7 Hostels Perfect for Backpackers in Las Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit. Considering the city’s massive gaming and entertainment industry, there’s definitely some truth to this assumption. In fact, Statista reported in this article that in 2017, $130.48 was the average daily room rate in Las Vegas, up from $125.96 in 2016.

However, you don’t really need to spend a fortune to get a taste of the Vegas lifestyle. Why not take the path less traveled and go on a budget-friendly adventure in sin city? The best way to start planning this adventure is to book a room in one of Vegas’ many affordable hostels.

1. Hostel Cat

Hostel Cat

Only dorm rooms are available here, with as few as six and as many as eight people in one room at around $25 per guest. As an added bonus, Hostel Cat does an event called Stratosphere Bar every Wednesday. For another $20, you get to drink at the hostel’s special bar at the top where they serve some surprisingly strong mojitos.

2. Las Vegas Hostel

Las Vegas Hostel

The dorm rooms here are slightly cheaper, starting at $20 per person. A single private room will cost you around $60. For the low prices, Las Vegas Hostel comes with small, but modern hotel-like accommodations. They also have a pool and an outdoor gym.

3. Shalimar Hotel

Shalimar Hotel

The slightly more upscale Shalimar offers private rooms from $45 to around $70 per night. Its large, traditionally decorated rooms come with private balconies. They also have a swimming pool, bar, and a restaurant if you don’t feel like going to the Strip. But if you do, Shalimar is located right at the entrance to downtown Vegas, so you won’t need to spend much to get around.

4. Sin City Hostel

Sin City Hostel

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Because it’s located right on Las Vegas Boulevard, you won’t mind the fact that Sin City Hostel only offers shared dorm rooms. Prices start at around $25 and don’t go past $30. Since you’re already on the famed Vegas Strip, you’ll also save on taxi/Uber costs if you want to visit the local attractions. You might also want to bring good earplugs if you’re staying in a shared room, as Gap Year advises in a first timer’s guide to hostels.

5. Travelers Bed & Breakfast

Travellers Bed and Breakfast

Private rooms at this bed & breakfast range from $60 to $70 per night. While past hotel guests report that the place doesn’t actually serve breakfast, they also say that the accommodations are nice and clean. Only book this hostel if you don’t mind shared bathrooms, though.

6. Tod Motor Motel

Tod Motor Hotel

At around $20 per night, the dorm rooms at the delightfully vintage Tod Motor Motel come with their own bathroom and kitchen area. This means that you can just buy food at any of the nearby groceries and cook your own food at the motel. The accommodations are far from perfect, but it’s cheap, and it’s already on the Strip.

7. Bridger Inn Hotel

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The rooms are a little steep at around $70 but the bathrooms are really nice. The place is located right in the middle of the city, and they even offer room service! That being said, it’s not technically a hostel, but the Bridger Inn is popular with backpackers who want some privacy and quiet time in between wild Vegas nights.

Even if you’re not staying at the fanciest hotels, you can still get the Vegas experience by staying in cheap hostels that are just as near the action. As Party Poker’s Kings of Vegas article explains, the city’s retro-modern sights, sounds, and adventures cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. You’re bound to feel the electric atmosphere wherever you stay, which heightens once you step inside one of Sin City’s 70 casinos. And if you can save money by picking a good, cheap hostel as the base of your Vegas adventures, you’ll have more money to spend on seeing what else the city of sin has to offer.

Find Travel Buddies With Car-Sharing

When it comes to cutting travel costs, nothing works better than car sharing. Not only that, but if you opt into a car sharing plan or decide to split a car hire with someone else, you setup the perfect opportunity to meet new people while traveling to places you’ve never been before. Though the concept of car sharing isn’t new, Holiday Autos and similar services make it easier than ever to share a ride with other travelers.

Here are some other tips for finding travel buddies with car sharing:

Identify Your Travel Goals

Before you can find travel buddies who are willing to car share with you on holiday, you need to think about your personal travel goals. This means having answers to the following questions:

  • What is your destination? Do you have multiple stops in mind?
  • How long do you plan to stay?
  • Which attractions do you plan to see?
  • What is your budget?
  • How much luggage do you have with you?
  • What kind of accommodation do you want? (Do you have to have a private bathroom? Are you okay with shared spaces, like a car share or hostel dormitory?)
  • How flexible are these travel plans and do you mind adding or taking away some points to compromise with your travel buddy?

Furthermore, know what kind of person you want to travel with. They should match your interests, routine, be around the same age as you, have similar travel goals, and a near identical budget.

Join Travel Groups

Once you have figured out a flexible itinerary for your trip and can answer the questions listed above, it is time to join some travel or meet-up groups. There are a number of travel buddy websites out there to help you meet the right people.

You will be able to pick out the appropriate personality types and so on as you interact with more people. Some people will seem like a better fit than others, but this doesn’t mean you should book your flight and meet them in an exotic location somewhere without a test run first.

Get Your Wheels

Car sharing is a perfect way to deem whether or not someone is the right travel buddy for you. Find a rental car with Holiday Autos , where you get a budget-friendly price on car hire almost anywhere in the world. With your wheels reserved, you and your travel buddy (or buddies) are ready for a test drive—literally. Take your car and go for a road trip that takes at least a day, where everyone in the car gets behind the wheel at least once.

While car sharing, you can have conversations about previous travel experiences and so forth. You also have time to compromise about must-see attractions, budgeting, and accommodation. It may seem like a lot, but this car sharing practice run with potential travel companions will lessen the stress of travel exponentially.

That’s all there is to it! Finding travel companions throughout the world is easy, especially when you decide to share a car and tour your destination in style and comfort. Car sharing might not be a new concept, but it shouldn’t be forgotten, especially when you want to make friends while traveling abroad.

Top Backpacker Destinations for 2017

1. Cuba

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Simon Matzinger

This was destination that was off limits to Americans for a very long time, until now. In 2017 there will be a flood of backpackers and tourists taking advantage of the cheap lifestyle, amazing culture and beautiful beaches. Starting in Havana, you can explore the hundreds of miles of neverending coast, with hidden beaches yet unexplored.

2. Mexico

With the decreasing value of the Peso thanks to President Trump, you can now get almost 22 Pesos to the dollar, compared to just 16 in 2015! Beautiful beaches and ancient ruins await you, where you can easily live with a budget of $25 dollars or less, dorms are around $7 per night and alcohol is cheap as chips!

3. Nicaragua

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Mikeblue / Getty Images

Another hispanic destination that grows more popular every year. Cheaper than it’s more popular neighbour, Costa Rica, Nicaragua is now a backpacker hot spot with amazing beach and night life in places like San Juan Del Sur wherea bottle of rum can go as low as $4.

4. South Africa

When most people think of South Africa, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela usually come to mind, or possibly the high crime rate of places like Johannesburg. Both places are beautiful in their own right, but the best wasy to start is in Cape Town and along the southern coast to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.

5. Vietnam

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Cristaltran / Getty Images

Known as one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world, especially Hanoi where you can get freshly tapped beer on the street for 10 cents! Famous street food and stunning scenery await you in this increasingly popular country.

6. Myanmar

Recently opened to tourists after being a closed country for many years, Myanmar is seeing floods of tourists every year and developing very quickly. Get in there before it becomes too over run with tourists and see the natural beauty and famous ruins like the Bagan temples while it’s still relatively quiet.

7. Ecuador

South Americas cheapest country, you can comfortably survive in Quito on around $20 per day where dorms run around $9 per night and delicious meals await you for only 2-3 dollars. Quito is known for its high altitude and spring-like weather all year round, which make the place a bit exotic when compared to most other big cities in South America.

8. Nepal

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Backpacking in Nepal is not new, but in the past the popular thing to do was backpack the Himalayas. Now the upcoming popular thing to do is visit Lumbini and Birgunj by backpacking and then make sure you head to Nepalgunj, which is famous for it is trekking.

9. Great Britain

Yes it’s possible to backpack England, especially now that the pound has been dropping since leaving the European Union. You will be spending about $20 USD per night for a hostel bed and that’s on the cheap end. Expect to be paying around $80 a day there, but it’s still cheaper than it has been for a while.

10. Tonga

Wtf is a Tonga you might ask? This tiny pacific Island has a population of only 105,000, so it’s no wonder many people have never heard of it. Soon, it’s going to become a popular destination for backpackers simply because of its natural beauty and untouched landscape.

Start in the tiny village capital of Nuku’alofa and work your way along the coast, which looks like something straight out of Lost.

11. Thailand

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Masterlu / Getty Images

This country makes everyones list every year and with good reason. Notorious parties on tropical islands, dirt cheap alcohol, the best sky bars in the world, beautiful beaches, ping pong shows and amazing food. The King has recently passed away after reigning for 70 years so now the future and direction of the land of smiles is uncertain.

12. Honduras

Mainly known as the most dangerous country in the world with the highest homicide rate, however, the Bay Islands, three separate islands off the main coast of Honduras are very safe and more known for their beautiful trains and excellent scuba diving in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It is stunning and an unforgettable place to go solo backpacking. It’s becoming more and more known, so it may be getting much more crowded in the coming years.

43 Tips to Travel (and Live) Better

Before I left on what turned out to be a 7 month trip across Europe, I spent a lot of time procrastinating and curbing my anxiety by reading travel advice. Now that I’m back (briefly), I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of what I learned and wanted to share it with others preparing for their own solo trips.

Below is a collection of travel tips for my future, forgetting self. These are things I try to live by—many (if not most) of which I learned the hard way first while traveling.

Hope it’s helpful!

You can also see a gear list from the beginning of my trip as well as what was still my pack by the end of my Euro trip on my blog at: http://www.alasdairplambeck.com/packinglist2016/

Money

  1. Never keep cash in your pocket. It won’t stay there very long.
  2. Avoid ATMs and restaurants in city centers and around tourist attractions.
  3. Get a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees.
  4. Get a debit card that doesn’t charge ATM fees.
  5. Keep backup cards for both in a separate place in case you lose your wallet.
  6. Always have a plan for how you’ll get out of a major transit hub (bus station, railway, airport). The local cab driver’s plan is likely to be very expensive.
  7. Always know the exchange rate ahead of time.

Gear

  1. You don’t need to carry shower soap with you.
  2. The best thing you will ever pack are earplugs and an eye mask.
  3. Have a designated place for everything you pack and always put things away.
  4. Never put anything down on the seat of a car. Not even for “just a second.”
  5. If you aren’t using something you packed, give it away. Many things you don’t need will be exotic to locals or useful for other travelers.
  6. Handwritten thank you cards are the best gifts. Sweets, chocolate, and wine will also do the trick.

Travel

  1. It’s amazing how much you can see and do when you aren’t hungover.
  2. Sometimes the hangover is worth it.
  3. Default to yes in new situations but don’t be afraid to say no when you need to.
  4. Always carry a book, Kindle or a device with Audible with you for the countless hours of in between time.
  5. You don’t need to be facebook friends with everyone you meet. Being friends in the moment is enough.
  6. Unless it’s your wine, don’t pour it.
  7. If you feel lonely or overstimulated, change your plans. You have control.
  8. When you feel lonely, write to someone. You’ll feel less lonely and it’ll be nice when you hear back from them.
  9. If you feel really lonely call someone as soon as possible.
  10. Send postcards often. It’s like shooting off little love missiles from all over the world.
  11. Go easy on the planning. Most things are easy to find out when you get there.
  12. If you stay at a hostel with a bar attached to it don’t expect to get much sleep.
  13. Travel is no excuse to not be reading. Keep feeding your mind.
  14. Be patient. Sometimes the long route is the best one.
  15. You don’t have to see or do anything that’s on someone else’s top ten list. By simply being present where you are you will see and do plenty.

Locals

  1. Knowing how to say “hello”, “thank you” and “cheers” in the local language will get you by in 90% of situations.
  2. A notebook and pen will get you by in the other 10% of situations. Turns out travel includes a lot of awkward games of Pictionary.
  3. Making an effort to use just one word (even incorrectly) in someone’s native tongue can change the dynamics of a conversation and an entire relationship.
  4. Don’t forget to smile. It’s the fastest way to communicate your intentions.
  5. Be nice. Everyone is doing the best they can.
  6. Don’t take it personal. You never know exactly what others are going through —it’s probably more than you think.
  7. Always know the visa requirements BEFORE entering a country.
  8. Trust people. Like you, they generally want to help.
  9. If you don’t know, ask. Curiosity is usually well received. Ignorance isn’t.
  10. If someone has made your experience special take the time to let them know. They will appreciate it.
  11. If someone has made your experience special take the time to let others know. Everyone will benefit.
  12. Generosity isn’t infinite. Pass it forward.
  13. Ask for help when you need it. Being “self-sufficient” is a myth.
  14. Leave things better than you found them whenever you have the chance.

And Most Importantly…

  1. You are an ambassador for your country. Work for peace.

“Written by Alasdair Plambeck. Originally published at www.alasdairplambeck.com.”

8 Creepy Destinations You’ll Want to Visit With a Travel Buddy

Travelling overseas is always going to be a little nerve-wracking, so it stands to reason you might want to make the journey with a friend. That aside, some places naturally lend themselves to companionship owing to their spooky or even mystical atmosphere. Here are eight places you should definitely not visit alone.

The Catacombs – France

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Ms Mojo Risin

The Paris catacombs run for miles under the city – with large sections of the monstrous caverns still yet to be fully explored or mapped out.

The ghoulish burial ground showcases walls quite literally held together with fragments of human bone in tunnels which have seen people go missing countless times across the past couple of centuries – most recently in 2015.

You should never take a journey into the catacombs without a trained guide alongside you anyway – but, even if you are with one, also take a friend along for comfort. The catacombs may well be the creepiest things in France.

Island of Dolls – Mexico

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Wikimedia Commons

If you’re anything like me, you probably won’t like dolls even at the best of times (there’s just something about their almost-human figure and look which freaks the heck out of me), but that’s nothing compared to the eerie Island of Dolls in Mexico.

Even the story behind this bizarre phenomenon will send a chill down your spine. Rumour has it a young girl drowned when playing in the water, with her spirit coming back to haunt a loner who later inhabited the island.

After mysterious dolls began washing up on shore he began attach them to a tree – before collecting more to help ward off evil spirits. Whether you believe it or not, the island is now full of dolls and certainly shouldn’t be visited alone.

Leap Castle – Ireland

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Kristine

This 15th century castle might not be as old as some others in Britain, but it more than makes up for that by being “home to some of the most brutal savagery in Ireland’s blood-soaked history.”

The fort is commonly perceived as being one of the most haunted castles in the whole of the UK, with continual ghost sightings and even a regular apparition known as the ‘Elemental’.

Naturally, only the seriously brave of heart can traverse this location alone, with iTrek naming it in their top three frightening and bizarre world attractions.

Aokigahara Forest – Japan

This spooky woodland area doesn’t stand out much purely from an aesthetic point of view, with there being nothing in particular about the Aokigahara Forest to write home about.
However, when you look into its history you’ll start to see why it’s probably a good idea not to travel there without a friend.
For whatever reason, the location has become a hotspot for people committing suicide – with bodies found hanging by trees regularly every year (one 12-month period saw 70 deaths).
The vastness of the forest also means bodies aren’t always found straight away – making for interesting viewing for unfortunate hikers.

The Door to Hell – Turkmenistan

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Christopher Doring

While this one sounds like the scariest place on our list, the ironic reality is it’s probably one of the least supernaturally spooky – with the adventure here coming in the form of a man-made error.

The ‘door’ was created after an oil-mining spot collapsed and began to release methane gas. The Soviets decided to burn the area to try and eat up all the gas, with the expectation being it would take just a few weeks.

It’s now been 45 years and it’s still burning bright – with the large cavern giving off the illusion of Hell itself sitting below the earth.

Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital Parma – Italy

That title probably explains why this location earns a spot on our list. Let’s face it – psychiatric hospitals (another term for a mental asylum) aren’t exactly the most welcoming of places.

This spot in Parma, Italy, is certainly no exception to the rule – with the building now entering into a state of decay which only serves to ramp up the spook-factor.

Artist Herbert Baglione has added to the creepiness as well, with ethereal images painted onto the walls. Are former patients still roaming the floors? Don’t find out without a friend on hand.

Hoia Baciu Forest – Romania

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Occult World

This forest in Romania has been referred to on more than one occasion as their very own ‘Bermuda Triangle’, with mysterious goings-on occurring when someone enters the wood alone.

Locals are said to enter Hoia Baciu and re-emerge with unexplainable illnesses and injuries. Despite this, tourist boards have begun running trips through the area – with intrigue in the spot currently peaked.

Make sure you’re with someone familiar when you do venture into these spooky woodlands…who knows what might leap out at you.

Kabayan Mummies – Philippines

The “Fire Mummies” of Kabaya date back roughly 4000 years, and are one of the more fascinating insights we have to early societal life in Asia.

Today, you’ll find these corpses located within a series of caves – which take roughly 10 hours to travel to from the nearest town.

Unlike Egyptian mummies, these specimens were effectively preserved by cooking them over a fire, before being stuff in a foetal position inside a casket.
There you have it, eight of the scariest places you should definitely be visiting with a travel buddy. If you have a thing for the macabre, any of these locations will definitely appeal to your sense of excitement.

17 Moments Every Backpacker Experiences (Part 2)

1. That feeling when you arrive after a 17 hour bus ride

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2. When you start eating street food and someone asks you how the dog tastes

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3. When you get fired from your job and realize you’re free to travel the world.

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4. When the flight you were going to book went up in price and you try to find it again

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5. The moment you realize you left your passport on the airplane

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6. When someone you just met tells you where they’ve been and you pretend to be interested

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7. When the same person asks if they can come travelling with you

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8. When you get to a new country and someone greets you in their native language.

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9. When someone brags about how many countries they’ve been to

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10. When you try to start a conversation with the locals

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11. When the locals talk to you and you pretend to understand what they’re saying

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12. When you travel solo and everyone else in the hostel arrived in a group tour.

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13. When you and your friend rent a scooter for the first time

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14. The first time you encounter a squat toilet.

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15. When you ask your best friend to come travelling with you and they say no

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16. When you miss your connecting flight because there was a time zone change you were unaware of

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17. When you come back to your parents house completely broke.

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12 Moments Every Backpacker Experiences in Thailand

1. When you encounter your first Ladyboy

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2. When you encounter your first squat toilet

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3. When you rent a scooter with no previous experience and use your passport as collateral

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4. When you realize the food is spicier than you anticipated

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5. When you pretend you can understand Thai

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6. When they try to give you a bag and straw for your beer at 7 Eleven

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7. When someone tells you they’re going to take the overnight bus/train journey from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani

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8. When you see a bum gun for the first time and not sure what it’s used for

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9. When you first see “sky lanterns” during Loy Krathong

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10. When you discover buckets of alcohol

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11. When a local first greets you with a “Wai”

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 12. When you realize it’s time to go home and you’re going to miss this wonderful country

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How to Convince Yourself to go Backpacking

Each year, citizens of every country travel far and wide to explore and experience new cultures around the world. Their travel adventures take them to exotic destinations throughout Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia, North America, and many other destinations across the globe. Though some may struggle with whether or not they will leave their comfort zone, many more do not let anything get in their way. For example, according to the U.S. Travel Association, 663,000 Americans traveled to India in 2011, making it one of the most popular travel destinations for Americans.

If you are not one of those who take the opportunity to travel, be it within or outside of your own country, you may want to ask yourself the following question: “Why am I not traveling more?” There are many roadblocks and excuses we create to not discover what else is out there. Knowing those reasons is just the beginning to being able to convince yourself to start traveling more.

Excuses

When you consider making plans to travel, do you find yourself listing off excuses as to why you just can’t? If this is the case, you need to look past this list and turn each roadblock into a reason to travel. These may be some of your reasons:

-I can’t afford it
-It’s too dangerous
-I don’t have anyone to travel with
-I don’t have the time
-I have kids
-I am too old

Make it happen

These are just excuses that stand between you and your future travel plans. Don’t let them get in the way! For every excuse listed above, there’s a way to turn it around and make your dream of traveling a reality. Here are some ways you can change your negative excuses into positive thinking:

-I can’t afford it: If you really want to travel, you’ll make it happen. Look for opportunities to save in your day-to-day life, and set aside that money for travel. And while there are always expenses involved in travel, there are many, many ways to stretch your money while traveling, including staying in alternative lodgings, packing light, and taking trains or public transit instead of planes and taxis.

-It’s too dangerous: In many cases, traveling is no more dangerous than staying at home. Look into your destination(s), take precautions, and avoid traveling alone if necessary. If you are prepared and have planned ahead, you’ll be more ready for what kind of dangers are out there, and you can allow yourself to relax and have a good time.

-I don’t have anyone to travel with: There are countless opportunities to travel in groups, even if you don’t know anyone. Research group travel and tours, and when you find something that fits with what you want, you’ll have both an adventure and a chance to make new friends. And if group travel doesn’t appeal to you, why not think of your adventure as a way to get to know yourself? Spending some time alone is good for everyone.

-I don’t have the time: Saying you don’t have time to travel is just like saying you don’t have enough money to travel. If you really want to travel, you’ll make the time to do so, even if just over a long weekend.

-I have kids: Traveling is an experience kids will remember for the rest of their lives. It’s a learning opportunity, and the world is their classroom. If you have kids who are too young for what you have planned, arrange for a friend or relative to stay with them.

-I’m too old: Don’t let your age get in your way of traveling. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the average age of leisure travelers is 47.5. No matter how old you are, there are ways to get out and experience the world, including cruises and bus tours.

Traveling the world is an invaluable experience that you need to make time for. Whether you travel for a week or even an entire month, taking the time to avoid the stress of our day-to-day lives and experience what the rest of the world has to offer is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

About the Author:

Sandra Mills is a freelance health, career, and travel writer. She enjoys helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. She plans on doing more traveling this year with her family, friends, and by herself. You can follow her on Twitter @sandramills63.

 

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10 Natural Wonders in South America You Must Visit!

South America is a huge continent, packed with great natural wonders. Check out our list this week, which features ten amazing sites, landscapes and views. Plan your next adventurous holiday to South America!

10. Atacama Desert, Chile

The desert stretches for 1000 km (600 mi) across the Pacific Ocean’s coast. It is the driest desert in the world. It boasts plains, volcanoes, geysers and even hot springs! There is also a famous observatory ALMA – it is a perfect location to look to the stars, because of no light or air pollution.

Why to go there?

The desert is the Top 3 tourist destination in Chile. Visitors usually stay in the town of San Pedro de Atacama.

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9. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The archipelago of volcanic islands mesmerizes with unique nature. Numerous endemic species have been studied by Darwin and have had a crucial influence on his evolution theory. Today the well preserved unspoiled nature remains one of the most precious natural wonders in the world.

Why to go there?

The limited access to the islands makes it quite a challenge, which inspires and attracts the adventurers.

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8. Perito Moreno, Argentina

The glacier is listed as monolithic and is the most popular tourist destination in Argentinian Patagonia. It covers a 250 km2 (97 sq mi) area and is still growing. The glacier boasts detached ice blocks and icebergs, creating a wonderful vies made of ice.

Why to go there?

The Los Glaciares National Park is protected by UNESCO and features incredible unspoiled nature.

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7. Titicaca

The largest lake in South America water volume wise borders Bolivia and Peru. It is found high in the Andes mountains – at an elevation of 3,812 metres (12,507 ft) it is considered to be the highest lake in the world.

Why to go there?

There are many islands, including Uros – an artificial one, that make a trip to Titicaca even more exciting. Explore them and the staggering surroundings of this magical place.

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6. Kukenan, Venezuela

It is one of the most beautiful table top mountains in the world. It also boasts a 674 m (2,211 ft) tall waterfall, which is the second tallest after Angel Falls and also adds an extra beauty to the mountain as well as the landscape.

Why to go there?

Get here via San Francisco de Yurani trail, which will allow to explore the spectacular surroundings.

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5. Iguazu Falls

The majestic waterfall borders Argentina and Brazil. It is not very tall, however it comprises 275 cascades, which create an enormous volume of water falling down 285 ft/87 m and creating this staggering site.

Why to go there?

One of the most precious natural wonders in Argentina and Brazil as well as in all South America!

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4. The Amazon River

The largest river in the world begins its journey in Peru and then flows to Columbia and Brazil. The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is the biggest rainforest in the world and features a countless species of fauna and flora.

Why to go there?

The visitors can go on a boat tour on the Amazon River or its tributaries and explore the incredible wildlife.

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3. Angel Falls, Venezuela

Its uninterrupted 807 metres (2,648 ft) tall plunge credits it as the tallest waterfall in the world. Found in the Canaima National Park, which is protected by UNESCO, Angel Falls is one of the most exciting natural wonders in whole South America.

Why to go there?

The waterfall is located deep in the jungle, therefore access is difficult. However it can be an exciting challenge for the adventurers.

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2. Colca Canyon, Peru

Another most popular attraction in Peru, Colca Canyon is a spectacular site. At 10,725 ft (3,270 m) deep it is one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is also a colorful place, which features a lush green Colca Valley.

Why to go there?

The Andean Condor is the symbol of Colca Canyon and can be viewed from a short distance, flying
across the canyon.

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1. Aconcagua, Argentina

At 6,961 metres (22,838 ft) tall it is the tallest peak in the world outside of Asia. Located 112 kilometres (70 mi) away from the city of Mendoza, Aconcagua attracts the climbers from all around the world who are up for a great challenge.

Why to go there?

The best thing about the mountain is that no special technical skills are needed to reach the summit, since it has a relatively easy path, which takes straight to the summit.

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Via: PlacesToSee

Best Places to Stand on the Edge of the World

If you wish to get the best view of the surrounding landscape and countryside, sometimes you have to do a little work and hike to the top of the highest cliff or mountain. Once you get to the top, standing there will get your heart racing and make you feel alive. Here are some of the best spots in the world.

10. Hum Hod Cliff, Sai-Thong National Park, Thailand

The park features great hiking trails, lush nature and rare flowers. Meanwhile this viewpoint might be one of the most exciting in the world – a flat rock protruding above the abyss is not for the fainthearted. However the views from the precipitous cliffs are striking.

Why to go there?

Apart from this awesome viewpoint, also explore the park and its wonderful unspoiled nature.

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9. Kukenan, Venezuela

It is one of those beautiful tepuis that can be proud of having a waterfall. Kukenan Falls is 674 m (2,211 ft) high at the southern part of the 2 680 m (8 790 ft) tall mountain. The waterfall is the second tallest one after Angel Falls, that are located nearby.

How to get there?

There is a trail from San Francisco de Yurani. Get there by bus from Caracas, Ciudad Boliviar or Ciudad Guyana. Visitors can also hire a vehicle from San Francisco.

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8. Mount Roraima, South America

The impressive summit spreads through three countries – Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. It is the highest peak of the Pakaraima mountains chain, reaching a 2,810 m (9,219 ft) height. The steep rocks form a cliff, which looks like the edge of the world!

Why to go there?

One of the most famous and popular tourist attraction in the region. The mountain can be also approached from above on an air plane tour.

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7. Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

This stunning dazzling white chalk headland is a famous feature in the area. At 162 m (531 ft) high it is the highest cliff of the kind in England. The incredibly white shoreline has been helping the sailors to navigate in the English Channel for centuries.

Why to go there?

Admire the rare natural wonder of bright white rock. Great views to the English Channel open from here. There is also a restaurant with panoramic views.

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6. Preikestolen, Norway

The steep flat cliff is indeed incredible. Those standing on it looking down the abyss seem to find themselves on the top of the world. It ascents 604 m (1982 ft) overlooking Lysefjorden. The cliff drops into a mild climate zone, so it welcomes visitors all year round. Interestingly there are no fences, preserving an authentic and unspoiled nature.

Why to go there?

Interestingly there are no fences, preserving an authentic and unspoiled nature.

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5. Casa Del Arbol, Baños, Ecuador

If you thought that riding a swing is for kids, think again. Here is the wildest swing in the world: the swings hanging from Casa Del Arbol above the abyss attracts many brave adventurers. The treehouse actually is a seismic monitoring station. From here an incredible site of the Cordillera Real and an active volcano Tungurahua opens. The hikers reach this spot on their way to Bellavista viewpoint.

Why to go there?

The swing is simply made of a metal beam attached to a rope. No safety belts will keep you from falling down the abyss. However, the bravest hikers take their chances and enjoy the exciting experience. Definitely worth trying at least once in your lifetime!

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4. Trolltunga, Norway

The most cliche of them all, Troll Tunga is a tongue like rock that juts out of the mountainside, so it is horizontal to the ground. 700 meters abyss opens under it. It is found in Odda, Hardanger Norway and attracts many madcaps. The beautiful sight of Ringedalsvatnet lake opens from up there as well.

Why to go there?

One of the most recognizable and popular destination in Norway. A very nice feature to see, while exploring the gorgeous fjords.

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3. Hua Shan, China

Hua Shan is a historic, as well as a religious place. For thousands of years people have been growing rice, tea and oranges here. Also for hundreds of years Taoists have been climbing the mountain. Due to these pilgrimages many temples are located in the area. Today Buddhists also climb the steep paths and leave red ribbons with wishes behind.

Why to go there?

Although many non professional climbers come here, the hiking tracks are very dangerous here. The unreliable trails and railings open an unforgettable scenery, though.

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2. Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore

The 1115 ft (340 m) long infinity pool belongs to a 2,560 rooms hotel and is one of the biggest and most impressive in the world. This is a desirable entertainment, which attracts thousands of guests to the hotel.

Why to go there?

Swimming in a pool while the breathtaking panoramic views to Singapore open provides indeed an unforgettable experience.

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1. The Aiguille du Midi, the Mont Blanc range, France

The great attraction was built on the Aiguille du Midi, next to the tallest peak in Europe – Mont Blanc. In 3842 m (12604 ft) high the glass box attracts adventurers, who are eager to experience the vast landscape to the Alps. The glass is 12 mm (1/2 in) thick, but the visitors have nothing to be afraid of – they won’t fall.

Why to go there?

Definitely one of the greatest and latest winter attractions in Europe worth visiting.

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Via: PlacestoSee

The secret airplane bedrooms the crew doesn’t want you to know about

Flight attendants are humans too, and just like everyone else, they need to s̶h̶a̶g̶ sleep on long-haul flights. But where do they do the sideways dance? Most Boeing 777 and 787 airliners have a secret stairway that leads to a tiny set of windowless bedrooms for the cabin crew — and few people know they even exist. This brings us a whole new world in which to join the mile high club. See what the secret cabins look like.

It depends on the plane, but usually crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777.

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Hidden stairway leading up to the secret room.

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Some cabins are entered through a secret hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin. This is on American Airline’s Boeing 773.

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A sign divulges what’s behind these doors (eight crew member bunks), though you’ve probably never read it that closely.

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Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with eight beds (or seven, depending on the airline). This is the cabin’s rest area on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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The crew certainly seems to enjoy the overhead rest areas on Boeing 777s, which, depending on the airline, can fit six to 10 bunks, as well as personal storage space for each crew member.

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On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths, as well as two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or lavatory, depending on the airline.

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The beds, which are generally around six feet long and two and a half feet wide, plenty of room to do the sideways dance.

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A strict “one per bunk” warning advises against any funny business.

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Others have bunk beds that are stacked on top of each other, like this Malaysian Air A380 plane.

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Other planes, like this American Airlines Boeing 773, have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, reminiscent of a cruise ship. The aisle is so low that you have to duck to walk through it.

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Via Imgur

23 Things Backpackers Love to Complain About

1. We constantly have to justify why we are traveling the world instead of working a nine-to-five.

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2. We have to sleep in dorm rooms with complete strangers who fart and snore and do the sideways dance.

3. We must use mosquito spray or risk getting malaria or dengue fever.

4. We can never make any plans because shit happens all the time.

5. We have to wear the same stained clothes over and over again.

6. We have to think about every dollar we spend because every dollar we spend brings us that much closer to having to work again.

7. We have to haggle and bargain even with poor people because every penny counts.

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8. We can’t visit any of the seven wonders of the world without thousands of other travelers ruining the perfect picture.

9. We have to walk around with a huge backpack for hours just to find the cheapest hostel.

10. We have to watch our favourite movies and shows on our phone with headphones on.

11. We have to eat rice or pasta more often than we care to.

12. We have to bring toilet paper everywhere we go because finding toilets with paper is considered luxury.

13. We have to learn something new all the time… and here we thought we graduated from school already.

14. We constantly have to listen to people tell us how lucky we are… when clearly you know how unlucky we are!!

15. We are constantly getting scammed by people who think of us as walking money bags.

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16. We can never be sure about our food because each bite could lead to food poisoning.

17. We have to take ten hour bus rides to the next town because flying would cost an extra $30.

18. We have the same conversation over and over again. Oh, what did you say your favorite country was?

19. We have to carry our life on our backs.

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20. We have to take cold showers and can’t flush our poopy toilet paper down the toilet.

21. We have to learn new languages because English is not really a universal language.

22. We have to travel to different countries just to find happiness.

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23. And of course, the main reason we are unlucky is because being lucky would mean we didn’t choose this life of travel, it chose us!

 

Via: ShockNews

Best Hot Air Balloon Rides Around the World

Thirsty for some adventure? How about hot air ballooning! The real aficionados love not only the breathtaking sites from above, but the whole ritual as well: waking up early, preparing for the trip, breakfast and champagne after it. Here are ten choices of ours. Which is your favorite?

10. Bristol, UK

The hip city in England might be an unexpected choice for hot air ballooning, but it has a very nice annual festival. The international fiesta attracts balloonists who entertain spectators with their colorful and creative balloons.

Why to go there?

Bristol is a scenic city. Many entertaining attractions at the balloon fiesta.

When to go there?

Flying season is March to October. Bristol Balloon Fiesta will take place from 7th to 10th August 2014.

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Photo by Syed Zaidi
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Photo by Adam Gasson

9. Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

The sport is becoming more and more popular in Indonesia. International Festival in Bogor has popularized hot air ballooning in the country. Hopefully, the business will develop successfully, since the opportunity to see unearthly landscape of Mount Bromo from above is highly anticipated.

Why to go there?

The surroundings of the volcano are breathtaking.

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Photo by Anek S
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Photo by Unknown

8. Hot Air Ballooning in Switzerland

The astonishing landscapes of the country is a real treat for the aerostiers. The adventurers can choose from over 50 different places to go hot air ballooning. Festival in Château-d’Oex attracts aerostiers from all around the world.

Why to go there?

Various sites and destinations, striking Alpine sites.

When to go there?

Anytime. Château-d’Oex festival takes place in January.

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Photo by Peter From
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Photo by Sayantan Chowdhury

7. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is a gorgeous part of Italy, with amazing landscapes: green valleys, villas, vineyards and historic towns, that attract visitors from all around the world. These amazing panoramic views are best observed from above.

Why to go there?

Amazing sites, the ballooning company additionally serves champagne and breakfast.

When to go there?

From late spring to early autumn.

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Photo by Giuseppe Peppoloni
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Photo by Silvio Rugolo

6. Bagan, Myanmar

Ancient city is the main tourist destination in the country. Over 2000 historic monuments, stupas and pagodas look fascinating from above. Hot air balloon company even picks up tourists from their hotel, pilots are friendly, professional and the experience is unforgettable.

Why to go there?

Amazing views; the experience includes breakfast and champagne.

When to go there?

From October to April.

Read more: Eastern Safaris

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Photo by Anuparb Papapan
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Photo by CS-Tjandra
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Photo by Navalarp Teratanatorn

5. Yarra Valley, Australia

Just an hour drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is a famous wine region. Uninterrupted hilly valley, Yarra river, hopping kangaroos, vineyards – the trip offers some amazing sites. And in autumn (March to May) it gets covered in colorful foliage.

Why to go there?

Beautiful Australian landscapes, good service.

When to go there?

All year round.

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Photo by Unknown
Photo by Unknown
Photo by Unknown

4. New Mexico, USA

The surface is very versatile here – from mountains to prairies, to deserts. There are various places, where balloon festivals take place in New Mexico. White Sands, Shiprock, Albuquerque and other balloon fiestas attract millions of visitors every year.

Why to go there?

To admire the biggest balloon rallies in the world.

When to go there?

The festivals take place from September to January.

Read more: New Mexico Ballooning Events

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Photo by Randall Roberts
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Photo by Dave Shultz

3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

One of the greatest and most exciting national parks in the world invites to have a hot air ballooning experience. The amazing trip includes “Out of Africa” breakfast and champagne served outdoors under the trees.

Why to go there?

A wonderful wildlife experience, great service.

When to go there?

All year round.

Read more: Balloon Safaris

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Photo by Roie Galitz
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Photo by Darcy Michaelchuk

2. Cappadocia, Turkey

The rugged rocky landscape in Cappadocia is breathtaking. The historic site is a popular attraction for the hot air ballooning. The famous fairy chimneys, valleys, orchards and vineyards are best observed from above.

Why to go there?

Fun experience in a truly wonderful place. You can even get a private hot air balloon tour.

When to go there?

All year round.

Read more: The Best Place to Go Hot Air Ballooning, Ballooning in Cappadocia

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Photo by Vitaly Afanasyev
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Photo by Kani Polat
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Photo by Anuparb Papapan

1. Ballooning in the Arctic

Canadian company offers the most exciting hot air ballooning! The aerostiers get to see captivating icy landscapes, polar bears, whales, migrating caribou and muskox. The company also offers other polar adventures and safaris.

Why to go there?

Certainly an amazing adventure in this remote place.

When to go there?

Anytime: you have to schedule a trip in advance.

Read more: Arctic Ballooning

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Photo by Michelle Valberg
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Photo by Unknown
Photo by Unknown
Photo by Unknown

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