5 Unforgettable Countries for Backpacking

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Backpacking around the world – for many, it’s the epitome of the perfect travel adventure. We’ve compiled a list of five spectacular destinations that are ideal for backpacking.

For beginners: Thailand

There’s a reason that Thailand has a reputation as one of the world’s top backpacking destinations. Its perfect combination of amazing tourist attractions, cheap prices and phenomenally good food are a few of the things that draw backpackers to this Southeast Asian vacation paradise.

Highlights in Thailand
Bankgkok is, of course, a must see – a bustling metropolis that never sleeps. In the north, the city of Chaing Mai attracts vacationers with its relaxed atmosphere and myriad restaurants and cafes. Sunbathers and beachgoers flock to the south of the country. In Thailand, there is a seemingly endless variety of islands and beach resorts to choose from.

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Photo: flickr, Eric Bauer

For Versatility: Colombia

Colombia is slowly but surely moving away from its past reputation as a somewhat dubious vacation destination. And good thing too, because it offers the ideal holiday for backpackers. There are few countries in Southern or Central America that offer the same level of diversity and variety. Caribbean and Pacific beaches, rainforests, highlands, mountains – Colombia gives travelers an awe-inspiring mix of scenic highlights and impressive sights. Read More »


The most exciting waterparks in the world

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Not for the faint of heart! These eight waterparks will leave you breathless. Have you ever plunged 51 meters downward on an almost vertical waterslide? The brave of heart can do just that at a waterpark in Kansas City. In this article, we’ll tell you about the waterparks across the world where you can take a cool dip in a totally unique and exciting way.

Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

A waterslide through a shark tank – that sounds like Dubai. It’s no wonder that in this city of superlatives you’ll find a world-class, record-holding waterpark. Where else can you feed skates at a waterpark? The price of admission is admittedly a bit steep, but it’s worth your visit, guaranteed.

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Siam Park, Tenerife

Rightly represented in almost every top 10 list around: Siam Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife is widely regarded as one of the best waterparks anywhere in the world. A first-class jolt of adrenaline is guaranteed on the “Tower of Power.” This almost-vertical slide will leave you feeling almost weightless. 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 ski resorts in Europe

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Imposing mountain backdrops, endlessly long slopes, and don’t forget: just the right mood for Après-Ski. But where can you have the most fun carving down the slopes? Today, we’ll show you the eight ski resorts in Europe that we can’t stop dreaming about.


It’s no wonder that this destination makes it into our top 8: Zermatt at the Matterhorn. The most beloved ski resort in Switzerland is the currently reigning “best ski resort in the Alps.” In the study “Best Ski Resort,” nearly 50,000 winter sport enthusiasts were surveyed directly on the slopes. The result: Zermatt, the highest ski resort in the Alps, was singled out for its high quality slopes and spectacular mountain setting.

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Photo: flickr, Simone Lovati

Les trois Vallées

“Trois vallées” – “the three valleys” – are connected with one another by a ski circuit. Together they form the largest ski area in France, and one of the largest ski resorts in the world. If you want to take full advantage of the unbelievable 600 km of slopes, you’ll need to leave yourself plenty of time. Read More »


How to plan a trip around the world

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“Someday. When the time’s right. Maybe.”
Enough with the excuses! The best time for traveling the world is now. If you’ve found the idea of extended travel circling through your head again, it’s worthwhile to give it some serious thought. So you want to take a trip around the world. Congratulations, that’s a great idea. Now how do you actually turn that dream into tangible action? Here we’ve given you step-by-step instructions to follow.

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Photo: flickr, damien_p58

1. The rough framework: desired destination, cost, duration

We all have them: dream destinations that we have to see. Places that give you butterflies in your stomach just thinking about. Write them down! Don’t worry at this point about money or your job, that’ll come soon enough. Right now, it’s just about writing down your dream trip. Read More »


These 10 Skywalks Will Take Your Breath Away

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Translated from the German version of this article.

They promise a rush of adrenaline that you won’t quickly forget: these skywalks lie at dizzying heights and have something particularly unique to offer. Today we’ll show you which pathways will cause the hearts of even the bravest amongst us to skip a beat.

Langkawi Sky-Bridge, Malaysia

A gondola makes this curvy footbridge on the Southeast Asian island of Malaysia easily accessible. In nice weather, from the top of the mountain you can even see to the mainland of Thailand.

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Photo: iStock.com/AsianDream

Walk of Faith, China

The name says it all: China’s “Walk of Faith” promises a special type of adrenaline rush. At a dizzying altitude of 1400 meters, this glass path winds 60 meters long around the Tianmen Mountain. Read More »


The 5 biggest world-travel myths

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Translated from the German version of this article.

“I’ve traveled the world.” And thus wild images begin to run through peoples’ minds: “Oh, you must be so rich! And courageous!” and most of all: “So how did you find a job again?” Few topics of conversation are as fascinating as long-term travel. Today we’ll debunk some of the biggest myths surrounding world travel and tell you what’s really true.

1. Only rich people can afford to travel.

The stubborn rumor that only people swimming in money can afford to travel continues to persist. The bad news: travel does require money. The good news: traveling around the world doesn’t cost nearly as much as you might think. For example, if you spend half a year in a low-cost country, you can easily manage on less than $10,000. No one bats an eyelash when you tell them about your new car or remodeled kitchen. But when you start describing your trip around the world, envious glares immediately ensue. However, keep in mind, the more you can reduce your budget in advance, the more you’ll have your priorities and standard of living in line for an upcoming trip. So how do you save enough money to travel? We’ll show you here.


2. A trip around the world means a setback in your career.

Yes and no. We live in a society where many employers find world travel to be an asset. You’ve “lived life”, you’re cosmopolitan, you’re knowledgeable of the world and know what you really want from life. Well, that’s only partly true. Globetrotters often find that after a long trip, they no longer fit in an office setting. Many have become free-spirited and are reluctant to work complacently under someone else’s demands. Those who don’t find this to be a problem can quickly and easily re-incorporate themselves back into the job market after a long trip. The problem comes when working in an office setting is no longer satisfactory and one must find an alternative path. This is something to be aware of before you travel. Read More »


The most beautiful hiking trails in Europe

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Past the hot springs of Iceland, through the caverns of eternal ice in Norway or on the Mountain Goat trail in the German/Austrians mountains; the most beautiful hiking trails in Europe are above all, incredibly diverse. Hiking in Europe can bet many things, but the one thing it’s not is boring. Today we’ll show you the top five, unparalleled routes in Europe.

Ruta de Pedra en Sec, Mallorca

There’s a different kind of Mallorca – far away from the crowded party beaches in the west of the island. This impressive coastal hiking trail is largely atop dry stone walls. The view could not be more beautiful: a brilliant blue sea glistening on the horizon, lined by rugged mountain landscapes. From time to time, you’ll reach a secluded village where you can replenish your energy with an “Ensaïmada,” a sweet yeast dough pastry. This 140-kilometer route can easily be walked in a good week.


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Svellnosbreen, Norway

Face to face with eternal ice: the hike through the ice mass of the Svellnosbreen is a one of a kind experience. Past caves, crevasses and ice towers – those who venture through this massive labyrinth of ice will will experience one of the most unusual hiking trails in Europe. Need a little more? How about the assent of the Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway? An approximate 1400 meters in altitude and 14 km in length must be overcome to reach this long-awaited summit. Read More »


The most fascinating volcanoes in the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

They bubble, steam and spit lava. They ravage without mercy and give new life. They are astoundingly beautiful and yet simultaneously terrifying, Volcanoes create a fascination within us like no other force in nature. Today we’ll show you some of the most fascinating volcanoes in the world.

Nyiragongo, Congo

The unusual fluidity of its lava is what makes the Nyiragongo so highly dangerous. Within its crater seethes the largest lava lake in the world:10 million cubic meters of lava threaten the surrounding towns. In the event of an eruption, lava can flow like water into the valley at speeds of tens of kilometers per hour.

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Photo: flickr, MONUSCO Photos

Ijen, Indonesia

The crater of Ijen volcano is the most dangerous place in the world to work. Every night, dozens of workers make their way to the crater where they work without adequate protection against the toxic fumes, mining sulfur by hand and carrying it back to the valley on their shoulders. Read More »

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