Cities to Stay in Youth Hostels

Berlin

It should come as no surprise that Berlin is home to a number of first-class youth hostels. Their charm, character and commitment to quality service cannot be denied, but in the end they reflect the mood of the city itself. Berlin’s alternative culture is famous all around Europe and is, in fact, one of its biggest attractions to young travellers. From art shows in Kreuzberg and street music in Alexanderplatz, to pub crawls across the city and alternative tours of many of the iconic bars and museums, there is liveliness to this city that could very well make a short stay a longer one.

Paris

Many people who are looking for a luxury experience would not look twice at budget accommodation, and this is especially true when they are considering visiting the icon of high culture and fashion, Paris. But this city understands the art of budget travel as well as it understands art in general. There is more nuance and finesse to this grandest of cities than the mere luxurious trappings, and the cultivated parks, bustling avenues, lively nightspots and exquisite cuisine will infuse your entire experience with an unforgettable sense of class – even if you are on a budget.

London

It is hardly a secret what age demographic flocks to youth hostels (although they are certainly not ageist) so the ideally crafted experience lies in an energetic ambience – one that is found in spades in London. Whether your interest lies in cuisine, music, art or theatre, from Soho to Shoreditch this is one city that knows full well the art of budget travel lies in spending as much time as possible out and about!

Barcelona

The hallmark of the most successful youth hostels lies in the ability to cater to the diverse variety of tastes that can walk through the door at any moment and request a room. Unlike hotels, there is an expectation of vibrancy and activity that sets these places apart. For those who visit Barcelona, the entire city is conducive to this kind of ambience, and from enjoying tapas in El Gotic at night, to exploring the gorgeous beaches and iconic Park Guell in the day, the city perfects the experience like no other.

Earlie Beach and Golden Plover

One day, I do not remember if I was in a backpacker or in a pub, I saw an advertisement on the wall that unchained my imagination. The image of wonderful tall ship with all its sails unfurled appeared in front of me. A comment said that being on it would have been an adventure of a life time experience.

It was about a week cruise around the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 continental islands in the North-East Coast of Queensland.

I was hooked. I knew that I needed to go.

The ad also publicised: “Backpackers willing to help out with serving food and cleaning up will get a huge discount.” Without hesitation, I went to a travel agency and I bought a ticket immediately. I was very lucky; the ship was nearly booked out for the next weeks and they only had a few places left.

I was very excited about the trip and the ship as well. I started to gather information about my new mean of transport, which was a brigantine.

What is a brigantine? I am sorry about the technical wording but there is no other way to get around it…

It was, they do not exist anymore nowadays, a two-masted sailing vessel with an entirely square rigged foremast and at least two sails on the main mast: a square top sail and a gaff sail mainsail (behind the mast). The main mast is the second and taller of the two masts.

The ship was built in 1910 by the Ports and the Harbours of Victoria, in Australia. At that time, she was called “Plover”.

For its construction, they used the best materials: the New Zealand Kauri, a gigantic native tree, and copper fastenings.

This astonishing 30-meter vessel was one of the last tall ship on planet earth.

It is hard to describe the feeling of being on it.

Its story is fascinating. It started as a steam powered ship in Melbourne and worked at diverse jobs as fishing ketch, ferry, scallop boat and finally as a striking cruise ship.

Unfortunately, in 1986 it caught fire. Luckily nobody died while the fire was raging but the deck was destroyed. Even its superstructure was completely wrecked. The ship then was abandoned in the mud for 2 years in the Marybyrnong River. A disaster!

Providentially 4 guys from Germany and a professional rigger of Geelong, called George Herbery, had the vision of seeing the huge potential of the discredited ship.

The brothers, called Helmut, Günther and Gert Jacoby and an engineer called Ed Roleff, were ship lovers. Within 4 years and 6 months they turned the derelict into a classy and elegant sailing vessel.

It was so picturesque, eye-catching and unique that it was regularly used in movies. One was the notorious softcore “The Blue Lagoon”…

Nevertheless, the day I was impatiently waiting for to start my new journey arrived…

The ship was blue with immaculate sails. What a wonderful sight when I saw it for the first time! What a feeling to embark on this masterwork!

My imagination ran wild… The Golden Plover reminded me of pirates, black and white flags with the skull, symbol of piracy par excellence… of deadly naval battles and hidden treasures…

Not only I was on a magnificent vessel… I was going to cruise along the legendary, stunning Whitsunday Islands.

About Whirlwind Trip

You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night. Prices of rooms are seemingly inexpensive because of this (100-300Rs for a double) lodge owners tend to make more money on the food and drinks they are selling you than on the room where you are sleeping. The amazing suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki River Enjoying the beautiful moments at Thorung La Pass at 5416mGhorepani Trek during winter Annapurna Trekking. Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. The Manang people are Gurung (not Tibetan descent) and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences. People of Mustang identify themselves a lot closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in history. Mustang also is one of the last places in the world to view the ancient Bonpo Religion in action. Annapurna trekking has been wildly recognized as a naturalist’s paradise. The upper sub-alpine steppe environment harbors some of the rare snow leopards and blue sheep. The conservation area has 100 varieties of orchids and some of the richest temperate rhododendron forest in the world. For thousands of years people of diverse ethnic backgrounds have scratched a livelihood out of its steep hillsides. Other areas of the region protect bird species such as the multi-coloured Impeyan, kokla, blood pheasant amongst a multitude of other birds, butterflies and insects. Many plants native to Nepal are found in this forest. Villages to note for Bonpo are Thini and Lupra near Jomsom, and Nargon near Kobang.

Annapurna trekking is regarded as the paradise of trekkers for it has been widely admired and liked by many people. Annapurna Trekking offers not only beautiful views of the mountains but also the many species of animals and birds such as leopard, blue sheep, Kokla, blood pheasant etc.The trek goes counter-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet. The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri passing through the world’s deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the Fishtail Mountain. The other specialty of Annapurna trekking is the comfort it provides during the trek. While being close to the nature, you can also enjoy modern facilities and amenities as the lodges, hotels and restaurents in the area are well developed. Depending on the time availability, experience, budget and interest of trekkers we can tailor-make any type of itinerary in the Annapurna trekking area. Annapurna area is useful for those who love flora and fauna because 440 species of birds and animals can be found in Annapurna region. The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. From Dharapani to Kagbeni you will be walking the Annapurna section of The Great Himalaya Trail, a long distance trekking route that connects Nepal from East to West.

Annapurna trekking region has preserved some of the rare species of the insects on the earth. You can also find some native plants in the forest in Annapurna region. That’s why the government of Nepal has declared Annapurna region as a conservation area. The eastern portion of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, to its source near the village of Manang. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Kali Gandaki River. At the end of the trek, several options are available: following the river further to the road proper to Beni and catching a bus to Pokhara, or adding on a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC Trek), aka the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Few projects have been launched in Annapurna region to conserve the varieties of Orchid and rhododendrons including some species of flora and fauna. The advent of tourism and the phenomenal rise in human population has triggered a process of environmental deterioration. In 1968 Nepal’s King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation launched the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Annapurna was also the first mountain over 8000 metres scaled successfully. Apart from these natural bounties, you can also see amazing life styles of the indigenous people and their culture. They are residing in the steep hillsides for a long time.

Start Your Travel Journal

Choose a Medium for Your Journal Entries

Most people love the idea of writing their travel stories in a leather bound notebook. However, if you want the world to read about your adventures, you can even start a blog and start putting in your entries. It could be anything from a small paragraph about the places you are visiting or your experiences. And if you have the time, you can even write complete How-to blogs to help other people plan their journeys.

Start Travelling ASAP

In order to be able to maintain a travel journal, you will first have to start travelling. Pick up a destination and go there. If you have a busy life, dedicate a certain period of the year to your travels. If you don’t have money, you can save up and plan a trip on a budget. For instance, you can easily book cheap flights well in advance so that you save both money and time.

Earn Experiences

There’s a reason why most people these days want to be travellers and not tourists. It’s because tourists go around a place, sightseeing the important monuments or historical landmarks. On the other hand, travellers explore the local culture and lifestyle of the people living there. So, while you are travelling, remember to not just see the important places but to also get a glimpse into the life and culture of the local people. This will instantly add a lot of value to your travel journal.

Eat a Variety of Delicious Dishes

One of the best things about travelling is that you will be able to try a variety of local dishes, that might not be available in your hometown. Try out local eateries and small places that make and sell authentic dishes. Before starting your journey, you can even do a little research about your destination to know about the best restaurants there.

Rydges Darwin Airport Resort

My review of the Resort overall is that from arrival at the airport where we were met by the courtesy bus driver to reception where we were upgraded to an executive suite and daily servicing of the room was like the cleaners did an exit clean ever day. As such not only did they strip the linen, make the beds, the did full cleans of the bathroom, kitchenette, lounge and vacuumed. They had 24 hour security which patrolled the whole complex each and every night (I only realised after we left that the detention centre was in walking distance from the resort) The whole facility was well managed, the pool and the pool area was used often as well as the gym. The in-house bar was a great place to unwind without any bothersome rowdy people. The staff were more than generous with their assistance and provided excellent customer service each and every time. The grounds people always said a cheery good morning. The whole experience of staying at Resort Rydges was a positive one, the only downfall was the location. Because the resort is situated on Federal Government Property, public transport does not come any where close to the resort which means if you don’t have a car you need to walk quite a fair distance to catch public transport and it costs quite a bit to hire a taxi to go to the city. So my suggestion is book a vehicle for your stay, as the airport is in short walking distance you can quite easily go over and talk to the people in the car rental kiosks. Or just ask your friendly receptionist and they will take care of all of that for you. Our apartment was a one bedroom with spa bath ensuite and balcony which overlooked the reserve. The apartment was suitably furnished with a 3 seater lounge and two single seaters, dining room suite, full foxtel channels and king size bed. Having a background in resort cleaning I can as soon as I enter an apartment I usually can see areas of concern regarding cleanliness. In the case of this resort, I couldn’t find anything to mention and I opened everything and looked under everything. My recommendation is in regards to Star rating I would give this resort a 4.5 if not a 5, I would highly recommend this resort as a place to stay.

Places Need to Visit This Thanksgiving

  1. Brussels, Belgium:
    Stepping into Brussels at the end of November will make you feel like you’ve entered a fairy tale. The place is just like a dream come true all decked out in snow. Visit the centrally located “Winter Wonderland” and have fun at all the rides and food being offered. You will also get the opportunity to buy presents and souvenirs for your loved ones.
  2. Lake Tahoe, California:
    This tourist destination has so much to offer you at this time of the year. The beautiful lake has just frozen over which means that if you go right now you’ll be able to ski till your heart’s desire has reached contentment. Other than that, the resorts of Lake Tahoe offer some pretty awesome deals during thanksgiving.
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada:
    Awesome casinos, breath taking hotel views and the best restaurants deals- if you’re a fan of any of these things than Las Vegas is the place for you to be. And the best part is that despite what you might have heard, Vegas is just the place to go to with your family. But it’s okay if you don’t want to go with your family that is up to you. But just remember one thing, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
  4. Florence, Italy:
    The capital of Tuscany is the spot for you for Thanksgiving 2016 if you’re not too big on cold weather. The city has moderate temperature and a little rain along with the ability to take you back to the Renaissance. Avail the chance to go see the legacy of historical artists such as Michelangelo. And this is also the time when you can go see the opera, theater and classical music performances. So what are you waiting for, start packing your bags now!
  5. New York, USA:
    If you want to spend your holiday in the midst of loud and boisterous parties then New York is the place for you to be. Along with all the parties that are being offered, New York also one of the world’s biggest thanksgiving functions – The Macy’s Parade. The parade which is covered by all the news channels of the area is a host to several performances by the world’s leading actors and entertainers. So take out your money and fly to New York today to have the time of your life

Book Cheap Hotels Near Airports

Make Use of a Search Engine

First of all, what’s a search engine? One thing, it’s not remotely as grandiose as it sounds. It simply means a search engine that takes your input and uses third party search engines to dig up results. So, if you search for a booking with your desired attributes, like price, location, star grade, etc., it will piggyback on another search engine, say the mighty Google, to gather information specific to your query.

It’s possible to ask, “why not just go to different hotel websites or some discount site to get what you’re looking for? Well, that’s what you’ll be doing with a search engine actually, except you will have results from website A, B, C, D, and any other necessary sites as one. This will reveal the cheapest rooms that you can book easily.

Contact the Hotel Directly

Getting cheap bookings for hotels near airports might simply involve calling the one you’re considering. You don’t have to be a genius to figure this one out. It’s obvious, but it can work wonders in two ways.

Firstly, not all airport hotel deals are advertised online. It may be done through one medium or another but sometimes, it is not done using all means you might expect. But one thing you can count on is the stuff being privy, to what’s cheap and what’s not at all times. Calling them directly is definitely a great way of getting to the info.

Secondly, hotel stuff will give you insider information as to why airport hotel prices are high. It might be due to some conference, convention, or even a concert by a big time musical entity. With this info, you can then focus your scouting on areas a good distance from the high-demand parts.

Look for Cancellable Rates

This trick involves playing unfaithful with multiple bookings of different hotels near airports. In a nutshell, you find cancellable rates, then monitor them until the last moments to end up with the cheapest.

The essence of the trick is that room rates go through considerable and relatively rapid fluctuation. What’s low now may soon be high as quickly as within a couple of minutes. As the uncheatable law of supply and demand would have it, the more people are booking, the higher the prices. It is important to make sure that the rates are actually cancellable.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Private Tour

The guests will get to view the Burj Al Arab Hotel, the third highest hotel in the entire globe and one of the most astonishing buildings of Dubai.

Another magnificent tour in Dubai will be to Jumeirah, or the beautiful place. This area hosts the largest artificial island in the world and many other notable buildings like the Jumeirah Mosque, one of the magnificent mosques newly built in the Gulf Region. Jumeirah welcomes many of the tourists who spend their vacations in Dubai.

The highlight of Dubai and the most famous landmark of the city is Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. The height of this skyscraper exceeds 800 meters; the construction holds many international records like the world tallest structure ever built, the world highest restaurant and nightclub, and the world highest structure that is freestanding. A visit to skyscraper is included in almost all tours to Dubai.

The guests who tour Dubai will have a superb time in the traditional Dhow dinner cruise, where the guests would enjoy riding in one of the traditional Arabian sailboat, enjoy an entertaining oriental performance, and have a delicious dinner.

The guests enjoying their trip in Dubai will also explore the Al Fahidi Fort. Constructed in 1787, it is the oldest historical site in Dubai. The fort also hosts the Dubai Museum that hosts some notable displays illustrating the heritage of the city and the whole country.

Other than Dubai, the guests will have a full-day visit to the city of Al Ain, among the oldest residences’ settlement in UAE. The places we explore in Al Ain will include the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, this former royal palace is featured with is wonderful architecture.

Afterwards, the guests who enjoy their trips in Dubai will proceed with their tour of Al Ain to visit the National Museum of Al Ain, the oldest and the most remarkable in the country. Now, it would be the time for more excitement when the travelers visit the camel market where they got to know everything about this amazing animal that served the Arabs for thousands of years travel deep into the deserts. This is in addition to a visit to the notable Hili Archaeological Park.

During their visit to explore the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, the tourists will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,one of the largest mosques of the country that was built in 2007. This huge structure covers a surface area of more than 30 acres.

Go on with the tour in Abu Dhabi by visiting the Heritage Village that illustrates the life of the people in UAE decades ago. The kids, the same as grown-ups would surely enjoy our final visit in Abu Dhabi to the Ferrari World, the largest theme park in the whole world. Can you ride in the fastest roller coaster in the whole world? You decide for yourself!

Info Sea of Cortez

The Sea of Cortez is incredibly diverse in marine life. From a stone and stucco beach house on the Baja Peninsula, you may see whales breach 200 yards offshore! One of the finest things that I have ever seen was a sunset viewed from a Spanish stone arch doorway that led to a beach-level patio at Altata, on the Sea of Cortez. It wasn’t just the colors of the sunset, but the warm feeling in the air, the allure of old Spanish Mexico, and the aroma of delicious food that cooked over a fire pit, that brings my memory of that place alive.

Every town along that sea originated as a sleepy fishing village. Most still are that, but American tourism has caused changes, especially when the village becomes popular because it is mentioned in a film. Zihuatanejo is not on the sea (it is farther south on the Mexican West Coast), but it used to be mostly a fishing village. Now, cruise ships go there to bring thousands of people to see where Andy Dufresne hid after he escaped a New England prison in the film “Shawshank Redemption.” Andy told Red, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing dies.”

If you are a diver, you must experience the Sea of Cortez. It easily makes the top ten list of best world diving locations, especially to see whales. Several species use the sea as a nursery, where the females deliver calves. Perhaps you will see a rare Vaquita Porpoise on your trip. Bring an underwater video camera to capture these rare moments, not only to catalog your vacation, but to post online for others to see. Private party wildlife videos have become very popular public entertainment. Since you may get sponsors who wish to advertise on your video, it might be worth hiring an underwater photographer to come with you to record your adventure professionally.

Survive a Long Commute

  • Leave early! Your commute is much more likely to be harrowing and stressful if you are running late. Leaving a few minutes earlier than you think you need to provides a buffer in case something goes wrong. And if you’re driving you’ll be less likely to speed since you won’t be trying to make up for lost time. That means increased safety for you and other drivers on the road.
  • Listen to podcasts. Downloading podcasts to listen to while you drive or walk provides an opportunity to learn about virtually any subject or topic. TED talks are a great place to start. If you love reading, why not try buying (or borrowing) an audiobook? I have a friend who swears by these.
  • Tune in to local radio stations. Some morning radio shows are downright funny and entertaining. My favorites are the ones where listeners call in to play trivia games.
  • Learn a new language. I’m finally making use of a CD set I purchased a few years ago and have been learning French for the last two months during my commute. If you use a mode of transportation where your hands are free (like a train or bus) you can use smartphone apps like Duolingo to learn a language of your choice.
  • Make phone calls. Depending on which state or country you live in, cell phone usage while driving may be legal. If this is the case, your afternoon commute may be a perfect time to catch up with family and friends. (Perhaps the morning commute as well, but depending on what time you’re calling, others may not be too thrilled to hear from you.) Use a hands-free device if necessary!