10 interesting facts you should know about Brazil

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Dear sports fans, we’re cheering right along with you! Fortunately the long wait is finally coming to an end, because the Olympic Games will be opening soon in Rio de Janeiro. And that’s reason enough to take a closer look at the host nation of Brazil.

1. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world

It’s hard to believe, but Brazil takes up nearly half of the entire continent of South America. The country measures an unbelievable 8.5 million square kilometers and thus earns the title of the world’s fifth larges country. That means there’s plenty to see for travelers, but also that travel times from A to B can be quite long.

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Photo: flickr, eflon

2. Brazil’s flag depicts a starry sky

Anyone who has seen the Brazilian flag up close will have noticed the 27 stars depicted there: they represent the 26 states and the federal district. Read More »


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 »


5 Unforgettable Countries for Backpacking

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Backpacking around the world – for many, it’s the epitome of the perfect travel adventure. We’ve compiled a list of five spectacular destinations that are ideal for backpacking.

For beginners: Thailand

There’s a reason that Thailand has a reputation as one of the world’s top backpacking destinations. Its perfect combination of amazing tourist attractions, cheap prices and phenomenally good food are a few of the things that draw backpackers to this Southeast Asian vacation paradise.

Highlights in Thailand
Bankgkok is, of course, a must see – a bustling metropolis that never sleeps. In the north, the city of Chaing Mai attracts vacationers with its relaxed atmosphere and myriad restaurants and cafes. Sunbathers and beachgoers flock to the south of the country. In Thailand, there is a seemingly endless variety of islands and beach resorts to choose from.

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Photo: flickr, Eric Bauer

For Versatility: Colombia

Colombia is slowly but surely moving away from its past reputation as a somewhat dubious vacation destination. And good thing too, because it offers the ideal holiday for backpackers. There are few countries in Southern or Central America that offer the same level of diversity and variety. Caribbean and Pacific beaches, rainforests, highlands, mountains – Colombia gives travelers an awe-inspiring mix of scenic highlights and impressive sights. Read More »


Different countries, different customs

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It’s rude to burp after a delicious meal? Not in China: smacking and burping is actually considered desirable there. Today, we’ll shed light on this and other interesting cultural differences.

Thailand: The holy head

Stroking a child on the head? What would be considered completely commonplace in western lands is frowned upon in Thailand. In this Southeast Asian vacation paradise, the head is seen as the symbolically highest part of the body. The feet, in contrast, are the lowest-ranking parts of the body. To point your feet at someone, or even a Buddha statue, is considered insulting.

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Photo: flickr, Kevin Tao

China: burping and smacking desired

If a delicious meal results in a round of enthusiastic burping, you might be in China. What’s taboo at the dinner table in western countries is almost desirable in China. Burping and smacking is downright expected from the host, as this means that the food tastes good. You should take care, however, never to stick your chopsticks into the rice, because this gesture is used to commemorate the dead and is taboo in an ordinary meal. Read More »


The most exciting waterparks in the world

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Not for the faint of heart! These eight waterparks will leave you breathless. Have you ever plunged 51 meters downward on an almost vertical waterslide? The brave of heart can do just that at a waterpark in Kansas City. In this article, we’ll tell you about the waterparks across the world where you can take a cool dip in a totally unique and exciting way.

Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

A waterslide through a shark tank – that sounds like Dubai. It’s no wonder that in this city of superlatives you’ll find a world-class, record-holding waterpark. Where else can you feed skates at a waterpark? The price of admission is admittedly a bit steep, but it’s worth your visit, guaranteed.

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Siam Park, Tenerife

Rightly represented in almost every top 10 list around: Siam Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife is widely regarded as one of the best waterparks anywhere in the world. A first-class jolt of adrenaline is guaranteed on the “Tower of Power.” This almost-vertical slide will leave you feeling almost weightless. Read More »


Tips for stress-free travel with kids

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The days are getting longer, the temperature is slowly rising and soon it will be here: the long awaited summer vacation. But how can you pull off a vacation with the kids that’s as stress-free as possible? We have some great tips for you.

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Where to?

You’ve been racking your brain for weeks, trying to find the perfect vacation destination – sound familiar? The good news: your travel destination isn’t actually as important as you might think. What’s most important is what you do with it. Sure there are certain points that you should keep in mind: is the country a high-risk area for malaria? Then of course you should avoid it. Are there no possibilities to take a cool dip in the water? Then it’s better to think twice if your kids are fans of swimming. Trust your gut: in combination with a little bit of internet research, this will lead you to the right answer. Read More »


Dubai a little differently – the cultural side of this Arabian megacity

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This article is sponsored by Rove Hotels.

Dubai, known for its enormous construction projects like the palm islands, isn’t just the home of gilded luxury hotels and skyscrapers that reach into the heavens, like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This capital city of the United Arab Emirates also boasts a lively and authentic cultural side that might surprise you. Today, we’ll put these interesting Dubai locations under the microscope!

View of Dubai creek with abra’s or water taxi’s at foreground

Dubai Creek:

On the Dubai Creek (Arabic: Khor Dubai), the natural inlet of the Persian Gulf in the heart of Dubai, water taxi is the preferred method of transport. Called Abras, these water taxis can take you on a sightseeing tour or dock you in the city center to the north. You can also rent out entire Abras for a cozy private tour.
Ideal for a family getaway, the leisure park Dubai Creekside Park is located on the western bank of Dubai Creek. Among other attractions, you’ll find the indoor play area Children City. Nature lovers will also find plenty to love here: in the Ras al Khor protected zone, the forested lagoon in the southern part of the Dubai Creek, you can observe entire colonies of flamingos in their natural habitat. Read More »

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