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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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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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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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10 Extraordinary Restaurants You Need To Try

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Where can you get the best dining experience in the world: underwater, on the tallest building in the world or on a rock in the sea? One thing’s for sure: dine at one of the following restaurants and it won’t just be the food that leaves you in awe.

Sirocco, Bangkok

From the sight of the golden dome, one thing is clear: this place is anything but average. From the service, to the view and ambience, to the prices, everything here is exceptional. In our opinion, a must try.

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Ithaa, Maldives

Face to face with schools of fish, sharks and corals: five meters below the surface of the water, here in the Maldives you’ll enjoy 180 degree, panoramic views of the underwater world. Read More »

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The most beautiful hiking trails in Europe

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Past the hot springs of Iceland, through the caverns of eternal ice in Norway or on the Mountain Goat trail in the German/Austrians mountains; the most beautiful hiking trails in Europe are above all, incredibly diverse. Hiking in Europe can bet many things, but the one thing it’s not is boring. Today we’ll show you the top five, unparalleled routes in Europe.

Ruta de Pedra en Sec, Mallorca

There’s a different kind of Mallorca – far away from the crowded party beaches in the west of the island. This impressive coastal hiking trail is largely atop dry stone walls. The view could not be more beautiful: a brilliant blue sea glistening on the horizon, lined by rugged mountain landscapes. From time to time, you’ll reach a secluded village where you can replenish your energy with an “Ensaïmada,” a sweet yeast dough pastry. This 140-kilometer route can easily be walked in a good week.

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Svellnosbreen, Norway

Face to face with eternal ice: the hike through the ice mass of the Svellnosbreen is a one of a kind experience. Past caves, crevasses and ice towers – those who venture through this massive labyrinth of ice will will experience one of the most unusual hiking trails in Europe. Need a little more? How about the assent of the Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway? An approximate 1400 meters in altitude and 14 km in length must be overcome to reach this long-awaited summit. Read More »

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Your Ultimate Travel Guide when in Rome

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Rome is one of the world’s great destinations, with heaps of historical and cultural artifacts in every nook of the city, delicious food, and an endless array of artistic masterpieces.

From the Roman Forum to Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel, anyone looking for the ultimate in holiday exploration and discovery will enjoy their Rome city breaks. If you’re looking to book your Rome vacation, here are a few exciting things you won’t want to miss.

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1. Roman Forum

This area of ancient Roman relics, which sits on an old Etruscan burial ground, is home to the many social, political, and economic relics of the old republic and empire. From the Temple of Julius Caesar and the old Roman Senate, to the Colonna and the Tempio di Saturno, a trip through the Forum is the closest we will ever be to understanding the daily life and styles of one of the world’s great civilizations.  Read More »

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Staying healthy while traveling: Top tips for a worry-free vacation

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The anticipation for your upcoming vacation is rising: Sun, summer, sand and sea aren’t far away! If course, we don’t usually associate the best season of the year with illness or injury. But be careful: If you want a worry-free start to your vacation, and to stay healthy on your trip, it’s important to give some thought in advance to vaccinations, insurance and so on. We’ve summarized the most important points for you.

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Photo: flickr, James

Vaccinations

Even though there are only mandatory vaccinations for a handful of vacation destinations, you should still start dealing with this issue sooner rather than later. In almost any major city, you can get advice from private physicians or government travel centers. Depending on the type of travel, itinerary and duration of your stay, you’ll be recommended specific vaccinations. Read More »

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The most beautiful rock formations around the globe

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Over thousands and millions of years, nature has used its impressive strength to craft majestic rock formations: Mountains that look like stacked pancakes, rock windows through which you can look out at the open sea, gigantic canyons and hills reminiscent of chocolate. Today we’ll take you on a journey to the most impressive rock formations on earth.

Twelve Apostles, Australia

Along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia, you’ll come across these majestic, limestone cliffs that rise out of the ocean up to 60 meters high. They were created by the erosive power of the sea, which is also responsible for the slow, gradual erosion of the pillars.

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