The wellness oasis in South Africa

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.

From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to sail again

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.

Tourism in crisis: trips canceled, organizers pull emergency brakes, holiday islands close

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.

Vacationing with a guilty conscience: is cruising the travel industry’s SUV?

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.”

When the vacation paradise turns to hell: Couple is “trapped” in the corona crisis in the Maldives

A newly wed wedding couple wants to fly home from their honeymoon in Mexico in mid-March – and ends up in the Maldives after an odyssey due to the corona pandemic. Since then it has been waiting desperately to be able to go home. A walk on the light sand on the beach, souvenir photos under palm trees, a fruit cocktail while your feet dangle in the warm water. Stranded on an island in the Indian Ocean , open-ended. What sounds like a dream is now an unbearable situation for Peri and Chalid. “It’s getting harder and harder,” says Peri. Wedding with friends and family in Egypt, honeymoon in Mexico, then back to everyday life in Dubai – that was the couple’s plan in early March. “When we left, Corona wasn’t too big a deal,” says Chalid.  From Istanbul there was only one option: the Maldives The departure from Cancun in Mexico on March 19 is still going smoothly. But on the plane, the couple received messages from friends: “How do you want to get back to Dubai?” The UAE Ministry of the Interior has announced an entry ban for foreigners with permanent residence in the Emirates.  “We only really understood the extent of the problem after our stopover in Istanbul ,” says 36-year-old Chalid, who works as a telecommunications engineer in the state on the Arabian Peninsula. He and his wife Peri (35) are on the phone with friends, UAE authorities and the Egyptian embassy. “Please be patient,” they say. If you try to take the connecting flight, you will be rejected and your boarding passes will be withdrawn.  Chalid and Peri are stuck at Istanbul Airport. One more day. No information about when to continue, no luggage. “The situation was very chaotic,” says Chalid. Without a boarding pass, the couple cannot even go shopping in the airport shops.  Nine passengers on the plane to the Maldives Because flights to Egypt are also suspended, Chalid and Peri need a replacement plan. Which destinations are still served? And which of them are possible with an Egyptian ID? The only solution after staying for days and doing research at the airport: the Maldives . “We didn’t even think about it,” says Chalid on the phone. “We just wanted to finally have a bed and our belongings again – and a shower.” Nine of them are sitting in the huge plane that she will fly to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean in mid-March. They have been stranded there for more than two months. “Nobody takes you seriously when you complain about a never-ending stay in the Maldives,” says Chalid. But what may seem like a dream to some actually has little to do with a second honeymoon: In response to the first proven corona infections in the capital Malé in mid-April, the authorities ordered a curfew for the region. Ship traffic between the islands is prohibited, hotels are not allowed to accept guests. It can be assumed that most of the resorts would be closed when the last guests left them, writes the Foreign Office. 14 rooms in six different hotels “The last guests” – this includes Peri and Chalid. One hotel after the next closes. The couple keeps a tally: since the beginning of March they have unpacked and packed their suitcases in more than 14 rooms in at least six different hotels. “We are warmly welcomed in every hotel before it closes shortly afterwards,” says Chalid. Every morning the reception calls and asks: “When are you leaving?” But leaving the Maldives is virtually impossible at the moment. Commercial flights from Malé International Airport have been temporarily suspended. “And even if there were flights … we wouldn’t come home,” interjects Peri. They are brought from island to island with small seaplanes or boats when changing hotels. Every transport has to be paid for. The credit card will also be charged with costs for exclusive rooms. The couple, who have been together for eight years, have saved money for life together. But the savings are now gone, the fear of the growing mountain of debt meanwhile “greater than all Covid worries”, as Peri says. The nightmare could be over by June 1st The two recently moved into an isolated “emergency shelter”. The holiday complex on the island of Manadhoo offers “luxurious villas in turquoise water”. The Marketing Director and her husband work here as well as possible. If necessary at the computer in the reception. Because jobs are rare in honeymoon hotels.  From June 1st, foreigners with a residence permit should be able to re-enter Dubai with a special permit. Until you have this you cannot book a ticket. “We don’t regret flying here. It was the best we could do in the situation,” says Chalid. “But we want to go home.”

A desk on the beach: Resort in the Maldives offers home office in paradise

Combining work and vacation – this is what a luxury resort in the Maldives wants to make possible. What sounds like paradise for office workers in the home office is a chance for survival for the tourism industry. Some are plunging the coronavirus pandemic into crisis, others see it as an opportunity. The Maldives are suffering from the fact that many people are foregoing long-distance travel to the Indian Ocean this year – entry for Germans has only been possible again since July 15 – but the small state is wooing people who want to do their work from there . The arguments are convincing: great weather, fantastic beaches – and now there is also a special offer from a resort. The luxury resort “The Nautilus Maldives” would like to attract all those who work in the home office during the pandemic and maybe even beyond. Work and vacation can be combined there : Anyone who can do their work digitally from anywhere in the world can do it just as well on the beach. The so-called “Workation Package” includes up to 21 days on which you can work from the Maldives. Maldives: Working in the Indian Ocean You do your job in a luxurious environment – on a private island in the middle of the picturesque Baa Atoll, with a view of the ocean . According to the provider, the offer includes daily yoga lessons, meditation sessions and fitness courses, and those who want can also look out for dolphins on a luxury yacht. All of this after work, of course. During working hours you sit at a desk on the beach in the shade – your colleagues are guaranteed to be jealous during the video call. And technically, everything a well-equipped office needs should be available, from the telephone to the printer, assure the operators of the resort. A negative Covid-19 test is required to enter the Maldives – the staff will take care of all other formalities, the offer promises. Those interested, however, must have earned good money in the Maldives before they start working. The package costs for two people $ 23,250 for seven nights, $ 27,850 for 14 nights and $ 52,000 for three weeks, reports CNN . Island states fight for tourists The resort has been open again since September 1st. In countries like the Maldives, which are economically extremely dependent on tourism, creativity is now required so that income does not collapse completely during the ongoing pandemic. However, some holiday countries have discovered mobile working as an opportunity: The government of Barbados is already offering a special one-year visa for people who want to work and live on the Caribbean island.

Animal rights activists save street dogs and collect 250,000 euros in four days

A team of volunteers traveled to Greece to report on the dire situation of the street dogs living there. A German animal welfare association urgently needs support. “Just 20 minutes after I arrived at the animal shelter in Greece, I had a bleeding dog on my arm,” says Malte Zierden in an interview with the star. The man from Lower Saxony, who became an Instagram celebrity last year through what he calls his “relentless documentation of a cleft palate”, flew to Greece with four other people. The aim was to support the German association Hundegarten Serres in Central Macedonia. Zierden had given his companion the idea: Vanessa Tamkan, who went through the press as a GNTM dropout in 2019, asked him if he wanted to be there. She and her husband, as well as Jessica Schröder, who “Bachelor” fans know as a former candidate, and her husband wanted to help. In Greece, the team expected more supporters. Being a “celebrity” and already having a few fans on social media is not a bad requirement if you want to do something good. The five would like to support the Serres dog garden in building an animal shelter according to German standards on Greek soil. It helps if you have several hundred thousand followers on Instagram to whom you can report on the cruel situation on site. The team was on the road for eight days: no sooner had an animal been taken from the street than it went on to the next stray dog. Together with the others, the five looked after injured dogs until late at night and recorded their work with pictures and videos on Instagram. They not only wanted to help through their active participation, but also to be effective in the media,   “Dogs are worthless” “Street dogs have no status in Greece. We noticed that from people’s reactions,” says Zierden. The rough handling of the animals was evident in situations like this: “A man brought us a dog, held it by one hind leg in front of our nose and kept pulling it back. When we wanted to take it, he simply dropped the animal. That was pure provocation. The dog was then so traumatized that it is now difficult to approach him. Something like that makes it difficult to find an animal. ”  Because finding a home for the wild dogs is one of the main concerns of the Serres dog garden. According to Zierden, many Greeks there are convinced that the Germans want to enrich themselves with their problems: by saving the street dogs, caring them for them healthy and mediating them in German families for money. “I don’t know why you think that, but it puts a lot of obstacles in the way of the helpers,” Zierden regrets.  500 to 600 dogs in an animal shelter The number of strays in Greece fluctuates annually, but it is millions. Castrations, such as the one that the association carries out to reduce the reproduction of the dogs, are rarely carried out because they have to be paid for privately. “Unfortunately there is little support from politics. Animal shelters are being built, but 500 to 600 dogs are locked up there.” The conditions in the homes are catastrophic, there was dog excrement everywhere, everything was filthy, rats live there, “reports Zierden . Only a few fences and boundaries separate the animals from one another, so that several packs live together on one area. “Sure, the dogs are not always friendly.” Zierden reports about Teßi, a bitch he found at the beginning of his stay: dogs from another pack attacked her and inflicted a serious injury on her back. “Unfortunately this is part of everyday life for the people there. They cannot understand why we Germans react in panic to something like this.”   250,000 euros donations in four days Through their reporting on Instagram, the team was able to collect 250,000 euros in donations in four days. “I never thought that we would be able to do it so quickly!” Says Zierden, who is enthusiastic about the strong solidarity the team has developed in such a short time. “But there is still more. When the shelter is finished, there will be running costs. There is also still a lot to do on site. We want to educate people and ensure that street dogs are neutered for free. And of course we want find a new home for the stray strays. “ At the end of the trip, 13 dogs were brought to Germany. They arrived in transport boxes in the belly of the passenger plane. “To see how the rescued animals were handed over to their future families in Germany was a great experience,” enthuses Zierden. 

Vacation in Corona times – where to go during the autumn vacation?

As soon as the main travel season is over, the autumn holidays are already on in some federal states. But if you want to travel, you should inform yourself well. An overview shows what needs to be considered with increasing numbers of infections and entry regulations. Laze on the beach in the autumn sun or go hiking in the Alps: the planning for the autumn vacation has long since started. There are only four weeks left until the first federal states start their vacation on October 5, with Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein. The rest will follow by the end of October. But what is even possible on vacation? While the corona situation in Germany is comparatively relaxed, some European holiday countries are arming themselves with new rules and requirements in view of the increasing number of infections. An overview of which travel destinations are in demand and what needs to be considered in the countries: Destinations in Germany are in demand Despite Corona, Spain is in demand as a travel destination. “There are still a lot of bookings,” says the world’s largest travel company Tui in Hanover. The Canaries should also be reopened soon. Greece is also currently popular, with a focus on Crete, Corfu and Rhodes. In addition, the tourism experts hope that many customers will also book last-minute vacations. Destinations in autumn 2020: going there or not? However, Tui recorded the greatest increase in autumn for trips within Germany . “Many people have booked hiking or sports holidays at home – or skipped summer and went straight into autumn.” Beware of risk areas If you want to go abroad, you should take a look at an online list from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) before leaving. There it is constantly updated which countries are considered risk areas for German holidaymakers – with a corresponding quarantine obligation on return. “A country is no longer classified as a risk area if there is a stable epidemiological trend below the mark of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week,” explains the Ministry of Health. In addition to the sheer number, other factors are included, which are evaluated together with the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Ministry: for example the type and extent of outbreaks and crisis measures to contain corona, such as tests.

First wheelchair user travels all seven continents

Cory Lee has been in a wheelchair since he was four years old – and still has traveled the world. Traveling in a wheelchair requires a lot of planning, he says, but it is “absolutely possible”. Now he really wants to go to the Oktoberfest. Cory Lee doesn’t really know a life without a wheelchair. He has been using it since he was four years old. The American was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as a child – a rare disease that leads to muscle wasting. But that doesn’t stop the 30-year-old from Lafayette in the US state of Georgia from traveling the world. The whole world. Lee was the first wheelchair user in the world to visit all seven continents. He reached his big goal just in time before the corona pandemic made long journeys impossible: the Antarctic, together with his mother. “We were on the last voyage to Antarctica before the borders were closed,” he now reported on the program “Good Morning America”. “It was surreal. There were icebergs and penguins, everything you imagine and more. I was moved to tears.” Accessible travel is more complicated, but possible For Cory Lee, traveling the seven continents of the world was “a goal in life,” as he says himself. At the age of 30, he has now achieved what others have been waiting for a lifetime – and that as a wheelchair user. Because his handicap makes traveling around the world even more complicated. For example, he had to plan the trip to Antarctica for two years, says Lee. Barrier-free travel is by no means possible everywhere. “As a traveler in a wheelchair, I need a lot more time to look for destinations, to find a barrier-free hotel or to find out which means of transport I can use,” he told the “Travelpulse” portal. In order to help others who are in a similar situation to him, Cory Lee collects information about traveling in a wheelchair and makes it available on his blog. Above all, he wants to motivate people in wheelchairs to set off and explore the world despite their limitations. Cory Lee has even written a children’s book. “Let’s explore with Cor Cor” was released this summer. The story is familiar to anyone who knows the author’s story only a little: A boy in a wheelchair travels all over the world. Children should not only get to know different places in the world, but should also be able to deal with the fact that others look different and move differently than perhaps themselves. Cory Lee really wants to go to Oktoberfest Cory Lee has now been to 37 countries. And what was its highlight? Lee names camel riding in the Sahara and the narrow streets of Marrakech – although he actually had “no high expectations” of Morocco as a country. Those interested can read up on the globetrotter’s travels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and continue to follow them. Because even after seven continents, Cory Lee is far from finished. As a new goal in life he has set himself to get to know his own country better and to visit each of the 62 national parks in the USA. He’s already done three. And Lee, who by the way speaks pretty good German since school, will come to Germany again at least once: He really wants to get drunk at the Oktoberfest .

Travel Tips- Security of Your Home Alone

Whіlе heading fоr a vacation, іt іѕ important tо ensure thе safety оf уоur house іn уоur absence. Tаkе necessary steps аnd follow travel safety tips fоr security оf уоur home frоm thieves, safety оf уоur vehicles, safety оf garden/plants аnd safety оf уоur pets. Yоu ѕhоuld ask ѕоmеоnе tо collect уоur incoming mails, newspapers аnd magazine subscriptions оr stop thеm fоr a whіlе. Yоu mау аlѕо consider paying аll уоur bills аnd dues іn advance tо avoid inconvenience. If possible, request уоur friends оr relatives tо stay аt уоur home fоr a couple оf days аnd especially іn night. Deceiving Thieves whіlе On Travel A programmable electrical timer іѕ a good alternate tо mentor. Yоu саn program thе timer tо рut оn lights аnd аnу оthеr equipment аt thе desired tіmе. Setup thе lighting іn ѕuсh a wау thаt thеrе іѕ change іn thе pattern оf lighting аnd ѕоmе light саn соmе оn аnd оff еvеn іn late nights. Yоu mау аlѕо connect a tape recorder wіth automatic light ѕуѕtеm. Feed іn ѕоmе common voices, noise іn a tape, аnd insert іt іn recorder. Let іt play оnсе оr twice іn a day tо insinuate thаt ѕоmеоnе іѕ іn thе house аnd іt іѕ nоt deserted. Othеr home safety travel tips o If уоu аrе leaving уоur home аlоnе, switch оff necessary electrical аnd electronic devices. Sоmе tіmеѕ, уоu mау want tо kеер уоur cooler оr heater running fоr maintaining temperature fоr electronic devices’ safety. o Make sure аll water taps аrе closed. Emрtу аll water storages bесаuѕе bу thе tіmе уоu аrе bасk, bacteria саn germinate іn уоur water storage. Eіthеr consume оr dispose оff аll thе foodstuffs іn уоur refrigerator. o Double-check thе locks, doors аnd windows bеfоrе leaving thе house. Put thе keys іn a safe place. Yоu mау аlѕо inform thе police аbоut уоur departure, ѕо thаt thеу dо nоt consider thе burglar alarm аѕ a false alarm. Travel Safety Tips fоr Senior Citizens If уоu аrе leaving bеhіnd уоur old parents, make sure thаt somebody attends tо thеm regularly. Provide thеm wіth a mobile phone аnd feed оnе number аѕ hotline аnd оthеrѕ оn thе automatic dialing list. Old people оftеn forget thе numbers іn emergency. Yоu ѕhоuld store еnоugh groceries аnd non-prescribed medicines ѕо thаt thеу dо nоt hаvе tо worry аbоut thеіr daily needs. Kеер calling thеm оnсе оr twice a day. Let neighbors know аbоut уоur absence аnd request thеm tо tаkе care оf thе old people.