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Sand between your toes: our favorite beaches, wanderlust guaranteed

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At least, except when it comes to beaches. These beaches are without a doubt so breathtakingly beautiful, we’d like to beam ourselves there right now.

Eagle Beach, Aruba

It’s no wonder that Eagle Beach, located on the Caribbean island of Aruba, is routinely listed among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the spirit of the Caribbean reigns supreme. The sand couldn’t be finer, the turquoise-colored ocean shimmers. What more could anyone ask for?

Foto: flickr, Göran Ingman

Photo: flickr, Göran Ingman

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

White, whiter, Whitehaven Beach. It’s the high content of quartz that makes the sand of Australia’s Whitehaven Beach shimmer like snow. This natural paradise on the eastern coast of Australia is guarded like a treasure. You won’t find hotels or other manmade buildings or structures. Only a few camping spots dot the landscape. Read More »

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Lone wolves? Tips for solo travelers

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Nobody to talk to. Nobody to keep an eye on your luggage on your next trip to the bathroom, and nobody to laugh with years later over memories of a shared experience. Often, we find ourselves feeling held back from packing up our suitcases alone and setting off for adventure. Of course, there are some disadvantages – but traveling alone also offers the possibility to get to know yourself and your surroundings in a new, authentic way, and to travel without compromises at your own speed. So, before you start humming the song “All by myself” as you sadly board the plane, let’s sing an ode to solo travel!

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Before you head out the door, your choice of destination should be thoughtfully considered. Assuming you don’t have a desire to spend your trip communicating with locals through wild hand gestures and signs, it’s a smart idea to take the communication factor into account. For this reason, it’s important to consider a travel destination where English is usually understood, or where you speak the local language yourself. Depending on your taste for adventure, solid infrastructure is also a big advantage, as this will keep your travels less complicated and make sure your most important needs are covered.
For solo travel newbies, city trips (for instance in Europe, the USA, etc.) or trips in areas that are well-traveled by other tourists (like Southern Asia) are particularly good choices, as it tends to be easier in these locations to find accommodations, meet other solo travelers and participate in a variety of activities. Read More »

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Our favorite springtime travel destinations

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Goodbye winter, hello spring. We’re finally leaving our winter depression behind, and return to the most wonderful topic in the world: travel. But where are we headed off to this spring season? We’ve put together the five most beautiful travel destinations for you.

Marrakech, Morocco

Losing yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the city’s historic center is as much a part of a trip to Marrakech as the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. The center of Marrakech, the so-called Medina, is easily the most exciting and colorful mazes of alleyways anywhere in the world: merchants offer their wares for sale, among elegant piles of spices. Children run in packs through the streets, and every so often your path is crossed by a fully-laden donkey.

The beating heart of the city center is the famous Djemaa el Fna square, a pulsing mix of snake charmers, merchants and street artists. The perfect way to take in the hustle and bustle here? Enjoy the sunset over the Djemaa el Fna from one of the surrounding rooftop terraces while sipping a Moroccan mint tea. And one more tip for shopping fans: make sure to arrive with plenty of room left in your suitcase. Marrakech is a paradise for lovers of authentic handmade crafts.

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Photo: flickr, SuperCar-RoadTrip.fr

Madeira, Portugal

Where better to greet the most beautiful season than on the “island of eternal spring?” This Portuguese island is the ideal getaway destination for those of you who have had more than enough of cool winter temperatures. Two weeks after Easter, the so-called “island of flowers” lives up to its name: for two days, the capital city of Funchal transforms itself into a sea of flowers. With the flower festival (“Festa da Flor”), locals and tourists alike eagerly greet the beginning of spring. Read More »

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Cuba – the rhythm of the Caribbean

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Elderly Habaneros sit at the entry to the house, contentedly puffing their cigars; a few streets over, the throbbing rumba rhythms of a street session bring a rush of blood to the head, while worn, vintage american cars rattle past. The (stereo)typical image of Cuba is often not too far away from the truth.

This socialist island nation in the Caribbean is changing, slowly opening with the gradual relaxation of the US embargo, in the hopes of bringing new life to its domestic economy. The “green caiman,” as Cuba is often called thanks to its unique shape, has a particular mix of white sandy beaches, a lively history and fiery rhythms – reason enough for us to take a closer look at this unique island!

Foto: flickr | Les Haines

Photo: flickr | Les Haines

Awakening and Nostalgia

The memory of the revolution of 1959 is a constant companion, no matter where you are in Cuba. The face of countless Che Guevaras stare with determination from the walls, and anyone willing to give the good-natured Cubans an open ear will be returned with wistful tales of Fidel Castro. Read More »

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Tips that actually help against jetlag

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Your head is buzzing, your stomach aches and all of a sudden, all of the anticipation for your trip is gone. Anyone who has suffered a bout of jetlag knows exactly what we’re talking about. So you don’t have to suffer through your next long-haul flight, we’ve collected the best tips to fight jetlag.

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Photo: iStock

Jetlag starts in the mind

The agony of jetlag really does start in the mind: that’s why you should set your watch to the local time at your destination as soon as you board the plane. Starting now, there’s no more “How late is it at home?” Your thoughts should be focused exclusively on the journey ahead. When possible, eat your meals at the appropriate times for your destination country. Admittedly, that’s sometimes easier said than done, since at the end of the day as long as you’re on board, you’re at the mercy of the cabin crew. But nevertheless, your body will thank you, and you’ll notice a marked difference in the speed at which you put your jetlag in the rear view mirror.

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How your direction of travel determines jetlag

The degree to which you experience jetlag depends largely on which direction you’re traveling. A westbound flight extends your day by “only” a couple of hours, while a flight to the East artificially shortens it. Most people have more of a problem with a shorter than with a longer day, and thus cope much better with flights headed west. Read More »

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Luxurious, extravagant or bizarre: 10 extraordinary hotels across the world

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Thanks to our new integration of booking.com, it’s now possible to book your perfect hotel directly in the app. That’s why today, we wanted to devote a bit more time to the hotels of the world, because after all: these days, you can find just about any hotel imaginable. Here, the hotel really is the star of the vacation! Today, we’ll introduce you to 10 hotels that have inspired us with their unusual lacation, luxury or uniqueness.

In a palace: Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur, India)

A hotel right in the water: The Taj Lake Palace in the Indian city of Udaipur is located in the middle of Lake Pichola and is only accessible by boat. The interior of the palace is a perfect mix of magnificent oriental architecture and stylish luxury. It’s no wonder that the Taj Lake Palace was used in the filming of the James Bond film “Octopussy” with Roger Moore.

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In the treetops: Treehotel (Harads, Sweden)

A designer hotel in the middle of the forests of Sweden: This extravagant treehouse hotel promises a very special experience in the heart of nature. These one of a kind hotel rooms are located at a height of approximately six meters. Read More »

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Welcome to paradise – these are the most beautiful islands in the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Distant, tropical and remote islands pull us in like a magnet. The view of palm trees, sandy beaches and azure waters – our sense of wanderlust couldn’t be stronger. But which islands are the most beautiful in the world? Today, we’ll introduce you to ten of them.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lions, penguins, turtles, wales and dolphins: the Galapagos islands promise animal encounters at close range. This natural paradise, located hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, leaves us speechless.

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

Of all the countries of Central America, Belize remains an insider tip: one of the most beautiful destinations is Ambergris Caye, an offshore island that makes the hearts of snorkeling and diving lovers beat faster. Read More »

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Travel Fever 2016: Our Wish List

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Happy New Year! Now that we’re all starting to slowly recover from New Year’s Eve, it’s finally time to start hammering together our plans. A new year of travel is upon us, and along with it the perenial question: where to go this year? Today, we present to you the travel destinations that can’t be missed in 2016. Hey, you can dream a little, right!

Oman

Oman isn’t on your wish list yet? That will change quickly – we promise. Here in the Sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula, you’ll feel the magic of the Orient first hand. You’ll cross mountain passes, wind through the desert, stroll through picturesque towns and meet incredibly friendly people. Convinced?

Foto: flickr, Andrew Moore

Photo: flickr, Andrew Moore

Cuba

Cuba is booming – there’s no doubt about it. More and more airlines offer service to this Caribbean island nation. Many guests are eager to pay a visit to the country before “Americanization” takes hold. But the new travel year is the perfect time to finally get to know this fascinating country. Read More »

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Let us surprise you for your next holiday…

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With 2015 nearly over, it’s time to reflect on all the places you wished you’d visited in the past 12 months. But what about those you don’t wish you’d visited? What about all the places you never even thought about visiting? These are the most exciting in our eyes, so out of the kindness of our jolly, festive hearts, we’ve got a few tips up our snowy, sleeves…

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Today there are a few websites out there providing you with the latest, or most local, or cheapest travel ideas and locations to enhance your trips and travels, and one of the more recent angles that some sites like to opt for is that of the ‘surprise’.

Airlines have already gone down the route of letting passengers choose an unknown destination for their next trip, and now you can also surprise yourself with unexpected stays with locals through NightSwapping…  Read More »

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Our top 10 tips against wanderlust

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Translated from the German version of this article.

When it starts to get cold and foggy, and it’s time to the dig out your winter wear from the back corner of your closet, and it gets darker in the evening earlier than you’d like, it’s easy to find yourself struck with wanderlust. Frequent travelers are often plagued year round, but no season is as ubiquitous for experiencing wanderlust as late autumn. Today we’ll share with you some of the best tips to help you beat, at least temporarily, the wanderlust blues.

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Be a tourist in your own town

To discover – that’s the whole point of traveling. Why not start in your own town? More likely than not, you were probably in kindergarden the last time you visited your city’s tourist attractions. You wouldn’t believe how much fun it can be to discover your own city through the eyes of a tourist! Read More »

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