Discover Germany | Issue 17 | August 2014

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The Holiday Pirates have conquered the travel world The Berlin start-up specialises in amazing online holiday deals Founded in 2011 by Igor Simonow, the groundbreaking website of Urlaubspiraten [Holiday Pirates] allows travel-hungry fans in Germany, the UK, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy to screen the latest travel deals on a daily basis. TEXT: JESSICA POMMER | PHOTOS: URLAUBSPIRATEN

Nowadays, the world is connected like never before; we can call or write to someone on the other side of the globe for free. But while the Internet allows us to access information from all over the world at the click of a button, we still like to explore places in person instead of studying them on virtual maps. Transport costs have dropped dramatically in the last decades, rendering travelling affordable once more. Thanks to the maze of webpages that filter the cheapest flights, hotels or packages, our virtual exploration of the world can become a reality.

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As a student could think of nothing better than exploring the world. But, as is the case for many students, money was the biggest

hurdle.To overcome that financial obstacle, Simonow developed several methods to find the best travel deals. He tracked different sources and combined the best offers in individual holiday packages. On the basis of his research efforts, he was able to travel to Miami for â‚Ź250 and to Rio de Janeiro for â‚Ź270. After graduating in 2011, the budding entrepreneur was not only an expert in business administration but also a master at finding cheap travel offers. Wisely, he took advantage of his in-depth knowledge of the travel market and founded his own company: Urlaubspiraten. For German holiday-goers, Igor Simonow publishes his discoveries on the weblog (urlaubspiraten.de) and also in English for UK travellers on holidaypirates.com. Visitors to the website can select flight, hotel, rental car or opt for a complete holiday