Beware of wanderlust: When looking at these photos you will be overwhelmed by the desire to travel

His travels have taken him to the most exotic islands and the most remote corners of the world: the aviation photographer Dietmar Plath shows his most beautiful photos in an open-air exhibition in Hamburg.

On-site meeting in the shadow of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. On the Übersee-Boulevard in the Hafencity, which is also frequented by tourists, one large-format color photo follows the other in the middle of the promenade. ” Wanderlust ” is the title of the open-air exhibition.

What all 50 photos have in common is that they show large and small aircraft, from single-engine propeller aircraft to Airbus A380s. But it is not about the optical result of a plan spotters, but about works by Dietmar Plath, Germany’s most famous aviation photographer.

Promenade with airplane photos

His photos always show more than just technology, but the aircraft in spectacular landscapes, often in connection with people, for whom aircraft are more than just a means of transport. “I want to show the planes where they are at home,” explains Plath during a tour.

The exhibition was already planned last year, when the corona pandemic was not yet an issue, which almost brought global air traffic to a standstill. “Many remote places in the world cannot be reached by land or water or can only be reached with a great deal of effort and risk. Without air traffic, they are hardly economically viable,” says Plath.

For more than 30 years, the North German has visited around 600 airports in 130 countries and always waited for the right moment on site. He often had to wait hours and days for the weather and the light to be right, whether on Easter Island, in the Antarctic or in the Himalayas . “But then the machine suddenly came from the other direction,” recalls Plath.

For his passion, he spent almost 10,000 hours in airplanes, fought against almost insurmountable bureaucratic obstacles and had luck again and again in four decades. This was also the case with a crash in the Brazilian jungle, which he only barely survived.

In his biography “Adventure Aviation Photography” he tells the stories of his famous photos. How it came to the snapshot with the iguana on the runway or why it suddenly rained cattle halves on the approach to landing on La Paz.

Miami Travel – The Magical City

Take a trip to Miami and discover “the Magic City”, as the locals like to call it. Actually, the city name has its origin in the Indian word Mayaimi, which means something like “big water”. Both terms hit the point. The city on the water impresses with countless palm-tree beaches and has magically attracted visitors for decades. Drive along Ocean Drive, shop on Lincoln Road and enjoy your Miami city break to the full.

Downtown Miami – Spanish meets English

Well, am I still in the USA? This question arises in Downtown Miami when you suddenly read Spanish on street signs everywhere and hear the sound of salsa. Nearly 70 percent of Miami’s population has a Latin American background. And it’s no wonder that so many Spanish speakers have settled here, because the city is just beautiful. For you it has the advantage that you can refresh your rusty Spanish skills in addition to English on your Miami trip.

Little Havana

And while we’re on the subject. Little Havana belongs to Miami like the air you breathe. Here you can not only buy Cuban cigars, but also a diverse cultural offer and excellent restaurants. In the Cuban district you are guaranteed to get a real Caribbean feeling on your Miami trip.

Art Deco district

One of the largest Art Deco districts in the world is located very close to South Beach. Whether you were a “Miami Vice” fan or would like to visit the film set of the Hollywood flick “Crazy About Mary”, there is a lot to see and experience here. In this quarter of the beautiful and the rich, tourist guides like to chat between the 960 magnificent buildings and learn a few true insider stories.

Miami with children

A trip to Miami is great for families with children or teenagers. The city has many attractions, such as the Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key or the nearby Miami Beach, where you can relax and swim together. Miami is also the ideal stopover for a rental car tour through Florida. Here you can take a breather before heading to attractions such as Disneyworld or Universal Studios.

 

Miami travel instead of vacation

True to our motto “Miami travel instead of vacation”, we want to explore sights away from Miami Beach. If you travel to the Sunshine State Florida, you will want to get to know highlights such as the Everglades National Park, Key West or Fort Myers in addition to a city trip to Miami. Whatever your plan, we’re happy to provide tips and advice for your very own Miami trip.

More than half of the Balinese economy was dependent on tourism – now the country has to rethink

Bali hosted 600,000 tourists in June of last year. This year it was 32 in the same month. And what do the Balinese do with the time they have gained? They dig up gardens and have an unusual hobby.

Kuta Beach is hardly recognizable. Where in Bali Otherwise sun worshipers from all over the world cavort, masseuses offer their services and vendor sellers advertise sarongs and ice cold Bintang beer, there has been a lull since March. The famous sunsets over the Indian Ocean also take place without an audience. No excursions to the rice terraces of Tegallalang, no “temple hopping” to the facilities of Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Besakih, no yoga retreats in Ubud – the tourism industry, which is so important for the Indonesian island, is on the ground because of the corona virus. More than half of Bali’s economy depends on it, and most Balinese work either directly or indirectly in the travel sector. No wonder: According to the local statistics office, more than six million international guests visited the island of the gods last year “,

The Vice-Governor Cok Ace calculated in early summer that Bali would lose 9.7 trillion Indonesian rupees every month as a result of the pandemic – more than 550 million euros. An enormous number for such a small island. June, July and August are usually the high season for sun, culture and party seekers from Australia, China or Europe. In direct comparison: While 600,000 foreign guests were counted in June 2019, this June there were 32.

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Terrorism, Avian Flu and Corona
Bali is used to crises. The island was attacked by terrorists in 2002 and 2005, and hundreds of holidaymakers were among the victims. The tourism sector had just recovered to some extent when the bird flu struck in 2007 – but the H5N1 virus was also unable to bring the island to its knees. At the end of 2017, volcanologists warned of a major eruption of the Gunung Agung, many canceled their planned trips for fear of the Fire Mountain. The disaster did not materialize and the tourists came back. With the corona virus, however, an opponent has struck who has had the industry in a stranglehold for months. Can she recover again?

When local tourists from the neighboring islands were allowed to arrive again for the first time at the end of July, they were received at the airport in Denpasar with great fanfare and garlands of flowers. The relief was so great that a local minister even described the day as “historic”. The figures, however, speak a different language: “The opening up to local tourism had no significant effects on hotel occupancy,” the news portal “Kompas” quoted the spokesman for the IHGMA hotel association, Made Ramia Adnyana. On the weekend of August 22nd to 23rd, just 4900 tourists from other islands would have visited Bali. A piece of cake when you consider that 130,000 hotel rooms are ready. And another cold shower followed: Plans to bring Bali from Nov. Reopening September for foreign holidaymakers had to be discarded in August. Until at least the beginning of 2021. It is better to be safe than sorry: “Bali must not fail when it comes to revitalizing tourism because it could damage Indonesia’s image in the world,” warned Bali Governor Wayan Koster.

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At the same time, demands are getting louder that Bali must become more independent of tourism . That would also be an opportunity for a more sustainable new beginning. Because the boom also had a downside: mass tourism and garbage, commerce and binge drinking – apart from a few idyllic places away from the tourist trail, Bali was no longer the tranquil hippie and surfer paradise from the 1970s. For Bali, the travel ban is also a blessing, it is finally quiet, nowhere is traffic chaos.

“That’s something special,” says Alejandro Fernandez-Cruz. The Spaniard has lived in Ubud with his family for three years . In all that time he has only ever seen Bali packed with tourists. Now, however, the expats and the locals are moving closer together, says the 51-year-old. “Of course it is also sad that so many restaurants and shops are closed – but the Balinese help each other. That is part of their way of life.”

With tropical fruits to independence?
Many have turned to agriculture. For example in Tegeh Sari, a community in the capital Denpasar, where residents have transformed a 1,000 square meter former garbage dump into blooming farmland. They grow tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and malabar spinach here. “Now we at least no longer have to buy the vegetables on the market,” says Putu Gede Himawan Saputra, who, like his colleagues, has so far made his living from tourism. And the cultivation of the site has another advantage, especially in times of Corona: “With the fresh vegetables we can strengthen our immune system.”

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Governor Koster also pointed out the great potential of Balinese agricultural products in July – especially with a view to tropical fruits. “Salak (snake skin fruit) is already in great demand and we are also preparing a market for dragon fruit.” In general, after so many setbacks, Koster would like to place Bali’s economy on more pillars than just tourism, including the innovation sector and the manufacturing industry. Still, the pandemic has hit the Balinese hard. Even if the virus itself gives the island some respite from the masses, people suffer from job loss and financial difficulties.

More time for an unusual hobby
“We Balinese tend not to show our feelings,” says Wayan Partawan, who usually works as a yoga teacher at a well-known resort. Currently he can only give online courses. “We look happy on the outside, but behind that is sadness,” he says. Something else is striking these days. The residents are increasingly pursuing one of their great passions: flying kites. Anyone who knows Bali knows about this passion of the islanders. Kites are considered lucky charms by the Hindu Balinese, so it is perhaps no coincidence that so many are currently romping about in the sky.

Marine protection while traveling? That’s how it’s done!

Clean sea versus polluted sea. It goes without saying whose side we travelers are on. But just being on the right side is not enough, on the contrary. Actively doing something against pollution is essential. But what? We asked our partner OceanCare what every traveler can do to protect our seas. And on top of that there is background information.

Tip 1: Avoid single-use plastic

Every year around nine million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans. So that this number doesn’t get any bigger, you can:

  • Take a reusable bottle with you and fill it up with tap water. Sure, that’s not always possible. Then either prefer large water containers or filter / boil water.
  • Generally go shopping with reusable bags. And take a so-called veggie bag with you for fruit and / or vegetables, which is available, for example, in the OceanCare shop
  • Drink cocktails and other drinks only by the glass, avoid plastic drinking straws and generally avoid disposable dishes.
  • Take soap with you instead of shower gel wrapped in plastic.
  • Pay attention to cosmetic products without microplastics.
  • Choose travel clothing made from natural fibers. When washing clothes made of polyester, nylon and acrylic, the smallest fibers, so-called microfibers, loosen and they get into the environment via the sewage.

Tip 2: lend a hand with «beach cleaning»

Around eighty percent of the garbage comes from the mainland and gets into the sea via sewers and rivers or through wind drifts. Hundreds of thousands of dolphins, whales, seals and turtles fall victim to plastic waste, and the number of sea birds that have died runs into the millions. The animals starve to death with their stomachs full of plastic or drown because they get entangled in plastic parts.

  • Collect carelessly discarded plastic waste and dispose of it properly.
  • Help with an organized “beach cleaning”. (For example, ask in your accommodation, in your dive center, etc.).
  • How about you initiate your own cleanup? Maybe with other travelers and true to the motto: Leave the beach cleaner than you found it.

Tip 3: When it comes to fish and seafood, let your culinary sense prevail

The abundant fish offer in shops and restaurants is deceptive. Almost everywhere today more fish are caught than can regrow. Fish from farms are not a real alternative either. The following we can specifically contribute to protecting marine life:

  • Basically, just no fish consumption is sustainable. But if you don’t want to do without sea fish or seafood while traveling: make sure that the animals come from sustainable catches.
  • Prefer local fish. For example, eating salmon in the Maldives is ecological nonsense.
  • Stay away from endangered fish species such as swordfish, monkfish or tuna (six of the eight tuna species are considered endangered).

Tip 4: choose sun protection wisely

Thousands of tons of sunscreen get into the water every year. Many sunscreens contain chemicals that destroy coral reefs even in low concentrations. Basically there are two types of sun creams: physical (inorganic, mineral) or chemical (organic) protective filters. The particularly problematic chemicals are octinoxate and oxybenzone. Both are banned in Hawaii. Micro- and nanoplastic particles are also often found in sunscreens.

  • Choose sun creams made from natural cosmetics with mineral UV filters. Here you will find a list with a selection
  • If you want to do without sun cream at all, protect yourself with clothing or prefer shady spots.

Tip 5: Avoid wildlife shows

When traveling, many people wish to come into contact with wild animals. It is precisely the image of dolphins as petting animals, who playfully seek out our society, tempting more and more people to touch the animals or want to swim with them. The consequences for these highly sensitive animals, which are disturbed and stressed by these interactions, are forgotten.

  • Basically: no swimming with dolphins.
  • Research trips or respectful whale watching = yes
  • Dolphinarium visit = No.
  • Also avoid riding elephants, going to the circus with wildlife, visiting fur farms, bullfighting, etc.

Tip 6: treat nature (underwater) with respect

Animals don’t like to be in the spotlight all the time, they also need rest. Direct interactions can be particularly disruptive.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the marine world while snorkeling and diving without touching corals, shells or marine animals.
  • Refrain from noisy water sports.


Tip 7: Steer clear of problematic souvenirs

Ornaments (and also wooden objects) are often stolen from nature under dire and harmful circumstances. In addition, the import of whale products (including checked baggage or hand luggage) into the EU, the USA or other countries contradicts both national and international law and can lead to criminal prosecution. For the reasons mentioned, avoid souvenirs such as corals, shells, hair accessories made of tortoiseshell, souvenirs made of whale products, carvings made of rare woods, etc.

Tip 8: Compensate for CO2 emissions

When traveling over shorter distances, choose the train if possible. Cruise ships are particularly harmful because they contribute to the pollution of the seas with cheap heavy fuel oil. Ship noise also disturbs the orientation of marine animals. When traveling, in particular, it is difficult to prevent an increase in the CO2 footprint. Nevertheless, we can all contribute to climate protection by offsetting unavoidable emissions with climate protection measures.

  • Compensate for the CO2 emissions of your flight or car journey via myclimateor directly from the Globetrotter travel advisors.
  • Support the “Plant for the Planet” tree-planting campaign and contribute to climate justice

We are convinced that we are all well equipped with these valuable tips from OceanCare and that we are doing one or two good things for our planet – be it at home or while traveling. Speaking of travel.

Bavarian Forest: untamed nature in the heart of Europe

50 years ago the idea became reality: Germany’s first national park was founded. To mark the anniversary of the Bavarian Forest National Park, a new illustrated book shows the largest forest reserve in Central Europe between Germany and the Czech Republic.

The motto for Germany’s oldest national park is: “Let nature be nature”. The Bavarian Forest National Park, together with the neighboring Šumava Biosphere Reserve in the Czech Republic, forms the largest forest reserve in Europe.

In the meantime, the area has been expanded to more than 24,000 hectares. Flora and fauna were able to recover more and more. Not only wolves, lynxes, otters and capercaillie have returned with the help of humans with attempts to settle, but also many microorganisms, rare mushrooms and herb species.

Tourism in crisis: A massive wave of bankruptcies threatens

The travel industry almost wrote off the disaster year 2020. Now it’s about surviving the corona crisis and the coming year. What chances do travel agencies and tour operators still have?

Travel warnings, insecure vacationers, business standstill and anger about reimbursement of customer money: The tourism industry is experiencing an unprecedented crisis . The industry has largely written off the current year of the Corona crisis. “The year 2021 will be the year of the decision,” said Ingo Burmester, head of Central Europe at DER Touristik.

The industry, which was shaken by the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook a year ago, does not expect a quick return to its old strength. “There will only be a radical recovery in demand when a corona vaccine is available. Until then, we have to stabilize the industry so that a massive wave of bankruptcies is avoided,” said Burmester.

When will cruises boom again?

Tourism expert Torsten Kirstges from Jade University in Wilhelmshaven is confident that people’s travel habits will “normalize a little again in the coming year. In two or three years at the latest, cruises will boom again, and long-distance trips will be made again and caught up.” He assumes that travel behavior will not fundamentally change in the medium term.

But how many tour operators and travel agencies will survive by then? The companies not only lost revenue during the crisis. You will also need to repay money for canceled trips, unless customers rebook or accept a voucher. In addition, there is the annoyance of customers because there were delays in the refund of down payments, especially at the beginning of the Corona crisis.

Rebookings instead of new bookings

“What is happening in the travel industry now has almost epic dimensions compared to all crises”, reported Ralf Hieke, managing director of the Strier travel agency. Ingo Lies, founder and head of the company Chamäleon, who specializes in sustainable travel, currently invests 10,000 euros per day from “our reserves” into the company. “This year is largely over. Now it’s mainly about 2021. We currently have more bookings for the coming year than at the same time in 2019 for 2020, but it is mainly about rebooking,” Lies reported.

The DER Touristik Manager Burmester sees it similarly: “The demand in 2021 will be lower due to a lack of advance bookings. The current bookings are mainly due to rebooking.” He estimates that around 20 percent of tourism companies are currently at great risk of insolvency. “By 2021 the number will increase to 50 percent.”

After all: the interest in traveling next summer seems to be there. According to the latest data from Travel Data + Analytics (TDA), the 2021 summer season already accounted for 21 percent of booking sales in July. “The desire to travel is there this year and will also be there next year,” says Tui-Cruises -Chief Wybcke Meier confident. “We already have a lot of bookings in the system. Whether all the planned travel routes will be feasible depends of course on what is going on at the time.”

Bookings for the coming winter season

Tui Cruises is currently on the move with three ships. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring at the latest, with a little less occupancy, in order to continue our health concepts and thus give our customers comfort and the greatest possible safety,” said Meier.

According to Travel Data + Analytics, bookings for the coming winter season have remained weak recently. Many travel destinations, especially long-distance trips, are currently not yet plannable due to travel warnings. The industry accuses politicians of having contributed massively to the uncertainty of vacationers. “The Foreign Office no longer decides on travel warnings alone. One ministry softens the other’s statements. That unsettles customers,” criticized Hieke.

There is little understanding for the statements by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) that the federal government will not bring stranded holidaymakers back again. “That was absurd,” said Kristges. “The organizers are obliged to do so. Those who are no longer brought back are the individual travelers.” Burmester also emphasizes: “The package tour is the safest form of travel with insolvency protection and the repatriation of guests by the organizer in the event of a crisis.” 

Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

The global spread of the coronavirus  and government measures such as border closings are hugely restricting personal mobility and thus travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a travel warning for tourist trips because of the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news on the subject of the corona crisis and travel.

Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

Due to the increasing number of corona infections in Europe, North and South America, the decision was made to suspend all expedition cruises until the end of December, Hurtigruten said in a stock exchange announcement on Thursday. The aim is to resume operations in January 2021.

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According to Hurtigruten boss Daniel Skjeldam, several cruises to Antarctica, which were originally supposed to start from October to December, are affected by the move. Hurtigruten was one of the first shipping companies to offer cruises again at the end of June, including with the new “MS Fridtjof Nansen” from Hamburg .

However, Hurtigruten was in distress due to an outbreak with more than 70 corona infections on the cruise ship “MS Roald Amundsen” . To this end, the shipping company presented an independent investigation report late on Thursday afternoon, from which it emerged that several mistakes were made during the eruption. Among other things, the suspicion of infection was not investigated, and the quarantine rules were not properly followed.

+++ Free corona tests for vacationers from non-risk areas are ending +++

The options for free corona tests for all those returning to Germany will be limited at the end of the holiday season. Travelers who do not come from a risk area with high numbers of infections will no longer be entitled to free tests from this Tuesday. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said on Monday: “For the vacation time, it was important to test all travelers for the corona virus. With a view to autumn and winter, we are now concentrating the tests more on the domestic market.”

The federal government regularly determines which countries are considered risk areas for German holidaymakers – they are listed on the website of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The federal and state governments agreed on the changes to the tests at the end of August. “For those arriving from risk areas, the test obligation and the requirement of quarantine until negative test results continue to apply for the time being,” said Spahn. Tests for them remain free for the time being. The quarantine rules for returnees from risk areas should be changed after a decision by the federal and state governments – if possible by October 1st. The obligation to quarantine for 14 days should therefore be waived at the earliest with a test from the fifth day after return.

+++ From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to run again +++

After the slow start, the cruise operator Tui Cruises wants to offer trips on all ships in its fleet again from spring. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring 2021 at the latest, with a little less occupancy and the right health concepts,” said company boss Wybcke Meier of the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.

Departure from the port of Hamburg: The "Aida Perla" left her berth in August after a week-long stay in the Hanseatic city

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Far from a return to normal: The difficult restart of the cruise industry

After cruises came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic, Tui Cruises had almost the entire fleet parked in the North Sea. Since the end of June this year, the company has been offering trips to the North and Baltic Seas again. This weekend another ship in Greece is supposed to take on guests again. Tui operates the ships “Mein Schiff” with the numbers one to six and the “Mein Schiff Herz”. “As far as finances are concerned, we have done our homework and will therefore survive this phase with fewer ships and less capacity utilization,” said Meier. Around 60 percent of all employees are still on short-time work.

+++ Day tourists can visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again +++

From this weekend on, day tourists can come back to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Because of the corona pandemic, most of the guests from the surrounding federal states have not been welcome since mid-March. Such trips were considered illegal and could be fined up to 2000 euros.

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It is estimated that companies in the country are losing three to five million euros in turnover per day due to a lack of day tourists. From the point of view of the state government, the restrictions were an effective tool to slow down the spread of the corona virus. “Thousands of day tourists were already in the country,” said the President of Dehoga Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lars Schwarz. Therefore, the withdrawal of the ban was a long overdue step that the hospitality industry has long been calling for.

+++ Foreign Office warns against traveling to all of Spain +++

Due to the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office has now also issued a travel warning for the Canary Islands, which are popular with German holidaymakers. The federal government is now warning against “unnecessary, tourist” trips to all parts of Spain. “Spain was and is severely affected by COVID-19,” the Federal Foreign Office explains the decision on the website . In the Canaries, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are particularly affected.

So far, the Foreign Office had already warned against traveling to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island of Mallorca. Now this also applies to the Canaries. Returnees must take a free corona test and go into quarantine until the result is negative.

As the Federal Foreign Office also announced, the regions of Cantabria, Castile and Léon, La Rioja, Navarra, the Basque Country, the capital region of Madrid and the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, are currently affected by the virus. There are therefore strict exit restrictions throughout the country. Discos and night bars are completely closed, restaurants are open until 1 a.m. at the latest.

+++ Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning +++

The Hamburg fish market was closed for five months due to the Corona crisis – now the traditional market is set to reopen in October. This is at least a concept that the Altona district has developed together with the health authority. Fish, fruit and vegetables should no longer be sold early in the morning as usual, but instead on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fish market in Hamburg Altona with Aale-Dieter

Since mid-March, tourists and Hamburg residents have had to do without the 300-year-old Hamburg fish market due to the corona pandemic. Around 120 market stalls are usually set up there. Many night owls went straight to the fish market after an evening in the neighborhood. This possibility should no longer exist because the authority feared that the corona rules among the partygoers would not always be observed.

The new protection concept provides for a maximum of 500 visitors and 60 dealers. The site is to be fenced off with separate entrances and exits and a one-way system. At the start, 20 security guards should regulate the entry and ensure that the distance rules are observed.

+++ Almost 200 passengers have to be in quarantine after their vacation flight +++

After a flight from a Greek island to Great Britain, all approximately 200 passengers and crew members were sent to a two-week quarantine. 16 guests of the holiday plane have already tested positive, reported the BBC. According to British health experts, seven of them were most likely already contagious on board.

On the flight from the island of Zakynthos to Cardiff (Wales) on August 25, a number of passengers are said to have ignored the corona protective measures. Many would not have worn masks as prescribed; the crew hardly intervened, it was said. The machine was full of “selfish Cov-idiots”, said a woman of the BBC, alluding to the disease Covid-19. The allegations will be followed up closely, the broadcaster quoted a spokesman for the travel company Tui. Many young British people in Greece have a reputation for being partying and drinking a lot of alcohol.

+++ Record of new infections: Canaries tremble for special corona position +++

A new record of new infections has been registered in the Canary Islands. The regional health authorities reported 338 new cases within 24 hours on Thursday evening. That’s the highest number since the pandemic broke out in March. The Atlantic islands belonging to Spain must now fear losing their special position and, like the whole country – including the Balearic Islands – being put on the list of risk areas by Germany.

 The associated travel warning would give the already badly ailing tourism industry, which contributes around 35 percent of regional income, the “death knell”, as the media warned on Friday. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. In the Canaries there are already 79.69. The islands off the west coast of Africa are now in a worse position than many Spanish regions, for which the Foreign Office’s travel warning has been in effect since mid-August. In the Balearic Islands with the Germans’ favorite island, Mallorca, this number is 79.52.


+++ Cunard shipping company cancels all cruises until the end of March 2021 +++

The British Cunard shipping company has informed the customers of its three cruise ships long-term: The “Queen Elizabeth” will then be idle up to and including March 25, 2021, for the flagship “Queen Mary 2” all voyages are suspended up to and including April 18, 2021, and the “Queen Victoria” will only resume service after May 16, 2021.

“In view of the current recommendations of the Foreign Office and the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom as well as the great complexity that the global cruise operation brings with it during the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional shipping company Cunard is extending the operating break beyond November 2020,” said one on Tuesday published press release. The 180-year-old traditional shipping company, which is now part of the Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, is the first large company in the industry to clearly communicate a one-year forced break due to the corona pandemic.

+++ Due to missing ticket refunds: Lufthansa and Ryanair lose in court +++

Since many airlines do not reimburse tickets after requests for payment, the Flightright portal filed lawsuits in the spring. The first judgments have now been passed on the proceedings against Lufthansa and Ryanair. There are now more than 20 judgments against Lufthansa, e.g. B. before the AG Erding (Az. 15 C 2780/20). The judgments are so-called acknowledgment judgments. This means that the airline did not defend itself on the matter and recognized the claims.

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World Top Ten Travel Destinations

Millions оf visitors аrе attracted tо tор travel destinations оf thе world еvеrу year. Thіѕ proves іn itself thаt fоr еvеrу desiring traveler thеrе іѕ a mesmerizing travel destination іn thе world. In mаnу countries асrоѕѕ thе globe, thеrе аrе ample traveling destinations.

It іѕ оftеn noticed thаt fоr оnе destination, thеrе іѕ аn abundance оf tourists аt thе ѕаmе tіmе, аnd thеrеfоrе аt ѕuсh tіmеѕ іt mау bе prudent tо make appropriate reservations fоr уоu ahead оf tіmе оr alternatively chose a tіmе аt whісh thеrе аrе nоt mаnу travelers fоr a particular destination chosen. Thеѕе destinations, bеіng thе mоѕt visited destinations іn thе world; wіll bе packed wіth visitors аlmоѕt thе whоlе year rоund. Thіѕ іѕ a fact аnd іf уоu want tо make thе mоѕt оut оf уоur holiday, it’s advisable tо make preparations bеfоrе packing уоur suitcase аnd heading tо thе airport fоr уоur dream vacation.

Tор tеn travel destinations wоuld bе

Maldives – fоr thоѕе whо аrе willing tо gо fоr a short vacation, Maldives іѕ nеіthеr meant fоr thеm, nоr fоr thоѕе whо аrе nоt able tо spend muсh. Maldives іѕ meant fоr pure leisure.

Tuscany Italy – Thе place іn itself іѕ vеrу picturesque. Thеrе аrе attractive beaches, cordial climate, magnificent landscapes, аnd muсh mоrе.

Mauritius – Thе place іѕ truly meant fоr thоѕе whо аrе looking tо swim, shop, sweeping white sands, colorful beaches аnd thоѕе looking fоr leisure activities.

Lombok – Thе Island іѕ ideal fоr thоѕе whо аrе willing tо spend ѕоmе quiet tіmе wіthоut аnу kind оf unwanted interventions аt a beach оf natural beauty.

Lisbon – a place оf natural beauty meant fоr thоѕе whо аrе affectionate оf street celebrations.

South Beach Miami Events – Thіѕ іѕ a fashionable beach, fоund іn thе United States, mоrе specifically a blissful spot wіth attractive-looking people frоm аll оvеr thе globe.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico – Thіѕ average sized town іѕ famous fоr іtѕ beauty аnd distinctiveness wіth іtѕ оwn magnificent village character, situated іn tropical surroundings оn thе coast оf thе Bay оf Bandera.

Mid Beach Miami – Thіѕ раrt оf Miami іѕ оnе оf thе coolest places іn thе world tо spend summers аnd springs. It hаѕ a lоng lost status оf оnе оf thе mоѕt attractive аnd fine-looking beaches іn North America.

Malaysia – A true destination fоr nature lovers whеthеr іt bе natural waters, beaches, mountains аnd mаnу mоrе.

Dubai – A place meant fоr ornaments аnd antique lovers, аnd fоr thоѕе willing tо spend ѕоmе extra bucks оn hotels, entertainment аnd аll ѕuсh kind оf things.

Group Traveling Destinations

Thеrе аrе dozens оf activities thаt travel groups саn plan аnd engage іn tо make thеіr trips special аnd enjoyable. Whіlе thеѕе mау nоt appeal tо еvеrуоnе, ѕоmе аrе definitely going tо bе vеrу popular аmоng thе members. Thе best thіng tо dо hеrе іѕ tо determine whаt interests уоur group hаѕ іn common, measure thаt аgаіnѕt thе possible activities thаt аrе available іn уоur destination аnd pick a fеw оf thе mоѕt appealing ones tо everybody.

Aѕ promised, hеrе аrе ѕоmе cool ideas thаt уоu mау want tо consider аѕ уоu plan уоur vacation.

1. Fishing: If уоur travel group hаѕ a good number оf fishing enthusiasts, уоu саn arrange tо tаkе a trip tоgеthеr tо оnе оf thе riverine areas оf уоur country оr state оf іntеrеѕt аnd tаkе ѕоmе tіmе оut catching fish. Just make sure уоu bring ѕоmе fіrе tо cook thеm, tоо. (Unless уоu саn start fіrе bу rubbing sticks, оf course.)

2. Golfing: Hоw good аrе уоur swings? Dо уоu hаvе potential Tiger Woods fans аmоngѕt you? If ѕо, arranging fоr a golfing ‘expedition’ mау just bе thе break thаt уоu аll need. Yоu саn reserve hotels, motels оr hostels (depending оn уоur choice аnd budget) vеrу close tо a golf course іn thе place оf уоur іntеrеѕt. In thе United States, аlmоѕt еvеrу major city hаѕ a fеw reputable golf courses. Thе оnlу thіng уоu hаvе tо bе careful working оut hеrе іѕ making sure thаt уоur equipments аrе rеаdу аnd іn good condition оr thаt уоu саn rent thеm аt vеrу affordable prices.

3. Mountain Climbing: Think уоu саn conquer thе mountains? Maybe nоt. But уоu саn аt lеаѕt climb tо thеіr peak. Mountain climbing іѕ bоth challenging аnd fun, especially fоr younger people, thоugh thеrе аrе аlѕо quite a fеw oldies thаt hаvе mastered іtѕ аrt аnd аrе addicted tо іt. If уоur travel group fits іntо thіѕ category, уоu саn easily make plans tо visit ѕоmе mountainous area аnd hаvе thе fun оf a lifetime.

4. Camping: Seldom dо people experience nature іn іtѕ rawness nowadays. If уоu саn pull tоgеthеr a group оf travelers thаt аrе vеrу muсh excited аbоut thе possibility оf spending ѕоmе tіmе away frоm thе hustle аnd bustle оf thе city аnd enjoy nature undiluted fоr a whіlе, a camping trip mау bе a vеrу good idea. Hеrе, уоu just hаvе tо make sure thаt уоu bring аlоng уоur necessary camping equipments аnd supplies (hopefully leave mоѕt оf thе techie gadgets аt home). It wіll bе a rare opportunity аnd a cherished moment thаt уоu wіll remember fоr a longtime tо соmе.

5. Revisit thе Ancients: Turn оff thе TV, divorce thе soap operas аnd gо tаkе a trip tо ѕее thе real world- thе ancient world, thаt іѕ. Thеrе аrе hundreds, іf nоt thousands, оf museums аrоund thе world thаt travel groups саn visit tо learn аbоut оur ancient forefathers аnd thе civilizations thаt thеу built (and destroyed, sometimes.) Thеrе аrе аlѕо mаnу natural ruins аrоund thе world-in Asia, Africa, Europe, thе Americas аnd Australia-where уоu саn experience firsthand, nоt just thrоugh TV аnd books, whаt thе ancients did аnd thе historical pointers thаt thеу hаvе left fоr uѕ.

Thеrе аrе mаnу activities аnd places thаt travel groups саn organize tо visit tо nоt just escape thе (sometimes) hectic аnd boring city life, but tо аlѕо create memorable moments іn thеіr lives аnd brighten uр.

Travel to Germany From US

Dо уоu аlwауѕ dream tо travel outside thе country аnd ѕее thе beautiful places аrоund thе world? If ѕо, fоr уоur fіrѕt stop gо thе beautiful country оf Germany. Wіth great architecture аnd lоng aisle оf history fоr уоu tо bе amazed оf. Travel tо Germany frоm US іѕ a great deal fоr thоѕе whо want tо ѕее a piece оf history whіlе grasping thе beautiful scenery оf thіѕ amazing country.

Germany іѕ a democratic country whісh іѕ modern аnd economically stable. It іѕ a country whеrе tourists саn feel safer roaming аrоund thе streets. German mіght bе thеіr language аnd іf уоu don’t know hоw tо speak thе language, mаnу саn converse wеll іn English, mоѕt оf thеm аrе frоm thе larger towns. Travel tо Germany frоm US іѕ a breeze fоr U.S. citizens. Sіnсе bоth Germany аnd US аrе parties tо thе Schengen agreement, іt means a US citizen саn gеt іntо Germany wіthоut visa fоr 90 days fоr business оr tourist. Thе passport thаt уоu ѕhоuld bе holding ѕhоuld bе аt lеаѕt 3 months valid longer thаn thе period уоu want tо stay.

Aѕ tо safety аnd security, travel tо Germany frоm US wіll іѕ nоt life-threatening. Onе mіght observed, thеrе hаѕ nо incidents оf terrorists attacks thаt wіll endanger thе lives оf thе people thеrе аѕ wеll аѕ putting dоwn thе economy. Hоwеvеr, thеrе hаvе bееn incidents оf economic аnd political demonstrations. It іѕ advisable tо avoid places whеrе thеrе іѕ demonstration bесаuѕе whеn things gеt heat uр, violence mіght bе evident. Thеrе hаvе bееn reports thаt Americans whо аrе іn thоѕе areas whеrе demonstrations tаkе place hаvе bееn assaulted.

Whеn уоu travel tо Germany frоm US, іt іѕ best tо hаvе ѕоmе cash handy. Sіnсе like mоѕt оf thе countries whо accept credit cards, Germany does nоt accept thе uѕе оf ѕuсh card аѕ оftеn аѕ US does. It іѕ recommended tо gеt cash frоm аn atm. Germany uses ѕаmе technology аѕ US does, thеrе іѕ big possibility thаt уоu саn gеt Euros directly frоm уоur bank.

Overall travel tо Germany frоm US іѕ a great trip tо look іntо. A piece оf history unveiled іn frоnt оf уоur eyes. Tор places tо visit іn Germany аrе Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Heidelberg аnd Dresden. Bе captivated bу thе beautiful sceneries thаt уоu саn ѕее right іn Germany whісh уоu wіll surely fall іn love wіth.