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!

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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

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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

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

Oases of relaxation – 5 untouched dream beaches

As any frequent traveler can tell you: untouched beaches that are easy to get to have become few and far between. But even so, there are still a few spots on the water where you can enjoy the complete stillness of silence, that aren’t too far off the beaten track. Here are our 5 secret beach tips, each a wonderful and unique experience. … Read More

5 important pilgrimage cities in Asia

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You don’t necessarily have to be religious to feel drawn to the spiritual aura of the world’s great sacred places. In Asia you’ll find countless such locations, cities imbued with religious meaning that are visited by believers of Buddhism and Hinduism seeking a spiritual awakening. The following places give visitors a cultural view into the spirituality of Asia and allow us to escape the secular western world, at least for a little while.  … Read More

On the trail of the stars: famous movie sets around the globe

To stand just once in the spot visited by Leonardo DiCaprio in his role as the dropout Richard in the film “The Beach” – that’s on the bucket list for many travelers. Famous filming locations can often be the impulse behind a memorable trip. From “Hangover 2” to “Gladiator”: these movie locations have awakened our wanderlust! … Read More