Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Cupcakes Vienna - Red Velvet Cupcake by , February 14th, 2014

We all hate it, or at least we usually consort with the type of people in our friend networks in whose company we are supposed to hate it: Valentine’s Day. Then again, sometimes we love it, because it’s just this different kind of holiday which you can even choose to cherish or ignore. 

Therefore sometimes social situations come up where you need to act out of line with what you truly believe and come up with a “romantic” gesture, a “kitschy” small present or the “spontaneous” idea to grab the most “flowery” drink at the perfect bar, located in the most scenic spot.

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Top 10 Day Trips from Vienna – Krems an der Donau

Photo from Flickr: Carlos Reussen Monsálvez by , February 3rd, 2014

Krems is the first day trip destination in our “Top 10 Day Trips from Vienna” column and which starts of with this cool town, being the clash between young & hip and historical & traditional Austria. The student town is located right next to the Danube, about 80km northwest of Vienna. If you’re looking to explore the white wine region of Lower Austria and combine the experience with a little culture further off the beaten track museums in Vienna – Krems might just be the place to visit. Also, the traditional “Heurigen” culture with delicious Austrian food draws many people towards the countryside west of Vienna. End your day with a walk along the Danube at sunset and a white-wine-drink at one of the hip places.

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Easy Guide for Building a Digital Scratch Map with Mapbox & TileMill

Little Example Project: my life as a map by , January 28th, 2014

In this blog post we are going to have a look at how we can digitally depict where we have traveled – basically a digital scratch map, which can be used and modified for different purposes. From using the map as a PNG or PDF file to embedding it as an interactive map on your website. As it’s still hard to give a real insight in where you’ve traveled without being dependent on a certain tool, I’m going to show you how to make a very basic map, marking places you’ve traveled to and visited using Mapbox and their awesome tool TileMill.

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Yay! Here are the miavia Student Challenge Winners

essentialjapan by , January 24th, 2014

Today it’s my honor to announce the Top 10 Travel Boxes of the miavia Student Challenge. After a hazardous review process by our expert jury, we have a final decision!

At this point we would also like to thank to our jury, who used their expertise in different fields to come to this final ranking!
Travel Photographer: Thomas Straubinger 
Travel Blogger: Doris Neubauer 
Die Presse Journalist: Christoph Schwarz 
Social Media Expert: Astrid Wecht 
Author: Sabine Maier

Also, many thanks to Austrian Airlines, as well as Die Presse, for making this Student Challenge happen and for providing kick-ass prizes for our miavia travelers.

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Machu Picchu: De-touristing a tourist destination

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by , January 15th, 2014

The “Lost City of the Incas” is one of the most frequented sights in South America due to its enormous importance to the Incan Empire, which reigned for about 100 years under different emperors. Their history brought up many myths which evolve around the the Virgins of the Sun the Sun Gate & guinea pigs. Yes, guinea pigs. Still, many backpackers leave out Machu Picchu because of the comparably high cost to even get there. This blog post will show ways to get off the grid on your way to the touristy Inca ruins.

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Language Hacks – learn anything in any language

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by , January 13th, 2014

Because understanding locals makes your travel experience so much better.

“So the bus is going where?”
“Now? No? Later?”

Does that seem familiar? Standing at a bus station in a foreign country, gesticulating to find out where and when your very much needed transportation mode is leaving. It is kind of the same experience as standing at a market and ordering [random number shown with your fingers] of that “thing” you just pointed at vigorously, which in total costs an amount you wouldn’t even dare to ask, because how on earth would you understand the answer to “How much?”.
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Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Destinations in Europe

last minute new year's edinburgh by , December 30th, 2013

The last few days before New Year’s Eve always creepily evolve into the time of the year where we start reflecting what we did and did not do during the last 12 months. More often than not we regret not doing things we had the opportunity to and sadly this often means situations in which we chose not to travel although we had the chance to.

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The Top 10 Sled Runs in Austria

sledding by , December 29th, 2013

During the Christmas time the whole miavia team stays at home with the family. If there is enough snow – and currently we are lucky in Austria – we’ll all spend some time outside to do some winter sports. We realized that all of us will go sledding somewhere with our friends. And as we are all staying in different parts of the Alps I thought it would be a great idea to collect our team’s favorite places to go sledding.

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How to pay while traveling in Europe

Cash machine by , December 27th, 2013

Planning a trip in or around Europe? Not sure what’s the best way to pay for things while traveling through European countries? Then this little guide is for you.

First of all, as you probably know, there are about 50 countries in Europe, and there is still no best way to pay everywhere. However, the good news is that Europe has recognized the need for cross-border compatibility when it comes to payments.

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