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Stay connected with FLINK – 1 day of free wifi in Vienna!

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Roaming charges were yesterday! Share your experiences with family and friends and stay connected during your stay in Vienna with mobile internet – and with promo code “TRIPWOLFFLINK” you’ll get one day free when you purchase 3 days or more!

With FLINK, you won’t need to hop from one wireless hotspot to the next when you’re out and about in Vienna: with Austria’s first rentable wifi hotspot, you’ll always have the internet with you in your pocket. Hotspots can be delivered to any address in Vienna, they’re convenient to take along and easy to return.

 

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Here’s how it works:

 

1. Rent a FLINK hotspot and have it delivered to any hotel or private address in Vienna. With promo code “TRIPWOLFFLINK” you’ll get one day free when you book 3 days or more! Read More »

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Here’s how to find the cheapest flights

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This article has been translated form the German version.

 

One of the most wonderful feelings in life is and always will be the moment when you book a flight. The trip is finally on the books, anticipation is limitless, and thoughts are doing somersaults in your head. For many, this moment is drawing closer and closer, as summer isn’t far away. Today we’ll give you tips to help guarantee that you’ll also find the cheapest flight.

 

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Don’t rely on flight search engines

Flight search engines are great – really. But they’re not the last word. They don’t always spit out the cheapest flight. Period. This is because many small airlines are not listed on the major platforms and are therefore not included in the search results. A good example is Nok Air in Thailand: You won’t find Nok Air flights on some search engines – you have to go directly to the website for the airline. Look up all the airlines that operate in the country you plan to visit, and search for flights directly on their websites. Read More »

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Solo or in company – what’s the best way to travel?

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It’s a question of taste and the traveling circumstances: how many people does it take to have the best journey possible? Whether you decide to travel alone, with a partner or a whole gang – every one of these combos has its own advantages and disadvantages.

 

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Traveling alone – Between freedom and boredom

When you are traveling alone, the question is whether this is truly a comfortable way to travel. Especially when it comes to girls and women alone on the road, although there really is no better way to get to know a country than to travel alone. You can roam through winding alleys and soak in the atmosphere without having to deal with comments on the clothing style of an eccentric passerby or constant toilet breaks that could distract you from the adventure. If you are traveling alone, there is a good chance that you will be able to fully immerse yourself in what is going on around you. You will love or hate the new world around you and be entirely engulfed by it, but you will have no choice but to find your own way of dealing with the situation. After all, you are the only one in charge of the organization, as well as – in most cases – the only person there who understands your language.

 
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Photo: flickr, d.real

 

On the other hand, you can enjoy the perks of complete freedom – I am on the road alone and don’t have to coordinate my traveling schedule with anybody. This way, you are able to take in fully this once-in-a-lifetime, personal experience, that you otherwise – with a partner or in a larger group – probably wouldn’t be able to.
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The 5 most beautiful markets in Europe

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Spring is almost here and with it the perfect time to explore great cities. And there’s no better to do so than in a market! There you can find the great cuisine, culture, and people of a city or even an entire country. And for this reason, we would like to present you our 5 most favorite markets in Europe.

 
‘Borough Market’ in London

The origins of this market, located in Southwark, go back into the 13th century, which makes it one of the oldest markets in all of London. However, it has gotten a lot larger since then. Now the market has almost 130 booths and is the selection of foods just keeps growing. Here you can get everything you need, from fresh fruits to foreign beers and tons of different types of fish or the latest fast food creations London has to offer. This market presents a mix of regional sellers and imported products from all over the world. You could spend hours at Borough Market, but still want to come back the next day since you’ll still feel you’ve missed something. This feeling that you could try and see more will bring you back to this great place again and again! It’s full of so many surprises and has such a unique charm that you should definitely check it out someday!

 
Where? 8 Southwark Street, London
When? Regular market days are Wednesdays through Sundays – but you can get lunch all week.
 

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The ‘Mercado Central’ in Valencia

At this market you’ll find both locals and tourists together. Together, like you’ll see them nowhere in all of Valencia. It’s described as one of the oldest markets in Europe, since its roots go back to 1839, when it was called Mercado Nuevo. Some decades later the market was brought back to life after a full restoration. Since then, it has become one of the economic centers of the city. With over 400 retailers it offers everything the global, but in particular the Spanish cuisine has to offer. You’ll be able to feast your eyes on the gigantic amounts of fish which are spread throughout a separate 1400 square meter hall dedicated only to seafood.

 
Where? Plaza Ciudad de Brujas, Valencia
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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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A new year brings new travel pleasures: Destinations for 2015

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Cultural events, spectacles of nature, unknown places – in 2015 there are many good reasons to travel. Here are some travel destinations for the new year.

1. Vienna (Austria)

“Vienna, Vienna, only you, you shall always be the city of my dreams….” Vienna Lieder composer Rudolf Sieczynski wrote these lines about the Austrian capital. In 2015, a visit to Vienna is especially worthwhile: the Eurovision Song Contest is being held this year in Vienna, the Ringstrasse with its impressive and magnificent buildings celebrates its 150th anniversary with special exhibitions and special Ring tours, and someone else is having a birthday too: the University of Vienna was founded 650 years ago – it is the oldest university in the German-speaking world.

 
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Beautiful architecture alongside the Wiener Ringstraße. Photo: flickr, shlomp-a-plompa

 
The Austrian Parliament. Photo: flickr, Harshil Shah

The Austrian Parliament. Photo: flickr, Harshil Shah

 

2. Northward ho!

2015 is the International Year of Light. To celebrate the occasion, there will be many large auroral tours on offer, in which visitors with a little luck can watch the fascinating natural spectacle. The “Northern Lights” travel destinations include northern Scandinavia, northern Scotland, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and northern Siberia.
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5 spooky places in Europe

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Apropos, through 10/31 you can get the whole Europe Package for only 19.99 EUR in the tripwolf app!

 

Halloween is knocking on the door, and in a few days you will be confronted by witches, vampires, and killer clowns. Doesn’t matter whether your costume is a white sheet with holes cut out or Freddy Krueger with an elaborate mask — you can experience the liberating pleasure of being terrified (well, a least a little).

The following places in Europe do not restrict their goosebumps potential to Halloween but will run a shiver down your spine all year long.

 

1. The Sanatorium of Beelitz (Brandenburg, Germany)

More than 100 years ago, the construction of military hospital in Beelitz began; until the fall of the Iron Curtain pulmonary tuberculosis patients stayed here. The buildings were also used as a military hospital during both world wars. Despite the advancing decay of the complex (or perhaps because of it), the sanatorium today has the typical morbid atmosphere that is the norm for abandoned hospitals and institutions and thus attracts many adventurers for guided tours. Visitors often suppose to hear echoing throughout the halls the cries of the patients who had to undergo operations without anesthesia, due to a shortness of medication.

 

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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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Packing for Multiple People

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Someday, my kids will be able to pack for our travels themselves. Until that day, however, I’m responsible for making sure that my girls have enough clothing. (My husband contributes, of course, but I care more about matchy-matchy clothing aesthetics than he does.) On two memorable occasions I have forgotten pants for our youngest and pajamas for our oldest. Since then I decided to get really organized. Here’s a breakdown of how I pack for our family of four.

1. Lists, a smartphone, and more lists

Getting ready means first sitting down with a weather report and our itinerary. How many days? How active will we be? What specialty items do we need? Then I open up Google Keep on my laptop. Google Keep is a note-taking app; you can use the free-form template and the checklist template. I use the checklist feature to build several packing lists: one for the girls’ clothes, one for me, one for electronics, one for dry toiletries and medical items, one for liquid items (as those have to be packed separately), and one for snacks. I like having a small stockpile of familiar, high-protein dry snacks for the airplane or if we’re going to be in a car or coach for a long time.

 
Being organized is everything. Photo: flickr, opoponax

Being organized is everything. Photo: flickr, opoponax

 

The great thing about doing Google Keep lists on my laptop is that it automatically syncs to the Google Keep app on my phone. I have my phone with me in the staging area and can add items on the fly, which is important if I’m still laundering some of the clothes or need to buy anything for the upcoming trip.

Wait, what’s a staging area? On to step two.

2. Staging your stuff matters

Our three backpacks get laid out in a row. There’s my 40L bag, dimensions approved for even the stingiest budget airline; Kid 1’s 18L pack, complete with waist and sternum clips; and Kid 2’s 12L, which is purple just like Dora the Explorer’s bag. If it doesn’t fit in these three bags–or if the bag, when packed, is too heavy for our children to carry–we cull until it does. In front of those bags go the packing cubes. We each have our own color cube. Clothing is folded in stacks in front of the packing cube until everything is accumulated. Toiletries go to the side. Everything is in neat rows. The packing cubes and toiletry kits are not zipped to go until every item on the checklist that’s supposed to be put inside have been acquired. They get put in the backpacks, and then the backpacks aren’t zipped to go until they’re fully packed–usually not until the last moment.

The important thing is that everything is laid out neatly so you can see what needs to go where. And don’t worry, we don’t make the two-year-old carry her own clothes–too heavy! Her bag, which she usually carries proudly, is our lightweight diaper bag.

3. Make separate piles for the airplane

Off to the side of the staging area, I make piles for the airplane. Those piles are the outfits we’ll be wearing on the plane (lots of light, stretchy layers to accommodate temperature variations), extra outfits (kids are messy, ok?), diapering supplies for the little one who isn’t quite toilet trained but who is well on her way, our snacks, and some airplane entertainment items. We plan to put those things in bags that will go under the seat because there’s nothing worse than realizing you need someone’s fresh outfit ASAP and it’s a few rows away in the overhead storage. The diaper bag is fairly lightweight and easy for our two year old to carry for half an hour while we get through the airport.

Nothing guarantees a smooth trip with kids. The flight is usually physically taxing for everyone, and the change in routine can ripple out into your child’s behavior in ways you can’t anticipate. But organization, efficiency, and prior planning make for calm, happy adults, and that attitude will ripple out to the children’s behavior as well.

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Barcelona in the spring

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tripwolf sends you to the city of paella and Gaudí to celebrate the spring in Barcelona. Now, for a short time only, download the Barcelona Guide for 60% off!

 

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While in Northern Europe the first trees and bushes stretch out their young buds in the still bracing air, in Barcelona they are enjoying T-shirt weather. With temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), you can explore the city to your heart’s content without having to share it with throngs of tourists in the high season. Read More »

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