Common travel planning mistakes

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Packed your suitcase too full, booked your flight at the wrong time or didn’t take note of the local holidays at your destination? These are some of the things that can go wrong during travel planning. But it doesn’t have to be this way! To help your next trip run smoothly, we’ve gathered together seven popular mistakes to avoid in the future.

1. Trying to do too much

Most people do it, and almost all of us end up regretting it: anyone who tries to do too much and see everything they possibly can runs the risk of turning a relaxing vacation into a sprinting race. Of course, it’s best to avoid this as much as you can. That’s why the rule is: less is more. Plan in rest days and also leave room for spontaneous decisions here and there. You can’t see everything anyway – so there’s no need to rush!

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Photo: iStock/tapanuth

2. Booking your flight at the wrong time

Admittedly: it’s not easy to figure out the perfect time to book your flight. The prices of flights sometimes fluctuate more than we’d like – and not just depending on the booking platform you’re using, but also depending on the time when you book. Important: he who books first, saves most – but not always! Keep an eye on ticket prices for a while to develop an idea of the cost and book your ticket when the price seems right. By the way, if you want additional tips for booking your flight, you can find them in this article. Read More »


Bali: the most beautiful places on the island of the gods

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In the movie “Eat Pray Love,” Julia Roberts cycled her way through the rice fields of Bali – and triggered somewhat of a Bali-boom in the process. This unbelievable island enchants millions of travellers each year. Today, we’ll tell you our favorite places on the island of the gods.

Surfing and relaxing in Canggu

It’s no secret that Bali is known worldwide as one of the most popular destinations for surfers. But where on Bali will you find the perfect waves? One thing is for sure: around the tiny village of Canggu you’ll find plenty of great surfing spots – both for beginners and experienced surfers. Canggu has another advantage: it’s a terrific spot to relax! How about a round of yoga surrounded by mother nature?

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Photo: iStock/Schwaabe

Temples, temples and more temples

There’s a reason why Bali is known as the “island of a thousand temples” – there are more temples here than you can count. Some say the number is as high as 20,000. Of course, that makes it difficult to pick a favorite. Among the most visited is the Pura Tanah Lot, magestically enthroned on a rock formation in the south of Bali and accessible only at low tide. One of the most important temples on the island is the gigantic Pura Besakih, also considered the “mother temple” of all Balinese temples.

A visit to the water temple Tirta Gangga in the country’s interior is a very special experience. The Balinese come here to take a refreshing dip in the sacred springs. And visitors can take a plunge in the cool water as well. Don’t forget your swimsuits and bikinis! Read More »


Undiscovered destinations for your next trip

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Is there anywhere left that’s safe to visit but not overrun with tourists? You bet! Today we’ll introduce you to five travel destinations off the beaten track. It could be your next trip!


Still in its infancy when it comes to tourist development is Albania, the undiscovered country of the Balkans. Hotel complexes are nowhere to be found, rather, travelers will find great adventures, spectacular mountain scenery and charming towns. The most beautiful of Albania’s towns is Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the “city of a thousand windows”. What many don’t know: Albania is not only rich with culture, but laden with idyllic seaside towns along its largely undisturbed coast.

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Photo: iStock/LeszekCzerwonka


Despite its growing popularity amongst tourists, Myanmar is still considered a hidden gem for travelers; a secret paradise that will take your breath away. Most visitors gravitate toward Bagan – an ancient temple city, home to more than 2,000 temples and pagodas that extend upward into the sky. Less frequently visited is the quaint town of Hpa-an, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes filled with numerous caves. For beach lovers there’s also good news: Myanmar is filled with endless palm beaches. Even the most well-known beach, the Ngapali Beach, is largely free from tourist crowds. Read More »


The Perfect Holiday Snap: Knowing When the Sun Cooperates

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When going on vacation, we often want to share our memories with loved ones and friends back home. Sometimes, we just want to show them how much fun is being had while our frenemies are still stuck in the office (perhaps for the more cynical among us), but more often than not, we just wish to take people along for the ride and have them comment on how good the exotic food looks.

It is even more common to want to create memories with a partner that we might be travelling with. After all, so much planning goes into these holidays – the ticket buying, taking off from work, travel itineraries, making sure to not to miss any essential destinations along the way – that you want to make sure the memories are well-preserved for posterity’s sake. While we may not all be professionals, we almost inevitably are photographers thanks to the cameras ubiquitous to our smart phones. While filters on popular social media apps arguably do more to ruin a picture than add that desirable sense of instant nostalgia, there are ways to get great results without resorting to any cheap tricks on the software side. And perhaps more than anything else, there is one thing to pay attention to in taking a photo. Read More »


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 »


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 »


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!

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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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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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