Cycling around the world – bicycle tours for leisure travelers

As someone once said: “Having a bicycle is the closest thing there is to have wings.” These days, a bicycle is much more than just a piece of sports equipment or a means to get from point A to point B, it has become an essential part of a lifestyle, the “slow bicycle movement.” And it’s not just for workplace commuting that people are reaching for their bicycles; travelers too, are reveling in this pleasurable mode of transportation, both for long cycling trips as well as easy little tours.

Many people shy away from multi-day bicycle tours, maybe because they don’t have a fully-equipped high tech bicycle, or because they don’t think they’re fit enough – but they couldn’t be more wrong! It doesn’t have to be the Tour de France, there are plenty of routes that are perfectly suited for casual cyclists. In this post, we’ll tell you what makes traveling by bike such an incredible experience, what you should look out for along the way, and even take the opportunity to give you suggestions for the best routes! … Read More

5 Everyday surprises you’ll experience on your trip to India

Some surprises are good, and some are a bit less so. Whatever else might be said about the country of India, one thing certainly rings true, it’s a land of undeniable surprises. If you’re planning a trip to India, we guarantee the following five things will make your jaw drop!

©️ iStock.com/Radiokukka

1. Traffic

On the streets of India, you’ll witness tuk tuks, cows, expensive sports cars, donkeys, artfully painted vans and motorcycles packed with entire families and seemingly operating against the laws of physics, all competing for space.

In general, traffic functions very differently to what we expect in the West. In India, legal regulations are viewed more as well-intentioned guidelines. But the formal rules of the road and what actually happens on the streets have exceedingly little in common. It often seems as if he who honks loudest wins. The “No Honking” signs, a common sight in areas of high congestion, seem almost ironic against the ear-splitting backdrop of the frenetic traffic. One way streets are commonly used as regular two-way thoroughfares, in particular by the small, agile tuk tuks. Rickshaw drivers are a common, almost iconic part of traffic in India. … Read More

Pack up and go – Backpacking tips for beginners

They travel along like snails in their shells, these intrepid, freedom-loving backpackers, with their possessions balanced carefully on their backs. Backpack travel is deeply connected with feelings of romance, freedom and adventure, with minimal belongings but plenty of spontaneity. And these are feelings we can definitely connect with. If you’re new to the world of backpacking, you absolutely don’t have to start with a trip across Mongolia: we recommend you start with well-developed, modern destinations, ideally ones which are frequented by lots of other backpack tourists and are geared for this type of travel. We’ve put together some tips for you, including things to avoid and which areas are particularly well-suited for your very first backpack trip! … Read More

The new tripwolf Trip Planner

It’s finally here! The new update, including our new Trip Planner, is live in the App Store and Google Play Store.

For months we’ve been collecting your suggestions, discussing them in detail, making a plan, and putting it into action. The result of our efforts is a new and improved Trip Planner! Now you can do a whole lot more than just adding the best tripwolf tips to your trips; you can arrange them just the way you want them, and separate your trip into individual days. In addition, we’ve made the routing function much simpler. Instead of just seeing the route from A to B, you can now view the complete travel route for your entire day!

We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, so we’ve put together a video showcasing the best new features.

Curious? Then download the update now for your iPhone, iPad, smartphone or tablet and try out the new Trip Planner for yourself!
 

Try the new Trip Planner now

 
And for anyone who just can’t wait through the video, here’s a quick overview of the most interesting new features:

  • Plan your trip day-by-day! Starting now, you can add a start and end date for your trip, allowing you to plan each day individually. You want to spend your arrival day getting settled and enjoying a quiet bite to eat, and really dive into sightseeing on day two? No problem!
  • If you’ve just planned a quick weekend getaway, it’s especially important to use your time as efficiently as possible. That’s why we’ve created Trip Optimization! With just one click, you can automatically sort your trip according to distance from your starting position.
  • View your trip on the map: It’s been possible in the past to view all of the points of a trip on the map, but now you can see your route on the map too! This means at any time, you can see where you’re currently located and how to get from A to B, from B to C… and so on.
  • Add multiple locations to your travel guide simultaneously: You can select all the locations you’re interested in from a list, and then add them to your trip at the same time. With just one click!

 

We’d love to hear your feedback anytime via email at support@tripwolf.com. Thanks for using tripwolf!

iStock.com/JANIFEST

Canada – where untouched nature and lively cities meet

Canada is all the rage these days. And not just as a running gag for many Americans who have threatened to emigrate since the start of the Trump presidency. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, known for his good looks and magnetic charisma, has managed to become somewhat of an internet sensation, warming the hearts of people from all across the world as a positive example of tolerance, diversity and light-hearted diplomacy.

Clearly this country, the world’s second largest by landmass, is worth a closer look. The First Nations arrived first, followed by the Inuit, the French, and the English, all of whom have shaped Canada’s diversity. We’ve tried our hand at crafting a little overview and some travel tips for this gigantic North American country, with its stunning nature and multicultural society!  … Read More

Under the stars – 5 exceptional camping spots in Europe

Although tents are one of the oldest types of dwellings, even today people still enjoy tucking themselves away in tents, yurts and tepees, to awake in the morning surrounded by nature. Nowadays, you don’t have to sacrifice luxury and comfort for the sake of mobility. Whether you’re on the road in an RV or a devoted fan of the newest craze known as “Glamping,” one thing is for certain: a well outfitted, clean place to stay is an absolute must. Today, we’ll introduce you to 5 of the best camping spots in Europe, in the very nicest locations! … Read More

10 Travel Instagrammers we just can’t get enough of

With over 700 million users, Instagram is one of the biggest social media channels worldwide. It’s incredibly popular among travelers – especially for getting inspired for your next vacation or just simply sharing your trip with your friends and family as well as strangers.

To celebrate the launch of our Russian app, we wanted to give a shout-out to ten of our favorite travel instagrammers from Russia, the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and share their amazing stories.  … Read More

8 Common tourist pitfalls you should avoid

We’ve all been there before: When you’re on vacation, it’s particularly easy to fall victim to one tourist pitfall or another, in particular when you’re under the influence of friendly local persuasion, often wrapped in the cloth of hospitality. But there are certain tricks and financial pitfalls that are easily avoided, as long as you can recognize them – today, we’ll show you 8 tourist pitfalls, and tell you how to get around them! … Read More

Castles, Fortresses, Palaces – 5 imposing relics of the past

The child in all of us that listens with eager excitement to fantastic tales of heroic knights and fair maidens never really leaves us. These fairy tales often take place in castles and fortresses, where the king and queen reside, and where knightly battles are waged. Even as adults, we can take pleasure in the exciting true histories behind the imposing structures that feature so prominently in these stories: today, we’ll introduce you to five unforgettable castles and palaces, in places where the tragic and romantic, past and present, collide. … Read More

5 impressive road trip routes for any taste

Road trips: they embody the feeling of freedom and absolute boundlessness, and the ability to adjust your schedule and route just the way you want it to be. When most people think of road trips, it’s the USA that often comes to mind first, conjuring images of flickering neon motel signs on the side of Route 66. But you can find exciting, scenic terrain and picturesque panoramas on roads and streets across the world. In that spirit, we want to introduce you to 5 road trip routes that couldn’t be more different!  … Read More