Hotel tip: Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof in Meran

I am usually known for my love for exotic dream travel destinations such as the Bahamas or the Caribbean , but something happened last summer that shook my mind a little: Although I was only a little impressed, I took a trip to Lake Garda . My path led me not only to Lake Garda, but also to Venice, South Tyrol and the Dolomites . There were a few spots that I wanted to see when I was there, such as the famous Pragser Wildsee , which has probably already appeared in the Instagram feed of each of us.

And what can I say: Northern Italy and I, that was love at first sight. I didn’t see much in that short time, but I tasted so much blood that just a few months later, in the depths of winter, I went back to South Tyrol. And now I’ve done it again.

When the invitation to spend a few days in Merano at the Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof trickled into my mailbox, I didn’t think twice . A few days of good food, lots of wine and discovering new corners in South Tyrol – I’ll be there.

Vineyards in the Meraner Land

The Vinum Hotels South Tyrol

The Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof in Merano is part of the Vinum Hotels South Tyrol. It is not a hotel group, as you might think, but an association of currently 29 independent hotels throughout South Tyrol, all of which have one thing in common: the love of wine. To become a member of this association, hoteliers must meet high quality standards, for example they must be trained sommeliers. If South Tyrol has primarily meant beautiful nature, long hikes and the enjoyment of tons of cheese and South Tyrolean bacon for you, then you are certainly not wrong. But hey … they are good at wine here too!

What many do not know: There are numerous wine-growing regions in South Tyrol, mostly run by small wineries with a lot of love in family businesses. In order to bring this aspect a little more into the focus of holidaymakers who have already lost their hearts to South Tyrol, the Vinum Hotels South Tyrol were founded. The Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof is part of it – and I’ll tell you: their wine cellar lives up to its name.

5 * in the hills of Merano

With around 40,000 inhabitants, Merano is quite tranquil, but due to its location in a valley basin, it extends far into the mountain slopes. The Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof is about 15 minutes’ walk from the center, nestled in the green hills of Merano and has fantastic 5 stars. When we arrive there in the early afternoon, we are greeted more warmly with an aperitif as I have never experienced anywhere else and I feel right at home. With my Hugo (maybe it was the second * cough *) I sink into the garden chair next to the pool … you can do it, I would say 😉

The hotel consists of several buildings, each with rooms of different categories – including suites that have their own whirlpool or sauna (or both) in the room. Um … hello? <3 Even if I wasn’t lucky enough to stay in one of these suites (which was better that way, because otherwise I wouldn’t have left the room for 3 days) I felt very comfortable in my room.

Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof Rooms

Wine as far as the eye can see

The Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof wouldn’t be a Vinum Hotel if it didn’t have a wine cellar that has been washed. What particularly fascinated me was not only the huge amount of special and sometimes very old wine that is stored here, but also the enthusiasm of our host and hotel owner Johannes for what he does, which was clearly noticeable during the tour of the wine cellar and the subsequent wine tasting . In the wine cellar of the Hotel Ansitz you can not only taste a few rarities or even a 10-year-old white wine (!), But also dine at a table for two, separated from other guests, in what is probably the smallest restaurant in the world. Johannes can tell you many stories here, marriage proposals at this table are almost part of the agenda.

Wine cellar Hotel Ansitz Meran

Wellness and relaxation are part of it

My favorite place in the Hotel Ansitz was different anyway, because most of the time I am actually inspired by the simple things: you give me a pool (or a lake or the sea, the main thing is water) and I am happy.

Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof pool

For these photos we actually went to the pool early in the morning, but it was never full there either. The pool area and the garden are big enough for everyone and most of the hotel guests are out and about during the day anyway, so everything is very relaxed.

In addition to the outdoor pool, the Hotel Ansitz also has an indoor pool with a super nice spa and wellness area, in which I could easily have spent a few days doing nothing. But in the wonderful summer weather I was drawn outside and unfortunately I didn’t manage to test it out during my stay.

With the old-timer Bulli into the vineyards of the Meraner Land

On the second day of our stay, we went to the vineyards of Merano and environs in the morning, and not just somehow, but with a real pastel-colored VW Bulli built in 1977. Is there anyone out there who would n’t like to drive such a cute piece? Naaa? I do not think so. And if it does: go away, you soulless person! Something is wrong with you!

VW Bulli Oldtimer Wine Tour Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof

Johannes drives to several spots in Merano and Environs with the Bulli and lots of wine in his luggage, the last stop of our little tour ends in the middle of the vineyards above Lake Kaltern. There we could not only enjoy delicious wine and South Tyrolean bacon and cheese, but also a fantastic view of the lake.

Wine in front of Lake Kaltern

Wine tour Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof Merano

As a guest of the hotel, you can book this Bulli tour through the vineyards directly with the hotel. For me personally, the ride with the light blue baby was definitely the highlight of the whole trip! To be honest, a ride in an old VW Bulli has been on my bucket list for a long time and I’m really happy that this mini dream has finally come true.

(Note to the hotel: So actually I would like to take the Bulli permanently with me. I would cherish, care for, feed and regularly take it to trips for free. A foster home for him. Does that sound like a deal? Yes ?? ? Och … mwoah …)

Explore Merano by e-bike

If you want to explore the little town of Merano during your stay , I recommend one thing that I have admittedly considered to be more of a pensioner thing: an e-bike. Yeah Merano is a pretty hilly affair and you can of course also see the city on foot or (if you are fit) with a normal bike (which is free for hotel guests) – or choose the comfortable and time-saving grandma option. You can rent an e-bike directly from the hotel and either set off on your own or join a guided tour into Merano and Environs.

E-bike rental fee: € 28 per day

EBike Meraner Land

The culinary art is the icing on the cake

What can I say … nothing to be desired here. Both breakfast and dinner at the Ansitz Plantitscherhof were fantastic. The selection at the breakfast buffet was huge (and delicious!) And, sorry I am, I didn’t manage to feed myself from top to bottom in my three days there, even though I made it up 😀 From fresh fruit to cakes , freshly prepared scrambled eggs to South Tyrolean specialties – everything you can imagine is here.

Breakfast at the Hotel Ansitz

Breakfast at the Hotel Ansitz

The dinner was also incredibly delicious. I’m usually not a big fan of menus, because in the morning I definitely don’t know what my appetite for in the evening and like to make spontaneous decisions. In the Hotel Ansitz, however, this is solved very well, because there is a super-large starter buffet and there is also enough variation in the menu. In addition, you don’t have to decide in the morning what you want to eat in the evening, but can choose your main course during dinner. And if you don’t feel like having a heavy dinner at all, you are more than well served with the starter buffet alone.

Dinner Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof

What I found pretty fancy: In a small show kitchen, a cook will prepare your chosen starter and you can watch it. I was quite fascinated by the bright green ravioli that the good man conjured up there and got myself a second serving (and maybe a third one … sorry, not sorry).

Dinner Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof

The Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof can either be booked with breakfast only or with half board, that’s up to you. The use of the pools, the wellness area and the sports offers is always included.

My conclusion on the Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof

What I realized again during my stay at the Ansitz Plantitscherhof is that a hotel stay and my personal feelings in this regard are largely defined by one thing: the warmth of the hosts. For me, aspects such as luxury, equipment, a particularly good breakfast, etc. play only a subordinate role in a hotel. If the hosts are passionate about what they do and want their guests to experience a pleasant stay, everything is right for me. For example, when I was in the Dolomites in winter, I stayed in a hotel that, objectively speaking, was neither clean nor well equipped and significantly too expensive for that. But the Italian grandpa, who ran the whole place and spoke neither a bit of English nor German,

And that’s exactly how I feel with Johannes and his family, who run the Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof together. I found the warmth, relaxed atmosphere and the personal touch of the hosts so pleasant that I felt very comfortable from the start and would come back anytime.

Sneak peak into what I mean: in the picture you can see Plantschi, the Plantitscherhof’s mascot. Every guest gets a paddling for free and you are welcome to take them home with you. While I was out, my paddling waited in my room – and wore my glasses after the room service was there. I don’t think that Plantschi was at work here on his own …

The room service definitely has a sense of humor 😉 And it is precisely these loving, personal and mostly very simple details that make for a great stay for me.

Staying healthy while traveling: Here’s how

Are you planning an adventure trip to Colombia, would you like to go island hopping in the Philippines or experience the wilderness of Madagascar up close? Comprehensive preparation is essential so that everything runs smoothly on your dream trip and you travel healthily. We have an overview for you with the most important tips.

Travel vaccinations

As a first step, find out whether you need additional vaccinations for the trip, whether it is possible to take prophylaxis and which high-risk diseases can occur. If you need vaccinations, it is important to find out early, because the waiting times for some vaccines are longer than for others. Vaccinations required for South Africa, for example, can be very different from vaccinations for Bali. A list of the common travel vaccinations and an overview of the most dangerous tropical diseases.

The local health system

Check out how exactly the local health system works and which contact points you can consult with your travel insurance company in an emergency. If you have not yet taken out travel insurance, we will be happy to help you choose and book the travel insurance you want.

In addition to classics such as headache pills, diarrhea medication or fever reducers, you should find out as much as possible about which medicine you absolutely need to be supplied with. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and mosquito repellent spray or cold protection cream and appropriate lip care. You can also prepare yourself at home with a vitamin / carotenoid preparation from the pharmacy / drugstore that protects your skin from the sun from the inside, in addition to sun cream. The intake should begin 2-3 weeks before sun exposure.

Tips on how to travel healthily

The biggest hurdle to a healthy stay lies in eating and drinking. The famous rule of thumb applies here: Cook it, boil it, peel it or leave it. When a dish is cooked, there is a much lower risk of hidden bacteria. Basically it is just important that you keep your eyes open and, if possible, look closely at how your food is being prepared. Street food stands are very tempting, but pose a greater risk of illness. If you still want to eat there, it is best to orient yourself by where the locals buy their food.

It is just as important to keep an eye on the choice of drinking water. In Europe it is usually safe to drink tap water. In many other places around the world, however, you should be careful with what you fill your water bottle with. If you don’t want to buy water bottles from the supermarket, you can use a water filter, for example, or boil the water beforehand. Then you are on the safe side. Also watch out for water ice and fruit juices. Both are often prepared with tap water. The same goes for salad. It is better to ask beforehand whether it has been washed off with tap water.

Support of the intestinal flora through BIOTICS-D

If you would like to actively support your body before and during the trip and want the change in food or difficult hygiene conditions at your travel destination to be as gentle as possible on your body, then you are optimally equipped with Burgerstein BIOTICS-D .

The dietary supplement contains a mixture of physiological bacterial cultures and vitamin B2 and thus supports the intestinal flora and the maintenance of the intestinal mucosa. BIOTICS-D is suitable for the whole family and does not need to be refrigerated.

What else to look out for

But even if you are not lying flat with the flu or handcuffed to the bathroom, you may experience symptoms of weakness during your trip that you should investigate. It is very important that you always make sure you get enough sleep and drink plenty of water throughout the day. This automatically makes you feel fit and energetic. If you find yourself feeling stressed and uncomfortable, take a day off. A trip means a big change for the head and body. Despite the adventure trip, you definitely deserve one or the other break. Of course, it is also very important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent infection with pathogens. Better once too much than once too little.

Our top tip:Use your trip for a digital detox and just leave your phone, tablet and co at home. So your body and mind can take a deep breath and recover from everyday stress!

Follow-up care after return – is it even necessary?

The aftercare you need after your stay abroad depends heavily on how the trip went. Usually, if you haven’t had any health complications, there are only minor considerations to consider. Especially after long-distance and adventure trips, we recommend planning one to two days after your return to give your body some rest. If you suffer from jet lag, the following principle applies: Make sure you try to keep yourself awake until you would normally go to bed in the respective country and slowly get used to the new time. This way you don’t mess up your rhythm as much as possible. You should also be careful with extreme dietary changes. For example, if you re-enter Switzerland from an Asian country,

When do you need to see a doctor in Switzerland?

If you have any health problems during your trip, it is very important to visit your family doctor directly in Switzerland and have follow-up care carried out. This is the only way to ensure that you are in top shape again and that you can get started in everyday life. Depending on whether you have visited a tropical country, you may even have to report to the tropical doctor. A comprehensive investigation will be carried out there. Malaria, for example, can still occur for up to a year after returning home. So if you have traveled to a risk region and develop a fever in the following year, malaria is still a possible pathogen.

Do you have specific questions about a travel destination or would you like more information on healthy travel? Our travel advisors will be happy to help you.

Hotel tip: Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort in Sexten

After spending three days in beautiful Merano on our road trip through South Tyrol , we set out on new adventures: off to the Dolomites ! In the middle of the Hochpustertal. Finally! Some of the most beautiful spots in the Dolomites were on the plan: we wanted to tackle the Braies Lake and finally the hike to what is probably the most beautiful lake in the Dolomites, the Lago di Sorapis (which has been on my wish list for about forever ).

Our starting point was the beautiful Bad Moos Spa Resort Hotel in Sesto , which invited us spontaneously and without much planning for two nights. In this report I would like to introduce the hotel to you in more detail.

Late night reception at the Bad Moos Hotel in the Dolomites

Since we only started in Merano in the afternoon and made a detour from there to one of THE Insta spots, the Karersee, we arrived at the Bad Moos Spa Resort very late in the evening . The reception and the hotel manager waited for us until after 11 p.m. and welcomed us with a freshly mixed elderberry drink. My first impression of the hotel: gigantic and yet rustic. Everything is made of wood, super cozy with furniture made of natural materials and how it smells … a dream! The scent of pinewood flows through the whole hotel and even though it’s midsummer, I immediately feel like I’m on a winter holiday in a lonely alpine hut. I would like to stay here forever, please.

4 * Superior in Sesto on the edge of the Three Peaks Nature Park

The next hammer comes when I am shown my room: I can live in one of the suites on the top floor for the next two days. In a suite. I mean …. come on! When entering the suite, I am actually speechless for a moment and that really doesn’t happen very often.

I don’t want to tell a lot here either, just let the pictures speak for themselves. How could you not feel comfortable here? Can I please move in and enjoy the fantastic view from the balcony of the mountain peaks of the Dolomites every morning from now on? Yes? Thank you very much.

Bad Moos Hotel room

 

 

 

The Hotel Bad Moos Spa Resort is located in Alta Pusteria in the village of Sexten at 1,370 meters in the middle of the Dolomites. It is only a few kilometers to the entrance of the Drei Zinnen nature park and numerous hiking and walking trails start right outside the front door. The gondola takes you up to the Rotwandwiese, which is the starting point for the most beautiful hikes in the Dolomites. In winter, the gigantic Drei Zinnen ski area opens up from there. If you don’t want to go out on your own, Bad Moos also offers regular guided hikes for its guests. You can borrow bicycles and accessories free of charge and for more strenuous tours there are e-bikes for a fee.

Bad Moos Hotel balcony view

The location of the hotel and the associated possibilities for countless outdoor experiences in the Dolomites is really extraordinary and I would come back anytime just for the view from the balcony. Sounds cheesy, but Bad Moos really made me happy <3

Culinary happy

Since we arrived so late the night before, we unfortunately missed the first dinner at the hotel. But the next cracker follows the next morning: I’ve never seen such a huge breakfast buffet as here. There is everything your heart desires, including fancy things such as goji berries. It would have probably taken me at least a week to feed myself completely through.

Breakfast in the Bad Moos Hotel

If you book half board, there is also a fantastic dinner in the form of a menu, where you simply tell your waiter your choice for dinner at breakfast in the morning. In addition, there is of course a huge starter and dessert buffet in the evening that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. You can book the Bad Moos Spa Resort either with breakfast only or with half board.

Eating in the Bad Moos Hotel

Spa & Panorama Pool Views in Bad Moos

The heart of the hotel is without a doubt the spa and wellness area. A sauna and wellness landscape extends over a total of 2500m² (and that’s really an announcement, isn’t it?), As if from another world. And that’s not all: the hotel has its own sulfur spring from the Fischleintal, which feeds the hotel’s own thermal baths with water. Sulfur water is said to have particularly health-promoting properties; it is said to have a positive effect on the condition of the skin, digestion and the entire musculoskeletal system. So that we can find our way around better, we even got a small tour of the entire area. At first I tried to memorize the individual saunas and application areas, but after a few minutes I failed miserably. Too big, too overwhelming, too much schöööööön.

Bad Moos Hotel Wellness

Unfortunately, the pictures cannot even begin to show how huge the whole spa landscape really is. While we were taking photos there, of course many guests were out and about … and taking photos of naked people in the sauna and then publishing them on a website … you recognize the problem 😉

My personal highlight was – how could it be otherwise – the outdoor pool. Embedded in the wonderful mountain panorama of the Dolomites, it is pretty easy to endure there, especially on the bubble loungers. The pool was reopened in summer 2018 and is connected to the indoor pool, which, by the way, is not cleaned with musty chlorine, but with ozone (an oxygen component). In the outdoor area there is also a whirlpool, in which you can also bob around very well with water at 35 ° C.

Bad Moos Hotel outdoor pool

The use of the complete sauna, wellness, sports and pool area ‘Termesana’ is of course included for guests of Bad Moos, spa treatments can be booked for a fee. I found the Termesana really overwhelming and the Bad Moos more than earned the title of wellness hotel.

My conclusion on the Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort

I have already said it in other hotel reviews: for me, the warmth of the hosts plays a very important role in a hotel stay. No matter how luxurious and perfectly organized a hotel is, if the personal touch is missing or I am treated consistently as a guest with a certain distance, then something is missing for me. In Bad Moos everything was just right for me: starting with the super nice and warm welcome by the hotel manager Evi, almost in the middle of the night, to the nice chat with our waiter (who, by the way, also gave us really good tips for excursions) to the really exceptional spa and wellness area. For me, Bad Moos is a perfect combination of the opportunity for an outdoor and active holiday in one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the world with an absolute relaxation holiday.

Asia train travel – between luxury and open-plan compartments

In this article we take you on our Asia train journeys. Imagine the following: You are standing in front of a magnificent station building. The golden yellow facade shines in the evening sun. Hectic hustle and bustle all around you. A conductor whistles loudly because the next train is about to leave. Next to you is a street food stand selling Pad Thai. And then it drives in: one of the most magnificent luxury trains in Asia – the Eastern & Oriental Express. You are on your way back to Singapore from Bangkok.

Train travel offers an adventure factor that you can hardly experience with any other form of transport. Traveling by train is an absolutely unique experience, especially in Asia. Whether with a high-speed train from Tokyo, a night train from Bangkok to Chang Mai or a line train through the Indian province – everything is offered here, from the most modern trains to adventurous routes through the jungle and over the sea.

Trans-Siberian Railway: Facts and Figures

A trip with the Trans-Siberian Railway is on the list of goals in life for many adventurers and train lovers. Not only the construction of the Trans-Siberian, as the railway is affectionately known, was absolutely legendary, but also its diverse route. After a total of 25 years full of sweat and hard work, 9288 kilometers of track have been laid and you can now travel from Russia via Mongolia to China. To do this, tunnels were blasted, bridges were built and 80,000 employees were required. The Transsib stops in a total of 990 train stations and crosses 87 cities. If you want to break out with it and pay attention to sustainability, you can even do so directly from Switzerland. For example, some of our trips take us by ship and train from Switzerland via Finland to Russia.
But it is not only the scenic diversity and the cult status of the train route that make the Trans-Siberian Railway so special. Nowhere else do you get to know so many exciting people so easily. You travel in a small space, but you also experience the most extraordinary moments together. After the train journey, you move on with a multitude of colorful stories and exciting life stories in your luggage.

Right in the middle of the market in Thailand

In Samut Songkhram, Thailand, you can even go shopping during the train ride. The Mae Klong market will be set up exactly where the train tracks run. When the train passes, the traders frantically jump out of the way to protect your goods.

Through Cambodia on bamboo poles

In Cambodia, too, you will find a very special kind of train journey: the bamboo train in Battambang. The track simply consists of two axles and a seat made of bamboo beams, but can even reach speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour. It gets particularly exciting when two bamboo trains meet on the single-lane route. Then the rule of thumb applies: the train with fewer passengers must be dismantled.

With the Shiki-Shima through Japan

What do the train stations in Tokyo and London have in common? Not that much at first glance. However, there is one hidden detail that unites Kings Cross and Ueno Train Station. And that will especially delight the Harry Potter fans among you. Both stations have added a magical track to the station building. Only this is called 13 ½ in Tokyo and 9 ¾ in London, based on the story of JK Rowling. The train that starts its journey from the Japanese platform is fantastic in the truest sense of the word. The Shiki-Shima Train takes its exclusive guests to the most hidden corners of Japan and offers a top-class train experience. Only 34 passengers in total can travel in the grand suites. That’s why you have to apply for tickets in a kind of lottery.

Luxury train in Southeast Asia – Eastern & Oriental Express

Although the Eastern & Oriental Express is just as much a luxury train as the Shiki-Shima in Japan, it exudes a completely different charm. The magnificent interior is beautifully ornate and gives a feeling of nostalgia. The rust-red cushions are decorated with gold details, the train crew is wearing chic dark blue uniforms and oriental lamps hang in the dining car. While the train drives through wide fields, past countless palm trees, you can watch the golden-red sunset from the open window. After an exciting day, you can end your evening in the dining car. A pleasure, not just for your palate.

Culinary art on wheels – Zugessen in Asia

The way to a man’s heart goes through his stomach. This also applies to the love for the most beautiful travel destinations that you visit in the course of your life. Because the culinary arts are an essential part of the culture of a country and each dish tells its own exotic story. Anyone traveling by train in Asia will always come across the most extraordinary and delicious snacks and meals on offer at the train station, in the open-plan compartment or in the dining car.

In India, you can even buy hot meals from the vendors on the train. Whether masala curry, dal or paneer, here you will try the most delicious Indian specialties. There is even chai tea to take away. But not only local food is offered on trains. On the night trains in Thailand you will be served breakfast in first class, but it looks very different than expected. For example, on the train to Chiang Mai there is a club sandwich and french fries. So if you’re homesick for western meals, you’ve come to the right place. Food also plays an important role on Chinese trains. But not because of its extraordinary dishes. No, instead in China the food brought is used to reserve seats. Instead of luggage,

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.

visa

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)

Why?

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.

Yes.

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.