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

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Translated from the German version of this article.

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.

Photo: flickr, James

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.

Photo: flickr, Adib Wahab

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Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack

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Crumpled clothes? Forgot half of your stuff? Backpack shoulder straps making your back hurt? Recognize any of this? In the days before a vacation, we really just want to get going. We’re happy to take care of the annoyance of packing at the very last minute. But you’ll be able to travel more relaxed if you take a bit more time for your luggage. And: If you follow our advice.

 
Photo: iStock.

Photo: iStock.

 

Suitcase or backpack:

Let’s start with the most important decision: The choice of luggage. The decision whether to bring a suitcase or a backpack depends heavily on your personal travel style. There is no ideal, universal answer. If you just have to carry your belongings from the taxi up to your hotel room, you’ll be happier with a suitcase. Suitcases in general travel more comfortably, and it’s also easier to keep them in order. As a piece of luggage, a backpack is much more flexible. If you’re the type to start looking for a place to stay once you get to your destination, you’ll be happier with a backpack.
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10 Useful Tips for Comfortable Long-Haul Flights

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Does this sound familiar: Sore knees pressed against the seat in front of you, glaring cabin lights, freezing temperatures, and worst of all: 7 hours to go before landing. As huge as the anticipation is for an upcoming trip, a long flight can easily steal it all away. To help you bear those many hours in cramped confines more easily, today we’ll give you our best tips for your next long-haul flight.

 

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1. Check in as early as possible

If you want to start your journey relaxed, you should check in for your flight the evening before if at all possible. Choose your seat according to your particular preferences: Legroom is important to you? Then take the aisle seat. If you prefer to lean your head against the window while you sleep, better to take a window seat. Whatever seat you choose, just make sure it’s far away from the toilets. Read More »

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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.

 
Photo: flickr, d.real

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.
 

Borough Market

 
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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