Archive for the ‘Hostels’ Category

TripAdvisor names The Best Hotels in the World

TripAdvisor names The Best Hotels in the World
The World’s Best Awards. The Mobile Five Star Awards. The Gold List. The Hot List. What do these and countless other travel and hotel awards have in common? Each one is culled by a small group of editors who often seem to equate “best value” with “most expensive” or “most...
March 30th, 2009 | All Inclusives, Budget Travel, Destinations, Hostels, Hotels & Resorts, In-Room Reviews, Planning, Staying There, Staying There Deals, Websites and Blogs | Read More

10 Most Popular Backpacker Destinations

10 Most Popular Backpacker Destinations
Not all travel companies are feeling the pinch of the global recession. This week, the folks at the UK-based Hostelling International (HHI) reported that their bookings are at an all-time high-about 14 percent more people booked accommodations on their site (hihostels.com) in 2008 than a year earlier....
February 2nd, 2009 | Argentina, Backpacking & Trekking, France, Hostels, Italy, Spain, Staying There, Traveling Solo & Together, United States, Websites and Blogs | Read More

Lost in Ecuador: Sink or Swim in Baños

Lost in Ecuador: Sink or Swim in Baños
In Spanish, the word baños actually means “bathroom,” so I found it amusing that an entire town christened was such (but I promise to spare you attempts at potty humor in this post). My bf Jeff and I learned that the name actually refers to the thermal hot springs, or baths, that well...
March 18th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Couples Travel, Ecuador, Food & Wine, Hostels, Tours & Attractions | Read More

Lost in Ecuador: Lava on the Rocks

Lost in Ecuador: Lava on the Rocks
Wiped out from the endless rain showers that had soaked us to the skin in Mindo, Jeff and I decided that we might have better luck with the weather in the town of Baños, home of the Tungurahua volcano. True, the big cone had blown its top just 8 days before our arrival in Ecuador (sending a smoldering...
March 17th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Couples Travel, Ecuador, Hostels, Tours & Attractions | Read More

Solo Adventures in Oz: Alone in Cairns

Solo Adventures in Oz: Alone in Cairns
To save money a little money during my post-Lost Girls adventure, I’d booked the absolute last flight of the day from Melbourne to Cairns, the capital of Queensland. In retrospect, this was not my smartest-ever idea. When my plane finally scooted into the terminal at 2:00am, fog and darkness enshrouded...
September 4th, 2007 | Australia, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Solo Travel, Tours & Attractions | Read More

Lost in New Zealand: The South Island

Lost in New Zealand: The South Island
While New Zealand’s North Island plays host to the bulk of its population, many people believe that its Southern sister provides far more in the way of stunning natural settings, atmospheric small towns and brag-worthy adventure activities. Amused by the sibling rivalry and excited to indulge our...
May 28th, 2007 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking & Trekking, Car, City Travel, Fitness & Workouts, Food & Wine, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, New Zealand, Spa & Beauty | Read More

All Roads Lead to Mellow Yellow!

All Roads Lead to Mellow Yellow!
Most of the time on trips like ours, bad luck and bumps in the road are simply a matter of chance. But sometimes life will throw out so many signs pointing in one direction, and for better or worse, we’d be fools not to follow them. Such was the case recently in Brazil. Before touching down in...
September 14th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, Brazil, Hostels, Hotels & Resorts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

Puno and Titicaca: Smells just about right

Puno and Titicaca: Smells just about right
by Amanda Pressner LG Executive Editor Jen, Holly and I had stayed longer in Cuzco, Peru than almost any other gringo we’d met–nearly three weeks–and I was starting to feel like we’d simply relocated to a new town. It was time to journey on. We decided to brave the sub-zero winter...
August 28th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, City Travel, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Peru | Read More

Our First Home Away from Home

Our First Home Away from Home
The town might have cobblestone roads instead of yellow brick ones and the little munchkins who skip through the town square are actually angel-faced street kids, but after descending from the clouds into this mystical Andean city punctuated with rainbow-colored flags, we realized one thing: there’s...
July 11th, 2006 | Food & Wine, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Parties, Festivals & Events, Peru | Read More

Food Fight

Food Fight
Eating exotic new dishes and sampling local delicacies can certainly be one of the best parts of traveling abroad, but the Lost Girls learned today that satisfying our stomachs isn’t an enjoyable afterthought-food is absolutely essential to our collective group happiness. Without regularly scheduled...
June 29th, 2006 | Food & Wine, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More