The anti-packing list: You can leave these at home

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Translated from German version of the article.

As your next trip draws near, the Internet begins to burst at the seams with your packing lists. Stick to these lists too closely, and you’ll come to regret it – at the very latest when you heave your heavy backpack onto your shoulders for the first time, or when you’re asked to pay more at airport check-in for your overweight bag. Today we’ll tell you which items you can cross off your packing list and leave at home with a clear conscience.

Big, heavy towels

Even ignoring the fact that most accommodations come equipped with towels, these things take up an unbelievable amount of room in your backpack or suitcase, and aren’t exactly light. And: They take hours to dry. Therefore, dear travelers, get yourself a good travel towel. That way you’re equipped for emergencies and you’ll have more space in your luggage and less weight to carry around.




Clean clothes take for your entire trip

It’s almost always enough to take along clothes for about a week. You can almost always wash your clothes on the go without a problem. It’s much more important to take along clothes that can be combined sensibly with one another.
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Are we there yet? Vacations with the kids: These are the best kid-friendly travel destinations

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Stressed parents are looking for relaxation, but the kids are longing for adventure. The perfect travel destination should be quiet, with excellent food, and of course high hygienic standards and safety are a must. It’s not as difficult to balance the needs of both adults and children under one roof as you might think. Whether a baby or school-aged child, today we’ll introduce you to a few destinations that are ideal for traveling with kids.


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Austria: Vacation at the lake

After the first few months with their new sprout are over, frest-baked parents are always on the lookout for a place to relax. Travel by car is ideal, so you’re not fighting for space for that oversized stroller. The drive shouldn’t exceed three or four hours. These are the criteria for many families planning their first vacation for three in Austria. In Carinthia, the warm lakes are perfect for splashing around. Especially popular is Lake Klopein. It takes about an hour to complete a loop around the lake with a baby stroller in tow. Read More »


Finally an end to the wild-goose chase: route planner and “near me” function in the tripwolf app

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It’s not an easy task to manage your time while traveling: particularly on short trips, time is an especially precious commodity.

On the hunt for the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot to check your emails for that big upcoming project, and who doesn’t have that one friend who needs to find a bathroom every 10 minutes?




This hopeless wandering around is something we’re well acquainted with. That’s why we wanted to make your search for an ATM, pharmacy, etc, a whole lot easier – so we equipped our tripwolf travel guides with two new functions: the “Near me now” function and route planning!

“Near me now”: With just a touch of your smartphone, you can immediately see where to find services for your everyday needs like drinking water, Wi-Fi, post offices, car sharing, and many more, right in our travel guide. All this information can be reduced to a specific radius, and when you’re headed to a certain location, you can display the most convenient route in the route planner!

Route planner: The route planning function can also be used independently of other functions. For each entry in the tripwolf travel guides, you can now display the quickest route from your current location, and select whether you’re traveling by foot, bicycle, or car (this function will be expanded soon).






Try it out for yourself in the app, and let us know what you think – we’re looking forward to your feedback!

Have a nice trip!

Your tripwolf team


Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala

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This article is brought to you by Guatemala resorts.


Guatemala City (Also known as Guate) is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, it also boasts as its biggest city of Guatemala and is a popular tourist destination for those planning a vacation in Central America, based on a small stretch underneath Mexico and opposite Cuba. As well as the superb weather, there is also plenty of sights to see for those amazing photo opportunities. Below we list three of the top places you can visit when staying in the numerous Guatemala resorts to guarantee you a fun packed vacation in this exciting and beautiful city.


Museo Miraflores

The Museo Miraflores is an archaeological museum that displays artifacts from the ancient Maya city of Kaminaljuyu, for those non-speaking tourists everything is also shown in English. It is a treasure trove of everything relating to the Mayan culture and spans two large floors. Admission is approximately $5 US and provides ample opportunities for photographs with genuine Mayan artifacts. As well as the opportunity to explore the history of the Mayan culture, the museum is also located next to two large shopping centers so you can also incorporate a little holiday shopping at the same time.


Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

This presidential palace is located next to Parque Central and is one of the most impressive structures of its kind in the city. Whilst the current palace (The third to occupy this site) is fairly modern having been constructed in the 1930s-1940s it is no less impressive and is now open as a museum allowing tourists to take guided tours which are available in English. Again there are plenty of photo opportunities and one of the attractions of the palace is the styles of architecture that spans from the earlier styles of the Spanish Renaissance to Neoclassical.


La Aurora Zoo

This Zoo is located in the heart of Guatemala City and is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, one of the most attractive parts of this zoo is the abundant flowers and landscaping of the zoo grounds that makes this a most relaxing and calming environment to visit as well as provide some great photographs to take back home and show your friends. There are also plenty of shops and cafes nearby should you want to take in more of the city as well. These are just three places that are worth a visit when staying in Guatemala City, there are also day trips to the nearby Volcano, various activities such as the canopy zipline tour. Whatever you plan we recommend that you only book with a trusted tour operator and make sure you take plenty of sun cream.


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If you want to try these ‘Instagram tips’ in one of the Barcelo Hotels you should check out the following website Guatemala Resorts


Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips

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As a child growing up in Cape Town, the city was always a place that people from Johannesburg would visit. They would come in the first week of December and leave by mid January – and that was the season. Which suited us just fine, as we Capetonians would then get the beaches to ourselves for the rest of the summer. These days, however, the story is very different. Cape Town is the number one tourist destination in Africa, with an international season that runs all year round – and the city I love has evolved into a truly global destination. Relaxed, beautiful, reliably hot in summer and with no jet lag involved thanks to a 1-2 hour time zone difference depending on the season (from Europe), it’s a perfect holiday destination for everyone from families to independent travelers.

I probably shouldn’t be encouraging you – I’d still like the beaches to myself! In any case, here are my top tips for first-time visitors to the Mother City…


High life

The city sits in one of the most beautiful natural situations in the world, overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain. The mountain itself has remained eternally impressive through the years, but the number of people heading up it has certainly changed in the past 20 years. The rotating cable car that takes you to the top is ten times the size it was – once it would take 15 people, now it’s more like 100 each trip. The five-minute ride to the top should be on every Cape Town itinerary, rewarding you with wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Peninsula from the top.




Picnic or visit the restaurant, while you watch the wildlife in the National Park – you’ve got plenty of time as the cable cars are every 10-15 minutes and finish at 9.30pm in the summer. Or if you’re really daring you can even abseil off the top of the mountain when you’re ready to get down. Read More »


10 natural pools straight out of paradise

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Into the cold water! Now that summertime temperatures are beginning to reach their peak, we’re all looking for a way to cool down. And where better to take a dip than in the midst of breathtaking natural scenery? From jungles to islands – today we’ll show you the world’s most beautiful natural swimming pools.

Kuang Si, Laos

Not far from the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, multistage waterfalls come crashing down limestone cliffs. The rock pools below are absolutely splendid spots for swimming in the jungle.

Photo: flickr, Aussie Assault

Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

The wadis – dried-out riverbeds – are typical of the Sultanate of Oman. The Wadi Bani Khalid, north of the Wahiba desert, invites visitors with its turquoise waters, perfect for swimming all year round. Read More »


5 summertime destinations in Europe

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Summer is just around the corner, and you still don’t have any idea where to go this year? It shouldn’t be too far away, but you don’t want to have to do without beautiful coastlines and stunning natural beauty? No problem. It doesn’t matter if you feel the draw of the beach or want to satisfy your sense of adventure: Today we’ll introduce you to 5 destinations in Europe that will put long-distance travel destinations to shame.


Roadtrip through Sweden

Nothing feels more freedom than a roadtrip through Sweden. You don’t even have to go too far north – in the provinces of Skåne and Småland, southern Sweden shows its best side. Sweden is wonderful for camping, and the number of potential sites is overwhelming. The adventurous will take the Swedish “Allemansrätt” – known in English as the “right to roam” – to heart, and pop up their tents in the great outdoors. So pack your bags and off you go!


Photo: flickr, Familjen Helsingborg


Croatia: Heading down the coast

It’s hard not to imagine sitting in the evening, directly on the shoreline, enjoying a meal of freshly-caught fish. You’re a bit tired from your day of discovering secluded coves and strolling through the impressive Diocletian’s Palace. Welcome to Croatia! From the coasts of Istria and Dalmatia to Dubrovnik: Those who love crystal-clear sea and sun will feel completely at home in the towns, fishing villages and beaches along the coast of Croatia. Read More »


Explore London’s most extraordinary sights

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London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year over 16 million tourists visit the British capital. But if you want to get off the beaten path from the usual tourist spots such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the Tower Bridge, your first stop should be www.couporando.co.uk, where you’ll find top-notch information and travel vouchers that can have you on the way to an extraordinary London experience in no time!

Smallest Police Station

Just about every visitor to London makes a stop a Trafalgar Square. Whether you realize it or not, on your way through you’ll pass by the smallest police station in London. At the corner of Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross Road, the small stone cabin seems more like a telephone box or even a public toilet. This one-man police station used to serve as an observation point, to keep things under control in what was then known as “Mob Square.”

Photo: flickr, John W. Schulze.

Photo: flickr, John W. Schulze.

Shakespeare in Carnaby Street

Shakespearean statues and monuments are a dime a dozen in London, but one of the most charming can be found in the Great Marlborough Street 29. From a small window above the pub called “The Shakespeare’s Head” the playwright and poet looks out poetically at the tourist crowd below. Allegedly, the founders of the pub, Thomas and John Shakespeare, were distantly related to the famous bard – but who knows if this is true, or just great fiction. Read More »


From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna!

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It’s your first time in Vienna? During your stay, you can get from point A to B during without all the worry with Uber – get to the airport or be chauffeured in comfort to the Eurovision Song Contest.




We’ve teamed up with Uber to give our travelers in Austria a voucher for €20 off their first Uber ride!

It’s this easy:

1) Download the Uber app (it’s free for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)
2) Register
3) Before your first trip, enter the code “tripwolfAT” under “Promotion”. Read More »


Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle

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This article has been translated form the German version.

Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of all the seasons has arrived. And what better way to welcome the spring than a trip to a new city? Today we’ll introduce you to five cities that are perfect for exploring by bike. After all, what could be better than mixing in with the locals, feeling the wind on your face, and relaxing as you discover a city on two wheels?

Photo: Shutterstock.

Photo: Shutterstock.



Young and old, business suits and flip flops: Absolutely everyone bicycles here. Bicycles are practically sacred to the Dutch: Hip Hollanders decorate their bikes with flowers and garlands, and chauffeur their kids around in so-called “bakfiets.” Amsterdam is the ideal city to discover from the saddle, thanks to its flat topography and extensive network of bicycle lanes. From the Central Station it’s off to Haarlemmerstraat, bursting with charming cafes and thrift shops. You’ll cycle through the neighborhood of Jordaan onward to the 9 Straatjes, the 9 streets: each one more magical than the last. After you’ve replenished your reserves, a trip through the Vondelpark beckons, where you can let the sun caress your face. Finally we’ll visit the Museumplein and the Albert Cuyp market.

Where to borrow? Bicycle rentals in Amsterdam are a dime a dozen. “Yellow Bike” is a proven option.

Photo: Katharina Werni.

Photo: Katharina Werni.



Would you believe that Barcelona is ideal for exploring by bike? In the most bike-friendly city in Spain, more and more bike lanes are gradually appearing, many of which are even separated from the road traffic. Anyone who truly wants to experience the Catalan way of life should cycle the 4 km long beach promenade, enjoying a cocktail at the end with ocean views.

Where to borrow? The friendly bike-lover Ramiro Sobral has opened the extraordinary rental shop “El Ciclo” in the heart of the city. Read More »

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