Why planning a backpacking trip is so essential?

Are you planning to take a backpacking experience soon? Yes? This is just the piece for you! While backpacking may not be like your usual travelling experience and it may not require as much detailing as your other travel plans include, it indeed requires a lot of planning. Planning may often be frowned at but it is actually the best way to execute a trip successfully, be it a luxury trip or a budget backpacking. Let’s take a look at why planning a backpacking trip is so essential.

Save time

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When you have everything planned, you tend to save a lot of time. Planning would involve developing an itinerary for yourself which comes from a good amount of time spent in research. So by the time you reach your destination, you’d know what exactly you wish to visit and where you want to spend your maximum time. When you plan your itinerary, make sure that you keep some buffer time for any added attraction, any unforeseen circumstance (jet lag, getting accustomed to a new place, climate change, health issues, etc.), traffic and weather condition.

Manage your expenditure

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When you have everything planned beforehand, you have an estimate of money that is going to be spent during your trip. Knowing the amount you’ll be spending in your next trip will help you in planning your budget in a better manner. You will eventually have a better idea of how much currency exchange you should be going for and the potential places where you can bargain and save some bucks. Always keep some extra cash handy when travelling in a new country although make sureyou distribute it at different places so that you are well prepared for any unforeseen financial loss in an altogether new place.

Prioritise Better

When you plan in advance, you’d know your priority. You already have the list of attractions and let’s face it, it is impossible to explore everything in such a short time span; so having planned beforehand will help you to choose what is essential and what is not. If you’re someone who enjoys art then you could very well prioritize places of importance from the art and architecture perspective whereas if you are a shopaholic, you’d keep visiting the local bazaar on priority.

You will not forget anything

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When you plan, you have a list of everything you would want to take with you on your trip. Yes, a backpacking trip does not require too much packing and needs only the essentials, but packing in a hurry leads us to often forget to pack even some essentials. With a plan in hand, you’ll never forget packing anything, not even that toothbrush all of us are guilty of missing out at the last moment. This comes in handy especially when you are travelling to a country which is costlier than your native country. Why spend more for toiletries abroad when you can get it at half the price in your own nation?

Easier and Faster

You might call this a crazy one, but this is actually extremely helpful. As you plan, you tend to save places on maps, make a list of all the places you want to visit and all of those dishes you wish to try. You’d have already taken reference from TripAdvisor on hostels to check-in to, cafes that serve your favourite breakfast, and the markets from where you can get goodies for family members back home. This helps in saving a lot of time that goes in contemplating where to go and where not to! When you save places on maps offline, you save yourself a lot of running around looking for internet and cabs.

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Some Tips for Planning a Backpacking Trip

  • Shortlist your mode of travel: Study your route well. How do you wish to travel? Do you want to travel throughout by air or would you be segregating your trip into various other modes such as the rail or the road.
  • Shortlist your destinations carefully: If you are visiting a country, what are the places that you’d want to visit? Do not rush into visiting all of them; just pick the ones that you’ll be able to explore without any hassle. Jot down the pros and cons of all the places you’ve shortlist and narrow down on the final ones accordingly.
  • Get your permits: Check if the country you’re travelling to allows Visa on Arrival or you need prior permit. Check for vaccinations or fevers you could catch.
  • List down your essentials: Whatever essentials you need to carry should be a part of your list and must be in your bag at least 2 days before you leave.

We hope that this piece has helped you understand the importance of planning a backpacking trip. So don’t let the vagabond mode of travelling bring you to think that it does not require planning. It does! And this planning will take you a long way. Bon voyage!

Best Transport For Travelling Australia

There isn’t one best choice for travelling Australia as it really comes down to your personality and where in Oz you’ll be going, however this article should help you weigh up some different options. Take note a lot of emphasis is on the East Coast as it’s the most travelled and what I know best, coming from an Aussie who has travelled it multiple times. I’ll try keep it short and sweet by breaking down a few different options I personally recommend.

Own transportation 

If you’re travelling with friends or your significant other and looking for an adventure this is definitely what I suggest. The freedom of travelling at your own pace and finding the little hidden gems that Australia has to offer is more than enough to get one excited. You may also consider this as an option if you’re travelling alone, but if you’re sleeping in your vehicle you may find it difficult to meet other people (if that bothers you). Within this category of transportation there are a few sub-categories for you to consider.

Camper-van 

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If you’re travelling up the East or West coast a camper-van is my top pick as not only does it serve as transportation, but also accommodation. Unless you’re looking at travelling for extended periods of time I’d probably recommend renting one to save yourself the hassle of trying to sell it once you’re done. Before going ahead with the whole renting process I would definitely recommend doing some research comparing price vs. comfort.

Without shoving any particular companies down your throat a few that you may want to consider are Jucy, Travellers Autobarn, Spaceships and Hippie Camper. You should also seriously consider visiting a travel agent to do the work for you as not only can they get a better rate, but if something goes wrong they can help sort it out.

Car 

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A lot of people will choose this as a cheaper downgrade to the camper-van but the main thing to consider is whether or not you’ll be sleeping in it. If your plan is to find places to pitch a tent it’s definitely doable but depending on where you are you may find it a little difficult. If on the other hand you’ll be sleeping in the car you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable enough. If you’re renting, vehicles such as Travellers Autobarn’s stationwagon can be as cheap as $44 a day with insurance which brings me to my next point, insurance.

Unless you’re rich and unintelligent you definitely want it. Rental companies will charge an arm and a leg for it but it’s one of those shitty things that needs to be paid unless you’re prepared to pay $2,500 if a kangaroo jumps in front of your car. Believe me, he sure won’t be paying.

4wd 

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When it comes to going to places such as Fraser Island and Moreton Island, a 4wd is perfect transportation. If you’re looking to rent one you can expect to pay anywhere from $145-200 a day.  It’s also important to note that there may also be a minimum 7 day rental require on the vehicle. If you have a big group of you it will work out cheaper than paying for a tour and you may even consider the option of buying one. This can be quite expensive unless a few of you go in together but if you do it this way to get to Fraser you’re looking at around $110 return on the ferry + approx $7.50 each camping + $46.65 / month national park fee.

Regardless which of these vehicles you travel with buckle yourself up for a whole lot of excitement. Take a fishing rod with you and you may even manage to catch dinner.  You also definitely want to consider downloading wikicamps as it shows you all the free rest areas throughout Australia. If you’re not after this adventurous way of travelling Australia or it still doesn’t interest you, then maybe it’s time for you to consider being a bus wanka.

Bus 

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If you’re lazy like I am or don’t want to drive, this might be the best option for you. Depending on where in Australia you are you’ll also have to decide on which company you’re to travel with. If you’re on the East Coast and you want flexibiliy Greyhound is the most reputable. It leaves 3-4 times a day and a 3 month hop on hop off bus will cost you $419 from Cairns to Sydney or vice versa. With this pass you can hop on and off as many times as you want as long as you keep travelling in the same direction. Their service also offers wifi and usb chargers on board but I’m not going to lie, there’s a 50/50 chance they won’t work. If you don’t care about flexibility and want a cheaper alternative I would recommend looking into Premier which will cost you $295 for the same pass leaving once a day. Definitely check out Firefly down the bottom end as well as it can get you from Sydney to Melbourne for as cheap as $65.

The method of transport you choose really comes down to where you’re going and what services are available. This article has focussed a lot on the East Coast so depending where you’re going always research the services available and weigh up the pro’s and cons. I’ve met people who have hitch-hiked (it’s most definitely doable) though you may want to use caution as technically it’s illegal and can be dangerous. It’s also worth constantly checking flights as companies like jet star or tiger airways often have ridiculously cheap deals. Just make sure you use Skyscanner as it will compare prices for you.

14 Awesome Water Slides from Around the World

Because who the hell doesn’t like to ride a bad-ass water slide? Even if you’re afraid of heights and can’t swim this is still a thrill you can enjoy as it requires no effort or skill. As long as you can walk up the stairs you’re ready to go.

1. BSR Wake Park, Waco, Texas

The largest of these three slides is apparently the worlds longest and tallest chute waterslide.

2. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Leap of Faith has a 60-foot drop from the top of this stunning Mayan Temple, submerging riders in a tunnel under a “shark filled lagoon.”

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3. Città del Mare, Italy

You can slide right into the Mediterranean Sea at this Italian resort.

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4. L2, Austria

The first “double loop” waterslide in the world and it looks pretty ominous!

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5. Slip N Fly, Koh Phangnan, Thailand

In the same vein as BSR Wake Park, but this is on the island notorious for it’s full moon parties!

6. Insano, Brazil

With a fitting name,  this used to be the World’s Tallest Water Slide, standing at 135-feet tall and reaching speeds up to 65 mph.

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7. Master Blaster Water Coasters, Dubai

Located at Atlantis The Palms Resort, these dizzying slides take you through the park for a crazy, wet adventure.

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8. Black Hole – Bad 1 – Germany

This slide might be as close as you can get to an acid trip in a water park without actually taking acid..

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9. Boeing 747, Oregon

This plane is actually a water slide. I wonder if it flies?

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10. Head-first Racer, China

The perfect slide at Chimelong Waterpark if you crave a little competition between your friends.

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11.Epic Plunge, Norwegian Cruise Line

A water slide on a cruise ship? This would be ten times cooler if the slides actually emptied into the ocean.

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12. Verrückt – Schlitterbahn Water Park – Kansas City

Taller than the Statue of Liberty, this is the world’s tallest water slide at 168 feet and 7 inches. I’d definitely be Schittering all over the place if I went down this.

13. Big Thunder, Florida

Hold hands with your best mate, or hold a beer as you ride through a 45-degree drop that accelerates the raft into a huge funnel at 20 mph at Rapids Waterpark in West Palm Beach.

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14. Tantrum Alley, Dubai

This is just dizzying to look at!

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If you’e looking to transfer some money so you can experience these bad-ass slides Czech out our article on how to save money when transferring internationally here.

Epic 360 Photos From Around the World

For those who are afraid of leaving the comforts of home and responsibilities but still want to see the world, Google Maps photo spheres are the answer! These amazing interactive, 360-degree photos span across the globe, from the warm beaches of Thailand, to the frozen landscapes of Antarctica. *Note – these are best viewed on a desktop computer, or with the Google Maps App.*

Frozen waterfall at Athabasca Falls, Canada

Ko Phi Phi Don – Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Milford Sound – South Island, New Zealand

The Wave – Arizona, USA

Cable Beach – Western Australia

Machu Picchu, Peru

Ross Island – Antarctica

Dynjandifoss – Westfjords, Iceland

White Desert – Al Farafrah, Egypt

Preikestolen – Forsand, Norway

Lake Bogoria Nature Reserve – Kenya

Erta Ale – Afar Zone 2, Ethiopia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Causeway to Fingal’s Cave – Isle of Staffa, Scotland

Meteroa – Kalampaka, Greece

Sanja Festival in Tokyo, Japan

18 Things Every Backpacker Wants for Christmas

While most backpackers tend to shun materialistic possessions and prefer life changing experiences around the world instead, who’s to say we can’t enjoy a gift once in a while?

1. A Worldwide Travel SIM Card

Although this is more geared towards the flashpacker, there is nothing worse than struggling to find a shitty wifi connection in a city you’ve never been before. Fit this international SIM card into your mobile phone and you can stay in touch in over 195 countries world wide.

2. A Backpack

Pretty obvious, but you can’t backpack the world without a good, reliable backpack. This will be extra useful in case something like this happens:

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3. Booze

Alcohol is always a great gift idea; of course not to take with them travelling, but to remind them of their good old backpacking days:

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4. A GoPro

Every backpacker wants one of these bad boys, you know, so you can show all your friends on Facebook how much more fun you’re having than them. Now watch how cool I am jumping off this cliff:

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5. A Decent Wifi Connection for Fucks Sake!

It would be great to Skype your family on Christmas without having it disconnect every 5 seconds on some shitty hostel wifi.

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6. Airline Gift Certificates

Many airlines now offer travel gift certificates, ranging as low as $10 to as much as $1,000. Most of the cards never expire, unless the airline does, or you do.

Here are a few gift cards available online: Air Canada; Southwest; Alaskan.

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7. A Travel Journal

A gift more suited for girls, there are some great travel journals out there for planning trips or to look back on in the future. The I Was Here journal includes plenty of space to capture addresses, itineraries, reviews, and tips from locals; a reference section with time zones, measurements; graphic pages for note taking; and a back pocket for collecting ephemera.

8. Foreign Currency

This is great for backpackers that are about to leave home, still in the planning stage. Nothing gets you more excited to travel than a big wad of foreign moola! If you feel like going the easy route, you can read about how to do it online here for free.

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9. A Van to Roadtrip the Country

If you’re planning on backpacking your country instead of the world, then a good old van will do!

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10. Socks and Underwear

Cause I can’t be bothered to wash my clothes until I get back home. Clean socks and underwear will be a nice change from those soiled rags you call underwear.

11. Scratch off World Map

What better way to keep track of your travels and reminisce than to scratch off everywhere you’ve been with a scratch off world map.

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12. An Adventure You’ll Never Forget

This is priceless and something that can’t be bought or given, only experienced.

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13. A Dog to Carry Around Your Luggage

Probably not going to happen, but it’s worth a shot to ask Santa for it.

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14. International Power Adapter

There’s nothing worse than arriving at a hostel after a long plane ride only to find that you cannot charge your electronics because the wall socket isn’t compatible with your charger. This can easily be solved with a small and inexpensive adapter.

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15. Travel Insurance

Something you really don’t want to pay for but you need it to give your parents peace of mind while you’re away. We have now teamed up with World Nomads to bring you cheap Backpacker Travel Insurance. Get a free quote now.

16. Ear Plugs

Any backpacker will tell you they wished they had earplugs while trying to get some rest when that asshole above you is snoring all night in your hostel dorm.

17. Swiss Card

What the hell is a SwissCard? It’s like a swiss army knife, but in card form.

18. A Ticket to Anywhere

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13 Great Party Hostels Around the World

Hostels are a vital part of backpacking. There are a lot of factors that define a great hostel and reviews can often be skewed as what is going on in the hostel varies greatly throughout the year. With that being said here are 13 hostels in no particular order that have been reviewed positively when it comes to partying.

1. Retox Party Hostel, Budapest, Hungary

One of the most notorious party hostels in the world; with a name like Retox Party Hostel, you’re bound to have a good time or a terrible time due to the copious amounts of alcohol. Cruise the Danube on a party boat, drink in a castle overlooking Budapest or just relax at the Retox bar with a game of beer pong.

“Stayed at Retox and the place was insane. Make sure you know what you are getting into. The place is as advertised with it being dirty, crazy and loud. That being said it was a total blast and I would stay again in a heartbeat. Definitely not for everyone though.”

-Via Reddit user: photosandfood

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2. Dancing Elephant, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

If you’re looking to experience the famous Full Moon Party, then this is the hostel you want to be at. Located in the heart of Haad Rin village it is surrounded by shops, restaurants, massage parlors and only a 2 minute walk from beaches and the full moon party.

“Great location, close enough to haad rin beach for easy access but far away enough that you cannot hear the noise from the beach night. The staff pull out all the stops for full moon and the nights leading up to it. Great party atmosphere and very easy to meet people.”

-Customer Review from Hostelbookers.com

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Via: Dancing Elephant FB Page

3. Pacha Mama, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

With their famous Sunday Funday pool crawl, Pachamama is located quite centrally in San Juan del Sur and is close to the main beach and the main strip with all of the bars to party in of a night time. It is also only a short distance from the main street, where you can find all of the restaurants, food, and other amenities that you might need during your stay here.

Staff and service was always just ok. On the first day everyone looked at us like weird outsiders, it was unpleasant. A day later we realized we were looking at new arriving guests the same way. It was because we had bonded and formed little groups with the other guests. The hostel is super chill during the day, jump in the pool, drink a beer or watch Netflix on the lounge and take it easy before whatever wild party will ensue that night! Sunday funday was off the hook, if you stay at pacha mama you are guaranteed a ticket so stay there!

-captianpeanuts (2014-11-13) Tripadvisor review

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4. Asylum Cairns, Australia

A great hostel to make new friends, with their famous Mad Moon-day Party where for $15 you get your own original design t-shirt, free entry to awesome venues, BBQ sausage sizzle, a minimum of two free ‘things’ and free internet for a week (although internet should always be free). The atmosphere has a truly relaxed, ‘homey’ kind of feel, which is great for seasoned travellers and first-timers who may find it hard to make that first move in making new friends.

Great location. Party hostel. secure location to park your campervan if you have one. only a few blocks from the port/ocean. Be prepared to party on Thursday for they have their crazy Pants Down party. Kitchen is large and clean with fridge. Rooms are secure. Sadly you have to pay 2 dollars a day if you want wifi (5 dollars on first day to ‘activate).

-Anonymous (2014-10-29) Hostelworld review

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5. The Flying Pig Downtown – Amsterdam, Holland

The Flying Pig is a great location for young travellers, partiers, and people who are planning on walking everywhere. It’s very close to the Red Light District, and train station. The Flying Pig is right in the center of the city, and is located on a shopping strip.

I found it to be very clean and welcoming, as were the staff. Thankfully, my group likes to party and there were no shortage of those in or around the hostel, but if you’re not the party type, you may want to look elsewhere.

— Kelly (2014-03-14)

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Via: The Flying Pig Downtown FB page

6. The G Spot Hostel – Lagos, Portugal

Hands down one of the best in Portugal, this review pretty much sums it up:

Planned to stay for 3 days, ended up staying for 10! Not much more needs to be said, if you are looking for a great party hostel with awesome staff this is the place to be in Lagos.

-September 19th, 2014 Hostelworld review

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Via: G Spot Lagos FB page

7. Greg and Tom Party Hostel, Krakow, Poland

One of the fanciest party hostels around with a super modern common room, showers and kitchen. Every night, Polish students will take you out to the best party spots around Krakow and show you their special Vodka & Beer Tasting Tour. With a party 7 nights a week, it’s definitely a must when you’re in Krakow.

This is one of the greatest hostels available if you are looking for a good night out and a great stay. Brilliant location, free dinner and breakfast and the bar crawls are epic.

-June 30th, 2014 Hostelbookers review

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8. Carnival Court Backpackers, Cape Town, South Africa

Located in the heart of the action on Long street, near bars, clubs and restaurants. The hostel is on top of a bar, so most guests complain that it’s too noisy to get some sleep. It’s always a wild night here and you don’t come here to relax.

A brilliant place in the heart of cape town. it has a nice bar and is so a good option for solo-travellers. it can be loud at night, but well.. were young aren’t we!!

-Moritz Heise (2013-01-13) Hostelbookers review

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Via: Carnival Court Backpackers

9. X Hostel Varna, Varna, Bulgaria

As well as being cheap as chips this hostel really knows how to party. Epic parties in Varna or Golden Sands, unforgettable dinner parties, foam parties and pub crawls with around 400 people!

Ohhh X hostel Varna, how I love you so, where the golden Balkansko rivers flow. Definitely the greatest hostel on our planet earth. The staff seem like they were created in a rock and roll laboratory; they just cant stop the party. You walk through the gate and meet total strangers that you feel like you’ve known for years. Incredible parties, incredible atmosphere. Great tasting food that will even make your grandmother’s head explode. . I’ll be back without a doubt; see you there!

-Anonymous (2014-09-13) Hosteworld review

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Via: X Hostel Varna FB page

10. El Viajero Hostel – Cartagena, Colombia

This Party Hostel in Colombia has a fun and relaxing atmosphere, with a colonial patio & garden outside, a bar with the best music & cheapest drinks in town, a common TV area with DVD & Netflix, and a well-equipped kitchen.

El Viajero was the first “party” hostel I’ve ever stayed at and to be honest, I’m glad I did. I didn’t think that the noise was too loud & boisterous at night (as others have said in their reviews), since the hostel bartender would close the bar around midnight and usher everyone to partake in a bar/club crawl outside the city walls. Decor was super cute & colorful, staff was friendly, nightly group events were plentiful – overall a great place to meet people & maximize your time in the city!

-drobles7856005 (November 1, 2014) Hostelworld review

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Via: El Viajero Hostel Facebook Page

11. The Pink Palace – Corfu, Greece

Located on a beautiful beach in Corfu, this is both a hotel and hostel that is a great place to meet others when solo travelling. Go kayaking, set sail on the booze cruise, drink at the 24 hour bar or just chill out on the private beach. With 368 beds, you’re sure to find someone to party with.

Great place to party with different themed parties each night, and they seat everyone together at dinner which was a good way to meet people. They run activities during the day which everyone seemed to enjoy. Rooms had AC which is all we really cared about when it came to bed time.

– Anonymous (2014-08-15) Hostelworld review

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12. The Cambie Hostel, Vancouver, Canada

One of Vancouvers best hostels, the pub downstairs is always full with daily drink deals. It’s a great place to meet people and party, so don’t come here if you expect to get some R & R like this guest:

I understand that hostels tend to be party locations, but the groups partying in the upstairs common areas were out of control the Friday night I stayed there. In addition, the bathrooms were disgusting – pipes were leaking over the shower, there was a bandaid by the sink, empty bottles everywhere… and my comforter had a burn hole in it. Very unpleasant place to sleep (actually, not much sleep happened, to be honest). Would not recommend.

-Anonymous Female from the USA, Hostelworld review

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Via: The Cambie FB Page

 13. Couzi-Couji Party Hostel, Penang, Malaysia

Renown for it’s food, who knew Penang had a party hostel? Turns out this is the only one, and you’ll have a great time here with organized events, pub crawls and some of the cheapest beer in Penang.

Great place for partying! Met lots of new people and Alex the owner is a very cool and a funny party owner. I appreciate for the experience that I’ve had and made new friends not just travelers but also locals! Awesome bar experience and the activities that Alex organizes is just phenomenal! Definetely would like to come back! Long live Couzi Couji!

-Anonymous (July 26, 2014) Hostelworld review

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Via: Couzi-Couji FB Page

The world is huge, with lots of places and parties to explore. This is definitely not a list of all the best party hostels in the world, as there are too many to mention in one list. Feel free to mention your favourites in the comments below.

13 Types of People You’ll Meet at a Hostel

1. The Lonely Planet Know it All

Typically American, they love telling anybody who will listen about the best local restaurant in town, not knowing that it closed 2 years ago just after the guide was published.

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2. The Aussie

If you want to know where the cheapest places to drink / party are ignore the lonely planet guru, this is your guy.  It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you will always find one. If there’s a hostel, there’s an Aussie. You might start getting excited that there’s none around but when you’re least expecting it he’ll pop out of nowhere, usually accompanied by a sack of goon.

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3. The Stoner

Never leaves except for food. He is generally found asleep in his dorm room but on rare occasions can be sighted in the common room watching TV.  Don’t ask him about attractions in the area, he has no idea that he has left his home country.

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4. The Homeless Guy

Usually an older man who may or may not be paying to stay in the hostel. His backpacking days are long gone after he ran out of money, but he still wants to hold on to the good times.

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5. The Snorer

If you didn’t have a good nights sleep odds are he did. They’re always the first to fall asleep, making you wish you’d brought earplugs.

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6. The Hostel Rat

He travels halfway around the world to sit in the common room watching the latest episode of the Walking Dead, reading a book or surfing the web. In his spare time when he’s not on his laptop, he’s eating, shitting, sleeping or planning which hostel he’s going to sit on his ass in next.

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A room full of hostel rats.

7. The Backpacker Virgin

It’s their first time travelling the world. They have a brand new backpack, guides and everything they assumes a backpacker will need. Very eager and anxious to start exploring the city and begin their adventure. They will ask you tons of questions, including if you want to join them. Part of you envies them, reminding you of the early days when you first started out on your backpacking adventure.

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8. The White Guy With Dreadlocks

There is always one. Has many stories to tell and professes to know everything about the local area. His arrogance and self-righteousness overpowers the stench of his unwashed dreads.

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9. The One Who Lives in the Hostel

Not to be confused with the homeless guy, this one usually works nearby or has a decent income yet chooses to live in a hostel for social reasons.

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Img: La Menesunda Hostel

10. The 45 Year Old Who Thinks He’s 25

Usually a raging alcoholic whose wife recently left him, throwing him into a mid-life crisis. He’s been backpacking ever since she left, awkwardly trying to fit in and party with 20 something’s while trying to find his place in life.

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11. The Solitary Asian

He doesn’t speak a word other than “Hi” or “Hello”, disappears for the day, is asleep absurdly early and leaves no trace whatsoever so you’re not sure if he was really there or not at all…

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12. The Couchsurfer

He failed to find a couch, so he spends all day at the hostel sending couch requests and drinking his herbal tea. He feels as though he’s been raped every time he needs to pay for accommodation.

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13. The Guy Who Travels Only to Get Laid

He’s not here for the sights or the food, he’s here to get a piece of local ass. You’ll see him constantly on dating websites and swiping through Tinder, and in his backpack are many fancy shirts to go clubbing and he’s got a local phone so he can text the girls. If you need a condom he brought the great value package of the good ones from back home! Usually stays in a private room, so he can be alone with his local mistress. He typically cannot get laid back home.

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Are you a Traveller or a Tourist?

A “traveler” and a “tourist” are just titles that we give to people who travel. At the end of the day both had the courage to book a ticket and step outside their comfort zone. Some would even have the nerve to say that a traveller is a ‘pretentious tourist’. Regardless, we can’t deny that there are some fairly major differences that distinguish a traveller from a tourist.

1. Planning.

When it comes to planning, a tourist has almost everything planned. Be it the places or the hotel, all is considered in advance.

On the contrary, a traveler has almost nothing planned. It is in the nature of travelers to plunge in the element of surprise and uncertainty. Exploring alone without any agency or someone’s help is key for a traveler.

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2. Connection with the locals.

Tourists roughly connect with locals due to many reasons. The main reason is the places they visit which are practically touristic–which means they are abundant in foreigners but deficient in locals.

The secondary reason is their lack of interest to actually meet locals–mainly because they don’t have enough time; they rather focus on the places and the history of the country than its people.

While tourists merely meet locals, travelers’ utmost interest is connecting with them. First they have enough time and second it is part of the whole traveling experience.

Somehow, travelers will need locals along their way and this in return will indirectly allow them to meet them. Being sort of nomads and far from planning, they need to ask about certain locations, transportation means and guest houses. And who does it better than a local?

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3. Tourist places

Tourists visit touristic places due to their cultural value. Since they don’t have enough time to explore all the country’s pivotal point attractions, they choose the ones with the most historical significance.

Travelers mainly stay away from those typical places as they love to visit locations not really explored.

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4. Immersing in the culture

Tourists try to immerse in the country’s culture as much as they can with the amount of time they have. They do it out of experience and curiosity.

Travelers do it out of experience and curiosity as well yet they love to delve in it more as it becomes an inherent part of them. It isn’t just an experience that passes by for travelers.

Whether the food, the language, the lifestyle or the clothes which locals wear, travelers become part of the culture even after leaving the country.

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5. Goals are different

As I mentioned above, both travelers and tourists book a ticket to travel to a different time zone; this, is solely fantastic. But each one of them is doing it for different purposes.

This point in fact, depends on the person. But mainly, everyone needs to travel to have some sort of an escape, to experience being alive again and to taste irreplaceable freedom.

Tourists travel and do experience the above yet as soon as the vacation is over they get back to the life they had before getting on the plane.

Travelers on the other hand not only experience escape, life and freedom, but they use it in order to change their life. Most of them do not get back to the life they lived before; there will be major altering in their lifestyles.

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6. Time traveled

Tourists usually have little time when abroad. It can range from seven to 20 days. They can’t travel more than this duration in one single month as they have jobs and responsibilities to get back to.

Travelers don’t set time for their trips. They can range from weeks to months without any specific date to return.

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7. The look tells a lot

You can always differentiate a traveler from a tourist.

Tourists usually dress the way they do in their hometown. You see them holding cameras, guides and maps. And more obviously they are rarely alone; usually with groups or at least with three other persons.

Travelers most of the time dress more loosely than tourists and mostly like locals. They never rely on guides and rarely on maps; their best guide are the locals. Few are the travelers who travel in large groups as they don’t deal with any agencies. They either go alone or with one or two individuals who fit into their lifestyle.

After all, you are the only one who can decide whether you wish to be a traveler or a tourist. Either way, it doesn’t really matter as long as travel brings you happiness and change.

At the end of the day, those who travel aren’t seeking to arrive at a particular destination somewhere in the world; their only true destination is inner transformation and peace.

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6 Things That Really Suck About Going Home

Your trip just ended and it’s time to go home. Sure it’s exciting to see friends and family again but believe me, that excitement is short lived. Post travel depression is very real and I’m sure a lot of you have experienced it before. Believe me, I’m going through it right now. With that being said here are 6 things that really suck about going home.

1. Saying Good-bye

You know you’ll probably see them again but saying good-bye to all the amazing people you’ve met really sucks.

2. Lack of money

If you travelled and indulged as much as you could while you were away odds are you’re broke.

3. People don’t understand your accomplishments

Hell you dove with sharks! you jumped out of a plane, you got mugged in France or you even fucked a midget. Doesn’t matter what you did, people don’t understand the adventure you had and they don’t care. Maybe they’re jealous or envious. Who knows. Nobody will appreciate your adventures like another traveller.

4. Nothing changes

Same friends, same bar, same Friday night.

5. Lack of interest

Nothing will thrill you about the monotonous life you once led. You’ve done things people would never dream of so finding excitement in pointless activities is hard.

6. Wanderlust

All you’ll be thinking about is your next journey and how badly you want to get away again.

If you’ve never travelled and had to deal with these issues then don’t be deterred. If the worst thing about going travelling is going home what are you waiting for? Get off your ass and book that flight!

This 90 Year Old Grandma Will Kick Your Ass at Backpacking

Meet Mary Lou Mahaney, a 90-year-old retiree from Silver Spring, Maryland, who is probably the coolest grandma ever.

She’s travelled to every continent and visited over 100 countries. She’s also done some seriously adventurous things.

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Chugging wine directly from the bottle because they were taking forever to bring her a glass – Germany, 2014

“I’ve gone ATVing in the jungles of Africa, luging in New Zealand, hot air ballooning in Australia, climbed the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, parasailed in Greece and ridden a horse bareback in Argentina,”

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She says she started her travel conquest at age 72, when she lost her husband. “He wasn’t a big traveler so we barely ever traveled,” Mahaney said. “But after his passing I decided that I had to see the world.”

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In a manwich, before performing a traditional dance with locals – Panama, 2011

Despite pushing a hundred, Mahaney finds new inspiration for traveling all the time. “I just wake up every morning, loving life to the fullest,” she said. “I find it fascinating to see places of historical importance with my own eyes.”

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No big deal, just playing with some lions – Botswana, 2010

And she isn’t stopping any time soon. In fact, she’s already planning her next adventures. “I’m headed on a cruise to the Caribbean where I plan on going zip-lining and then I’m off to explore Burma for a bit.”

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Via: Buzzfeed

Backpacker Attacked While Sleeping In Hostel

Staying in hostels has its ups and downs. Great parties that some may love and others may hate, snoring and fornicating room-mates keeping you up all night, and people stealing your shit. This backpackers experience in Oslo, Norway couldn’t get much worse than it did.

At first it appears like it could be a normal dorm room, however after staying a night he was in for a big surprise.

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“The hostel I stayed at, Sentrum Pensjonat, in Oslo was central and cheap (still the most expensive hostel I’ve stayed in, but hey, it’s Norway). In my rush to book I didn’t thoroughly read reviews. It looked like an orphanage and had the weirdest vibe of any hostel I’ve stayed at after 3+ years of hopping around Europe”.

He says that he woke up to some itching but assumed it was a mosquito bite. After getting up and showering he noticed the itching was getting worse and decided to look under his sheets finding 3 bedbugs in the corner of his mattress. They say that there are 50 bedbugs to every one you see.

“I told the front desk and got my money back, then booked a night at the Raddison (140 euros, so that sucked)”. As the day went on he assessed the damage and counted over 200 bites all over his body.

24 hours after the attack:

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“The bites started to turn into welts, incredibly itchy. I bought an anti-itch cream and cortizone at a pharmacy. It actually got so bad that I went to a doctor about 48 hours after waking up with the bites, though they couldn’t give me anything else and just told me to keep applying cream.”

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“The worst part was that my feet got attacked”, a large part of his Norway trip involving hiking.

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They even attacked his face, though these bites didn’t show up as clearly as the ones on his arms and back.

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“Apparently heat is one of the only things that kills these things (they can live up to a year without feeding… they’re horrendous little things.) Everything I owned got thrown into this industrial dryer I found at a laundromat in Oslo and cooked for an hour (clothes, two pairs of shoes, backpack, travel cases).”

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Four days later the bites were still irritating him. “The bites around the edge of my shoes and at the sock line turned into these pustules (I had about 6) which I popped with soap and gentle rubbing in the shower.”

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He says “It was still one of the most incredible trips I’ve been on. The bedbug attack was a downer and a bit annoying at night with the itching, but I didn’t let it put a damper on my trip. Travel is the good and the bad, can’t let things like that prevent you from traveling cheap and seeing the world, even if “lo barato sale caro” sometimes.”

His feet held up and here he is with a breath-taking view.

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Via: Reddit

18 Funny Signs Found in Hostels Around the World

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American Backpackers Hostel in Vancouver

If you plan on visiting, don’t forget a photo of your mother.

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Brasov, Romania

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Taos, New Mexico

Eat 2 cats – get one free!

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Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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Where am I supposed to keep my tuna salad then?

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Open to all jews!

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Not this one though:

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Or this:

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Asylum Cairns Hostel, Australia

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Dunedin, New Zealand

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Well thanks for the warning at least. On a dorm room door.

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This must be in Australia

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La Brisa Loca, in Santa Marta, Colombia

Was it Mike Rowe doing another “Dirty Job?”

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No pool for you. Period.

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Athens, Greece

As if I would ever let anyone borrow my Twighlight books. pshh…

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14 Signs You’re A Backpacker

1. You Use the ‘Sniff Test’ To See if Your Clothes are Clean

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2. If They Aren’t, You Wash Them for Free

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3. You Feel Closer to Friends Made on the Road than Some of Those You’ve Known Your Whole Life

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4. Your Permanent Address is Your Parents House

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5. Did Someone Say Free Wifi?

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6. If it Weren’t for Drink Deals you Wouldn’t Have a Clue What Day it Was

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7. You’ll Do Anything To Save Money On Transportation

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8. However, You Have No Problem Spending it All On Alcohol

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9. You Spend 30 Minutes Haggling Over Souvenirs To Save 75 Cents

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10. Everything You Own Travel’s With You

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11. ‘Free’ is Your Favourite Word

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12. You’re Not Proud of It but You’ve Probably Stolen Food at Some Point

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13. Odds Are You’ve Slept with More Nationalities than Countries You’ve Been

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14. You Could Not Live a Life Without Travel

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10 Lame Excuses Not To Travel

10. I Don’t Have Enough Money

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That’s probably because you spend it all on stupid shit.

9. I Have A Full Time Job


You’re not getting any younger and odds are that job will still be there waiting to take you back if you want it.

8. I Have A Family To Support

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Yeah, you’re screwed. Unless you’re rich and can take them with you.

7. I Have A Pet

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Do you have parents too? Give it to them and ask for some travel money while you’re at it.

6. I’m A Girl, I’ll Get Butt-Raped

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You’ll probably love it too. Pink Butt Plugs – Now on sale, %20 off!

5. I Don’t Want To Miss The Next Episode Of American Idol

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The only exception to this rule is Game of Thrones!

4. I’m too old

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You’re never too old to travel. The day I stop travelling is the day I’m 6 feet under.

3. I’ll Get Homesick

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Well aren’t you a big pussy?

2. What If?

What if I miss my flight? What if I get mugged? What if I lose my passport? What if I don’t like it there? What if you didn’t go at all? In the end, the only thing you’ll regret is the chances you didn’t take.

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What if I told you you’re a big pussy?

1. I Don’t Have Anyone To Travel With

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Stop being a little bitch and download backpackr.

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