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Romantic last-minute travel tips

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No worries, this is not going to be just another story on how to get that last-minute room in Paris. In fact we believe if you’re already that far behind schedule, you might as well surprise your significant other with a more creative trip for Valentine’s day. We’ve prepared a list of five destinations that can easily give Paris, Venice orLondon a run for their money, but are not yet on everyone else’s romantic bucket list.

 

Istanbul – the city of stunning beauty on the Bosporus

There’s a reason people visiting Istanbul tend to lose their hearts to the city. Strolling around in the narrow streets of Turkey’s most densely populated city, you are instantly overwhelmed bythe oriental flair the city emanates. Combining traditional with modernity, this city will be an unforgettable destination for couples. Insider tip: Get a breath-taking view of Istanbul from Büyük Çamlica, a hill located some 268m above sea level in the neighborhood Üsküdar.

 
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Istanbul. Photo: flickr – halbag

 

Brighton – as romantic as it gets

London sure is a safe bet for a decent Valentine’s Day. Without question, the city is fantastic and leaves no wishes unfulfilled. Unfortunately, however, this also comes at a price. London is always among the most expensive travel destinations in the world, and Valentine’s Day is no different.

So here’s our romantic tip: check out Brighton! The city really offers everything you could ask for on a Valentine’s trip, ranging from narrow streets, cute little cafés and those typical charming English houses. Go for a walk along the seashore and stop by the Brighton Pier. Want to add that special little extra? Surprise your beloved with a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel at dusk. You can also book your tickets online before your trip. Read More »

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5 inspirational travel videos for people with a yen for far-away places

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Sometimes, when it comes to capturing memories of our most enjoyable times in foreign countries, the static images of our compact camera just won’t cut it anymore. It doesn’t matter if it is the video camera in your hand at a picnic in Central Park or the GoPro strapped to your head while bungee-jumping in Sydney: footage from our journeys lets us rekindle memories of our most wonderful adventures time and again.

 

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Luckily, some filmmakers let us see through their eyes and create the most artistically ambitious short films, to illustrate the beauty of a country, a culture, or traveling in general. Accompanied by the right music, these videos become breath-taking short trips in your mind. Like fresh fuel, the following 5 clips won’t fail to kindle your wanderlust. Read More »

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Not your average accommodation for your winter holidays

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A skiing resort would seem to be a logical choice if you consider yourself a winter athlete, but sometimes it’s worth looking into alternatives. Particularly for those occasinos a number of hotels specialize in unusual interior design, or a unique location. Be this meters above the ground in the forest or in between walls of ice: the following accommodations will definitely make your winter holidays something to remember.

 
Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra - www.treehotel.se

Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra – www.treehotel.se

 

The Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

You can find them in the dense, green forests of Vancouver on the Canadian west coast: Eve, Eryn and Melody, three wooden spheres hanging in the branches at 4 meters above the ground. Those among you who want to spend the night in a modern tree house can rent the spheres all year round and spend an unforgettable night amongst the trees. According to their description, they were designed to be able to shut off for a while and awaken your creativity.

 

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

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Great transportation tips to save some money

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Blog post freely translated from an article by French tripwolf author Marianne Morizot.

 

Whether you’re traveling for months around the globe or zipping off for a cozy weekend in Rome, traveling has a tendency to empty the wallet and is rarely straightforward. Thinking on your feet, insider tips, special offers . . . voilà, a selection of our tips and tricks to help you stay within your travel budget — and spare your nerves.

 
Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

 

- Buy Cheaper Airline Tickets

Of course the famous comparison portals are unavoidable. Not everyone knows, however, that tickets for overnight flights are often much cheaper than tickets during the daytime. Another hot tip: work in a small (or large) detour and change the destination – the fares often differ drastically. Read More »

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10 of the most impressive bridges in the world

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They allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of the most impressive bridges worldwide that simply take our breath away.

1. The Helix Bridge in Singapore

Photo: flickr, Jeffery Wong.

Opened as recently as in 2012, the Helix Bridge in Singapore is the first and youngest on our list. Visitors can cross the 918ft (280m) long bridge and gaze at Singapore’s skyline from five different viewing platforms.
The design of the bridge is based on the strands of human DNA – the Double Helix Model – which is most obvious at night, when the bridge is radiant in different colors. This is when you will also see the illuminated letters c, g, a, and t, the initals representing the components of human DNA (cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine). Read More »

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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 »

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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?”

 

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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 »

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5 Dreamy Old Towns in Europe

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In multifaceted Europe you can find many buzzing modern metropolises that are in constant change and keep reinventing themselves. At their core, however, you can encounter the architectural and artistic remains of times long gone, which often make those old towns tourist hot spots. Here are some cities that invite you to wallow in nostalgia and romantic feelings while at the same time satiating your hunger for culture.

 

1. Stockholm (Sweden):

The old city center of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, directly translated from “Gamla Stan”, connects the northern district of Norrmalm with the southern one of Södermalm. In the 13th century the old town of Stockholm was the actual urban part, surrounded by rural areas. Nowadays, Gamla Stan offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities thanks to its medieval relicts. The Grand Square is packed with tourists taking pictures of the typical earth-colored architecture. In addition, the two churches of Tyska Kyrkan and Storkyrkan, as well as the royal palace, are just around the corner. Besides these typical sights, little alleyways with their tiny original cafés, restaurants or craftworks stores whisper tales of long gone Scandinavian times.

 
Gamla Stan, Stockholm.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Photo: flickr, 2benny

 

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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 »

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