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Against the sky: the most beautiful skylines in the world

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Skylines have a lot to say. They are evidence of economic strength and prosperity. They are the unofficial symbols of their cities and serve as distinctive points of recognition. Today, we’ll show you ten cities whose backdrops of skyscrapers make us marvel.

New York

Everyone knows it, everyone loves it: the world-famous Manhattan skyline. Hundreds of skyscrapers are packed in dense rows on the island. The Empire State Building and the recently built One World Trade Center, which soars into the sky from ground zero, are unmistakable even from miles away.

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Hong Kong

When it comes to the official Emporis ranking, the skyline of Hong Kong is undisputedly in first place: the metropolitan skyline rightly holds the title of the “most impactful” in the world. At any rate, even without the ranking, we find Hong Kong’s skyline utterly impressive. Read More »

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The 10 largest metropolitan areas in the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

An unbelievable 7.3 billion people are estimated to populate the earth as of the beginning of 2015. So where are the largest populations of people? Today we’ll show you the 10 largest metropolitan areas, each with enormous populations.

1. Tokyo: 37,843,000 Residents

In Japan’s capital city, it’s easy to get impatient; it can take hours to go from one point of the city to another. And it’s no wonder, just under 38 million people live in the greater Tokyo area.

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Photo: flickr, Carl Nenzén Lovén

2. Jakarta: 30,539,000 Residents

An incredible 30 million people live in the greater Jakarta area. This puts the Indonesian capital second place on the list of the world’s largest metropolitan regions. A lot of time and patience are required if you want to venture into this urban jungle. Read More »

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Myths About Bike Tours That Stops You From Having Fun

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They say the best way to travel around a city is through walking. You travel on your own pace, and even immerse with the people and culture. But do you really need to walk if you can ride a bike?

Bike tours are getting popular among tourists because they can check out travel spots faster. They also get to bike with a group of people who shares the same passion for traveling. But, some backpackers and casual travelers are still reluctant in joining bike tours.

To help you dispel negative impression, here are some myths about bicycle tours that you should know:

Bike Tours are only for the Young and Fit

Not that cycling is only for the young and fit, it’s that cycling makes you look young and fit. This is why many people think biketours are only for the young generation. Biking is a form of exercise, so anyone who regularly rides a bike will look healthy.

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In a study, researchers from the King’s College London and University of Birmingham found that biking enthusiasts age 55 to 79 had levels of physiological function comparable to younger people. Current statistics also see an increase of bikers age 50 and above. See, age doesn’t matter. As long as you can pedal a bike, then you are welcome to join. Read More »

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7 Things to Consider When Planning a Cruise Holiday

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From sun soaked beaches and sunset dining in the Mediterranean to penguin spotting your way round the Antarctic, a cruise is the best way to do and see as much as possible during your holiday. If however, it’s your first time on a cruise, there are a few things to remember when you’re planning your dream trip.

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Photo: flickr, quinet.

Log off and chill out

Some cruise operators charge by the day for the use of Wi-Fi in your cabin. To avoid spending too much money, consider switching off for the duration of your trip. That means your mobile phone and your laptop! You will save pennies and come home feeling much more relaxed. Read More »

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Our favorite travel destinations in the fall: These events across the globe awaken our wanderlust

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Autumn is drab and gray? No way! In many locations around the globe, autumn is a time of colorful festivals, boisterous celebrations and dancing northern lights. Today, we’ll take you along on a journey to the most beautiful places in the fall.

1. Be there for the grape harvest in Tuscany

When fall starts rolling into one of the most beautiful regions of Europe, ripening the grape vines, you know it’s almost time: the annual grape harvest. Although in parts of Tuscany the grape harvest has been shifted forward due to the heat, don’t worry: the festivities haven’t diminished. Wherever there’s good wine to be found, you’ll find celebration. For example, in Panzano, the heart of the Chianti region, the best winemakers in the region come together every year in September to present their best wines. With culinary treats and atmospheric music, the Italians celebrate their “Vendemmia.”

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 2. Observe the wonder of the Northern Lights

To see the northern lights, just once in your life – who hasn’t dreamed of that? In Iceland, the window between October and March is the best time to witness this colorful heavenly display. For a glimpse of these dancing lights, we gladly accept the icy temperatures that can prevail in Iceland this time of year. In order to increase the chance of seeing this colorful natural phenomenon, it’s best to get as far away as possible from the city lights and head out into nature, for example to Thingvellir National Park.
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How To Save Money On Your Non Refundable Hotel Room

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When planning to travel, booking a hotel room in advance is highly recommended. However, your plans may be interrupted and you may find yourself stuck with a non-refundable hotel room. Don’t you wish you could sell your hotel room to another person who may need it?

Well, Roomer has made it possible for you to do that.

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What is Roomer?

Roomer is a marketplace for travel. The website and brand are owned and operated by Roomer, LTD. The service allows people who have booked a non refundable hotel room, but cannot use it on that day, to sell into other people who would like to book a hotel at a discounted price or to get accommodation in a hotel that’s already fully booked. It is simply recycles the hotel rooms. Read More »

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Hearty tagine, delicious couscous and sweet mint tea: This is how good Morocco tastes

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Moroccan cuisine is said to be one of the best in all of Africa, maybe even the world. And with the incredible variety that makes its way to the Moroccan table, it’s no wonder. Delicious stews are conjured up over an open fire, sweets fruits such as dates or rasins combine with savory ingredients for a true taste explosion. So: Lean back, get inspired, and start looking forward to your next trip to Morocco.

Tagine

Morocco’s national dish is named after the special clay pot in which it is cooked. Whether vegetarian, with meat or even fish: there are no limits on the selection of ingredients and spices. Very popular is the combination of salty and sweet, and prunes, dates or raisins give the tagine an oriental kick. The ingredients are carefully stacked, then the tagine is cooked slowly and served directly in clay pot.

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Harira

During the fasting month of Ramadan, harira is traditionally part of the evening meal. A nutritious soup is conjured up from lentils, chickpeas, vegetables and beef or lamb, which is often happily served up for visitors. Not be missed is chebakia, those sticky-sweet sesame rings, which are happily eaten together with harira. Read More »

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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.

 

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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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Translated from German version of the article.

 

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 »

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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?

 

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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).

 

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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

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