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 »


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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It’s tapped! The Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014

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Munich in autumn isn’t all beer, pretzels and short dirndl dresses – in order for you to enjoy your time outside of beer tents as well, you can now download the tripwolf Munich guide for free until the end of the Oktoberfest! Have fun!

On September 20th, the (in-)famous Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich – new Mayor Dieter Reiter will give the beer tap a mighty blow at noon precisely and announce, “It’s tapped!” for the 181st annual celebration. Together with the guys behind the MyWiesn Secrets app in Munich, we have once more created the most up-to-date Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014 so you can enjoy the Oktoberfest adventure to the fullest.

Each year, 6 million people come from all over the world and guzzle millions of pints of beer and over 500,000 roast chickens. Any “Zuagroaste” (as residents of Munich lovingly call newcomers) standing at the gate of the Theresienwiese for the first time might be forgiven for asking: “How the hell do I find my way through this sea of intoxicated people, tents, beer gardens and sausage stands?”




Answer: The tripwolf Oktoberfest 2014 Survival Guide


What to wear? The right outfit

The gentleman slips into his Kracherte (leather pants) and Haferlschuhe (Bavarian rugged shoes), while the lady opts for a dirndl – ranging from the traditional long cotton dirndl to sexy couture. Read More »


Changed beyond recognition – iPhone app 4.0 with a brand-new design

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Not everyone today uses an iPad. The tripwolf iPad app we released about a year ago sparkled with a brand-new design and enabled the tripwolf community to grow.

So we decided that it was high time to transfer the fresh design of the iPad App to the iPhone version. Without further ado, we present the totally refurbished tripwolf iPhone app version 4.0!




The focus of this update was a major overhaul of the app design. The entire interface has been adapted to the requirements of iOS 7 system. The formerly dark colors of the navigation elements have been replaced with light, bright colors that create a harmonious overall picture.


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Based on this, we have relied on the tile design already used in the iPad version with contemporary, bold colors and large, sleek fonts.

Last but not least, the new interface of the iPhone app has more room for the display of beautiful photos so you can get a better visual impression of the destinations and get more inspired!

Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon of parents who praise their children to the skies. Of course, we also know that our app is the best one in the whole universe, but we might be a little biased ;) So you should find out for yourself.

Today you will also receive a free guide so you can try out the new app for yourself. We hope the new iPhone app gives you as much pleasure as it does us.

We look forward to your feedback via e-Mail or in comments on the blog!

We hope you enjoy it!

Your tripwolf team



Does traveling to Indian Wildlife destinations help in the conservation?

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Guest article by Anshul Srivastava.


“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – JIM FOWLER


Wildlife tourism is adorned with two different sets of thoughts. One perception supports wildlife being spaced out from tourism in order to save the rare flora and fauna species. The other side of the coin encourages wildlife tourism as an effective medium of conservation. Wildlife tourism in India adheres the latter opinion.

Endowed with around 100 national parks and 400 plus wildlife sanctuaries, the largest peninsula is a perfect abode to an assortment of exotic wildlife species. However, conservation of wildlife in India was neglected for a long time. Poaching on a large scale, destruction of natural habitat and human conflicts are some of the major reasons behind the rapid decline in the number of wilds roaming in Indian woods. Thankfully, wildlife lovers and the government are now gradually understanding their responsibility in this context and making efforts at their levels for wildlife conservation in India.

Every year, lots of travelers from the country and overseas visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India just to explore the wildlife, however, they are generally unaware of what contribution they are making towards the conservation of wildlife. Scroll down to know how your travel to any wildlife destinations helps the conservation.

1. Generate revenue through tickets, safaris and government forest lodges

For every project for conservation, money is the primary requisite. When you pay the entry fee in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, undertake safari rides and stay in government owned forest lodges, you are adding to the amount of revenue generated throughout the year. This revenue is used for the betterment of the park as well as the wilds. A portion of the money collected by the authorities of parks and sanctuaries is further used for the protection of wildlife.

Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar

Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar


2. Educate the world about the beauty of Indian wildlife

You can make people aware about the exquisiteness possessed by the exotic wildlife of India. These days, social media has become a major addiction for most of us. After traveling to any wildlife sanctuary or national park, we often update our social media profiles with pictures and interesting updates. Those updates indirectly help in educating the world about the beauty of the country’s wildlife and their habitats. Read More »


Brace Yourself for a Unique and Enthralling Adventure Experience in Ladakh!

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Guest article by Zara Jones.


Ladakh, a mesmerizing land, is cosseted by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains in the northernmost part of India. This amazing region is also known as ‘the land of high passes’. Ladakh lies in the elevations ranging from almost 2750 mts at Kargil area, to 7627 mts at Saser Kangri. The mercury count of Ladakh may drop to minus 40 °C. This beautiful town is also named as ‘Mysterious Land’, ‘Magic Land’ and ‘Moon Land’, because of its unmatched panorama. Along with the vistas of spectacular and rugged beauty of the region, the magical land offers a great scope for undertaking an adventure travel. Ladakh is also known as the ‘adventure capital’ of India. It provides a blend of a string of exhilarating sports. Read more to know about the adventure activities in Ladakh that an adventurer freak can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush.

Ladakh, the 'adventure city'. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.

Ladakh, the ‘adventure city’. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.


Here is the list of top 6 adventure activities that an adventurer can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush:


Experience Wilderness with Exotic Wildlife in Ladakh!

Ladakh is a rugged area where only the fittest can survive. Though the environment is a bit harsh, it boasts of plenty of life, endemic to this area. Its exotic terrain plant life springs up in the summer that engulfs the scenery in diversified colors. The awesome predators include the elusive snow leopard, mighty brown bear, lynx, wild dogs, Shanko or wolf and fox. The herbivorous animal species include the kiang, wild yak, wild hare, marmot, shapo, niyan marcopolo ship, goat, chirru, bharals and ibex marchers. Read More »


2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil

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The upcoming FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil is just around the corner. From June 12th to July 13th all sports fans will be looking at Brazil to watch the most important football event worldwide. Held every four years since 1930, the World Cup was cancelled only twice in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II and its aftermath. The formers champions of the World Cup are Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002), Italy (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006), Germany (1954, 1974 and 1990), Uruguay (1930 and 1950), Argentina (1978 and 1982), England (1966), France (1998) and Spain (2010).

Since 1998 (hosted by France) the tournament features 32 national teams. The first stage is the group stage when the 32 teams are divided in 6 groups of 4 teams each. At this point each team will play against the other 3 teams in the same group. The top two teams of each group advance to the next stage. The knockout stage starts in the eighth finals with 16 teams in eight single-elimination matches in which the winner advance to the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals, the third place match (between the defeated teams of the semi-finals) and the final.

Copacabana, Río de Janeiro. Photo: flickr, Christian Haugen.

Copacabana, Río de Janeiro. Photo: flickr, Christian Haugen.


The opening match (Brazil vs. Croatia) will take place at São Paulo on June 12th. The twelve host cities along with São Paulo are Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with 4 group stage matches in each.

Besides the tournament, football fans will have the opportunity to experience such a variety of attractions in the host cities and their surroundings. Curitiba, for instance, is a well-developed city with some nice attractions like the Botanical Garden, the Wire Opera House and Oscar Niemeyer Museum among others. However, for those going to the Paraná State, a top not to miss attraction is Iguaçu Falls in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, one of the most impressive natural beauties on earth. The trendy Praia da Pipa is a 2 hours’ drive away from Natal. Read More »


Top 10 Safari Destinations in the World

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Guest article by Tanmay Sharma.


Catching a glimpse of the wildlife in their natural habitat is the ultimate thrill that any wildlife lover would love to experience. In the wild, animals roam about uninhibited and go about their business without a care in the world. The abundant resources available in and the protective cushion provided by the wild mean that these animals continue to thrive in these regions. Taking a safari in the wild and having a close encounter with these awesome animals is not an everyday event, and so when you get an opportunity you would want to make the most of it. The unspoiled beauty of the wild is another reason why people are so attracted to the wild. But then, not all safaris are the same and not all wildlife has the same element of thrill. So, we have prepared a list of the best safaris in the world from which you can have your pick.

Costa Rica

One of the premier destinations for a jungle safari, the lush green jungles of Costa Rica is home to a number of popular and endangered animals. Costa Rica is one of the top 20 countries with the most diverse plant and animal species in the world; it has over 500,000 species of wildlife contributing for almost 4% of all species in the world. A wildlife safari to Costa Rica would present you the opportunity to see exotic birds, insects and butterflies. Popular animals include monkeys, languid sloths, crocodiles, countless lizards and poison-dart frogs. The Giant Anteater is an endangered species found here, and it may well be your last opportunity to see it in real!

Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson

Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson



Kenya has to be the best place for safari as it has a wide variety of flora and fauna; from the famous Cape Buffalo to wildebeest to African Elephant to Giraffe, you name the most popular animals and you will find them here. In fact, the famous “Big five” can be spotted here. The abundant wildlife in Kenya is not just restricted to its parks, pens and reserves, of which there are many, but you can even go off the beaten track and try out less famous destinations that may spring a surprise. Birdwatching is another activity that you can indulge in during your safari holidays in Kenya. Read More »


5 Ways to see the ‘Real’ Cape Town

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Guest post by Christopher Clark.


I left my native Britain for South Africa’s Mother City back in 2009 thinking I might hang around for a few months and play a bit of cricket.

Suddenly it’s 2014, I’m still here and I haven’t picked up my cricket bat once (apart from the time I thought someone was breaking into my flat). I don’t really know how it all happened, but I’ve certainly got the Cape Town bug alright.

Here are a few of my recommendations on how to fall in love with my adopted city:


1.) Party in a township

Many of the tourists that come to Cape Town leave with a pretty limited view of what the city really is. They see the plush restaurants and hotels at the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay, take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, hit a few nice beaches, then head home with a suitcase full of overpriced carved wooden elephants and tell everyone that the road surfaces were surprisingly good.

However, the overwhelming majority of Cape Town’s residents inhabit a pretty different world. That world is broadly referred to as the Cape Flats, and constitutes the range of largely-impoverished informal settlements and townships that sprawl beyond the city proper. For me, the best and easiest way to experience a fun slice of this other side of Cape Town life is to head to Mzoli’s Place in the township of Gugulethu.

Cape Flats

Cape Flats. Photo: flickr, Chris Preen.


Mzoli’s is essentially a (not very) glorified butchery. You buy your raw meat over the counter, take it out to a dark cavern full of wood fires at the back, then go find a seat under the canopy outside until it’s done. While you wait you can go and buy drinks from across the road, where a number of local residents’ houses serve as makeshift bars and bottle shops. Read More »


Introducing New tripwolf Maps: Sharper, Smoother, Wider!

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Hello, dear current and future tripwolves!

My name is Matej. I am an Android developer here at tripwolf, and it is a pleasure to introduce to you a major update of our Android app (which will soon be available for iOS, too).

I am especially happy that I personally had the chance to work on a major overhaul of one very important feature in our app and bring it much closer to its full potential.

The feature I’m talking about is our map.




A good map with offline support is without a doubt one of the most important tools in any would-be traveler’s virtual backpack. Anyone who has ever found themselves lost in an unfamiliar city will surely agree, especially late at night or in the early morning hours, with only the town drunk around to ask for directions. We all know that always ends well.

Out with the old, in with the new, goes the saying, and what better way to introduce you to our new map than by comparing it to the old one.

So what have we improved? The answer is, A LOT:


1. Vector maps – virtually limitless detail

The old map rendering technology we used was entirely based on images, which means that the map was divided into a grid, and each square was filled with an actual image tile representing that geographical area at the current zoom level. This could mean hundreds of small images, multiplied further by the number of zoom levels, because every level has its own set of tiles to show you more or less detail depending on how far away from the surface you are. That’s why loading the map becomes sluggish, as does panning and zooming.

Our new maps are vector-based, which means that most of the information, such as streets, buildings, bodies of water, and so on, is not in the form of images but shapes, defined mathematically and drawn in real time. This makes loading much faster, because we don’t load actual images, just the information that tells the shapes on the map how they should be drawn. This is why you will be able to zoom seamlessly in and out without losing sight of the map, and also pan and move around the map smoothly, even on slower phones.


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The new maps feel much more responsive. You don’t have to take my word for it — try it out for yourself.


2. Optimized for high resolution screens

One major weakness of the old system we used was that the texts, including street names, were barely readable on devices with high-resolution screens unless you zoomed in extremely close. The reason for this was the fixed resolution of the images, which was relatively small by today’s standards. This looked acceptable on lower to medium-resolution screens but pretty bad on high-res ones.

Our new map features crystal clear, perfectly readable street names, regardless of the screen resolution or the zoom level. This is thanks to the fact that the size at which elements of the map are rendered is actually based on the pixel density (number of pixels per inch) of the screen you have, so it will scale optimally to show you exactly what you want to see, whether your device screen’s resolution is 480p (Samsung Galaxy S2) or 1080p (Google Nexus 5). This clarity extends to every other element of the map, not only the street names. Zoom in as close as you want, and every element of the map will be just as clear as it was before.


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Screenshots of the old and new maps at the same zoom level and on the same device


3. Powerful offline maps

With the old system, we were always constrained by the file size of the maps, and this was especially painful for country maps, which typically cover a large area, so more often than not we had to sacrifice how far in you were able to zoom to keep the size reasonable. As I mentioned earlier, one of the major advantages of a vector-based map is that we can now have more information within the same file size or sometimes even a smaller file size. That doesn’t mean that the map downloads will aways be smaller and faster, because we are making sure that you get the best possible offline map experience available and that once you download one of our maps, you never have to look back. You will be able to zoom in as close as you want and see the smallest details, even on the largest country maps, without any roaming costs, just as if you were online. Another notable improvement is the fact that you can choose, within our country and region guides, to download only individual areas of a country or region map, such as specific cities or subregions.


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Available maps for the Germany guide


One last neat feature I want to mention here, which can be useful when looking at the map and trying to reach some point of interest while walking through a city, is the fact that you can now make the map follow your location and point of view. Press the “Locate me” button in the top right corner of the map once, wait for it to center on your location, then press it again and the map will start following your point of view, indicated by a transparent blue cone. As you walk, the map will be centered at your current location and will rotate as you turn, so it always shows what is right ahead of you.

I hope you have found this short overview of the new map technology in this version of the tripwolf Android app useful and that you are as excited about it as we are! Of course, this is just the start and the new maps will be available for iOS soon as well.

As always, give the new version a try, leave a comment here, a rating or a review on our Play Store page, or just send us a feedback e-mail and let us know what you think.

And remember, every bit of your feedback helps us make the app better!

Until next time,




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