KONUS Makes Your Family Holiday In The Black Forest Lighter On The Pocket

Hiking in Germany What is KONUS?

Holidays are expensive things. For most families, they are easily the biggest item in their annual budget behind life’s essentials such as food, shelter and transport (such as the family car).

Travel and accommodation make up the largest chunk of holiday expenses, but by the time the holiday starts, they have already been accounted for, if not necessarily fully paid, and have lost their power

KONUS Makes Your Family Holiday In The Black Forest Lighter On The Pocket

Hi-De-Hi Au Vieux Campeur In Paris

"Le Vieux Campeu"r shop for hiking guide books and gear in Paris

A Visit to Au Vieux Campeur in Paris Let’s get this out of the way now. This is NOT a sponsored post.

I have not received a Euro cent (or a penny) from Au Vieux Campeur in Paris, and not a free book or a free map either.

In fact, the Vieux Campeur is not even aware that he is going to feature in a blog post on this site,

Hi-De-Hi Au Vieux Campeur In Paris

How Hostels Compare With Discount Hotels

"Hostel am Aasee in Muenster Germany"

Youth hostels have, for the past few years, working hard to edge into the lower end of the tourism market. But are they a viable alternative to discount hotels?

How Hostels Compare with Discount Hotels

I already posted a few lines here about European non-profit Youth Hostels in general, but on the occasion of our recent trip to Innsbruck, we had the opportunity of actually trying one out.

Admittedly,

How Hostels Compare With Discount Hotels

How To: Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Transport Tips for Germany Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Over the years, the Deutsche Bahn has been trying to improve their online services at www.db.de. Today, you can now conduct a transaction in at least 10 languages.

Language aside, though, what may be self-evident to its regular online customers might be missed by those who may be ordering their cheapest train tickets in Germany via the DB ticketing portal for

How To: Getting Cheapest Train Tickets in Germany

Is This The Cheapest Train Ticket In Germany?

"Ticket machines in German Hauptbahnhof"

Transport Tips for Germany Cheapest Train Ticket in Germany

Last year, we gave Deutsche Bahn a bit more than €600 to ferry our family of 4, plus dog, from our holiday base in West Germany to the city of Erfurt in the East, and back.

This year, we only spent €120 for our round-trip to the north eastern town of Goslar, which is roughly the same distance.

The big savings was possible with

Is This The Cheapest Train Ticket In Germany?

Review: Our New Hiking Boots

"Keen hiking boots from Nature Shop"

A few weeks ago, Nature Shop approached us kindly asking whether we were willing to review some – or indeed any – of their gear.

What Hiking Boots We Chose

After all, easy hikers, in general (and this easy hiker in particular), do not need much in terms of equipment. A $500 Arctic Explorer jacket, for example, are best worn in their natural habitat – in the local Waitrose on a

Review: Our New Hiking Boots

Accommodation Tips If Hiking In Germany

"Hostels in Germany"

Have you read our post on transport tips? Then, you will have safely arrived at your destination. Now you will need to look for a place to stay.

Accommodation Tips if Hiking in Germany

If you are following one of the major German hiking trails, this will generally not require too much of a logistical effort. These trails are, as a rule, organized in such a way that there is

Accommodation Tips If Hiking In Germany

Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

"Train station of the town of Niederdolendorf in Germany"

Transport Tips in Germany Some Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

With three posts, I will provide those of you who are planning to hike in Germany with some concrete practical advice, starting with a few transport tips if hiking in German using the public transport system.

Public transport in Germany is, on the whole, excellent.

Many, even fairly small towns, have a railway connection, and of those that

Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

Choosing An Easy Hiking Backpack

A guest post by Richard Davidian Ph.D. How to Choose an Easy Hiking Backpack Every sport has its equipment. Some sports have very little equipment to choose from. Other sports have long lists of items that vie for your attention.

Hiking and backpacking fall into the latter category. There are many things to choose from in the way of equipment: clothing, tents, different types of food and backpacks are just some of the

Choosing An Easy Hiking Backpack

Easy Hiking Equipment

What Easy Hiking Equipment to Have If you want to play baseball, you need a bat, if you want to go fishing, you need a tackle (unless you are very quick with your hands). And if you want to go on a hike, even an easy hike, you also need some specific easy hiking equipment. Some of these you may already have, but some of it you will, inevitably, have to buy.

Easy Hiking Equipment