Articles By: Patty H

Puerto Rico Honeymoon: St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Cake, invitations, table arrangements, ensuring your feuding relatives aren’t sitting at the same table for dinner—it takes months of effort to cover your bases and think of the little things. Chances are, after the Big Day, all you’ll want to do is fly away...
August 30th, 2012 | Featured Getaway, Hotels & Resorts | Read More

Where to Eat, Party, and Stay: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Land of rum, cigars, vintage cars and miles of mild-wave beach, Puerto Rico sits at America’s back door as a year-round tropical vacation destination. Because temps rarely dips below 75-degrees, you’re guaranteed heat and sun no matter when you go. High season generally runs from November to March,...
August 23rd, 2012 | City Travel, Food & Wine, Hotels & Resorts | Read More

Where to Stay in London: Equity Point Youth Hostel

Everyone has seen it in the movies. From the famous opening Heathrow Airport scene in Love Actually to Mary Poppins “Feed the Birds” on St. Paul Cathedral’s steps, London has a romantic pull for foreigners. Part of London’s magic comes from expansion restrictions on historical buildings, keeping...
July 19th, 2012 | Hostels, In-Room Reviews | Read More

Visit Valencia, Spain: Home Youth Hostel Review

Valencia, Spain is perhaps most famous for Las Fallas festival—Spanish artisans spend an entire year building and decorating giant statues, only to set them on fire during a weeklong spring celebration of Valencian culture. But while this city is most internationally known for Las Fallas, it’s also...
July 17th, 2012 | Hostels, In-Room Reviews | Read More

Cheap Hostels in Las Vegas: Stay at Las Vegas Hostel in Sin City

It’s Sin City of the Bellagio fountain light show, Thunder from Down Under Australian dancers, Celine Dion, and thousands of bachelorette parties per year. And footing the weekend bill here gets crazy expensive. Name that city? Yep, you guessed it: Viva, Las Vegas! Instead of booking a hotel suite...
February 2nd, 2012 | Hostels, In-Room Reviews, Las Vegas | Read More

Hostels in Portugal: Gallery Hostel, Porto’s Accomodation-Gem

Buried in the heart of Oporto, an art-centric neighborhood in Porto, Portugal, Gallery Hostel is near-brand-new (opened in 2009) and is located in a refurbished 100+ year-old school building. It’s the accommodation-gem for Porto’s young travelers. Located at Rua Miguel Bombarda 222, Gallery Hostel...
January 26th, 2012 | Hostels, In-Room Reviews, Portugal | Read More

On-the-Road Recipes: Backpack-Cooking Made Easier (and Cheaper!)

Eating out at restaurants while you travel  is one of the quickest ways to blow through cash. Even if you think you’re eating cheaply, the cost of restaurant entrees almost always trumps the cost of buying groceries and cooking for yourself. So no matter what amenities the hostel kitchen has (or...
November 6th, 2011 | Backpacking & Trekking, Budget Travel, Extras, Food & Wine, Hostels | Read More

A Tropical Island Stay: Hostal Atlanta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I’ve stayed in hundreds of hostels since I started traveling 12 years ago, but never have I felt more at home than at Hostal Atlanta in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. Beyond clean rooms and a delicious tex-mex style menu (try the quesadillas, trust me), the staff is especially friendly and helpful with all...
October 27th, 2011 | Hostels, In-Room Reviews, Spain | Read More

Bunk Up in Downtown Chicago on a Summer Beach Weekend (For Super Cheap)

By Patty Hodapp Deputy Editor Nestled on the south shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s soft-sand beaches, skyscraper skyline, and diverse culinary scene make the city the throbbing heart of the Midwest. So if you’re dying to ditch your cubicle or stuffy office for a weekend getaway, check out Chicago....
June 2nd, 2011 | Budget Travel, Chicago | Read More

Things to Do in Jacksonville (Besides Suntanning on the Beach)

By Patty Hodapp Deputy Editor Next time you’re planning a girlfriend getaway, head to Jacksonville, northern Florida’s underrated (and largely undiscovered) gem. Whether you’re a foodie, an art-lover, a shopaholic, or you just want to beach-bum for a weekend, Jacksonville has a lot...
April 28th, 2011 | City Travel, Florida, Tours & Attractions | Read More