While we are busy testing the first beta of favoriteplaces, we found some time to take a closer look at other great travel apps. The German online magazine bento featured our Top 10 list - make sure to check which apps to download before going on your next adventure!
What an exciting day: We are starting the first round of favoriteplaces beta testing! To keep it simple, we have only selected a small group of people to test for now. But keep an eye on your inbox — we'll add more testers really soon! To make the wait feel a little bit shorter I want to share some adventures from my recent trip to Hong Kong with you!
Wow, so many people are traveling to Boston this year and asked us to share more #favoriteplaces in the Boston and Cambridge area. We hear you - read on for our comprehensive list!
You will also find all these recommendations on our favoriteplaces app, which should be up and running within the next couple of weeks (make sure to sign up for the beta) – so excited!
It is cold and rainy outside? Now might be the perfect time to take a trip to the Dominican. On the German news site bento we give some recommendations about how to have a great time on the island far away from the resorts!
This one is for all our German-speaking fans. We recently wrote about last year's big Amtrak adventure - taking the California Zephyr all the way from Chicago to San Francisco. Now our article got featured by Spiegel Online, a popular German news website. We are so excited!
For about three weeks, I had the pleasure to travel around the gorgeous island of Bali. It was the first place in Asia I have visited, and Bali was much different from how I pictured this continent. My tip: Skip the tourist crowds, expensive shops and sports bars in Kuta, rent a scooter and explore endless rice fields, curvy beach roads and stunning little towns. Here are some of my #favoriteplaces.
Sometimes it is a painful feeling: the travel bug bites you, but you cannot leave right now. So what can you do to compensate this feeling of wanting to wander and explore? For me, it is watching exciting travel documentaries (check Departures) or reading a book by people who travelled the world and bring a bit of that special feeling to my living room. Here are three of my favorite books from travelers for travelers:
Traveling is fun but usually requires some degree of organizing. Luckily, there are quite a few great tools that make a traveler’s life much easier. Here are some of the apps we love and use most.
Young, dynamic, historical, innovative - that is how we know Boston. Take one of the Hubway bikes or put on comfy shoes and go explore the city's pretty streets. These are the #favoriteplaces we highly recommend visiting:
Boston Public Library - Boston’s beautiful public library is a perfect place to get some work done, but even if you are just in town for vacation, this place is worth a visit. You definitely should not miss out on the stunning reading room on the first floor. If the weather is nice and you are lucky enough to get a table you can sit outside in the wonderful courtyard - with free WiFi.
Cambridge, we miss you - and these are the places we miss most!
Tatte Bakery & Café - No matter if breakfast, lunch or afternoon coffee - Tatte is an all-day favorite. This wonderful coffee shop has three locations in Cambridge and treats its customers with incredible breakfast sandwiches, huge salads and yummy pastries. When you are around make sure to try the delicious cinnamon buns!
Water wherever you are, runners, skaters, kayakers, bikers, city beaches, parks, free concerts, sun-kissed people playing volleyball... I admit, it sounds like a dream – but I found it come true in beautiful Vancouver.
After 24 days on tracks and roads, 14 beds in 4 time zones, and approximately 3530 miles travelled, it was time to say goodbye to the US at the end of June. What a wonderful trip we had: We rode across plains and rivers, hiked spectacular canyons, observed birds, dipped our feet in the Atlantic and the Pacific, celebrated the Warriors, ran down gigantic sand dunes, saw old friends, made new friends, visited Google village, admired huge Redwood trees, did not find a single unbroken sand dollar, tasted local beers, tried to find Dr. Derek Shepherd (oh Grey's Anatomy) in Seattle...
Most people picture sandy beaches and palm trees when they think about the famous Highway 1. But there is so much more to see! North of San Francisco, the highway winds along spectacular cliffs, rocky beaches, and through enormous Redwood forests, it also touches a row of National Parks and other unique spots that are worth exploring.
Spending the last four days in the San Francisco Bay Area turned out to be perfect timing: the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title and we had the chance to celebrate with a happy crowd in Russian Hill. Luckily, our freshly washed clothes evaded the Champaign showers. But the Bay Area has much more to offer than party people and the exceptionally beautiful Highway No1 (although it deserves its fame). Time to share some of our #favoriteplaces around San Francisco with you!
With so many hours on a train, we will have a lot of time to read, we thought and packed quite a few books and magazines. So far, we have rarely touched them. During the eight hours on the train from Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado, we did nothing but staring out of the window deeply impressed by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
7 am Mountain Time, heavy rain. Waiting for our two-hour delayed California Zephyr at Denver's beautiful Union Station gives us the chance to quickly share the top three things we loved about Boulder.
We admit, taking a train from the East all the way to the West Coast is certainly not the most common way to cross the US. While we spent numerous hours in cars, busses, and planes to discover this country during the last two years, we not once boarded a train - something we wanted to change before returning to Europe!
Have you ever had an idea, something you believed is truly awesome, and you just couldn't get it out of your mind? This is where we are right now. There is this idea that struck us last year - and we just can't let it go.