River travel – the waterways of our earth

Whether in Europe, Asia or South America, river trips offer you an authentic way to discover the interior of a country. You can book unforgettable trips on the river all over the world.

At Globetrotter you will find much more than the usual river cruise on the calm European waterways. Experience breathtaking landscapes in the jungle of the Amazon or the Middle Kingdom on the Mekong. There are almost no limits to your imagination.

How about, for example, an adventurous boat trip along the Murray River in southern Australia? With a nostalgic atmosphere, you can cruise past wombats, kangaroos and turtles while you make your way to spectacular gorges. Or would you prefer to explore 4000 different islands on the Mekong? The Laos lifeline offers you the opportunity to discover the region around the borders of Laos and Cambodia.

The historical route that leads you along the Nile promises unforgettable temples and tombs around Egypt. Feel like Cleopatra or Ramses while you enjoy delicious food in the on-board restaurant and embark on a journey back in time with all your senses. On the other side of our earth, the fabulous Amazon awaits you with its colorful parrots, legendary giant trees and Indian villages hidden deep in the jungle.

Special features of a river trip

River cruises differ significantly from the usual cruises on the high seas. Not only do you drive past constantly changing spectacular landscapes, but you also benefit from another advantage. You will be spared seasickness because the ship is not exposed to waves and therefore does not begin to rock.

The main focus of a river trip is less on entertainment on board and much more on exploring the country. Depending on the river trip, you will be offered exciting shore excursions, informative lectures by experts and the support of a local tour guide.

Most ships have a capacity of 30 to 250 passengers, so you can quickly get in touch with other travelers and feel comfortable in a family atmosphere.

Cruise with children

Are you looking for a cruise for the whole family? Then you have come to the right place at Globetrotter. Children are part of our everyday life and it is the same when traveling. A cruise with children is a popular option as a family to discover the world and still somehow feel at home.

Experience countries like Spain and Norway together with your family, relax on the white beaches of the Seychelles or go for a city tour in Oslo or Barcelona. The advantage of a cruise with children is obvious. The hotel travels with you and you don’t have to worry about food or the leisure program. In addition, you save yourself the hassle of packing your suitcase when you change location every day. Depending on your taste and preferences, you can choose from a wide range of destinations and types of ship. Anyone who longs for all-round care and relaxation will get their money’s worth on family-themed ships with babysitters, children’s cooking, kids club and many more.

Houseboat – the «motorhome» on the water

But a trip on a houseboat through Sweden or France is also a great experience for the little ones. In private and alone as a family, you can comfortably cruise from canal to canal and can jump into the water whenever you want and enjoy the nature around you. And you don’t have to do without comfort in the boats equipped with heating, shower and refrigerator.

Children help plan

Knowing your family well is important in deciding which cruise with children is right for you. What do mom and dad want and what do the children want? Small children are usually satisfied with the presence of their parents and may have fewer demands. With older children, however, you should also pay attention to the traveler’s wishes and choose the travel destination together as a family. Then nothing stands in the way of a successful cruise with children!

On the oceans

Let yourself and your family be carried over the seas of this world with windy ease and experience impressive views and an exciting time on the ship. Children quickly become enthusiastic about ships of all kinds, which entice with many adventures and promise mysterious experiences. There is something to discover everywhere while you set sail as a family with bags and bags. This type of travel is not only suitable for Europe, but also for a trip to the Caribbean or Asia. Every child loves beaches and with the necessary openness, exotic dishes and foreign customs are no obstacle.

The most beautiful hiking routes – recommended by stern reporter Uli Hauser

Two days: on the trail of wolves

Northern Germany’s largest mixed forest is just under an hour south of Hamburg. Beeches have been here for 340 years, wolves poach in a dreamy landscape.

From Hamburg you can take a local transport ticket for a few euros to Göhrde station, once built for Kaiser Wilhelm, who liked to hunt here. Park your rucksack in the Hotel Kenners Landlust  and then into the Wiesental, follow the jagged arrows on the sign for the European long-distance hiking trail 6 “Baltic Sea-Wachau-Adria”. It’s about ten kilometers to the Breeser Grund, an old hut forest, with trees like those painted by Caspar David Friedrich. The next day from the hotel to Govelin, then take the lily path for a short hike over cobblestones, as in the old days. Together, the two routes are maybe 25 kilometers long, perfect to get going again on a weekend.

Three days: Castle hopping on the Werra

From Friedland it goes to Berlepsch Castle, just a few kilometers to enter, through the magnificent low mountain range. Move into the bay room in the castle; maybe a pig will be grilled in the evening. The next day, continue walking through woods and meadows along the Werra. After around 20 kilometers, you can sleep well in the Ludwigstein Youth Castle. The third stage leads over almost 30 kilometers to the hospitable monks from Hülfensberg in Eichsfeld, who give hikers accommodation (by appointment).

One week: through the middle of Germany

Seven times 25 kilometers a day, and look as far as is seldom possible in Germany. The “Hochrhöner” long-distance hiking trail begins, roughly speaking, in the Thuringian Forest, runs right through the Rhön biosphere reserve and ends in Lower Franconia. On the way: dedicated innkeepers and comfortable quarters, from the “green cowl” in Bernshausen (try the Rhön sheep!) To the Kreuzberg monastery, where the Franciscans brew tasty beer.

Eleven days: On pilgrimage to the south – past cows, churches and monasteries

The “Munich Way of St. James” goes from the Bavarian capital through the Allgäu to Lake Constance. Past cows, churches and monasteries. While crowds of tourists hurry through Starnberg or the Wieskirche, taking photos, the relaxed hiker can enjoy wonderful views. Again and again there are hardly touched wetlands, through which one can wade barefoot – a bliss under the white-blue sky. There is plenty of room and board in small inns along the way. A tip: a wonderful walk leads from the Wieskirche to the cozy Graf inn in Steingaden.

Three weeks: over all the mountains to Como

The old way of pilgrims to Rome led from Lake Constance through the Rhine Valley over the Septimer Pass to Italy. The stern reporter wanted to go all the way, but as always something came up. What he can recommend: Take quarters in Scheidegg at the pilgrimage center. Drink a glass of red with the mountain guide Toni, who knows almost every stone on the way to Switzerland. The small Hotel Solaria is located in Bivio, where Uli Hauser started running again. There, talk to Gregorio or Giancarlo Torriani or Giancarlo’s wife Genny again about the next stages over a red, then tackle the most spectacular section of the route.

The Septimer Pass alone: ​​in the third century it was still the route to wild Germania for the Romans. Old pavement and ruins can still be found here today; it goes up to 2310 meters and then down again via a donkey path. After all this effort, it goes to Bergell and later along Lake Como until you have had enough of all the beauty. Take a room in the Locanda Dell’Era in Dorio. There is great food and drink under a roof made of grape leaves.

pack & work for temporary digital nomads

Both feet in the water, the sound of the sea, slowly you see the sun going down. Does that sound like a life you want? Yes, but what about the job? Pack & work offers an answer to this. Simply take your work with you and become a temporary digital nomad. We’ll explain how to do it.

Combining travel and work – what can that look like?

Traveling and working with pack & work is not an internship or volunteer work. You continue to work in your profession and with the corresponding payment abroad. The pack & work programs are basically suitable for all professions, some of which can be carried out from home. Select a metropolis from the ever-increasing range or combine several destinations with one another. Whichever program you choose, the work from a coworking space enables you to continue working for your employer regardless of location. At the same time, you will visit a language school and perfect your language skills. The intensity of the course is of course subject to the workload and the time available. With all this you don’t have to give up your current life – no,

Sounds tempting? Yes, of course, but there are still a few details to consider. That is why we have put together a checklist for you.


Digital nomads are moving in an area that the previous visa regulations often do not specifically take into account. From a purely legal point of view, it would be possible in Canada, for example, to work as a digital nomad with a standard tourist visa, as long as one does not compete with the local job market. In Australia, however, it looks very different. At the border control, all officers usually become curious if you state the main reason for the trip as “work”. Even with good foreign language skills, this can quickly lead to an increased pulse. Pack & work takes care of these hurdles with in-depth clarifications and in cooperation with embassies, local authorities and immigration lawyers.

Swiss taxes

In Switzerland there is a so-called “mechanic clause”, which states that assignments of less than 183 days per year have no impact on tax liability. According to this, digital nomads from Switzerland only have to pay taxes in Switzerland as long as they work abroad for a maximum of 183 days.

The dear social security

Social security is a sensitive and neglected topic. In principle, employees are subject to social security contributions where they work. However, employees who are only abroad for a certain period of time have the option of remaining in the Swiss social security system. There are different regulations with Switzerland depending on the country. To do this, the employer usually has to submit an application for a so-called posting certificate to the Federal Social Insurance Office. If you don’t want to do additional work for your employer, you can get help from pack & work. As part of the programs, pack & work makes such applications on behalf of the employer via its own trustee account and monitors the entire process.

Health and accident insurance

These insurances must also be clarified individually. In most cases, additional insurance must be taken out, especially in countries with high treatment costs such as the USA. Before traveling, it is therefore essential to find out about the conditions in the desired work country. It should also be noted that not all countries have the same standard of health care. Medicines that are needed at home may not be available in the destination country. All of this must be thought of before the trip.

Employment Law

Anyone who wants to work as a digital nomad and is also employed by a Swiss company should regulate this case explicitly. The normal employment contract is in most cases insufficient. pack & work gives the participants a template for a suitable appendix to the existing employment contract, which was drawn up in cooperation with a specialist in labor law.

Collaboration in virtual space

If you continue to work in a team abroad, the collaboration in the virtual space must be well organized. But this also applies when two teams work together in different locations within Switzerland and is a topic that will become increasingly important in the future. You and your employer must ensure that the work equipment is used correctly and communication must be maintained extremely carefully. Research has shown that around two-thirds of experienced managers have difficulty leading a virtual team. The greatest challenge is communication, which requires simple and clear rules.

Are you ready to continue your work from home? An easy way to test this is to stay home for a while and work from there. What are the difficulties? Can you concentrate well? Does the agreement with the colleagues work? You can answer all of these questions in the comfort of your own home before you decide to go abroad.

Location-independent jobs – the modern dream of traveling

If you choose to work abroad, you will want to travel too. What is better than a location-independent job to see the world? Get to know our globe. Various types of travel are suitable for this – boat trips, train trips, private excursions by plane, exciting safaris or week-long treks – all of this and much more is possible!

“Everyone decides for himself what is right when it comes to responsible travel.”

No one has escaped the fact that tens of travel companies have been grappling with the topic of “sustainable and responsible travel” for some time. On the contrary. Here advertising for train travel, there advertising for compensating flights. But how exactly does Globetrotter stand on the subject? And how responsible is Co-Sales Manager Caroline Bleiker personally? She reveals it in an interview with author Rahel Staudenmann.

Caroline, how big is your ecological footprint?

Caroline Bleiker: Smaller than already, if you can put it that way. Because compared to the past, I think much more about our environment today and do something about it. And the name «Greta» certainly has something to do with my rethinking …

You are talking about the global debate about the climate.

Exactly yes, it has reached me and stimulates me to rethink.

Where exactly are you thinking?

For very banal everyday things. When I buy vegetables and fruits, I no longer use plastic bags, but my jute bag. In general, I don’t use plastic bags when shopping. And saving water is important to me. When brushing your teeth, for example.

And how responsibly do you travel in everyday life?

Even if it would often be more convenient, I try to avoid driving. Because I have a general season ticket through my employer Globetrotter, so I often use public transport.

Let’s leave everyday life and go out into the world. When I hear the words “responsible” and “travel”, flying comes to mind. Can I fly responsibly?

Certainly more responsible yes. Basically, the longer you stay at your travel destination, the ‘better’ it is. (For destinations that are more than 3’800 kilometers away: stay at least two weeks or longer. (Author’s note. Source: thetravellingmind.de)


Because it “paid off” in the sense that it caused CO2 emissions. Respectively, the emissions are distributed over, for example, 28 days (one month stay) instead of seven days (one week stay). In other words, the CO2 emissions per day are decreasing.

That makes sense. Nevertheless, the flight is always just as harmful to the environment …

Yes. If you fly, you can take care to take direct flights instead of taking flights with x stopovers. Generally speaking, “Compensating for the flight” is an issue for all things flying.

Doesn’t that just calm one’s guilty conscience?

Naturally. It makes perfect sense though. The only important thing is that the money that is earned through the compensation is used correctly.

Can you explain that in more detail, especially in relation to Globetrotter?

We work with our partner myclimate , whom we trust one hundred percent. At myclimate, the money goes into high-quality climate protection projects around the world. But we cannot influence which these are.

I assume that you compensate for all of your flights.


Let’s stay briefly with the choice of means of transport. How environmentally friendly is the train compared to the plane?

According to the documentation that I looked at, an airplane emits 23 kilograms of CO2 emissions, while a long-distance train only emits around three and a half kilograms. The information is calculated per hundred passenger kilometers.

Once arrived, from my point of view, responsible behavior shouldn’t stop. How responsible do you behave in your chosen travel destination?

I choose accommodations that consciously do something for their environment. So, for example, support the local population or not let the sewage directly into the sea. At the same time, I try to be away from the main tourist flows. And I don’t leave my trash lying around.

Speaking of responsible accommodations. Can I get tips on this from Globetrotter?

Yes. We know accommodations in various countries that are specially recognized for their environmental awareness. In general, selected travel consultants devote themselves to the topic of “responsible travel” and are regularly trained and sensitized by our sales managers and product managers. But we don’t influence our customers. Everyone should decide for themselves what they think is right.

What is surely wrong in your eyes?

Not really, maybe not exactly, but I find everything that has to do with animals or animal welfare sensitive.

For example?

For example dolphin shows. These animals don’t live in their natural environment, so I advise against going to such a show. And in general I don’t think it’s right to leave one’s garbage lying around. Especially in countries that do not have an advanced waste disposal system. As “exemplary Swiss” we have to set a good example.

And we Swiss people love to travel. But what if we just stopped traveling? Would that be the most responsible?

No, I don’t think so. People are basically curious and, in my opinion, they should get to know foreign cultures and thus broaden their horizons. I think that is important. As long as he does it consciously and deliberately.

Worldwide travel warning only applies until the end of September

Small glimmer of hope for the travel industry: The federal government is again introducing travel warnings for individual countries instead of the general warning for 160 countries. From the point of view of the industry, however, this is nothing more than a first “tentative” step.

The blanket travel warning for almost all 160 countries outside the EU and the Schengen area will end on September 30th. According to a decision by the Federal Cabinet, there should be assessments tailored to the situation in the individual states. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said on Wednesday that there will be little change in the ability to travel. The Tui example shows how hard the corona crisis hits the industry.

The world’s largest travel company cleared the way on Wednesday for further government aid worth billions to bridge the corona-related business slump. To survive the crisis, Tui has now secured government aid amounting to three billion euros.

A loan of 1.8 billion euros granted in April by the state development bank KfW is to be increased by 1.05 billion euros. In addition, 150 million euros are to go to Tui via a convertible bond signed by the Federal Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF). Tui is pursuing a tough austerity course with job cuts and lower investments.

There will still be travel warnings

Regarding the travel warning, an AA spokeswoman said, “From October we will return to an individual system for each country.” Travel warnings for countries with risk areas will continue to exist. These could also be lifted if, for example, there are quarantine regulations. However, in such a case, travel is strongly advised against.

The travel association DRV described the decision as “a tentative step in the right direction”. In fact, little changes for customers and the industry. “The uncertainty remains as to when it will be possible to travel again and when entrepreneurs and employees will be able to earn something for a living again,” said DRV President Norbert Fiebig.

Traveling alone as a woman: expert tips

Do you want to explore the world but can’t find a suitable companion or just want to set off on your own? Traveling alone as a woman is no longer a specialty. On the contrary. More and more women get on a plane or another means of transport and explore the world on their own. However, in order to master possible challenges as a solo traveler, there are a few things to consider. We are happy to provide you with the most important tips for women traveling alone.

Planning before departure

Good preparation for a pleasant journey is the be-all and end-all. Read the following lines for everything you need to do. 

Gather information about destinations

For example, would you like to travel to India or explore the Atacama Desert in Chile? Then you should inquire about the general situation on site. Find out more about crime and the political situation online – we recommend the FDFA website . In addition, research the position of women in the respective countries. Gather information on medical and hygienic standards. These seemingly mundane details can help you a lot when preparing your trip.

Our tip: Do you have a queasy feeling in your stomach when you think about another continent? Then it might be a good idea to gain your first experience as a solo traveler within Europe. Our travel advisors will be happy to advise you.

Get insider tips for your travel destinations

With insider tips you can find out even more about a country than what is written in a travel guide, for example. Find out from your circle of friends – maybe someone you know has already been to this country and can give you a few valuable tips? Or do you yourself know a woman who has traveled alone and who can give you some advice on the way? Last but not least, we have quite a few travel advisors who travel alone every year and are happy to see you in the branch.

Preparations shortly before departure

Your travel destination has been set and the route is almost completely planned. Now there are a few more things to consider.

  1. Know local traditions

As a woman in particular, it is important to adapt to the cultural conditions in the countries. It is therefore necessary to find out about the cultural differences in advance. Especially in countries with a predominantly Muslim population, you should dress appropriately for the culture. Otherwise you will quickly be perceived as disrespectful and your behavior as provocative. You should always keep your knees and shoulders covered, including your hair if necessary. Appropriate clothing also shows that you respect the culture of the country and know your way around.

Our tip: With a thin cloth in your pocket, you are already well equipped. You can easily put it over your shoulders or tie it around your waist.

  1. Refill the first-aid kit

You should have the most important medicines with you, not only if you are traveling alone as a woman, but also if you are traveling in groups or with a partner. Here, too, it is advisable to inform yourself in good time and to get the necessary medicine. In particular, if you are drawn to tropical and exotic countries, you should find out about any vaccinations. In addition, certain hygiene articles are few or even non-existent in some countries. The pill and other contraceptive methods should also be stowed in the suitcase.

Exploring the countries of your choice

Now start your adventure and explore the wide world on your own. There are also a few special features on the way to avoid attracting negative attention as a tourist.

Baby Beach Aruba – Holy Shit!

Didn’t we think of a better title? No. Because there are places in this world that you don’t have to say much more about. Baby Beach in Aruba is one such place. Just: Holy Shit, it’s nice here. And we were there. Fuck, yeah! A piece of paradise? Yeah

To be honest, it’s not just Baby Beach that silences us in awe, but basically all of the wonderful beaches on Aruba and somehow the whole island. Rumor has it that Aruba actually has the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean. Both Palm Beach and Eagle Beach have received multiple awards, and Eagle Beach is even considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Anyone who knows us a bit knows that we have an absolute soft spot for dream beachesthis world and in Aruba we have (at least for the time being 😉) found our personal paradise. We would like to share a piece of it with you and gradually introduce you to Aruba’s beaches over the next few weeks and provide you with lots of information (and pictures!). Baby Beach in the very southeast of the Caribbean island kicks off .

Baby Beach Aruba: powdered sugar beach and bright turquoise water

The beaches on Aruba all have one thing in common: fluffy, shimmering white sand and crystal clear, turquoise water. Baby Beach in the southeast of the island is a bit off the beaten track and is therefore relatively safe from most package holidaymakers and day tourists who come to Aruba on the big cruise ships. In general, comparatively few tourists get lost here, as it will be difficult to reach Baby Beach without a car.

The beach got its name because it is very popular with (local) families with children, because the water is extremely shallow and you can still stand waist-deep in the water hundreds of meters from the beach. The crescent-shaped lagoon is well protected from the current and is great for snorkeling. You won’t find a real snorkeling paradise here, simply because the lagoon is very shallow, but there are some funny, colorful fish. Boxfish in particular seem to like shallow water a lot, and we’ve discovered a lot of them!

Baby Beach Aruba


Although Baby Beach is said to be so popular with families, only a few families (and few people in total) were present, so you don’t have to worry about getting into conditions that could also be found at the pool of a Mallorcan family hotel. Baby Beach in Aruba is calm and uncrowded.

The only downer: the postcard idyll is a little disturbed by the oil refinery in the background. But don’t worry, the refinery has been shut down since 2012, it neither smells funny nor is you secretly poisoned. It’s really just the image that’s being disturbed a bit. But with a view towards the sea that shouldn’t really matter, at least it was for us. The white sand, the turquoise blue sea … we found the beach really magical!

Aruba's beaches |  Baby beach

Is the Baby Beach suitable for children?

Yes and no. To be honest, we were surprised that Baby Beach is explicitly described as particularly suitable for children. We would not subscribe to that 100%, because in the water there are sometimes rugged stones and real ‘fields’ of large stones, on which you can injure yourself while snorkeling thanks to the current. There are funny fish on the rocks, which is why snorkeling is really fun here, but there are also some sea urchins that you would rather not encounter. The current is generally limited, but the further you are from the beach, the stronger it gets. As a brief explanation: Aruba basically has two faces. The south side has wonderful powdered sugar beachesand hardly any current, the north side of Aruba is rugged, rocky and has no beaches. The current on the north side is very strong! Now Baby Beach is exactly on the southeastern tip of the island, once around the corner, the north side of Aruba begins. Therefore, the current at Baby Beach should not be underestimated. It’s great for children right on the water, but you shouldn’t underestimate the risk of injury from the stones and the current.

Otherwise, there is also a small beach bar and loungers with umbrellas at Baby Beach, which can most likely be used for a fee (which we didn’t do, beach loungers are stupid and sand is cool).

Aruba Baby Beach

How do you get to Baby Beach?

Even if the network of public transport in Aruba is comparatively well developed, going to Baby Beach will be difficult. The Arubus , Aruba’s bus route, does not run directly between Aruba’s center and Baby Beach. It works somehow, but it takes a long time and you have to change trains a few times. You can try muddling through here . But it is much easier with a rental car. Since Aruba is very small, the journey is quick and you can park for free near the beach.

Hiking routes in New Zealand

Hiking in New Zealand is a dream for nature lovers and world explorers. Here you can expect breathtaking landscapes with human and, above all, animal inhabitants. We asked our expert Kurt and summarized the most beautiful hiking routes for you.

The top 7 hiking routes in New Zealand

Feel true freedom as you discover New Zealand on your own on foot. A trekking trip on the island is an absolute dream for hikers, as you can explore incredible natural landscapes in the smallest of spaces. From the 3000-meter peaks in the New Zealand mountains to bays and surf where you can listen to the roar of the sea, there are no limits to your wanderlust.
Our travel experts have the following tips for a visit:

1. Abel-Tasman National Park: Inland Track

The Abel-Tasman National Park is located on the north coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Enchanted bays and dense rainforests extend over 225 square meters. The Inland Track Route takes you around 38 kilometers from Tinline Bay to Torrent Bay. The hike takes between three and five days, depending on your stamina, and is especially suitable for experienced athletes.

2. Kahurangi National Park: Arthur Table Land Circuit

The Arthur Table Land Circuit in Kahurangi National Park is a two-day tour for experienced hikers. The 28 kilometer loop leads from the Flora parking lot via Salisbury Lodge, Gordons Pyramid and Mount Arthur Hut back to the parking lot. The hike takes you through rocky gorges and cloud forests to lush green mountain ridges.

3. Nelson-Lakes National Park: Travers-Sabine Circuit

The 80-kilometer Travers-Sabine Circuit in Nelson Lakes National Park is an adventure tour that is particularly suitable for experienced hikers. The view from the Alpine Travers saddle is particularly worthwhile. Here you have an incredible view of Mount Travers with its 2338 meters of altitude. Another highlight is the Blue Lake Hut on the lake of the same name, accessible by water taxi across Lake Rotoroa and two days of trekking. The easily accessible path leads through the southern beech forest typical for this area along the Sabine River up to 1200 meters above sea level and is only 100 m away from the wonderful Blue Lake.

4. Mount Aspiring National Park: Young Wilkin Valley Circuit

You should plan three to four days for the 58-kilometer Young Wilkin Valley Circuit and already have hiking experience. You can expect beautiful, wide mountain landscapes with colorful meadow flowers, deep blue lakes and steep peaks. Important: You must be able to cross rivers for this hike.

5. Westland National Park: Copland Valley / Welcome Flats Hut

The hike through the Copland Valley to the Welcome Flats Huts is a relaxed two-day tour of medium difficulty. The hot springs in the national park are a special highlight. So be sure to pack your swimwear. You can also expect steep suspension bridges through the cloud forest, turquoise blue rivers and an enchanted forest landscape.

6. Paparoa National Park: Inland Pack Track

The 25-kilometer Inland Pack Track takes you on the traces of the historic gold rush route through Paparoa National Park. The two-day hike is perfect for beginners and can best be done with an overnight stay in a tent. Attention: The path leads repeatedly along a river bed, which has to be crossed several times.

7. Stewart Island: Rakiura National Park

The Rakiura National Park on Steward Island is a special gem for nature and animal lovers. Rakiura means something like the land of shining skies, a homage to the beautiful sunsets in the national park. The park is also perfect for watching the shy kiwi birds. It is especially nice when you sleep in a tent at night and listen to a concert of wild songbirds.

These are the most spectacular hikes in the world

Out into nature: A new illustrated book presents the 100 most beautiful hikes. The selection ranges from an easy beginner’s tour as a day trip to a multi-day trekking route for sure-footed professionals.

In northern Sweden, Lapland, there is a natural landscape with extensive valleys, beautiful forests, rivers, lakes and glaciers – a wilderness that appears untouched by human hands. The picture shows the Rapadalen region in the National Park founded in 1919, an area that only experienced hikers should venture into.

Walking, hiking and trekking are trendy. The range of physical activity is as diverse as in hardly any other leisure activity: The selection ranges from a harmless walk, a long day hike on a signposted route to a challenge of several weeks through wild nature with several nights in a tent.