8 Ways To Beat Airport Boredom

Every frequent traveller fears it: Long layovers and flight delays! There are few things as boring as being stuck at the airport waiting for a plane. You can’t leave the airport, and you have nothing to do. So, you need to get creative to keep yourself entertained.

Check out our 8 ways to beat airport boredom

1 Go shopping:  Don’t question whether you are actually saving money on purchases of duty free goods. Just pretend your credit card has no limit (or borrow your boyfriend’s credit card).


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2 Sing and dance like nobody is watching: Take on your headphones, select your favourite playlist and go wild. This might even be a way to refinance your airport shopping excess. Just pass your hat around to collect money.


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3 Eat as much as you can: Check out the food court and go for the unhealthiest junk food you can possibly find. Don’t count calories. Don’t forget to order dessert. Bikini bodies are overrated anyways.


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4 People-watch:  This actually means checking to see if there are any attractive people around. As soon as you spot a hot guy/chic, make yourself believe that you’re the most magnetic person in the whole airport and try a stupid pick up line (such as “Do I know you? Cause you look a lot like my next girlfriend/boyfriend”).


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5 Create a Facebook Story:  We all agree that Facebook Stories is the most annoying social media feature ever. You never used it? Now it’s the perfect time to give it a try and annoy your friends by showing how “exciting” it is to wait at the airport. 


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6 Update your latest FindPenguins trip: Finally, a useful tipp to kill time at the airport. Check out your FindPenguins profile. Update your latest trip and order a photo book with all your travel pics, routes, stats and comments.

7 Discover your next travel destination:  It’s never to early to start planning your next trip! Get inspired by the FindPenguins community’s adventures.

8 Last but not least: Take a nap. Make sure to not oversleep your flight’s departure though.


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A Guide To Responsible Bargaining While Travelling

I am not a fan of bargaining at all and I probably have the worst poker face in the world. So, for me, haggling on holidays is nothing but stressful. However, I also don’t want to get ripped off when buying goods at a local market or negotiating prices for taxis or Tuk Tuks. In addition, paying much more than you technically should may lead to a culture of overcharging and inflation, which can throw a developing country’s economy out of balance. Nevertheless, even the poorest traveller is a rich person in the Third World and ruthless haggling is one of the greatest sins of irresponsible travellers.

Therefore, the art of conscientious bargaining on holidays is to be generous to the needy but to haggle hard when someone tries to rip you off.

Our tipps for fair and respectful haggling:

1. Go for a fair deal (not the lowest possible price)!

A fair deal implies a fair price, but what is a fair price? So, the frist step to responsible haggling is to have an appropriate price in your mind. Therefore, it helps to compare a few basic prices to develop a feeling for local price levels. It is also useful to find out about income levels to get a better understanding of how much locals can actually afford to pay for a certain item or service (but keep in mind that it’s ok for Westerners to pay a little extra than locals would have to).
Then it gets easier to set in your head how much you are willing to pay for a good or service before you start to bargain.

2. Be polite and keep it fun!

Keeping it fun is hard for someone who just doesn’t get the joy of bargaining but being polite is an easy one for all of us. So, just open the conversation with a friendly greeting in the local language (which demonstrates that you’ve made an effort). Take your time and always smile to keep the whole conversation light and fun. Also bear in mind that if you don’t haggle the seller thinks there’s something wrong, so bargaining is definitively the right thing to do.

3. Don’t suggest the first price!

This is super important and a very helpful rule: The first one who says a price, loses. So, let the seller set the price first. Then it’s best to wait until he drops it a few times before you suggest an amount. This tactic helps to avoid opening too high (the vendor will accept with a gleeful smile), or too low (the seller may not even enter into any discussion).

4. Buy more to get a better deal!

The more items you buy, the better deal you will get. So, make sure to look around and pick out a few items and then ask the vendor for the best deal.

5. Walk away!

If you and the seller cannot agree on a price, it’s time to tell the seller your final offer. Then walk away slowly to gives the seller time to change his mind and call you back.

6. Don’t keep bargaining once the deal is agreed upon!

As soon as you agreed on a deal the haggling game is done. To re-start bargaining all over again is rude and disrespectful.

7. Keep Cool!

Sometimes you just won’t agree on a price. Keep cool, shake the trader’s hand and walk away with a friendly face.


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New Zealand with kids: Discover one of the world’s best family holiday destinations!

No question that travelling with small children has its challenges, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling at all – especially if you love it. There is nothing more beautiful about raising kids than passing on your passion to the next generation. So, don’t hesitate to get ready for your next family travel adventure!

New Zealand, for example, is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Even though the 20 hours plane ride from Europe may act as a deterrent, the country attracts families with its spectacular natural scenery and mild temperatures as well as good medical care and the absence of dangerous wildlife. One of the best ways to explore the country’s beauty with a young family is a camper van road trip.

Here some of our favourite destinations on the North & South Island that your family shouldn’t miss:

Piha Beach (North Island): Piha is a laid-back seaside village with a scenic surf beach. It’s quite close to Auckland airport (approx. 40 minutes by car), which makes it the perfect place to relax from the flight and to get rid of jet lag. Don’t miss to check out Piha Store for its delicious pies and coffees.

Piha Beach, NZ

Rotorua (North Island):  Rotorua is known for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and hot springs. If your family hasn’t seen geothermal activity before, then a visit to Wai-O-Tapu is a must do on the North Island.

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Hobbiton Movie Set (North Island):  Make the whole family happy with a guided walk through the hobbit village. Be sure to book your movie set tour in advance as it can get very busy in this part of Middle Earth, not just during high season.

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Waiheke Island (North Island): The small island of Waiheke is a 40-minutes ferry ride from downtown Auckland and a haven of beautiful vineyards. “Wild on Waiheke” for example is a very family-friendly vineyard that offers various fun activities, a playground, restaurant and a craft beer brewery.

Waiheke

Marlborough (South Island):  Cruise the Marlborough Sounds to enjoy the unique interplay between the land, sea and light. Or explore New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the source of the country’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc wines (don’t miss to taste a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauv Blanc).

Marlborough

Golden Bay (South Island) Motueka Holiday Park at Golden Bay is one of the most beautiful camping grounds on the South Island. Stay there for a couple of days to go hiking at Able Tasman National Park and to visit close by Wharariki Beach to see baby seals.

Golden Bay

Wanaka (South Island):  Located in the alps of the South Island, Lake Wanaka is the ultimate spot for lots of family outdoor activities such as hiking, jet boating, fishing, horse trekking, canyoning or kayaking. Even though the town itself is quite touristy, the beauty of the surrounding nature is definitively worth it to stay for 2-3 nights.

Wanaka

Looking for more New  Zealand highlights? Check out the FindPenguins community’s most visited places in NZ and get inspired by other travelers’ adventures.

                                                   

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FindPenguins offizieller Tracking-Partner aller Rallyes des Superlative Adventure Club

Mit dem Start der Winter Edition des Baltic Sea Circle 2019 können alle S.A.C. Rallye Fahrer ihre Reiseroute voll automatisiert und mühelos mit der kostenlosen FindPenguins App tracken – und das ganz einfach mit dem Handy in der Tasche.

Jedes Team erscheint in Echtzeit auf der S.A.C Live Tracking Karte

Im Zuge der Zusammenarbeit steht ab sofort für jedes S.A.C. Adventure eine Live Tracking Karte unter der URL http://www.superlative-adventure.com/live zur Verfügung. Über die Live-Karte können die zurückgelegten Kilometer, sowie die aktuelle Position aller teilnehmenden Teams in Echtzeit abgerufen werden.

Alle Rallye Erinnerungen in einer App – oder auch als Fotobuch direkt nach Hause

Die FindPenguins App ermöglicht es jedem Team eine Reise für alle ihre Superlative Adventures anzulegen. So können alle Team-Mitglieder die detaillierte Route sowie Rallye-Statistiken einsehen und Fotos, Videos sowie Kommentare zu den einzelnen Etappen hinzufügen. Jedes Abenteuer kann per Link mit Freunden, Familie, Sponsoren oder Presse geteilt werden. Außerdem lässt sich in Sekundenschnelle ein professionell gestaltetes Fotobuch mit allen Rallye-Erinnerungen erstellen.

Mehr Infos zur Travel Tracking App FindPenguins

Mit der kostenlosen App für Android und iOS können Nutzer alle ihre Reisen, Urlaube, Kurztrips und Superlative Abenteuer automatisiert in einem persönlichen Reiseprofil festhalten. Beiträge zu bestimmten Orten können mühelos erstellt und als sogenannte Footprint-Beiträge mit der FindPenguins Community geteilt werden. So lassen sich die Routen anderer Reisender genau nachverfolgen und neue Reiseziele entdecken. Am Ende jeder Reise kann in Sekundenschnelle ein professionell gestaltetes Fotobuch nach Hause bestellt werden. Denn jede Reise hat ein Ende, Erinnerungen hingegen sind für die Ewigkeit.

Für mehr Infos zur FindPenguins App bitte hier entlang: https://findpenguins.com/

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New Feature: See how many people have seen your posts

Good news, as of now you can see how many people have seen your footprint posts.

Where to find the new seen counter?

A small eye icon next to your likes under your footprints displays how many people have seen the post.

Who is able to see the number of views? 

Just you and fellow travelers.                                                           

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Bondi Beach: 10 Insider Tipps To Australia’s Most Famous Beach

Bondi Beach – A place where swimsuits are the preferred outerwear, surf boards are the most common accessory and tan lines never fade. This surf-loving suburb is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations and a must for visitors.

10 Insider Tipps To Australia’s Most Famous Beach

Check out Bondi farmers market: Make it your first port of call on a Sunday morning to enjoy popular street foot dishes served by local producers. “Bondi Beach: 10 Insider Tipps To Australia’s Most Famous Beach” weiterlesen

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Five Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations

Valentine’s Day is approaching. So it’s the perfect time to take your Valentine on a romantic couple trip. Here are some of our most favourite romantic cities:

Rome: The home of great lovers like Romeo and Juliet is a champion of romance. Rent a vespa to explore the historic city, kiss at the Spanish Steps during sunset or make a wish in the Trevi Fountain.

London: Fall head over heels for each other while strolling through the neighbourhood of Notting Hill or checking out the antiques market at Portobello Road. Overlook the entirety of London in a private capsule at London Eye or walk down Broadway Market from London Fields to the Regent’s Canal in the heart of Hackney, East London.

Paris: Paris and romance goes together like champagne and oysters. Visit “Le Mur Des Je t’aime” (The Wall of Love), have “Petit Dejeuner” at a traditional Paris Cafe and climb to the top of the “Tour d’Eiffel” for breathtaking views.

Venice: This city tops the list of the world’s most romantic places. Kiss at Rialto Bridge, enjoy a romantic gondola ride or watch an opera at Teatro La Fenice.

Bangkok: You prefer a more exotic destination outside of Europe? Then Bangkok is you place to be. Dine at the Mandarin Oriental, watch the sunset on Moon Bar with a 360 degree cityscape panorama, have a glass of champagne at CRU Champagne Bar or go on a Chao Phraya River cruise.

Special tipp: Make your romantic memories last forever and surprise your Valentine with a FindPenguins Photo Book. How it works? Just track your romantic trip effortlessly and automatically with the FindPenguins App and create your professionally designed travel book in seconds.

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Five Reasons Why South Africa Should Be On Your Travel Bucked List This Winter

Winter blues? We recommend a trip to sunny South Africa this winter.  Discover cosmopolitan cities, world-class wines, spectacular drives, unrivalled wildlife and history. This country definitively boasts something for every type of traveller.

Here Our Top Five Reasons Why To Go:

  1. Landscape diversity: Discover semi-desert highlands, green foothills and perfect beaches.
  2. Unique wildlife: Enjoy extraordinary wildlife adventures at Kruger National Park. 
  3. Pinotage wine:  Taste amazing pinotage wines in the Cape Winelands.
  4. Outdoor activities:  Experience the thrill of Cape Canyoning, Ziplining or Shark Diving.
  5. Easy travel:  Travel stress-free due to good transport links and a large variety of accommodations for every budget.

Why Go Now?

South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere, which makes it a winter sun destination for freezing Europeans. Especially, for a Cape Town beach holiday you simply can’t beat the hot months between November and March.

FindPenguins Insider Travel-Tipp:

Our insider tipp for foodies: Check out Bree Street at Cape Town’s CBD.  It’s Cape Town’s coolest street now due to a variety of new restaurants, hipster coffee shops and amazing cocktail bars. Important: Make sure to go there with an empty stomach!

Get Inspired By Our Community’s South Africa Adventures:

With over 10,000 posts by more than 400 travellers South Africa is ranked among our community’s top 25 travel destinations. The most travelled places in South Africa are Cape Town, Jo’berg, Knysna and Bakoven. Check out the most popular sights and spots here.

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Online & Social Media Competitions: Terms & Conditions

The promoter is FindPenguins (Reichenbachstr. 16, 80469 Munich, Germany). The competition is open to participants aged 21 years or over except employees of FindPenguins and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:

  1. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  2. Closing date for entry is as as stated on Facebook, Instagram or Blog. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  4. FindPenguins reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  5. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  6. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  7. Winners will be chosen from all entries received and verified by Promoter. FindPenguinswill judge the competition and decide on the winner, which will be picked at random from all complete entries.
  8. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Instagram/Facebook and/or letter within 14 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  9. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected /is delivered.
  10. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current German data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  11. The winner’s name will be available 14 days after closing date by emailing the following address: help@findpenguins.com
  12. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  13. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to FindPenguins and not to any other party.
  14. FindPenguinsshall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  15. FindPenguinsalso reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

 

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New Feature: Edit Your Travel Route

We are truly happy to announce, that we released a new update. You can now freely edit your travel route, move and delete waypoints, add new waypoints and mark connections as flights.

It’s super easy: Install the update and open the map of your trip in our app. There you can find an ”Edit route” button. Tap it and click on a waypoint of your choice!

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