18
JAN
Youth Hostels - Work

Backpacker jobs: ideas for making money on the road

Good, honest work… Even when you’re staying in cheap hostels to keep your costs down, there’ll be times when money gets tight. How can you make enough cash to keep up your travel? Nobody wants to go to the Bank of Mum And Dad too often, and travel writing and photography – the dream careers for many travellers – can be brutally tough to make money from if you don’t already have a reputation or a few good contacts. Thankfully, those aren’t the only two options. While the bloggers who’ve ‘made it’ have a high media profile, the reality is that most travellers earn a buck through fairly ordinary jobs. The work may not always be glamorous, but it’ll expose you to new people and another side of life in your chosen destination ...

13
JAN
Youth Hostels - Hiking holiday in Bled or Bohinj

Four active hostel breaks for 2017

With a new year stretching ahead of us, we aren’t just thinking about travel: we’re also thinking about how to set some new personal goals and shed some of the pounds we put on over Christmas and New Year. With that in mind, we’ve thought up a few inspiring active backpacking breaks that’ll get you into a new sport, introduce you to a new one or push your performance to a new level. And because they’re in places with plenty of cheap hostels, they won’t break the bank either… A kayak tour of Stockholm (and beyond) An active break in a major European city? No, we haven’t lost it – Stockholm, remember, is one of several cities that claim to be the ‘Venice of the North’. There’s water everywhere ...

22
JAN
Youth Hostels - Breweries in breweries

4 local breweries to visit when you’re in Melbourne

  Like America, Australia has traditionally been the butt of the rest of the world’s jokes when it comes to beer. The long-standing (and unfair) stereotype sees Aussie beer culture as a bunch of guys swilling lager from ‘stubbies’ - and the beer they’re drinking is probably Victoria Bitter, brewed in Melbourne since the mid-19th century. Thankfully, beer drinkers have wised up. Just as we’ve learned that there’s more to the US scene than Bud and Coors ...

17
JAN
Youth Hostels - Auckland, New Zealand

5 of the world’s best towns for outdoor activities

Every backpacker has their own reason for hitting the road, but for many, adventure and activities are a big part of the mix. If you think that means basing yourself out in the wild, think again: there are loads of cities around the world that have outdoor adventure right on the doorstep, allowing you to stay in a buzzing city-centre hostel and still get your adrenaline fix. What’s more, a cheap dorm space means you spend less on accommodation ...

4 great souvenir ideas for a backpacking trip

Picking up souvenirs while backpacking is half the fun, right? Rooting around off the beaten track often turns up some proper little must-haves that will get friends talking when you get home. There’s a slight hitch, though: clearly, when you’re backpacking, there’s not a whole of room to cram in souvenirs. And on top of that, money’s often tight. So it helps to set a few ground rules before you go shopping. First, keep it small. That one’s obvious. Second ...

19
OCT
Youth Hostels - First Aid Kit

Health basics: first aid essentials to pack for your backpacking trip

  While it’s good to be prepared, you can go overboard with your travel meds pack - some backpackers rock up to their hostel with a whole pharmacy in tow, including nice-to-have but non-essential items like vitamin tablets and cough lozenges. We think the six items below are the foundation of a travel first aid kit, obviously supplemented by any regular medicines you’ve been prescribed and any destination-specific items you need, such as antimalarials and altitude sickness pills ...

19
OCT
Youth Hostels - Experiencing cities like a local

Six-and-a-half tips on experiencing cities like a local

Want to avoid being these guys? Of course you do. Read on… 1. Read local media If there’s local media available in your language, devour it in advance of your backpacking trip. Hit up newspaper or magazine websites and social feeds. Look at the lifestyle sections for the latest top spots for food and drink, entertainment and shopping. Check the news sections to make yourself aware of any important news stories or events. You may not come across anything need-to-know ...

19
OCT
Youth Hostels - Good night's sleep in a Hostel

How to get a good night’s sleep in a hostel

Sharing a dorm in a city centre hostel? Here’s how to make sure you get some solid rest whatever your fellow backpackers get up to… 1. Get a private (or nearly private) room Pretty obviously, private rooms give you a touch more control over noise, lighting and so on - though unless you’ve managed to find a hostel with soundproof walls, you’ll still be able to hear what’s going on outside. Going private is less expensive than you might think ...

19
OCT
Youth Hostels - Thailand

Newbie tip: 4 destinations that are great for finding travel companions

If you’re heading out on a solo backpacking trip, meeting travelling companions is probably going to be high on your agenda. As we’ve said here many times, companions are indispensable when you’re on a long hostelling trip: they offer fun, support, and ideas about what to do and where to go next. They don’t have to become BFFs, but they often do. When it comes to actually finding like-minded travellers, not all backpacker destinations are created equal. Sure ...

22
APR
Youth Hostels - Fruit

Everything you heard about Ghanaian food is wrong (well, almost)

Safe, stable and English-speaking, Ghana has long enjoyed a reputation as the ‘gateway to West Africa’ for first-timers. And it quickly gets under the skin. The people are quick to smile, the music – from classic highlife to newer sounds such as azonto and hiplife – is phenomenal, the west coast beaches are paradise and there’s wonderful (if sweaty) hiking in the low mountains and transitional rainforest of the Volta region. What’s more ...

22
APR
Youth Hostels - The Glacier - Tunnel

Backpackers can go ‘Into The Glacier’ at Iceland’s new nature attraction

If you’ve travelled to snowy, mountainous areas, chances are you’ve encountered a glacier before – you’ll certainly have seen one, and you may have climbed, hiked or skied on one too. But you probably haven’t gone inside one, unless you’re a compulsive risk-taker or a research scientist. It probably hasn’t even crossed your mind to try. It has, however, crossed the mind of Icelandic tour operators Baldvin Einarsson and Hallgrimur Örn Arngrímsson ...

22
APR
Youth Hostels - Germany’s crazy carnival season

Your next winter trip: Germany’s crazy carnival season

Germany’s carnival kicked off, as always, back on 11th November at exactly 11.11am, and finished on Ash Wednesday. The bad news? You’ve missed the 2015-16 season. The good news? We’re here to convince you to go next year. You’ll want to get your 2016-17 trip sorted early before the best hostels book out — which they always do. When and where While the season lasts more or less all winter, arguably the best time to head for Germany is Shrove Tuesday, when street parties ...

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