Luxurious Hotels to book in Luxembourg

Planning your trip to somewhere is made official by booking the airplane/train/boat tickets and booking the hotel. For those that are looking for luxurious hotels in Luxembourg, look no further!

Hotel Le Place d’Armes 

Named after the main square in the city of Luxembourg, you can probably guess where this hotel is situated. According to Booking, the coffee is very good, the menu has special diet options, there are babysitting services, and the rooms are allergy and soundproof!

Hotel Le Royal

The name is already pretty convincing. On top of that, they are located in the historic old town of Luxembourg. They have a pool, steam room, hammam, and wellness center. Sounds to me as the perfect place to relax.

Les Jardins d’Anaïs

The gardens of Anais, this place has to have a nice garden right? I think this is a good place to book when you want to be close to the city, but still enjoy the peace and quiet of nature all around you.

Melia Luxembourg 

If you are lucky, you get a room overlooking the city of Luxembourg. This hotel has a Hammah, spa, wellness, and fitness. On top of that, it’s right next door to the Philharmonie. Also, their coffee is apparently very good!

Hotel Simoncini 

An art hotel in the city center. A good place to spend the night if you are into contemporary art. With a central position, this hotel can serve as the ideal place for you to discover the city while providing you with plenty of comfort and space to relax if you want to.

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5 Cheap Hotels to book in Luxembourg

Planning your trip to somewhere is made official by booking the airplane/train/boat tickets and booking the hotel. For those that are looking for cheap hotels in Luxembourg, look no further!

Youth Hostel Luxembourg City 

Okay sure, it’s a hostel. But it’s cheap and in the direct center of the city of Luxembourg. This hostel has a great location and a great score on Booking. The ideal base for a solo traveler in Luxembourg.

ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare

Close to the central station of Luxembourg, Ibis is a chain of hotels that is reliable in service and prices. A place that provides with everything you will need for a night or two in the city.

ibis Budget Luxembourg Aeroport

Another ibis hotel. This one is situated near the Airport of Luxembourg. A perfect place to stay if you have a short visit to the city of Luxemburg with a flight in and out.

Campanile Hotel Luxembourg Aéroport

Campanile is another hotel chain. As a kid, I remember them to be cheap but family-friendly. So if you are bringing the family with you, this might be a good choice to stay at!

ibis Luxembourg Aeroport

Another ibis hotel in the list. They don’t sponsor me, I promise! This one is situated at the airport but is a bit more luxurious than the budget version there. This means it has a couple more facilities in the hotel. Like fitness, daily housekeeping, and luggage storage.




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7 Tips for white water rafting in Victoria Falls

Recently, I went on an adventure through southern Africa. The last stop of the trip was in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls to be specific. There is a lot to do in Victoria Falls, and white water rafting is the most adventurous!

1. Don’t let the safety briefing in advance scare you off

Rafting by Cynthia Andres via Unsplash

As with flying, the crew will give you a briefing about safety. What to wear, what to look out for, and especially what to do in certain situations.

The situations they discuss almost all include you falling in the river. Some even speak of finding yourself underwater, stuck in a whirlpool (without jets, urgh), or stuck under the boat itself.

For me, it all sounded really scary. It played through my head to just call it quits and go home for the day. Lucky I powered through the fear. Because once you’ve done your first rapid, you feel you can take it all one.

And yes, you will fall in the water. No, it’s not scary at all.

2. Bring decent shoes to walk on the rocks, but that can still get wet

To get to the boats, you will have to walk down the gorge. From the top where you get your safety briefing to the Zambezi river where the boats are waiting for you, it’s a 120m descent. It takes you a while to get down. So make sure to bring decent shoes.

However, once you’re down at the bottom, you will get in the boats and start your day. The shoes you are wearing are almost certainly becoming wet. I had a pair of running shoes on. They helped with the decent (and climb back up) and they survived to get wet without a sweat.

3. Eat enough energetic food in advance

Rafting by Julie Thornton via Unsplash

You will start your day of early. So make sure to eat breakfast properly. Food that will give you energy for the day. Because not only is it hard walking up and down the gorge, you will be peddling. Intense peddling!

4. Bring sunscreen and remember to apply it on a more quiet stretch of water

This tip especially is one I wish I knew before going in the Zambezi. There will be a lot of sun, so protecting you is important. Applying the sunscreen before you jump in your boat is a good idea. Give your bottle to your guide so he can keep it safe for you. If there is a stretch that is quiet for a while, ask him to give your bottle. Re-apply and give it back again.

A plus point for bringing waterproof sunscreen, since you will get wet!

5. Don’t panic if you fall out

Rafting by Kal Loftus via Unsplash

They will tell you this one during the safety briefing too. Whatever happens, don’t panic. Your life-jacket is made to bring you back to the surface easily, so don’t fight it if you find yourself in the water.

At one rapid the entire boat flipped. All eight of us went in the water. There were a couple of seconds that I was under water. It even got dark because of the boat passing above me. However, I didn’t panic, and because of my life-jacket, I soon surfaced again.

I took a breather and just enjoyed flowing with the river. Yes, I did get some more splashes in my face. But that’s all part of the game. Just try to enjoy. Soon enough, okay it took a bit of swimming, I was back at the boat. Ready for the next rapid.

6. Remember to have a good time

It’s all very exciting at the start. It’s okay and normal to be nervous. Just make sure to ease into it a bit. Make sure you enjoy the water and the rapids at some point. Stay alert when going into the rapids, don’t get too courageous. But don’t do the entire trip in fear, it’s too much fun for that!

7. Don’t bring anything valuable with you

Rafting by Rune Haugseng via Unsplash

Don’t bring anything valuable with you. I’m thinking about cameras and smartphones, but also jewelry and glasses. Everything that you can lose, leave it at your lodge. One of the guides joked that the Zambezi river is one of the richest rivers. It has a lot of gold and technology on the bottom.

It’s a shame you can’t bring your camera and smartphone for photos. Most companies do offer photos they make during your trip for a fee. I rafted with Wild Horizons, who ask 30 dollars for a USB-stick with the photos. A bit much in my opinion. That’s also the reason the photos in the article are from Unsplash, and not by me.

Have you ever gone white water rafting? What are your tips? Let me know in the comments!

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The truth behind touristic animal encounters

One of the best things on my travels is definitely seeing wild animals. I love to see a pod of elephants stroll past the car I am in. Or watch a group of waterbirds flocks to a pool in great numbers.

The closer I get, the better.

But there is a ‘too close’ too.

Sometimes you see advertisements for animal encounters. Which is great. Unless they promise, guarantee, or give 100% chance for an animal encounter.

Because animals are not guaranteed. And if they are, you should not support the abuser that makes it happen.

There is a fine line though. Some places like sanctuaries can promise an animal encounter. Be sure to research though, to make sure everything is done in regards to the animal? Instead of money.

How to be an animal-friendly traveller

  • Book a safari: you might not get the guarantee of seeing an animal. But when you do, it’s so rewarding. Your guide will definitely know how to behave and make the animal at peace. Which helps you to get as much time near this animal as it will allow.
  • If you are able to get close to a lion, a tiger, or an elephant. Don’t. Just don’t.
  • If the animal is restrained so it can’t avoid you, then you shouldn’t go near. You like your personal space too!
  • Riding an elephant is never okay.
  • Petting lion cubs is everyone’s dream. Except for the lions. So don’t do it.

Animal tourism activities to avoid

In general, it’s just best to avoid the following activities involving animals:

  • Elephant rides
  • Tiger and lion experiences
  • Holding animals: like turtles,
  • Dolphin shows (or other aquatic mammals)
  • Performing monkeys
  • Dancing bears
  • Snake charmers

Animal tourism activities to enjoy

So, let’s not focus too much on the “Don’ts”. Let’s talk about the do’s. Where can you go? There are still a lot of options you can explore and ‘encounter’ animals with.

  • A safari: you’re safe in the car, the animal is safe in its own environment.
  • Visit a sanctuary
  • Go Gorilla trekking
  • Support organizations that use the money for the animals and their habitats.

The kind of people of The World Pursuit compiled a nice list of ethical wildlife encounters.

There is a lot more to say about this. And by no means am I an expert on this matter. Make sure to research when booking a trip to a place with animals. Harmless activities like a selfie with a sloth seem fun, but they are devastating for the animal.

Because it’s such a sensitive subject, here is some more reading material: