Our summer series invites you through a collection of trips classified by passion. This week, on the volcanoes of Hawaii, in the folds of the earth in Madagascar or on a frozen lake in Mongolia, from the Sahara to the Far North, exploration is in the spotlight.
Hawaii, red magic in the Pacific
Isolated in the North Pacific, Hawaii thrills to the rhythm of volcanoes and vibrates in unison with the ocean.
In Hawaii , Mother Nature performed a number of pure genius. The creation of the archipelago is the result of colossal volcanic roars coming from the depths of the ocean several million years ago. Born from the fire of the Earth, sculpted by the ocean and the capricious winds, the five inhabited islands of the archipelago state never cease to oppose colors and lights, aridity and lush vegetation. Big Island, the youngest, has five volcanoes, two of which are active in the aptly named Volcanoes National Park. A dream for lava hunters, who come to enjoy shows of rare intensity.
The best vacation can turn into a nightmare when things you love are stolen or you are threatened. TRAVELBOOK has put together 21 tips so that you always stay safe while traveling.
1. Your life is more important than your valuables!
Please keep in mind with all the safety tips in this article that it is not worth playing the hero in an emergency. When your life is threatened, try to stay calm and hand over your valuables.
2. Read the travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office!
The website of the Federal Foreign Office lists all countries for which travel warnings or partial travel warnings are currently in place. In addition, risks from the recent past are listed for each country and areas that are better to avoid within a country are named.
3. Find out more in travel guides, on travel websites and among friends!
Every country is different. It often helps a lot to see what experiences other Germans have had in this country. Many long-term travelers write about their experiences on their travel blogs. Or maybe you have friends who have already been to your holiday destination? Then get the information first hand.
4. Talk to the people on site!
Whether the receptionist in the hotel or the landlord of your holiday apartment: The people on site have the best insight into the current security situation and can give you tips on which districts or areas are better not to visit and which are particularly safe.
5. Choose vacation spots that suit your security needs!
When planning, consider your personal need for security. For example, if you are a woman traveling alone for the first time and you are a more cautious type, you should choose a travel destination that has the lowest possible safety risk.
6. Do not go to unsafe neighborhoods – especially not at night!
If you do your research, you will know which neighborhoods to avoid. Some neighborhoods that are busy during the day change as soon as the sun goes down. So you shouldn’t stroll through the downtowns of many large American cities at night. In many large cities in South America or Africa, too, you should know beforehand where you want to go at night and how to get there safely.
7. Accompanied travel increases your safety!
Even if you are traveling alone, it is worth taking certain excursions with companions or in a group. Hostels are a good place to socialize here. Many travel providers also offer group tours. The larger the tour group, the lower the likelihood of being mugged.
8. Only visit unsafe tourist attractions with a guide!
It is entirely possible to visit sights in less safe areas, but this should only be done with a qualified tourist guide.
9. Celebrate in moderation!
Drunk people are grateful victims for con artists. So don’t overdo it. At least one member of your group should stay sober and keep track.
10. Be confident!
Con artists are a bit like dogs: they smell fear. So if you accidentally find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, stay calm and confident and move back to a safe area. And if it does get tricky: Be sure to follow tip 1!
11. Don’t be too polite!
Even if we have been trained to be as nice as possible, a clear “No, thank you” at the right moment can prevent unpleasant situations. Travel blogger Ute Kranz recommends in a post on her blog “Bravebird” : “In South America, Africa and various countries in Asia, locals have neither distance zones nor fear of contact. Due to a lack of experience, we usually don’t know exactly how to deal with it. ”Ute advises setting clear boundaries when a stranger becomes too intrusive.
12. Wear a wedding ring as a woman traveling alone!
In some countries it can be helpful to travel with a wedding ring even if you are not married at all. This will minimize the number of unwanted advances.
13. Take only what you need with you.
Check what you really need before you travel. As banal as it sounds, what you don’t have with you can’t be stolen from you.
14. Leave your valuables in the hotel safe.
You don’t have to take jewelry and expensive watches with you to the beach. Most of the time, your most important documents are also better off in a safe. If you have to prove your age in bars and clubs, a copy of your passport is sufficient in many countries. Find out more here in advance.
15. Do not leave your valuables open in the car.
Pack them in the trunk or carry them with you. This also applies if you just want to take a quick snapshot of the beautiful panorama.
16. Keep your money in different places.
In addition to the wallet, suitcases or rucksacks can be used as storage space. Travel blogger Carina Herrmann from “Pink Compass” hides some money in places “that do not call for storage, such as in a pair of (clean) socks in shoes”.
Alternative storage places for cash, credit cards and papers are the good old neck pouch, a fanny pack or the money belt. Travel bloggers Tanja and Stephan Neu from the “Auszeitnomaden” recommend the “robbery wallet”. For this you need “an old wallet with one or two expired EC or credit cards and some money”. The robbery wallet must then be “easily and quickly accessible in the back pocket, so that you can hand it in as an alternative in the hustle and bustle of the robbery”.
18. Store important documents as digital copies in online storage!
It is advisable to save the most important documents (passport, insurance card, driver’s license) as digital copies online. This makes it easier to apply for replacement documents in the event of theft.
19. Only use safe taxis!
In some South American countries, it is best to avoid hailing taxis on the street if possible. It is better to order a taxi. In general, you should always discuss taxi prices in advance so as not to experience any nasty surprises at the end. If you have the opportunity, check with your smartphone in the taxi whether the route to the destination makes sense. A popular alternative to taxis, especially in unsafe countries, is to use Uber, as prices are negotiated in advance and all drivers are listed centrally.
20. Watch your drinks!
There are bars in Mexico City where you’d better make sure the waiter really opens a fresh bottle for you. You should also always keep an eye on your drink so that nobody can add anything to you. If you notice a strange taste in your drink, it is best to leave it and change the location.
21. Do you know the popular scammers’ scams!
There are other popular tricks in every corner of the world. If a friendly local offers you an inexpensive sightseeing tour, you may find yourself in a jewelry store shortly afterwards and not allowed to leave until you have done some expensive shopping there. If you get paint spilled on your shirt in Buenos Aires and a helpful person comes along to help you wipe it, chances are they’re after your cash. Find out about the special meshes in your holiday destination and be prepared!
These peaks are all imposing and beautiful. The “Matterhorn of Nepal” or Mount Everest – these ten natural giants will immediately rave about even those who are grumpy in the mountains
France: Aiguille du Dru, Montblanc
It is shrouded in legend and steeped in history when it comes to alpinism: the elegant double summit Aiguille du Dru in the Montblanc Mountains. Due to its fascinating rock formations and the spectacular view, it is a great attraction for mountaineers from all countries – but they should be well equipped from a hiking backpack to suitable crampons and an ice ax. The peaks “Grand Dru” and Petit Dru “measure 3754 and 3733 meters, respectively
The Matterhorn is one of the great landmarks of Switzerland and it is no coincidence that it is one of the most photographed peaks in the world.
The beautiful stone rises majestically into the sky. On July 14, 1865, the Briton Edward Whymper first reached the 4478 high summit of the Matterhorn. In 2015, Zermatt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent with numerous events and celebrations on the mountain of mountains
USA: Lone Eagle Peak
Lone Eagle Peak in Colorado is quickly burned into your memory. The 3633 Merter tall and proud giant stands majestically in the American wilderness. It is especially nice to look at in winter when the snow covers the rock of the summit like powdered sugar.
Pakistan: Uli Biaho Tower
The Pakistani Uli Biaho Tower on the west side of the Trango Glacier is a good 6,100 meters high. On July 3, 1979, four Americans achieved the unbelievable and climbed its summit. Bill Forrest, Ron Kauk, John Roskelley and Kim Schmitz are the names of the lucky first climbers
Canada: Bugaboo Spire
Embedded in an impressive glacier landscape, the “Bugaboos” with their steep rock needles soar into the sky. The most beautiful peak in the Canadian mountains, the Bugaboo Spire, makes many an adventurous heart beat faster. The view of the 3,204-meter-high “shark’s teeth” is also a unique experience from below.
Italy: Monte Piano
Spectacular views await every hiker who takes on the 2324 meter high Monte Piano in the Sexten Dolomites. It’s hard to believe that the beautiful panoramic mountain rests on a terrible past: Even today, the large plateau on the magnificent mountain is criss-crossed by trenches. Old positions and craters from artillery shells turn the mountain landscape into an open-air museum about the First World War
Here it comes: The ultimate list of the 22 most beautiful places in the world. No, of course that’s nonsense. There can be no such list. Everyone has their personal favorite places and there should even be people who think Munich is more beautiful than Berlin. Crazy, right?