Go for a walk along the seashore and stop by the Brighton Pier. Want to add that special little extra? Surprise your beloved with a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel at dusk. You can also book your tickets online before your trip. Read More »

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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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How to make the most of a rainy trip

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Guest article by Elisabeth Magesacher (translated from German).

 

Wet socks, cabin fever, not to mention the vain battle you and your umbrella fight against the wind in order not to take off like Mary Poppins. Rain during your vacation can really give you the blues. But that’s no reason to give up hope! Here are five recommendations on how to make the most of a rainy trip.

 
Rainy New York - a special play of colors. Photo: flickr, Sarah Alaica.

Rainy New York – a special play of colors. Photo: flickr, Sarah Alaica.

 

1. Try something new

Rain during your trip is the ideal opportunity to start a new activity, maybe something you normally wouldn’t have considered doing. For example: visit a cooking class! Cooking classes are the ideal way of getting to know a country through its culinary culture, and you can meet like-minded travelers and learn new recipes to impress future dinner guests with back at home. And as you can feast on your homemade exotic meal at the end of class, you save yourself looking for an restaurant for the eveneing in the rain! Read More »

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Autumn Leaves: 5 travel destinations

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Guest post by Elisabeth Magesacher.

 

It’s undeniable. Whether it’s promenades through colorful autumn forests, city trips or a late seaside vacation during the off-season: autumn is a great time for traveling! These 5 destinations are especially attractive even late in the year.

 

Tours (France)

Half-timbered houses, little boutiques, narrow alleyways, cafés and boulangeries – the charming little French city of Tours always is an attractive spot to visit. In autumn, though, this area is especially lively when all the students return to revive the scene and the city’s cultural offerings resurrect. Situated alongside the Loire, Tours is also the ideal homebase for trips to its rich surroundings, for example the Châteaus of the Loire valley. Most of them are preserved pretty well and impressive both on the outside and the inside. After visiting the noble château, how about some recreation time and a picknick in the palace garden? Très français.

 

Der gemütliche Place Plumereau in Tours. Foto: flickr, Roger Wollstadt.

The cosy Place Plumereau in Tours. Foto: flickr, Roger Wollstadt.

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