Girl use laptop on the beach

Tips for Working Remotely While Traveling the World

 

Being able to work wherever you want and travel the world sounds like a dream to most people.

Usually, you’re either able to do one or the other – rarely both. However, it has become an increasingly attractive concept that many people wish to make a reality.

Whether you are a novice at remote working on-the-go, or you’re a seasoned traveler who still makes a living while traveling, we’ve compiled expert advice for all those who wish to be successful in this arena. 5 Tips for traveling.

5 Tips for Working Remotely While Traveling the World

1. Figure Out Your Working Style

Knowing how, when, and where you’re most productive is essential in making the most of your time. Although traveling can offer a stunning atmosphere, it can also be a distraction.

If you know you work best indoors, without the buzz of others around you, during daylight hours, work then. Are you more of a night owl but prefer to have your toes in the sand while working? Fantastic. There is no right or wrong work environment, only an environment that works for you. Find it, and you’re golden.

2. Plan for Your Internet Connection

Working remotely can be challenging while traveling, especially when your most important tool to work is removed. These days, an internet connection is vital to any freelancer or company-employed individual. It is simply the only way to get any work done, period.

If you know your destination ahead of time, check out the Wi-Fi situation in your nearby hotel or café. Many countries now offer internet cafes specifically for the purpose of working individuals. Also consider going to the local library for computer and internet services. Depending on your work situation and travel destination, it might be better for you to purchase a pre-paid reliable hotspot (like skyroam) for a quality internet connection.

These options might be foreign and cost a little money, but it’ll be well worth it to afford your traveling lifestyle.

3. Invest in Quality Travel Electronics

Research the countries where you’re traveling to know what specific travel adapters you need for the outlets. As a rule of thumb, most European outlets are the same (excluding Great Britain), and a lot of Asian countries have similar outlets. Take at least one spare adapter with you before you leave, and it wouldn’t hurt for you to buy a portable charging bank as well.

If you would like to create better ambiance for your travels, purchase some quality headphones or earbuds – they not only drown out excess noise, but they also upgrade your entertainment experiences.

4. Communication Skills Are Key

Although you will be on-the-go (or on an island) most days, it’s still very important to stay in touch with your coworkers and managers. Prepare your communication methods ahead of time so that you can avoid technical mishaps or general misunderstandings when you arrive to your travel destination. Most companies employ the use of video chats and conference calls at least once per week in order for everyone to stay updated on important information.

Some employers may want to err on the side of caution and enforce strict procedures for communication, or they might mandate you make physical appearances at least a few times per year. If you are bound by constricting rules, it might take away the joy of your scenic view. However, your best response is to be flexible and available whenever possible since they are being flexible with your location as well.

5. Always Have a Backup Plan

There will be a day where it’s impossible to find an internet connection, you miss your taxi, you lose an import work file, or your electronic accessories stop working altogether. Count on it.

“Have a backup plan for your backup plan,” HR Director Charlene J. Robinson of Resumes Planet. “When you’re traveling, anything can go wrong. It’s critical to have options when something does happen, such as technical issues during a conference video chat.”

These experiences are tough to swallow, but they sting much less if you prepare for the worst. If you can’t connect to the internet, carry a notebook and pen with you; jot down your most pressing concerns and ideas for the next time you communicate with your staff. If other technical issues arise, plan for an alternative way to chat online – email, Skype, or another messaging platform.

6. House Sitting – Consider different accommodation options

Why not to try to reduce costs and still enjoy a different culture? There are house owners who are looking for reliable house sitters. Like that you can work remotely and explore the world. We have a complete article about house sitting for you here.

It’s a great alternative, which not many have on their radar when they want to travel and see the world. Like that you have a proper base and all the conveniences of “home”. You can explore a region in more detail, as you stay longer in one destination, before heading to the next spot.

Some Final Thoughts

Working remotely while traveling can be an enriching experience for many people. Keep in mind these main concerns before you begin your travel journeys indefinitely in order to best prepare yourself for any obstacles that can occur on the road.

With the quality products mentioned, along with the highlighted personality traits, you will undoubtedly be successful during your remote working endeavors.

 

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Loving Around The World: A Guide To Travel Relationships

 

Are you a fan of romance novels? The meet cute story threads on Tumblr that come with half fanfiction storylines and a lot less truth than they seem? Or maybe you’re just the kind to fall in love with travelling, and let that roll over to every aspect of your adventures?A Guide To Travel Relationships

Well whatever it is, falling in love is great, relatively easy, and an absolute blast while you’re abroad.

New foods to try, new places to visit, new people to meet…it’s easy to have a great time and make great connections. How do you start though? Is there a secret code or guide book that will help move things along?

I don’t think there’s any one answer to these questions, but I do have a pretty good set of rules (built from personal experience) that I keep to when I’m travelling that so far hasn’t lead me wrong.

So if you’re wanting to risk your heart strings…read on!

You get what you ask for

If you’re frequenting a place where a lot of tourist go, guess what? You’re going to get a lot of people, a mix of tourists and locals, who are looking for a hook up. Don’t believe me? Check out this kind of guide out there; it’s the easiest way to not be naive.

Now, having said that, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dipping your toes into that pool of adventure (and worldwind mess it will be), but I do think it’s better to know what you’re getting into.

If you like to take it slow, try an outdoor market, a library, a cafe, someplace you feel really comfortable (and make sure it’s in daylight). People are much more themselves, and less influenced by lights, music, or drinks, during the day, so a real connection is much more likely.

Opt for friendship first

When you meet someone for the first time, and the sparks fly….well, that’s just the best scenario isn’t it? But just because you’re feeling someone, doesn’t mean you should head straight into it; my advice is to be friends first. Why would you waste precious time on a friendship when you’re travelling, right? Wrong. There’s so much to be gained from being friendly with someone, and you never know when you might reconnect.

And on the second hand, if you’re travelling with friends, and your collective mission isn’t to get as many foreign boyfriends as possible, then don’t make that your personal mission. Finding a travel buddy (or buddies) who really fits your style is hard, so don’t ruin it with one vacation where you went balls to the wall crazy over someone. Perspective is key, and when in doubt, go with the relationship you’ve had longer!

Some things will get lost in translation

When you come from a different place and start to interact with a new culture (or even an old culture, or one you’ve read a lot about), you’re going to run into some things you aren’t prepared for. Being a fly on the wall of a new place is easy, but getting into interactions and not making a misstep can be hard, or if not hard, certainly daunting.

Don’t fear. Some cultures are more relaxed; they like to flirt alot and they know it. Others tend to be more reserved, taking it slower or just not being so aggressive. There’s no need to take a guide to international dating with you wherever you go, just go with your gut. If you want to talk to her, just do it; if she’s into you, you’ll know it.

Nothing lasts forever

It’s just like a normal relationship (okay, even the ones that do last don’t really last forever…if you catch my drift…you know, because people don’t last forever), things end. And while it may seem premature, my advice with relationships while you’re travelling is to assume they have a sell by date.

Call me a nonbeliever, call me a hater, but in my experience it’s better to be pleasantly surprised than terribly disappointed when something doesn’t work out. When you’re on the road, you should be taking everything day by day, not just relationships; it makes your travel life a whole lot better.

Be carefree

Let loose—it’s dangerous advice right? Haven’t I seen Taken 1, 2, & 3, don’t I know the dangers of being too optimistic abroad? Please.

Hollywood gets a kick out of making the kidnap stories blockbuster hits (I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, I’m just saying it’s not the norm), but for me, it just hasn’t been the case while I’ve been travelling. Thailand, Poland, Alaska, Brazil, Australia, Japan…never had a moment where I felt like I was going to end up in a hostile situation.

So here’s my piece of advice: let yourself have a little fun.

Don’t go crazy or anything, but novels and movies and entire cultural and generational movements are written about experiences people have had while abroad, and if you want love to come into it, you have to put yourself out there a little. Seems dangerous, but for the most part, I think you’ll be okay.

Stick to your guns, and your plans

It’s easy to get waylaid because of a gorgeous boy (or girl)—who hasn’t been blindsided one way or another? But more than just wanting to change all your plans to accomodate whatever they’re doing, instead ask them to join in on what you’re doing (or offer to make some extra time for them after your plans are over if you’re on a set schedule).

Pro tip: Never cancel plans to be with someone, only make additional one.

You don’t want to one day wake up and regret the things you were supposed to do because you were lovesick and wanted to follow that person around like a puppy dog. If making plans lead to new adventures without cancelling on whatever you were already doing, I’m all for it.

Stay in touch

No matter how it ends, stay in touch. Facebook is one of those really great tools to utilize while travelling (duh!) because you just never know where a relationship will go. It will be tempting to end something that went south by hitting the “unfriend” button but truth is…you never know if you’re going to need them at all down the road. They can be useful for making connections if you’re ever in the area again, or if they come your way, it might be nice just to have coffee.

Not many people in this world were ever really in trouble because they had too many friends spread all over the world—so keep that in mind!

Have you fallen for the beautiful foreigner while on a 30 day backpacking extravaganza through Africa? Have tips on how to make it last, or how to avoid it, or how to just live in the moment?

Leave me a shout out, I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

 

Shark Cage Diving

Top Five Shark Cage Diving Hotspots in the World

 

Shark cage diving is the exhilarating experience of diving with the ocean’s apex predators with the protection of a steel cage.

There are only a handful of places where you can reliably see the most infamous predator of them all, the great white shark.

Here are the top five places to dive with great whites in the world.

Top five great white shark diving hotspots

Gansbaai, South Africa

Dubbed the ‘great white capital of the world’, Gansbaai’s large population of sharks congregate between Dyer Island and Geyser rock, creating an ideal situation for those willing to brave the cold waters and come face-to-face with a number of shark species.

In addition to great whites, Mako, tiger, black-tip and blue sharks can all be found in Gansbaai. The local cape fur seal colony provides the sharks with a perfect place to hunt for food, making it arguably the best location for shark cage diving in the world.

Isla de Guadelupe, Mexico

Located roughly 240km off the west coast of Mexico, Isla de Guadelupe is a popular eco-tourism destination because of its diverse marine life and visibility unrivalled by any other location on the list.

Guadelupe Island is the main dive spot to see great whites off the Mexican coast, while the Rivelligegedo Archipelago further up the coast is a hotspot for dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales and a number of shark species.

False Bay, South Africa

False Bay is without a doubt the best place to witness great whites ‘breaching’, the unique hunting technique where they use the element of surprise to catch seals with such force from below that they fly out of the water.

Shark cage diving is popular in the bay, and many operators offer the opportunity to scuba dive within the cage, allowing divers to observe sharks at greater depths for a greater length of time.

Neptune Islands, Australia

Neptune Islands Conservation Park is a safe haven for great whites, who continually face challenges worldwide for survival due to human factors such as shark nets, overfishing and habitat destruction. This is the only place in Australia where shark cage diving is permitted.

Split up into two sets of islands, the Neptunes are characterized by rocky terrain and are home to the largest colony of fur seals in the country. In addition to the impressive ocean life, the islands are also well-known for their terrestrial flora and fauna and include an impressive array of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Farallon islands, United States

Just 30kms from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Farallon Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Known as the ‘Islands of the Dead’ by Native Americans, they have remained largely uninhabited for most of their history, but marine and weather researchers maintain have recently established a small presence.

The islands are closed to the public but the surrounding waters are an excellent place to view great whites due to the large elephant seal colony scattered around its shores, which provide an excellent food source.

 

Antwerp grote markt

On a World Trip in Antwerp, Belgium

 

Do you need a holiday and would you like to get away from it all for a while, to tour the world?

Then come to Antwerp, a homestead for many different nationalities and cultures. Depending on what you visit, in Antwerp you could imagine yourself in New York, Japan, China, Africa or Italy.

From Chinatown to Japan

If you look over Astridplein from Central Station, you’ll see the Chinese pagoda gate on the other side, the entrance to the Chinese quarter. A must stop is the Sun Wah supermarket, where you’ll be surprised by the exotic offerings in every aisle. You’ll also find authentic Chinese and other Asian restaurants in this district. Join the Chinese walk and immerse yourself in the Antwerp-Chinese culture. And stop by the cathedral and the statue of Nello and Patrasche too. The story, well-known in Japan, is set in Antwerp and tells of the moving friendship between a boy and his dog.

It’s up to you, New York…

Fans of New York, take note. We don’t claim that Antwerp is a New York on the Scheldt, but still there is much in common between the two cities. There used to even be a literal connection, thanks to the Red Star Line that transported about two million fortune-seekers from Europe to America and Canada between 1873 and 1934. The journey to the new world began for many people in a port warehouse in Antwerp. Visit the Red Star Line Museum, the counterpart of the famous Ellis Island in New York, and discover the stories of millions of people with a dream.

You can also go shopping like the film stars do on Fifth Avenue in Antwerp. Discover the various shopping districts in Antwerp. Or join a walk in the Jewish quarter that resembles in more ways than one the Jewish neighbourhood in the hip New York neighbourhood of Williamsburg. Don’t have that much time? A bicycle tour through Jewish Antwerp is also an option. Dine in the evening at one of the meat restaurants on the Slachthuislaan and you might imagine yourself to be in the Meatpacking District. How about a Manhattan or New York Sour as an aperitif?

African savannah in the city centre

Has it been a while since your last visit to the Zoo? Come and have another look, because the Zoo has been revamped. In the Valley of the Apes, you can walk among the chimpanzees and gorillas. In the Buffalo Savannah, Cape buffalo and birds live together in peace. Your African safari feeling becomes complete when you look out over the new Savannah with giraffes and zebras. Whether you are an animal lover or not, this green oasis in the city centre is a great place to be. Do you like African cuisine? Then TheFork  has four tips for you: Little Ethiopia, Black Sugar, Elsie’s Ethiopian and Eritrean eatery and Cabo Verde.

In Europe

From the Rubens House to the town hall and the numerous restaurants, Antwerp is full of Italian influences. On the Grote Markt, take a look at the relationship between the Brabo fountain and the work of Italian Mannerist sculptors. At Museum De Reede, you will also find numerous European traces. More works by the famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya hang here than at the Prado in Madrid. Do visit the ‘German Expressionists’ exhibitionists there too. Fans of Berlin shouldn’t miss PAKT. You’ll find locally produced coffee and you’ll enjoy meals made from ingredients grown in PAKT’s roof garden. As if you’re sitting on a lovely terrace in the German capital.

In Antwerp, you can enjoy a pocket-size trip around the world. Plan your trip and book a cosy hotel for an unforgettable holiday

 

Vorarlberg mountains

Vorarlberg: Inspiring, Vibrant and Open to the World

 

Inspiring, vibrant and open to the world: that is the feel of life in Vorarlberg.

Supremely located in Austria’s very west, between Lake Constance and the high alps at up to 3,000 metres, Vorarlberg shares borders with Germany, Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein.

If you have ever taken a ride on a ski lift or cable car, anywhere in the world, you will probably have come across a product made in Vorarlberg. Firstly, Vorarlberg is a pioneer of alpine skiing, and secondly, Doppelmayr, the world market leader in ropeway construction, is headquartered here. Though small in size, Vorarlberg is an economic powerhouse and home to companies such as Wolford (bodywear), Rauch and Pfanner fruit-juice manufacturers, Blum GmbH (fittings), Alpla (plastic packagings) and Zumtobel (light design). Vorarlberg is famous also for innovative architecture and crafts, original festivals, first-rate skiing resorts and excellent hospitality.

“Ever so beautiful“. That is how Vorarlberg has been described by its 383,000 inhabitants and visitors alike. The quality of living and the recreational amenities are superb:

Vorarlberg boasts great scenic diversity within a relatively small area. From the beautifully landscaped shores of Lake Constance it is just an hour’s drive to the towering mountain peaks. Along the way, verdant meadows, forests and lovely mountain vistas catch the eye.

Many sites around the international Lake Constance in Germany and in Switzerland are simply waiting to be discovered. From the Vorarlberg capital of Bregenz, vessels and cruise boats head for the major destinations.

Six different holiday regions invite visitors for an inspiring stay:

▪ The Bodensee-Vorarlberg region, with Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch as major towns.

▪ The Bregenzerwald with its 22 picture-pretty villages and the Bregenzerwald Cheese Route, known for its interesting architecture and innovative crafts.

▪ Alpenregion Vorarlberg featuring the Brandnertal and Klostertal valleys, the Grosses Walsertal biosphere park and Alpenstadt Bludenz, which is highly popular among families.

▪ The Kleinwalsertal, a high-alpine valley that is lined by mountains, an ideal place to reenergize in the great outdoors.

▪ The Montafon with Schruns as the main village, a rallying point for hikers and mountain bikers in summer, where skiers and freeriders flock to the slopes and runs in winter.

▪ Lech-Zürs am Arlberg, the cradle of alpine skiing and one of the most legendary ski resorts of the world. In summer, you can hike across blooming pastures and meadows and enjoy utter peace and tranquillity.

Culture Hotspot

Vorarlberg offers rich pickings for lovers of art and culture. The cultural venues are all over Vorarlberg, from the floating stage on Lake Constance to concert halls in villages and exhibition halls in alpine settings. Vorarlberg boasts some 60 museums showcasing varied themes from contemporary art to the secrets of nature. Some have attracted European-wide attention.

Bregenz Festival

Each summer in July/August – with the exception of 2020 owing to the coronavirus situation – the Bregenz Festival stages open-air opera productions on the floating lakeside stage of Lake Constance. Opera performances at the Festspielhaus, concerts by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and other events complement the high-carat programme.

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Hohenems

Schubertiade, the world’s largest Schubert festival, takes please each summer in August/September – with the exception of 2020 – in the storybook village of Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald. Star-studded artists will perform chamber music, lieder, piano recitals and hold master classes in the Angelika-Kauffmann hall, which affords magnificent panoramic views of surrounding nature. At given dates from April to October, the village of Hohenems hosts the Schubertiade concerts.

Bregenz Spring Festival in Autumn

Bregenz Spring Festival presents modern dance at the Bregenz Festival House. Usually this event takes place in Spring, this year it will be from October to December.

Montfort Zwischentöne in Feldkirch

On three occasions during the year, the Montfort Zwischentöne features concerts, talks and performances at the contemporary Montforthaus in Bregenz.

Poolbar Festival in Feldkirch

For over 25 years now, the poolbar festival has been celebrating pop music, fashion, architecture and design. The main site of the festival, which will run from July 23 to August 30 in Feldkirch, is the old indoor pool. An architecture contest is staged each year redesign the rooms and the immediate surroundings on a temporary basis.

FAQ Bregenzerwald

FAQ Bregenzerwald, the latest series of events in Bregenzerwald, will be hosted for the fifth time from 1 to 6 September 2020. Designed as a brain and foodie festival, the forum will feature talks, discussions, concerts and walks. FAQ Bregenzerwald sheds light on socially relevant issues from different perspectives. All venues in the villages and on the mountains, between Andelsbuch and Bezau, have been carefully chosen. Taking part in it is to inspire local residents and visitors to reflect on and have a say in matters, but first and foremost, to have fun. FAQ Bregenzerwald wants to unearth “potentials for having a good time”. FAQ Bregenzerwald is accessible all year round as an online platform, for questions and answers, inspiration and food for thought.

Kunsthaus Bregenz

Designed by the renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) is one of Europe’s leading museums of contemporary art. The programme features varying exhibitions, and the museum frequently accommodates solo exhibitions devoted to one single artist who designs works specifically for KUB.

Vorarlberg museum in Bregenz

Integrating listed parts, the vorarlberg museum building was designed by the multi-award winning Vorarlberg architects Cukrowicz Nachbaur. Apart from the eye-catching facade featuring 16,656 concrete flowers – actually nothing more than the imprints of commercial PET bottles – visitors will stand transfixed in the jaw-dropping 4th floor “viewing room” designed by Austrian artist Florian Pumh.sl. From the room which is panelled in dark colours, they can marvel at the ever changing scenery of Lake Constance beneath them through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. In modern-design exhibitions, the museum depicts the history and present of Vorarlberg and the Lake Constance region.

Jewish Quarter and Museum in Hohenems

Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum Hohenems For centuries, Hohenems used to be home to a small Jewish community. The Jewish quarter has undergone a careful facelift in recent years. Guided visits are organised on the first Sunday of the month. The stations visited include the former synagogue, today the concert hall named after Salomon Sulzer, the mikwe (ritual bath) and the cemetery. In its permanent exhibition, the Jewish Museum Hohenems is pays tribute to the town’s Jewish community and the various ways it contributed to the development of Vorarlberg and the Alpine region. Special exhibitions showcase contemporary Jewish life in Europe, coexistence and migration.

Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch

Designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald hosts changing exhibitions on various aspects of craftsmanship. During the changing exhibition, a spacious entre where snacks are offered and which features cosy furniture and objects created by the Werkraum partner businesses invites visitors to take a seat, engage in conversation, use the furniture, and linger.

Women’s Museum im Hittisau

The Women’s Museum in Hittisau is Austria’s only women’s museum and makes the creative work and life of women visible in changing exhibitions. The museum is accommodated in a modern timber building in the village centre.

Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg

Winner of the Austrian Museum Quality Seal, the Angelika Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg is accommodated in a historic, 16th century building with contemporary showrooms. It derives its name from the famous classicist paintress Angelika Kauffman, who had close family ties in Schwarzenberg.

James Turell Skyspace in Lech

As of late 2018, a work of art has become accessible in Oberlech. Designed by US artist James Turell, who is well known for his light-space installations, the Skyspace is a walk-through piece of conceptual art. Accessible through a 15m tunnel, an exhibition room with special light features has been built into a hillside. Up above, a large movable skylight affords a view of the outside world, opening up new ways, with every visit, to perceive the sky and the way the light penetrates into the room. When it is dark outside, a light installation makes the room appear totally different.

The Great Outdoors!

Recharge your batteries walking, cycling, swimming or skiing.

Let the magic of nature work its wonders. There are several trails leading to sites of exceptional beauty, complete with information about the region and the people who live here.

Mountain feel

Up on the mountains, perspectives are never the same. Uniformly posted trails and guided tours take you to gently rolling hillsides or towering mountain peaks, along brooks and rivers, to mountain lakes and alpine farmsteads, where cows and dairymen spend the summer. Those preferring things more easy-going, or wanting to shorten their way up, can always opt for a ride up the mountain by cable car.

The mountain scenery can ideally be explored on a mountain bike or e-bike. All regions offer guided tours and an extensive network of trails.

Cycling pleasures

In an all-Austrian comparison, the residents of Vorarlberg cover more kilometres by bicycle than any of their compatriots. This may be attributable to the well-developed network of cycling trails. On easy trails, you can bike on the shores of Lake Constance or along the plains of the Rhine river. Bregenzerwald, Alpenregion Vorarlberg and Montafon also have leisurely cycling trails without steep ascents.

Get refreshed

Vorarlberg not only features natural lakes and natural bathing facilities with maximum water quality, it also boasts beautiful bathing lakes. As it is free of chemicals, the natural water is perfect for a refreshing dip. Lake Constance is the perfect spot for surfers and stand-up paddle boarders.

The thrill of adventure

Paragliding, climbing or gorge discovery? If you are in for adventure, Vorarlberg’s outdoor operators are a perfect choice. In addition, the climbing and forest rope parks with zip lines in several regions offer thrilling terrain for a taste of adventure.

On slopes and runs

In winter, people flock to the slopes for skiing and snow- boarding in many different ski areas. Free riding and ski touring is an excellent way to explore deep-powder terrain, ideally in the company of a professional guide. The ski schools offer courses for beginners and advanced skiers.

Laid-back winter pleasures

The magic of winter can also be explored on a winter hike, snow shoe ramble, on a toboggan or skiing cross country. All of Vorarlberg’s regions offer guided activities.

  • Hiking in Vorarlberg

  • Sunrise or Sunset Walks

  • Themed hikes individual culture hikes

  • Bike, e-bike or mountain bike: Discover the region in style on two wheels

  • Outdoor: From canyoning and canoeing to tandem flying

  • Lakeside holidays in Vorarlberg

  • Skiing in Vorarlberg

  • Exploring Winter Wonderland

Check the “Experience & Discover” section on the website of the tourism board for more details.

Must-Sees and Must Dos

There are many things waiting to be explored in Vorarlberg and around the international Lake Constance.

There is so much to see when you take a stroll through small, historic towns, picturesque villages, scenic mountains and many a gem.

Vibrant towns

Vorarlberg’s cosy small towns invite visitors to explore the cafes and shops, visit museums and soak up the lively atmosphere. Bregenz, the capital city of Vorarlberg, enjoys a privileged location between Lake Constance and the local Pfänder mountain, famous for its lovely views you can enjoy taking up the cable car. The second largest city, Dornbirn, is a popular shopping destination. Twice a week, the bustling and colourful fruit and flower market is held on market square.

The town of Hohenems is famed for its majestic past and a Jewish community. In Feldkirch, you can stroll through narrow lanes with arcaded courtyards, passing medieval city towers. Above the city, there is the towering Schattenburg fortress with a museum and a look-out in the keep. Bludenz captures visitors with its medieval flair. In summer, it doubles as venue for the chocolate festival.

Story-book villages

Vorarlberg’s villages have retained their original character. In the centre, you will find the church as a landmark, framed by residential buildings, inns, shops, hotels, workshops and farms. The mix of traditional and modern architecture catches the eye. Locally sourced timber is used in old and new buildings.

Hiking trails and ski runs are literally at your doorsteps or within easy reach on hiking and ski buses.

Awe-inspiring nature

The natural scenery between Lake Constance and the high alps is surprisingly diverse. The nature reserve in the Rhine estuary on Lake Constance is characterised by sandy shores and reed, and home to many bird species. Ravines such as Rappenloch gorge near Dornbirn and Breitachklamm gorge in Kleinwalsertal make you understand the power of water hands-on. Cable-cars whisk visitors to lofty summits from where they can take in magnificent views.

Nostalgia trains and boat trips

On two historic trains, you can travel like in the olden days: The Rheindamm nostalgia train runs to where the Rhine flows into Lake Constance. And the Bregenzerwald railway operates between Bezau and Andelsbuch-Bersbuch, occasionally with steam engines.

From the modern harbour in Bregenz, the Lake Constance vessels set off for various excursions. The most popular destinations on the German shores of Lake Constance are Friedrichshafen, with the Zeppelin museum, and the flower island of Mainau near Constance on the lower end of the lake.

Architecture:

In the footsteps of building culture

Vorarlberg is a genuine hotspot of modern architecture in Austria.

Take a look around! Vorarlberg is considered a pioneering region of modern architecture and cutting-edge craftsmanship in Europe. Architecture lovers will find rich pickings!

Trad & Mod

If you want to explore what important role contemporary (timber) architecture and innovative craftsmanship can play in the Alpine region, go to Vorarlberg. Nowhere else in Austria will you come across such a wealth of contemporary design. At the same time, the new buildings fit in seamlessly with the traditional homes.

Timber & Crafts

Timber has always been used as building material, both in the past and in present. The new buildings, eye-catchers amid the natural scenery, stand out for uncluttered lines and blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Inside, they impress by their smart functionality. Energy-efficient construction is a matter of course, as is fitting rooms with ecologically sound furniture and materials.

And this is where the craftspeople come in again. They design tables and chairs, beds and sofas, shelves and cabinets, based on age-old techniques, with innovative spirit, to blend in seamlessly with contemporary architecture. The result is spaces that are pleasing to look at and pleasant to live in.

Exploring building culture

  • Especially in the towns, you will come across eye-catching modern buildings. It is definitely worth while strolling through the streets and lanes with an open eye.

  • Exceptional architecture is a feature offered also by hotels, holiday homes and apartments. Most were either newly built recently or stand out for a harmonious blend of old and new. The website vorarlberg.travel/holidays-and-architecture/ informs about 30 hosts who provide a hands-on experience of contemporary architecture and innovative craftsmanship.

  • Ten carefully selected themed architectural tours by the name of Architectours invite you to individually explore building culture all across Vorarlberg. Depending on the itinerary or the selected theme, the tours last half a day or a full day.

  • “Umgang Bregenzerwald“ are themed village walks which take visitors to architectural highlights in Bregenzerwald. A folder accompanying the tours is available at the local tourist offices.

  • Places to take a breather in Vorarlberg: In Vorarlberg, imaginative design concepts show up in the least expected places. Each building is in dialogue with the surrounding nature and each one reveals facets of Vorarlberg’s contemporary building culture.

  • Original: Architects from all over the world were commissioned by the village of Krumbach to design seven bus stops under the motto Bus: Stop Krumbach.

  • The Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald showcases innovative craftsmanship, hosting changing exhibitions and works by the Bregenzerwald Werkraum craftspeople.

  • Some hotels and apartments have been redesigned in recent years, combining traditional and modern elements. Whenever rooms or holiday apartments are upgraded or renovated, this is mostly done in cooperation with craftspeople from the region.

Treats and Delights

Regional delicacies: from cheese to fine brandies

Whether you opt for a rustic inn or an award-winning restaurant: Vorarlberg has pleasant surprises in store for foodies, offering impeccable quality and excellent value-for-money.

The recipe for success subscribed to by Vorarlberg’s chefs is a longstanding close collaboration with local producers. As much as possible, they rely on seasonal and regional delicacies to serve up hearty traditional fare or light dishes with a creative twist.

Cheese

Vorarlberg’s most popular speciality is cheese, notably the spicy Alp and Bergkäse, a hard mountain cheese. It is manufactured on many small dairy-making farms, partly on high-alpine homesteads during the summer. Other delicacies include Emmental, and tender cream cheese made of cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk. Creamy camemberts round off the product line. Sura Kees, a mildly aromatic low-fat cheese, is typical of the Montafon region.

For a selection of typical recipes – from Kässpätzle to Riebel – take a look at  vorarlberg.travel/en/recipes-from-vorarlberg/

Food and Drink in Vorarlberg: Selected Tips

  • Buy directly from farmers:
    Are you after food and treats that taste just great and are made with love and attention by family farmers? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of recommended shops where you can buy produce directly from the farm.

  • Fresh regional produce – weekly markets in Vorarlberg:
    The markets of Vorarlberg offer a feast for all the senses almost every day of the week.

  • Culinary tips for summer:
    Celebrating food is part and parcel of the Vorarlberg way of life. At restaurants or inns, mountain lodges, Lake Constance cruises or outdoor dining: the ingredients are sourced regionally wherever possible and used in the preparation of tasteful specialities.

  • Meal with a view – Recommendations for enjoyment with panoramic views:
    Admire Vorarlberg’s mountain world from way up high, experience moments of maritime bliss lakeside, or enjoy hours of relaxation in a fairytale environment. At these Vorarlberg establishments, the prospects for delicious food and good views are guaranteed.

Good to Know

Arrival by car, rail, coach and plane

Vorarlberg is within easy reach on all routes. The local public transport network is highly developed. Like in a major city, all rail and bus services as well as tariffs are dovetailed within the Vorarlberg transport network. In some regions, hiking buses operate in addition to scheduled services. Visitors in the Kleinwalsertal may use the Walserbus free of charge. The nearest airports are Zurich (CH) and Munich (D). vorarlberg.travel/en/how-to-reach-vorarlberg/

Regional Inclusive Cards

All of Vorarlberg’s six holiday destinations offer their own Inclusive Card. Depending on the region, the cards are valid on public transport, cable-cars and lifts, museums, recreational facilities and enrolment in different programmes.

In Kleinwalsertal, Brandnertal, Klostertal and in Alpenstadt Bludenz, the card is included in the price of accommodation for visitors staying one night or longer at partner businesses, in Bregenzerwald (including Fontanella, Faschina and Sonntag in the Grosses Walsertal biosphere reserve), it is included for visitors staying 3 nights or longer. As of summer 2019, the guest cards in Brandnertal, Klostertal and in Alpenstadt Bludenz are readily accessible via the “Clara” app on your smart phone.

In the Lake Constance-Vorarlberg region (Bodensee-Vorarlberg leisure card), in Montafon (Montafon Brandnertal Card) and in Lech (My Lech Card), the cards are on sale at a bargain all-in rate.

Curious and Fascinating Facts

From alpine skiing to cutting-edge innovation

Vorarlberg grabs people’s attention in many different ways. Small in size, the region surprises with many curiosities and products which are known all over the world.

Did you know that …

  • The first ever ski course for guests in the history of skiing was held in 1906 in Zürs am Arlberg?

  • In 1881, Emperor Francis Joseph inaugurated the first telephone in the Austro-Hungarian empire? This telephone has been preserved for visitors to marvel at at Gasthaus Gütle.

  • The sun protection factor was developed in Vorarlberg? We owe this invention to Franz and Marga Greiter, founders of the “Piz Buin“ sun lotion manufacturing company, which derives its name from Vorarlberg’s highest peak, the 3,312 m high Piz Buin.

  • The finest Baroque churches and monasteries in the Lake Constance area were built by builders and craftspeople from local Bregenzerwald? A builders‘ guild formed in the 17th century in Au in Bregenzerwald whose artistry and skills were in wide demand.

  • The European watershed between the Rhine and the Danube runs through Vorarlberg?

  • The export share of Vorarlberg’s companies stands at 60% and is thus the highest of all Austrian states?

  • Ropeways all over the world are designed and partly manufactured in Vorarlberg? Doppelmayr, the world market leader in ropeway technology, is headquartered in Vorarlberg.

  • Heated chair-lift seats are an innovation from Vorarlberg? They were developed by the Doppelmayr company.

  • The overwhelming share of all Red Bull cans sold worldwide are filled in Vorarlberg? This is a job done by Rauch, a company manufacturing fruit juices, which is also based in Vorarlberg.

  • Plastic packaging from Vorarlberg is used all over the world for drinks, foods, cosmetic and sanitary products and a lot more? They are produced by Alpla, the technology leader when it comes to packaging solutions.

  • Furniture and kitchen designers all around the world rely on fittings from Vorarlberg? A company with world-wide operations, Blum has its seat in Vorarlberg.

  • Wolford, manufacturer of premium tights, bodywear and women’s fashion is based in Bregenz? They also run a factory outlet there.

The first design hotel to open in Austria is located in Dornbirn? Designed by architects Baumschlager Eberle, Hotel Martinspark opened in 1996.