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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.

Zermatt

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 »

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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 »

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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

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The most fascinating volcanoes in the world

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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.

Foto: flickr, MONUSCO Photos

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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The 10 Most Spectacular Streets in the World

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They lie at dizzying heights, cross steep mountain passes, have been worn into rocks or possess astounding views. The most amazing streets in the world really have something special about them. Today we’ll show you which streets really take our breath away.

1. Yungas-Straße, Bolivia

The most dangerous road in the world, also known as the “Camino de la muerta” or simply “Death Road,” runs from La Paz approximately 70 kilometers to Coroico. Up to 300 people every year have accidents on the one-lane road that winds through steep mountain slopes with no guardrails.

Photo: flickr, Matthew Straubmuller

Photo: flickr, Matthew Straubmuller

2. Baldwin Street, New Zealand

With a 35 percent maximum gradient, Baldwin Street, located in New Zealand in the city of Dunedin, is known as the steepest street in the world. Every year it attracts more than a million tourist as a popular photo op. Read More »

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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.

 

Scenic picture-postcard view of famous Amalfi Coast with beautif

 

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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Iceland in winter – who would do that to themselves? A country in white and blue

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This article was translated from the German version.

“You’re flying to Iceland in February? Are you crazy? But it’s so dark there this time of year, and way too cold!” These were the kinds of shocked reactions that were thrown at me before my vacation to Iceland in February – in many cases even from Icelanders themselves. I was of course already well aware that the island, which is located just below the Arctic Circle, probably wouldn’t be a popular destination for sunbathing on its volcanic sand beaches – after all, the country is named “Iceland.”

 
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The Sculpture Sólfar (Sun Voyager) in Reykjavík. Photo: Lena Sharma.

 
Beach of volcanic sand at Laugavegur. Photo: Lena Sharma.

Beach of volcanic sand at Laugavegur. Photo: Lena Sharma.

 

There are, however, plenty of great reasons to head to this snow-white island in the middle of winter. Sure, people who love sunlight won’t exactly get their fix, given that it’s dark by 5:00 in the afternoon, and the sun doesn’t begin to peek above the horizon again until after 10:00 in the morning – that is, if it even breaks through the cover of clouds and fog. On the other hand, I’ve never found myself in such a special, warm and peaceful atmosphere. Anyone who has ever stopped in for a Kaffi at one of Reykjavík’s traditionally decorated cafés while a snowstorm rages outside knows exactly what I mean. Read More »

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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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