Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

In the summer months, visitors to Massachusetts can relax on beautiful sandy beaches and cool off in the Atlantic Ocean. Another popular destination is the Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod and the offshore islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Cape Cod and its famous neighboring islands Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket together form a region full of myths and stories, with breathtakingly beautiful and varied nature and architecture, and long, fine sandy beaches to relax, explore and unwind. Just a stone's throw south of Boston, a wonderful vacation awaits you here.

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Barcelona vacation 2021

On 9. May, the state of alert due to the health crisis in Spain was lifted and it feels like everything is back to the way it used to be. Stores, restaurants and bars have reopened, although many fell by the wayside during the long lock-down and subsequent restrictions. Tourists are also making a tentative comeback. But many people are still uncertain about what to expect in Barcelona.

This post is to help you get an idea of what it's like in the Catalan capital at the moment and whether it's safe to travel to Barcelona.

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Pokhara : My top tips for sightseeing & Activities

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and is geographically located like the "navel of Nepal" pretty much in the middle of the country. While the Annapurna massif with a total of three 8000m peaks – the Annapurna, the Manaslu and the Dhaulagiri – can be seen imposingly from viewpoints in the distance, Pokhara itself is only at an altitude of 930m. Most impressively the holy and "only" 6997m high Machapuchare, also called Fishtail, towers over the city, which I remember as the most modern tourist hotspot by Nepalese standards.

Pokhara is because of its central location the starting point for numerous trekking tours and a recreational paradise for the time afterwards. Hardly anyone who visits Nepal does not come here.


Travel photography: Tips and tricks for high-contrast motifs

Summertime is travel time and therefore also boom time for nature and travel photography. But who doesn't know this: the beautiful idyllic old town alley is either partly lost in shadow or the sky and the roofs are overexposed when you look at it at home. For many amateur photographers, and this happens to some extent also to experienced photographers, this is a disappointment, because the shot does not correspond in any way to what was seen.

But how do you get particularly high-contrast motifs with a contrast range of approx. Get a grip on 14-15 f-stops?

Many subjects in travel and landscape photography have a strong contrast. Our eye can compensate high contrasts to a certain extent by adaptation. The contrast range (= dynamic range) of a digital camera's image sensor is very limited, just like the dynamic range of monitors, photographic paper or printed matter. A contrast range of the motif of approx. 8-9 f-stops can be displayed without problems. For an experienced photographer, who exposes exactly and possibly uses a calibrated monitor, a contrast range of 10-11 f-stops should not be too big a problem. But how do you get particularly high-contrast subjects with a contrast range of approx. 14-15 f-stops under control? There are many of these "problem subjects" in travel photography: Backlight shots, but also motifs such as idyllic sunsets at the sea or landscapes in the high mountains have high contrasts.

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Travel costs in Australia

Australia Costs

Australia is known to be an expensive place and is in terms of living and travel costs significantly above those of Germany and most other countries. Especially as a backpacker you often have a limited budget and have to turn over every cent twice. The possibilities to earn money with the working holiday visa in Australia make it possible to afford a longer stay on the red continent despite the high costs. Without this visa probably only a fraction of the backpackers in Australia would be on the road as it is currently the case.

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Why make a trip to Lake Baikal in winter?

At least since Klaus Bednarz brought us closer to this region in the 1990s through his travel reports with the "Ballad of Lake Baikal", many people in this country also dream of a trip to Lake Baikal. Many travelers have since come to know and love this lake. We have also contributed our part: already in 1991 we, from biss, made a first pilot trip to Lake Baikal with more than 10 participants. It took us another 10 years to establish a rhythm of regular hiking trips to Baikal. (the Russians call Lake Baikal simply "Baikal" and often even the Siberian Sea) Although I have been to the Siberian Sea many times privately and as a tour guide, Lake Baikal has not lost any of its magic.

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Port Elizabeth – more than just a stopover

You are planning a trip to South Africa and you have a stopover in Port Elizabeth? Maybe you spend a night there to drive to the Addo National Park the next day. Or for some reason you are staying in the city for several days and you are now wondering what to see in Port Elizabeth. If you don't have much time and want to check off the most important points, we recommend you read through our blogpost on the top 10 things to do in Port Elizabeth. But if you're a little more interested in the city and possibly want to get involved with Port Elizabeth for a longer period of time like we did, here's a little overview of the main neighborhoods and recommendations.

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MBA study abroad

The M.B.A. Is the highest business degree in the U.S. However, the title is also on everyone's lips in Germany – university journals are full of M.B.A.-Offers and articles describing the positive effects of this degree. Due to its very practice-oriented content – from applied economics with so-called case studies – it has become the most popular additional qualification in German business studies. Career opportunities and starting salaries with M.B.A. are higher than without this valuable qualification.


Atlantis The Palm***** – Dubai

Dubai is known for its tremendous progress, especially in the construction of the first class hotels and luxury resorts. This includes the 5* hotel Atlantis The Palm, which is located on the group of islands resembling a palm tree. Guests of this hotel can enjoy an impressive, exceptional and luxurious stay with amenities that are second to none.

Atlantis The Palm - Dubai