Archive for the ‘Backpacking & Trekking’ Category

Hostel Review: Ponsonby Backpacker Hostel, Auckland, NZ

Hostel Review: Ponsonby Backpacker Hostel, Auckland, NZ
by Thea Hutchinson Special to The Lost Girls If you arrive in New Zealand by air, chances are you will fly into Auckland. It is a hub of connectivity to everywhere else in New Zealand. As the largest city in New Zealand, it offers a cosmopolitan feel before you begin adventuring along the many coasts,...
August 7th, 2012 | Backpacking & Trekking, Dispatches from the Road, Hostels, New Zealand | Read More

Yosemite’s Famed Flock Causes Closures

By Nneka Opene LG Contributor During the year, roads and trails of Yosemite National Park are often closed due to natural hazards such as fire, rockslides and extreme weather. This time, however, the primary reason for closures in the park is due to endangered peregrine falcons nesting along popular...
July 23rd, 2012 | Backpacking & Trekking, California, Destinations, Health & Safety, North America, Planning, Tours & Attractions, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

How To Pack for a Himalayan Trek

By Annie Shustrin An important part in planning any journey or trek is curating a packing list. For a Himalayan trek, this packing list can get pretty specific. Not only will it deviate from what’s needed for typical travel, but it may also deviate from what’s needed for typical trekking due to...
May 11th, 2012 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking & Trekking, India, Packing & Wardrobe | Read More

Best Hostels In Queenstown, New Zealand

by Mattie Schuler Special to The Lost Girls Queenstown Known as New Zealand’s “Adventure Capital,” Queenstown could also be listed as the country’s party capital. Situated in the mountains next to Lake Wakatipu, this small yet lively town is the place to go for good food, great drinks and even...
April 3rd, 2012 | Backpacking & Trekking, Hostels, New Zealand | Read More

Tour Angkor Wat

By Gina Douglas Special to Lost Girls  If you’re like me, you won’t fully understand the magnitude of Angkor Wat until you’re in the middle of planning your trip there. I thought Angkor Wat was going to be like the Colosseum in Rome – get in, look around, leave. But as I quickly learned, Angkor...
February 9th, 2012 | Backpacking & Trekking, Cambodia, Cultural Travel | Read More

Backpacking On A Budget In New Zealand

By Sarah Deveau When you think backpacking, Europe likely pops into mind. Yet far-flung New Zealand is a popular backpacking destination, especially for adventurers looking to avoid the hassle of skirting around areas of turmoil or travelling nervously through them. A compact country with relaxed beaches,...
January 31st, 2012 | Backpacking & Trekking, Cabins & Camping, Dispatches from the Road, New Zealand | Read More

Best Hostels In Northland New Zealand

by Mattie Schuler Almost anyone who has traveled to New Zealand, as well as guide book advice, will say to head south as soon as you can, whether that means to the South Island or just south of Auckland. However, if you want a full-fledged Kiwi trip by hitting all of the various regions, Northland must...
November 15th, 2011 | Backpacking & Trekking, Budget Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Hostels, New Zealand | 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

Going Solo in Valencia: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Going Solo in Valencia: The Ultimate Travel Guide
By Maggie Parker Special to the Lost Girls City Overview ValenTHia, as locals would call it, is on the coast and is known for: paella, el Ciudad de las artes y las ciencias, and oranges, but of course those aren’t the only great things about this city. Valencia was the first stop on my first solo...
August 26th, 2011 | Backpacking & Trekking, Cultural Travel, Extras, Spain | Read More

Conquering Cinque Terre: How to Get Around

By Heather Drost Tucked away on the coast of northern Italy are five quintessential Italian towns, formally known as Cinque Terre or the Five Lands. The coastal cliffs are lined with miles of rugged hiking trails, and have been alluring hikers who long to see some of the most picturesque views in Italy. Among...
August 4th, 2011 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking & Trekking, Cinque Terre, Destinations, Extras, Ideas, Italy, Wildlife & Animals | Read More