A visit to a Turkish Bath, or hammam, is the highlight of many a visitor’s trip to Istanbul. While many people think of Turkish baths as giant hot spring swimming pools, the Istanbul variety has much more in common with a steam room than an actual bath. This traditional steam bath and scrub is both relaxing and invigorating, and while it’s a far cry from your typical spa experience, a visit to a hammam will make your skin feel cleaner than it may ever have before. Here’s what to expect…
We’re getting ready for a week in Morocco, which is thrilling. As per usual, we are not renting a car and we’re not taking a stroller for our two daughters (now four and just-shy-of-two). That requires some truly excellent footwear, but I’ll be frank: most of the travel-recommended shoes I’ve seen seem clunky and somewhat heavy. I need arch support, and while I’m not even remotely a fashionista I’d like to look a little bit trendy. Here’s what I’ve come up with as my two favorite go-to travel shoes for warm-weather, dry-climate travel.
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Nothing says New England like Autumn. Mid September to Mid October is the leaf-peeping season, when the fall foliage is perfect and bright. Tens of thousands of people jump on bus tours from the Southern US to catch a glimpse of the hills burning bright red, orange and yellow. Though the best way to see this North American region in all it’s splendor is by road trip through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Driving across all three can be in a weekend, or make a romantic week of it - wine-tasting, gourmet food-hunting and taking scenic hikes.
Beep. Beep. Beep. The emergency room monitors sliced through the fog of narcotics and anti-nausea medications. The IV in the crook of my arm made it impossible to get comfortable. My neck and head throbbed with a pain I had never experienced before. Over three days and the course of two ER visits, an MRI, a CAT scan, a few hits of intravenous morphine, and a few prescription bottles filled with muscle relaxers and Vicodin, I had become convinced: after this week, I would never, ever travel alone.
Everyone knows the basic stay-healthy tips for travelers: don’t drink water from bottles with a broken seal, don’t drink alcohol when you’re jet-lagged, wear rubber flip-flops in communal showers. Women have a few unique needs to consider when we’re on the road, but there’s no reason to be weighted down by lots of extra supplies or the blahs. Take care of your body so you can let travel take care of your mind.
It is hot, damn hot, in North America and Europe at this time of year. In some places finding a way to cool off is not only a matter of comfort, but it’s life and death! And if staying cool is life or death….then eat ice cream or die…right?
And eat good ice cream. We’ve been drooling over memories of the most creamiest, coolest, smoothest icy treats from our travels around the world, here in the tripwolf office this summer. So here you go – we just had to share our picks for the best ice cream in the world.
Four days off of an international flight from Manchester, England to Boston, I only know one thing for sure: jet lag doesn’t get easier as you get older. This time around has me reeling from disorientation, cluster headaches, and bouts of 3a.m. to 4a.m. insomnia. Here are a few things I wish I done differently in order to ease my transition into Eastern Standard Time.
Amidst the shocking photos and news after Asiana Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco, one photo on Twitter caught my eye: a man evacuating across the tarmac hauling a wheeled suitcase behind him. This flies in the face of protocol and direct orders from the flight crew as gathering one’s carry-ons hampers a safe evacuation from the aircraft. Yet, I almost understand the impulse to retrieve important items, and the surreal aspect of the crash experience must wreak havoc on one’s judgment (the only possible explanation I have for the man wheeling his suitcase along). Here’s some advice for fighting those urges and allowing reason and safety to prevail.
1. Be proactive with your data. There are numerous irreplaceable photographs on my laptop, which is why I have them backed up in multiple locations. If it’s too important to lose and it’s on your machine, it’s too important not to back up. If you’re returning from vacation and all your photos have yet to leave your memory card, take the card out before you board and put it in your pocket (more about that later). Doing so removes the temptation to go digging in the overhead for your equipment.
Granted, sometimes getting lost is a good thing. It is when we’re past our plan that we sometimes find the most interesting things. And who of us does not know the phenomenon? You walk around in a foreign city with your eyes to the sky in amazement and suddenly you can’t remember which direction you came from. It’s fun for a while…until you can’t find your hotel. We don’t need to hear any more scary stories of sketchy 3 a.m. tuk tuk rides…
So we’ve created a brand new app: the tripwolf Offline City Maps app. For a flat rate of 1.79 € you get access to more than 600 city maps that can all be used offline with the most practical functions. No roaming charges, free updates and never getting lost again (unless you intend to)!
Key facts at a glance:
• Street index: scans the map for exact locations including addresses and have the walking distance from where you are displayed on the map. The index bar can easily be hidden to switch to full-screen mode.
• Bookmarks: each maps keeps a history. This keeps track of the addresses you already searched for and displays them to easily retrieved them.
• Memory space friendly: there is no limit to download, delete and re-download your maps to save storage space on your smartphone.
Try it out and download the Lite version for iPhone with one free map of your choice – this version can be upgraded to the full version any time. The Android version will follow soon!
Have fun with our new app and happy travels!
Your tripwolf team
Here you can download the tripwolf offline maps app for iPhone. Free updates included.
Available for Android soon!
Tallinn, Estonia is one of those cities like Bruges or almost anywhere in Germany: it looks like the people who planned the World Showcase at Disney World sat down to design the most adorable, easily-walked city possible. Truly, you need more than eight hours to see a city; this is one of the biggest drawbacks to taking a cruise. However, if you’ve decided cruising is for you, you are going to need to max out your time in port, and that is exactly what we did on our brief day in Tallinn.
Our bus dropped us off just by the Sweater Wall, which isn’t exactly what it sounds like: it’s a large part of the old wall, lined with merchants selling gorgeous woolly delights with which to bundle on chilly days (no small consideration in the former Soviet Union). Walking up the hill through the city is a marvel of architecture; the churches and main city buildings have been very well preserved. Just walking through is a delight.