They once served humans and animals as shelter: cave dwellings under huge rock slabs. In Switzerland, a photographer visited the natural dwellings in which alpine shepherds lived until a few decades ago. No nail can be hammered into the wall so easily here: The rooms are made of solid rock walls, as are the ceilings. These alpine apartments are not buildings made of wood or stone, but caves and grottoes that have only been expanded by human hands. This form of natural accommodation can be found in the entire Alpine region. Especially in higher regions they were used as sheltered overnight accommodation, as pantries, workrooms for food production and as stables for animals. These Costruzioni sotto roccia , constructions under rock, as they are called in Italian, were created centuries ago and are now considered not only as examples of architecture in the mountains, but also document how skillfully the Alpine population was able to exploit the geographical and geological conditions. Especially in Ticino , in the side valleys of the Maggia Valley north-west of Locarno, you can still find these buildings hidden in the landscape, which were often built out of necessity and have been cared for and developed over generations: the Splüi, as they are called there. The term Splüi probably comes from the Latin spelunca for cave On the following pages of the photo series we give you an insight into a Splüi that was still inhabited until the 1980s.
A cockroach in the room, rotten food, a dirty pool – by how many percent can the travel price be reduced after returning from the package holiday? The “Frankfurt List” gives clues. The Germans are known as notorious complainers. Especially when they are on vacation they criticize their accommodation, demand a better room or demand a price reduction. After their return, some people try to take legal action to reclaim part of their travel price if the holiday pleasure has been spoiled by bad food or construction site noise. But a cockroach crawling through the bathroom is not necessarily a travel problem that justifies packing your suitcase early. Always everything in writing In principle, the intermediary travel agency or the travel website cannot be held responsible, only the operator. Small things on site should first be settled with the hotel manager by way of goodwill. If the accommodation does not correspond to the description in the travel brochure, for example if there are no advertised sports facilities, a complaint must be made immediately according to travel law. For a package tour, the local tour guide would be the point of contact. He must first be given the opportunity to remedy the situation. This is the only way for the customer to secure the right to a reduction in the price of the trip, even to termination or compensation. German jurisprudence even requires that vacationers document their complained about defects with photos and written statements from fellow travelers. Therefore you should have the receipt of the complaint letter confirmed by the tour guide. Frankfurt table If his efforts were unsuccessful, the traveler has four weeks after his return to register claims for recourse – by registered mail with acknowledgment of receipt. Since the trip was paid for in advance, the lawyers usually argue about the amount of the repayment. In legal practice, the “Frankfurt table” has proven itself as a guideline: Missing or dirty swimming pool with acceptance: 10-20 percent; monotonous menu: 5 percent; Noise during the day: 5-25 percent.
Vacation on the Côte d’Azur, a city trip to Paris: That wasn’t a problem in the past few weeks despite Corona. The situation has now changed for German vacationers. The following applies to returnees: test and quarantine. The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, does not rule out a travel warning for all of France. “We have a breathing system,” said the CDU politician on Tuesday in the RTL / ntv program “Frühstart”. There are clear measures according to which a region is declared a risk area, according to Bareiß. “If 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants can be identified in seven days, then you have to react.” The federal government issued a travel warning for the greater Paris area and large parts of the French Mediterranean coast on Monday evening because of the risk of infection . The regions Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have since been included on the continuously updated list of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as risk areas. Such a classification takes place after a joint decision by the health, foreign and interior ministries. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is the states or regions in which there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. A travel warning continues. While it is not a travel ban, it is intended to have a deterrent effect. And it has a positive side for consumers: it enables package travelers to cancel bookings free of charge. However, the recently introduced mandatory test for returnees from risk areas is to be abolished and replaced by a new regulation. The federal and state health ministers presented corresponding proposals on Monday after a switching conference. Mask requirement in Paris In the greater Paris area and in the Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur region , which is also located in the port city of Marseille, the situation had already worsened last week. The French government had classified Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône department on the Mediterranean as zones where the virus is actively circulating. This means that the regional authorities can restrict public life there – theoretically, for example by closing restaurants or markets or restricting freedom of movement. In Paris, for example, the mask requirement was massively expanded as a result of the classification – it now also applies in the open air almost in the entire city. In Paris, the number of newly infected people per 100,000 population has risen well over 50 since the beginning of August. However, if you look at the occupancy rate of the intensive care beds, for example, the city has so far been in the green. France was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic – more than 30,500 people have died so far. The experts are currently particularly concerned that a particularly large number of young people are infected with the virus – but have no or hardly any symptoms. These in turn could infect older people.
Where Umgeni and Karkloof River meet, is the exclusive Karkloof Safari Spa, which among other awards was chosen as the “best safari spa worldwide”. It is a paradise on earth for nature lovers and everyone looking for peace and relaxation. Enjoy the silence of nature The boutique hotel offers a very special holiday experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The focus is on immortality, this motto is reflected everywhere. There are no fixed times for activities or restaurants, you decide when you feel like doing what. Endless expanses, the silence of nature, the highest level of service and an exclusive spa area ensure a relaxing holiday in the middle of the African wilderness. Experience complete seclusion in the luxury villas On more than 3500 hectares, the retreat offers 16 villas, all of which were built in a private atmosphere in a hidden place, surrounded by green trees. Enjoy the seclusion and the individual furnishing of each individual accommodation and find your way back to your own balance and harmony. Four of the villas have a connecting door and are ideal for families or smaller groups. A smaller lodge with 8 luxurious tents and equipped with a timelessly elegant design is located on a hill directly on the red rock of the plateau. Unique wellness treatments For all travelers looking for a touch of adventure paired with pure relaxation and well-being, the Karkloof Safari Spa is ideal. As the name suggests, the specialty of the resort lies in the unique spa area. Here you can let yourself be pampered from head to toe with some of the numerous wellness treatments, such as the Thai massage, or let your soul dangle in the open-air jacuzzi or the heated outdoor pool. This oasis for the senses is located in the midst of breathtaking nature, which you can of course also discover on guided game drives, hikes or mountain bike tours. Experience dreamlike untouched landscapes and animal encounters in the African wilderness. Nowhere else in Africa are these two components so well combined. For experiencing the best massage you should try erotic massage. Spectacular waterfalls The highlight of your stay in the charming boutique hotel is of course a visit to one of the four waterfalls. Below you the spectacular Karkloof Falls, which plunge into a 100 meter deep gorge and offer you a spectacular natural spectacle.
Day tourists are allowed to visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again Foreign Office warns of traveling to all of Spain – including the Canary Islands Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning The most important travel news about the corona virus in the star ticker . 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. From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to run again After the slow restart, 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”. After cruises came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic, Tui Cruises had parked almost its entire fleet 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 the finances are concerned, we have done our homework and will therefore survive this phase with fewer ships and less 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, guests from the surrounding federal states have mostly not been welcome since mid-March. Such trips were considered illegal and could be fined up to 2000 euros. VACATION WITH SIDE EFFECTS Air travel at cheap prices in the middle of the corona crisis? That is doubly wrong! 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-trippers. 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, which 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 of “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 Foreign Office further 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. Since mid-March, tourists and Hamburg residents have had to do without the 300-year-old Hamburg fish market due to the corona pandemic. Usually around 120 market stalls are set up there. Many night owls went straight to the fish market after an evening in the Kiez. 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 one-way streets. 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 vacation plane have already tested positive, the broadcaster BBC reported. 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 on 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 accounts for 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. This means that 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,” it said in a 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.
Borders are largely tight. Tourism companies are taking drastic measures, airlines are further restricting their offers. Traveling in times of the coronavirus crisis is becoming more and more difficult – also domestically. The coronavirus crisis hits travelers and the tourism industry with full force. Several tour operators, including industry leader Tui, canceled trips, some airlines are ceasing to operate for the time being, and holiday islands in Germany have been closed to tourists since Monday. The federal government assumes that several thousand Germans are stuck abroad – and is also issuing a worldwide travel warning. She wants to bring back thousands of German tourists stranded abroad because of the corona pandemic with an “airlift”. In the coming days, package travelers from particularly affected areas will initially be flown home, as Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in Berlin on Tuesday. These included “essentially initially” Morocco, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and the Maldives. Several travel providers had already taken drastic measures the day before. The world’s largest tourism group Tui canceled package tours, cruises and hotel operations until further notice. Tui Germany suspended the travel program up to and including March 27th. “At the moment we are all in an unprecedented exceptional situation. We are currently working flat out to bring all holidaymakers back home reliably,” said Marek Andryszak, CEO of Tui Germany. Many return flights would be carried out regularly. Location for travel in the summer months still unclear Customers who have already booked trips for the summer months, for example, have to be patient for the time being – free cancellation is currently not possible, said a Tui spokesman. It is assumed, however, that operations will be able to start again in a few weeks. The company from Hanover also wants to take an austerity course because of the economic damage caused by the spread of the Covid-19 pathogen and apply to the federal government for state aid to bridge the gap. On the stock exchange, the Tui share collapsed by more than a third at times at the beginning of the week. The FTI Group canceled all trips until the end of March and applied for state guarantees. Studiosus cancels all dates by the end of March. For Wikinger Reisen, the stop applies until the end of April 2020. After trips abroad, it is now also affecting popular holiday regions at home. All northern German coastal states closed their islands in the North and Baltic Seas to tourists on Monday. These include Sylt, Amrum, Föhr, Fehmarn and Nordstrand. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the measures on Rügen, Usedom, Hiddensee and Poel are to be gradually introduced due to the size of the islands and the numerous direct connections to the mainland. The state government of Baden-Württemberg wants to stop operations at all airports in the state, the German press agency learned from government circles in Stuttgart. Travelers from abroad would still be brought back. Anyone who comes from a crisis region has to be in quarantine. The decision should therefore come into force during the week. Large German airports should remain open Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to keep large German airports such as Frankfurt and Munich open. “We are working on maintaining the infrastructure, especially because of supply and logistics,” said Scheuer of the dpa. “I am in close coordination with the federal states and the airport operators on this issue.” At the largest German airport in Frankfurt, operations are significantly restricted. Around 1,000 take-offs and landings were planned for Monday, as a spokesman for the operator Fraport reported. That would only be around 400 less than in normal operation. However, the aircraft are much emptier than usual, because instead of 170,000 passengers as usual, only around 90,000 are currently expected. Reason for the economy operation are always new entry restrictions in different countries and flight cancellations by the companies due to poor occupancy. Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair is cutting its flight program by up to 80 percent. The Austrian subsidiary Lauda will cease operations from midnight to April 8th. Lufthansa, which accounts for more than two-thirds of all flight movements in Frankfurt, is also reducing its offer. Accordingly, only every tenth planned long-distance flight should take place and about every fifth short- and medium-haul connection. Originally, the company had planned around 13,000 flights a week in the summer flight schedule. The subsidiary Austrian Airlines (AUA) wants to cease its regular flight operations from this Thursday (March 19) to March 28. The vacation airline Condor is also reducing its offer to important vacation destinations such as the USA, the Caribbean and Turkey. The company is still sending planes to the target areas these days to bring vacationers back. “We’re flying empty to Turkey to bring people home,” said a Condor spokeswoman. According to the Federal Foreign Office, German citizens, especially in Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia and the Philippines, have difficulties returning to Germany. A spokeswoman said that there was intensive discussion with airlines and tour operators “in order to find the most pragmatic and quickest possible solutions” for an exit. In the past few days, more and more countries had cut flight connections and largely closed borders. That is why the Federal Foreign Office has been advising against traveling abroad since Sunday – an unprecedented process. “The risk that you will no longer be able to make your return trip due to increasing restrictions is currently high in many destinations,” wrote Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) on Twitter. Experts anticipate a wave of bankruptcies According to industry experts, the coronavirus crisis will lead to a huge wave of bankruptcies in the international aviation industry. At the end of May, most airlines in the world are likely to be insolvent, wrote the consulting company Capa. According to the analysts, the large companies that can count on support from their home countries will survive. In addition to the large providers from China and the USA, there are likely to be a few companies from Europe and the airlines from the Arabian Gulf.
No more darkness and short days: Get the gray winter days a bargain and travel to where it is now midsummer. Best to South Africa: In addition to the sensational nature and first-class luxury lodges – in contrast to the “dollar targets” that have now become expensive – there is a sensational exchange rate ratio. Dream beaches, incredible nature and the exchange rate In addition to the exchange rate, the unbelievable nature, pulsating metropolises, dream beaches and the wildlife speak for booking South Africa right now. As a visitor, you will experience excellent hotels, first-class food and the good midsummer weather : No wonder that South Africa is one of the top long-distance destinations for Germans. The current sensational exchange rate between the EURO and the South African rand is also easy on the travel budget. Inexpensive luxury trip The current rate pushes the travel costs for a luxury trip to an unprecedented price level. There are also numerous attractive specials. “South Africa is currently very cheap compared to the whole” dollar targets “” says Rainer Spekowius, managing director of the luxury tour operator INTOSOL from Garbsen near Hanover. The company is one of the top providers in the upscale segment and operates its own luxury guest houses in South Africa. “ The exchange rate has an effect particularly in the upper segmentparticularly strong. With a course of 1 to just under 14, you can also incorporate one or the other top lodge into the itinerary without the travel budget exploding “, continues Spekowius. Above all, the cost of living on site has become inexpensive as a result of the course: “A three-course dinner menu with a bottle of wine in a high-class restaurant costs just 20 – 35 euros, as luxury holidays are really fun”. Luxury vacation in South Africa Of course we are still talking about a high-quality luxury trip, the manager continues. A budget of between 2700 and 7000 euros per person has to be expected, depending on the type of trip and the chosen accommodation. However, this is a good 2000 to 3000 euros cheaper than in 2013 and there is a lot of luxury and exclusivity on offer for this price, ”says travel expert Spekowius. The highlights on the dream trip For a round trip you should set two to three priorities. Cape Town is definitely a must for South Africa beginners and the Garden Route are on the program and of course a Big Five Safari in one of the dreamy reserves in the Eastern Cape or Krueger National Park . You can live, for example, in the wonderful Santa Maria Beach House directly by the sea with a view of Table Mountain and in the exclusive Cliff House No. 5 or Edge House No. 6 on the Garden Route. Here also by attractive specials, like a safari in the malaria-free game reserves Sanbona Game Rerserve or the dreamlike Kwandwe Game Reserve .
Due to the current development of exchange rates, long-distance travel is becoming more expensive and many Germans are choosing to vacation in Europe. Traveling far away can still pay off: These three dreamy travel destinations in the Indian Ocean pay in euros. If you want to travel smart, book now. Mauritius (“Royal Palm Hotel” and “Dinaborin Golf Spa”) Maldives (“Baros Maldives”) No preference yet? We are happy to help. The Indian Ocean attracts this year not only with lonely beaches and luxurious retreats, but also with the best conditions. The three retreats selected by the luxury travel company INTOSOL impress not only with their elegant furnishings, culinary delights and great sports offers, but also with the option of paying in euros and thus saving money despite the euro crisis. Dream island Mauritius Mauritius is one of the best golf areas in the world. In addition to golf and excellent courts, wellness and the finest gourmet cuisine are of course also offered. Beaches, water sports, diving spots – Mauritius is the “place to be” for everyone who longs for sun, sport and enjoyment. The “Royal Palm” and the “Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa” are among the best addresses on the island. The exclusive resorts are hidden between sugar cane plantations, green mountains and powdered sugar white beaches , privacy and relaxation are guaranteed here. Exclusive luxury vacation in the Maldives There are always a thousand reasons to fly to the Maldives . The “Baros Maldives” is just one of them. Even if one of the most beautiful. The “Baros Maldives” is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. Only 25 minutes by speedboat from Mahé International Airport, the “Baros Maldives” in the south of the North Male Atoll offers its guests 75 stylish villas, lush vegetation, secluded sun decks with a view of the blue and romance for couples who want solitude and Seek calm.
Many define themselves through their vacation in the south and their cosmopolitanism thanks to long-distance travel. But in times of “flight shame”, the well-deserved vacation comes under pressure. Is travel shame a trend? Immediately after getting up she went splashing in the sea and then had breakfast at the pool. This was recently written by Youtuber Bianca “Bibi” Claßen (“Bibis Beauty Palace”) in the Maldives, about 8,000 kilometers away from Germany. It is probably a question of type, whether one grabs comforting patronage with such an Instagram post or whether it is foreign shame, even transferred flight shame . In any case, many now look at such vacation postings differently than they did two years ago. The travel shame is going on. But has a new era actually started and is the bad conscience on the rise? Are flying, long-distance travel and cruises becoming something to justify – instead of something to brag about? Quite a few report at least conversations and situations in which CO2 is suddenly an issue where it would not have been before. “There is a change in values” The vacation researcher and consumer psychologist Martin Lohmann has not yet found any general travel shame, but rather greater flight shame. In Kiel, as head of the Institute for Tourism Research in Northern Europe (NIT), he is responsible for the annual “travel analysis” of the Association for Holidays and Travel Research (FUR). Accordingly, most recently – in November – almost three quarters (73 percent) of air travelers said they had a more or less guilty conscience because of the pollution of the climate and greenhouse gas emissions. 27 percent did not share this feeling. “Apparently there is a” change in values ”here,” says Lohmann. “Flight shame is the expression of an inner conflict, not its solution: on the one hand you want to travel, but on the other hand you don’t want to influence the climate”, says the psychologist, who is professor of business psychology at the Lüneburg University. FOLLOW ME Is the kerosene tax a climate saver – or pure populism? ” We are currently researching how people deal with this conflict . Not talking about it would be a temporary option, on the other hand, traveling is a great topic of conversation, so a new conflict.” According to the researcher, the travel plans for 2020 are not expected to drop significantly in the short term, in spite of the widespread flight shame. There is, however, a greater willingness to pay compensation for the associated CO2 emissions, says Lohmann. Cruise shaming trend The Hamburg Youtuber and cruise expert Matthias Morr also observed a changed culture of conversation in view of the ongoing climate discussion and the Friday demos: “A cruise is something that you could brag about in the past. I have heard from many that they now prefer not to tell when they go on cruises so as not to be denounced for it. “ TO THE SURVEY Will you change your travel behavior this year? The cruise ship is “quasi the SUV of the travel industry “. Such a huge ship is a strong symbol for many things that the Fridays for Future movement denounces. Shipping companies are not in a favorable situation right now, says Morr. New ships have been ordered – and turning the anti-mood around is a huge challenge. “Many shipping companies have also recognized this problem – ships either run much cleaner with liquefied natural gas or the provider compensates for the CO2 emissions.” Morr also observed a kind of defiance in the population: “I also experience a” now more than ever “with many – according to the motto:” I don’t want to restrict myself personally now, while in other countries or industries everything continues as usual “. ” There are a lot of people, including many big city singles, who don’t have a car but who invest a lot of money in travel. “For many, this is an essential part of their lifestyle and I think that many will not want to do without it.” Gaining prestige through travel Post-materialism was proclaimed for a long time – the motto that it is better to invest in experiences than in things. “If traveling is frowned upon now, what can you still spend money on with a clear conscience?” Traveling sustainably – is that even possible? We have ten tips for you Travel researcher Lohmann sees all of this as less of a problem and he also sees no end to tourism. “Travel has a number of positive aspects: relaxation, experience, learning, happiness.” They bring experiences that talking about is a proven social exchange. “I do not consider it a disadvantage that you now have to justify possible climate-damaging effects of your travel to yourself and others,” says Lohmann. “A little more prudence when planning tourist activities can’t do any harm.” From the point of view of the business psychologist, gaining prestige through travel has so far been a side effect. In fact, “experienced people” have always been valued. “But this aspect is not lost if you pay attention to the climate when traveling.”
In many holiday countries, the number of infections is rising again. Some European countries that were previously considered safe could soon become risk areas. We show where the risk of infection increases and what holidaymakers can expect in this case. Since many European countries reopened their borders to tourists, the joy of regained freedom of travel is great. But it seems that it only lasts for a short time. Because exactly the case that many experts feared is now occurring: The number of infections in many popular travel destinations such as Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Austria is rising again. When do travelers have to be in quarantine For vacationers, this means not only an increased risk of infection, but also possibly a quarantine after their return if the country is classified as a risk area for a short time due to sharply increasing numbers . The quarantine period is usually 14 days and is subject to the regulations of each individual federal state. Exempt from quarantine are only those who can present a negative Sars-CoV-2 test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry. Which criteria apply for classification as a risk area The Federal Ministry of Health decides from when a country is classified as a risk area in cooperation with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs. The criteria not only include increasing numbers of infections of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days , but also an analysis of the type of outbreak – whether local or nationwide. Likewise, the test capacities as well as the measures such as hygiene and contact restrictions for containment on site are considered for the classification. According to information from the Federal Foreign Office, the classification is checked every two weeks; if action is required, this is done more frequently, so that changes can be made at short notice. Rising numbers of infections: This is how high the risk is in European holiday countries Vacationers should inform themselves about the risk status of the respective vacation country before departure. A list of all corona risk areas can be found below in the article. Here is the current overview of some travel destination Europe that are currently not fully considered as risk countries . In some countries, however, the RKI classified individual regions as corona risk areas. Spain: travel warning – except for the Canary Islands Holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen states may continue to travel to Spain without restrictions, but due to the increased corona numbers, Germany has declared the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands, a risk area and issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Mallorca . For returnees from risk areas, it has generally been the case for several weeks that they have to report to the health department. There is also an obligation to test when returning home.