Monthly Archives: September 2011

Caving in Budapest

Climbers ascending through the caves under Budapest

Budapest is well known for its natural thermal springs and no trip to the city is complete without a visit to one of the famous spas. But, what many people don’t know (including myself prior to this trip) is that all of this thermal water moving under the city leaves behind a network of tunnels and caves. Because of this, Hungary is also home to some of Europe’s most extensive caving systems. As I said, before my visit I hadn’t heard anything about this caving, but a flyer in my hostel (complete with clip art bats) and an enthusiastic review … Read More

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The Art of Packing

Packing is an art form that I haven’t really mastered… I think for most people its a lifelong struggle between underpacking and overpacking. There are always a few things that I wish I had brought and many thing I wish had stayed at home. The best packing advice I ever got was from my dad. He told me that before each trip I should think of the essentials that must be brought for the trip to be a success and pack those first. Everything else you can live without or buy if necessary. So for most trips it will be … Read More

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Hostel Manners

Since the theme of this week seems to be Hostels I wanted to touch on something I thought a lot about during my most recent hostel stay – the inconsiderate hostel roommate. Nothing is worse than someone who seems to have no understanding that they are sharing a small space with many other people. In no particular order here are the worst people I’ve had to room with: 1. The CallerThis ‘lady’ was in my hostel in Amsterdam and ended up having the bunk next to mine in a 16 person room. I noticed her when she checked in because … Read More

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And now the bad news

Now that I’ve gone through the sunnier side of hosteling, I think its only fair to reveal the seedy underbelly of the hosteling world. Alright – well its not as bad as all that, but there can be some bad aspects of spending your holiday in a hostel. Here are some of the downfalls (and ways to mitigate these downfalls) that I’ve come across in my travels. 1. BYO everythingHostels are selling cheap accommodations, so it stands to reason that those little ‘extras’ that the Marriot offers might not be provided at the hostel. And by extras I mean things … Read More

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The hidden perks of Hosteling

Now that my summer travels are over, I want to get back to updating the blog on a more regular (and timely) basis. I will still try and put reviews of  my travel locations, but I also want to have more posts focused on travel topics rather than just destinations. I recently returned from a trip the the Netherlands where I split my week staying in two different hostels. Since I went alone, I had a lot of time to consider the various pros and cons of the hostel travel experience. Hosteling is definitely not for everyone – but it … Read More

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