Candid, up-to-date and entertaining - travel blogs are a great way to research your next trip or temporarily satisfy your wanderlust. They are also a fantastic place to unearth local gems and read up on niche topics like solo travel for women, RTW trips or travelling long-term as a couple from people who have really gone out there and done it. What’s more, you can often find helpful resources like packing lists, budget spreadsheets and gear reviews on their sites. Here are a few of our favourite travel blogs (besides this one of course!). Read more »
If you were not one of the lucky ones who experienced hostelling at a young age with your family or friends, then staying at a hostel, sharing a dorm room, and hostel facilities are all new to you. For some people there is no stress involved and they easily fall into hostel life, for others it can take a bit longer to feel comfortable. Read more »
By guest blogger Jody Bartley
I have only been to Berlin the once and to say it left an impression on me would be an understatement. Berlin is possibly one of the most fantastic cities I have ever travelled to. Two years ago, I decided to fly to Berlin to see Bloc Party play the Columbia Halle in the old East on Valentine’s night. Berlin in February is fabulous but my God, it is cold! Read more »
I guess if 2012 is going to be the end of the world, then we better make the most of it and see as much of it as we can! Where are you planning on going this year? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. Here are some places that are on HI’s wish list: Read more »
New York, New York; it’s a wonderful town, but hard on your wallet. I’ll give you some tips on how to save in some areas so you can splurge in others. Read more »
Do you know which natural phenomena were crowned the New7Wonders of Nature by voters from around the world? From a pool of 440 candidates in 220 countries, the New7Wonders Foundation recently announced the seven provisional winners. The awareness and tourism income generated through the New7Wonders campaign will ensure that these natural treasures are better preserved for future generations. Read more »
Throughout the year hostellers rate our hostels at www.hihostels.com, and from these ratings HI hands out the HI-5ives! awards. Categories for the award are as follows: Friendliest Hostel, Most Efficient Hostel, Most Comfortable Hostel, Best Overall Hostel and Best Country Hostel. Read more »
By Hostelling International employee, Ceri.
Okay, so you are headed to Sydney and you want to see it all, but you don’t want to empty your wallet. No probs, there are plenty of ways that you can experience this city without breaking the bank. I have been lucky enough to visit Sydney numerous times, and with different budgets. But you know I do love a bargain or a freebie, so here is my low down to seeing the best of Sydney on a budget. Read more »
It was my second visit to San Francisco in three years, so I didn’t need to go back to Alcatraz or Chinatown. And while I did go back to the Ferry Building for the Saturday farmer’s market and then to Fisherman’s Wharf to look at the sea lions and line up for an hour to take the cable car, I heartily regretted every overcrowded, heavily-touristed, teeth-gritting minute of it.