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Does insecurity destroy our desire to travel?

Wait a minute, we need to rephrase the question!
Because uncertainty doesn’t destroy OUR DESIRE TO TRAVEL. The desire to travel and to discover new things is bigger than ever before.

Especially in such situations of uncertainty and fear, the desire to escape from everyday life increases.

Man on the mountains looking forward to travel again
Looking forward to traveling: escape from everyday life

For this reason, the question should be:
“Do we have the courage to book our vacation in such an uncertain moment?”

Let’s make a point of the situation

As a travel agency (Holimites organizes not only active vacations in the Dolomites, but also trips around the world), we would like to take stock.
We probably don’t need to mention that the year 2020 is a very special travel year due to COVID-19.

When the COVID-19 emergency broke out at the beginning of the year, we were still convinced that it was only a short, temporary phase. But unfortunately, this “phase” was more persistent and protracted than presumed.

Summer season was just around the corner and the requests were almost non-existent during springtime. Even when people could theoretically travel again, the bookings had been a long time in coming.

It took some time until the season got rolling. But the desire to travel, finally conquered, in most of the people, the uncertainty. The Dolomites (thanks to the large open spaces and the fresh, healthy air) were literally assailed.

In autumn, as predicted, the number of new infections and the alarm level have risen.
The uncertainty of booking and committing oneself is now more present than ever before.

So many questions and doubts

A lot of questions regarding travelling

Numerous questions buzz around in our heads: how will COVID-19 develop in the future? Can I still travel at all? If so, where is it safe travel? Do I have to accept a quarantine if I want to travel? How will traveling change?

Unfortunately, also we, as a travel agency, don’t have all the answers to these questions.
But we would like to support the joy of travel, the desire for adventure, and to help silence this voice of uncertainty.

How?

You, our guests are important, so we will try to meet your needs and find an honest compromise in the event that your plans change due to COVID-19.
We want to remove at least one factor, the uncertainty of how to manage the booking:

we will not charge any penalty if COVID-19 does not allow the journey.
We will find alternatives and help you reorganize your trip.

Plan and book your vacation, and look forward to it!
In the worst-case scenario, we will help you to rebook and rethink! Professional travel agencies with a personal touch are here for this 😉

The 5 most photographed lakes of the Dolomites on Instagram

Also referred to as “Instagrammable”, these are the most popular places that are photographed and posted on Instagram. While every photo is unique, the common denominator driving the popularity of each these photos is a strong link between mountain, water and observer.

We searched for the 5 most photographed lakes in the Dolomites by the Instagram generation and here’s what we found:

1st Lake Braies – Val Pusteria

Lake Braies is nestled at the end of the Braies valley at the foot of the Croda del Becco. It dominates the rankings, without a close second, and a major reason for this is because it is easy to access directly by car.

After the success of the TV series “Un passo dal cielo” (a step from the sky) with Terence Hill, further popularized the already popular destination, during the peak season the locals have renamed it “A step from hell” because of the waves of visitors crowding this idyllic lake. In the high summer season it is common to find the road to the lake closed once the parking areas are full, in order to alleviate traffic jams. During these times it is required to park in the village of Villabassa and then take the designated shuttles to the lake.

Lake Braies is also the starting point for our Dolomites Alta Via #1 trekking and trail running on the Alta Via #1 of the Dolomites. For most of the first stage this gem set in the Dolomites will be the panoramic vista during our hike and run.

2nd Lake Sorapiss

Even though getting to this lake will make you work up a sweat—it takes at least 2 hours to reach the lake and just as many for the return trip—it still manages to steal second place in our rankings. That’s because everyone wants to see this turquoise lake at the foot of the Sorapiss! Even so, it is possible to be lucky enough to have the lake to yourself, but only if you go during the week. If you plan a weekend trip, you’re sure to find it as crowded as a beach on the Adriatic coast. We suggest a late afternoon departure, when all visitors are already on their way home.

3rd Lake Carezza

The Lake of Carezza mirrors the Latemar Massif; it is located in the dense woods of the Val d’Ega near the Costalunga pass and is easily accessible by car. It is impossible not to be fascinated by its crystal clear waters and by the legends of mermaids and magicians who live in its depths. In addition to fairy tales enthusiasts, Lake Carezza is a favorite destination for photographers and instagrammers who are drawn to her shores in order to capture the striking contrast between the rock of Latemar, the dense forests at its foot and the blue waters of the lake.

The best time to experience these spectacular colors is in June, when the water reaches its highest level, but unfortunately you will not be alone. In winter the landscape changes and the main color is the white of the snow: just as beautiful and fascinating and certainly less crowded!

4th Lake Valparola

The alpine lake of Valparola is located on the top of the symmetrical pass that connects Pian di Falzarego with the Alta Badia. History lovers rejoice! This pass holds considerable historical importance: during the First World War it marked the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy. In fact, there are numerous war remains that can be found throughout the area, from the characteristic path through trenches to the one-of-a-kind via ferrata that runs inside the mountain for more than 1 km, leading to the top of Lagazuoi.

The lake, located 5 minutes off the road, is clearly visible from the road and can be spotted by cyclists and motorcyclists who brave the pass, but it is a special treat for hikers who huff the paths leading to Sass de Stria or Setsass, which showcase the beauty of the mountain range’s famous colors. Hands down, the best time to be at the pass is sunset, when the red and orange alpenglow dye the intimate surface of the peaceful water, creating a magical spectacle.

5th Lake of Limides

Lake Limides is located south-east of Falzarego and north of Croda Negra and its waters reflect the Sass de Stria, Averau and Tofana di Rozes. It is particularly loved by families because it is easy to reach even with their children by taking an easy path that starts from col Gallina. This small pearl is formed thanks to rainwater and melting snow in spring: it is like a huge puddle where inside you can see the reflections of the Dolomite peaks. For this reason it advisable not to wait too long to reach the lake if you want to see it in all its beauty; in August, in years of low rain and snow, you risk finding it very small or even not finding it at all!

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Morning scenery at lake Limides.

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If the photos of the Dolomites on Instagram inspire you to embark on your next trip. But you don’t know where to start, then we can help you. With the new proposal Holimites “Instagrammable Dolomites” just tell us what you would like to see. We will organize the trip for you.
You can find all the information you need to plan your trip on the official page of this special proposal.

The Top 5 free apps for your winter holiday in the Dolomites

Best apps for your ski holiday

There are many useful free apps for smartphones that can be used during a ski holiday in the Dolomites. We made a list of the most useful ones if you are skiing on the Dolomiti Superski slopes in South Tyrol:

1) Weather forecast

Meteo Alto Adige

What’s the weather forecast for the next days? Why is Siri telling me not to go out without an umbrella (yes, trust us, it happens) and the weather channel shows sunshine?

If you want to play it safe then download the official weather app of the local weather office of the Bolzano province. This app shows you the forecasts for different areas in South Tyrol, the detailed mountain weather and the current values from weather stations placed on the territory.

App download

2) Dolomiti Superski

Dolomiti Superski App

Open ski lifts and slopes, 3D map of the skiing area, all the latest news… plus the Ski Performance check to have a full summary of the kilometers of slopes covered during your holiday. As soon you have your Dolomiti Superskipass in your hands type in the skipass code. The MUST HAVE app for your ski holiday.

App download 

3) Ski Mobility

Ski Mobility Plan de Corones

An alternative to the classic Sellaronda? We have it: it starts from the Dolomites of Alta Badia, skiing over the Plan de Corones/Kronplatz to the Dolomites of Sexten and back. The ‘Ski Mobility’ app helps you with the necessary information about skibus and train transfers during this amazing ski trip.

App downlaod for iPhone
App download for Android on Google Play

4) Strava

Strava per lo sci

How many hours have you been active (and how many in the huts), how many kilometers have you covered, what is the altitude gain, and the maximum speed reached downhill? Strava is not only an excellent application for all sport activities such as hiking, cycling and running, we use it also for alpine skiing.

App download

5) Instagram

Bombardino Instagram

A picture of a hot chocolate or a Bombardino at a mountain hut. A plate of dumplings or an apple strudel with vanilla sauce… and this, with a breathtaking mountain background. Have fun posting your pictures and don’t forget to use the #dolomitesski hashtag and tag @holimites in your pictures.

App download

 

 

 

Last but not least…

PeakFinder

We have a sixth app, which is not among the free apps. But if you want to know the name of the Dolomites peaks around you this app is a MUST-HAVE too: Peakfinder.

App download

Why now is the best time to travel to the Dolomites for US residents

No, the reason isn’t because of Trump 😉 … but the weak Euro makes it the best time to travel now.

In fact, if we compare the Euro to US Dollar exchange rate on a currency chart covering the last 5 years, the Euro is now at its lowest!

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

Not so long ago (just 3 years), the Euro to Dollar ratio was at its peak: you had to dish out roughly 1.35 Dollars for every Euro.

Just think about it. In 2014, our bestselling offer – the “Trekking Best of Alta Via #1 & #2” guided package – cost 1,090.00 Euro, which was then 1,471.50 US Dollars.

The same package in 2017 costs 1,150.00 Euro – today that’s 1,207.50 Dollars. Math never lies! Right now you can save more than 250.00 bucks for the same offer!

What’s even better … all our proposals on holimites.com are 18% cheaper today than in 2014!
That means more money in your pocket to invest in some extra days visiting the Dolomites or
Italy.

That said:

  • if you love outdoor activities like trekking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, and so on
  • if the Dolomites are on your travel bucket list
  • if you want an YOLOmites experience 😉

it’s time to browse through the holimites.com website and pick the travel experience that fits you best – we’ll do the rest!

See you soon in the Dolomites!

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