What are your favorite hostels in the world?

Nomadic Matt recently posted a list called My favorite hostels in the world.  Goes to show that low prices don’t always mean low quality.  You can save money and have a great time.

Matt’s list spurred me to remember which hostels I’ve enjoyed over the years.  Here are some of my picks:

Circus (Berlin, Germany) — If every hostel was as grand … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | December 9, 2011
Category: Backpacking, General, Hostels/Hotels, Notes from the collective travel mind

Albert Camus on how travel brings us back to ourselves

“What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country…we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 8, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Getting Vagabonding or Marco Polo as stocking-stuffers

vagabonding

It’s once again winter holiday season, which means it’s time to tout my books as stocking stuffers for the travel lovers on your Christmas list.

Vagabonding makes a great holiday gift for:

College or high school students nearing graduation. Twenty- and thirtysomethings who don’t like their jobs, are currently between jobs, or are considering a sabbatical from work. Friends and family members who don’t … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Getting Vagabonding or Marco Polo as stocking-stuffers  | December 5, 2011
Category: General

Special December 2011 fares for multi-stop tickets on BootsnAll

Trying to figure out how much a RTW trip is going to cost is one of the biggest hurdles for potential long-term travelers. There are so many factors to consider when you first sit down to tackle that travel budget.

Are you going to buy a RTW plane ticket or point to point tickets? Hotels, hostels, or couchsurfing? Street food, cooking your own, or restaurants? Overland travel or budget flights? The decisions on any … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Special December 2011 fares for multi-stop tickets on BootsnAll  | December 3, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Making hostel booking social

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCWvnp7-ikI&feature=player_embedded Intro video for inbed.me

Over the years, there have been several attempts to combine travel and social networking.  The latest on the scene is inbed.me (that name is just asking for double entendres).

The idea is to solve the problem of that first-night loneliness in a new hostel.  You’ve just arrived, and all the previous guests have formed their cliques, so you don’t have anyone to talk to.  With inbed.me, you can connect to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Making hostel booking social  | December 2, 2011
Category: Hostels/Hotels, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Tech

The exotic need not be far away

“Two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see. A single farmhouse which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the King of Dahomey.” –Henry David Thoreau, “Walking” (1862)

Posted by | Comments (3)  | December 1, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day