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Where to Stay in Tayrona National Park: Accommodation in Parque Tayrona Colombia

Where to Stay in Tayrona National Park: Accommodation in Parque Tayrona Colombia

Tayrona National Park in Colombia is an incredible place.  In Spanish, it is known as Parque Tayrona or Parque Nacional Tayrona, and it was one of my favourite places to visit when I was backpacking in Colombia.  Although it is possible to visit Tayrona National Park on a day trip, the best way to experience the park is to spend at least one night there.  However, choosing Tayrona National Park accommodation which works best for you isn’t the easiest, so…

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How to Find the Best Backpacker Accommodation Around the World

How to Find the Best Backpacker Accommodation Around the World

Finding budget accommodation for any kind of trip, from a weekend away to a year-long backpacking trip, is an essential part of travel for almost everyone, especially backpackers.  I have travelled for the last three years around Latin America and Europe, usually on a very tight budget, so I’ll share all my tips for finding the best backpacker accommodation around the world, including how to find the best hostels, budget hotels, and other ways of finding a place to sleep…

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Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

When I travel, I almost always stay in hostels.  This is partly to save money, and partly to save my sanity.  I usually travel alone, so if I stayed in a hotel I would just stay in my room and keep myself to myself – I can go for days without talking to anyone.  While sometimes I need the privacy and luxury of a private room, most of the time I still like to meet other travellers, and luckily there…

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How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

Your first stay in a hostel can be a daunting experience.  I’m here to help you have the best possible hostel experience, and although a good night’s sleep unfortunately can’t be guaranteed, choosing the right hostel bed can go a long way to help!  By following a few tips, you can turn a hostel nightmare into an awesome hostel experience! Want to book a hostel for your next trip?  Check out HostelWorld for listings and prices Which Hostel Room to…

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11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

I feel like I’ve been bashing hostels lately; from sharing some horrible hostel nightmares to drawing up a list of unwritten rules for hostel etiquette for those who stay in a hostel for the first time.  However, it is not all bad!  I feel I now have to tell the other side of the story and emphasise why hostels are awesome and why I still stay in hostels despite everything you might have read in the other posts!  There are definitely…

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Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostels are wonderful places to stay.  Cheap, sociable, and perfect for backpackers, I have stayed in some amazing hostels all over the world.  However, sometimes hostel stays don’t work out quite as we’d hoped!  After a couple of terrible experiences in hostels, including having all my stuff stolen from a hostel locker, I asked fellow female travellers to share their hostel nightmares.  Read on, if you dare! Hostel Nightmares: Horrible Roommates By Claire from Tales of a Backpacker In Stockholm I…

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Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostels are one of the best accommodation options for backpackers and budget travellers.  However, although sometimes I may complain about #firstworldproblems, I have realised after 18 months of staying in hostel dorms that there are certain unwritten rules that apparently do need to be written down to make sure everyone enjoys their stay.  If we all follow this simple guide to hostel etiquette, we will all get along just fine! Want to book a hostel bed?  I use hostelworld.com or…

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