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What Is A Hostel? The Answer Will Change Your Travels Forever

What Is A Hostel? The Answer Will Change Your Travels Forever

What is a hostel? Even if you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, you probably know that hostels are a type of shared accommodation that helps your travel budget go further. But what you may not know is that the uniquely social nature of hostels will transform your trip. We think this quote from travel…

Solo travel vs group tours: which is right for you?

Solo travel vs group tours: which is right for you?

Everyone likes to travel in different ways, and for different reasons. Be it for relaxation and comfort, for adventure and exhilaration, or for culture and new experiences. There are no right or wrong ways to do it, and nowadays there are ways to travel to suit everyone’s needs. A discussion that I have had many…

Planning A Solo Trip? We Need To Talk About Loneliness

Planning A Solo Trip? We Need To Talk About Loneliness

You expected a lot from your first solo trip.  A suntan. Obviously. Getting to know the world a little better. Making new friends. An epic Instagram account. Even a few of those ‘did I just bungee jump naked’ moments that you’ve pledged never to talk about. Ever. But loneliness? You probably never expected that. Yet,…

Extraordinary Hostel Heroes: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary Hostel Heroes: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

This award is extra special! Hostels couldn’t nominate themselves, instead, the HOSCARs judges picked the top five hostel submissions across all entries and only one hostel will walk away victorious (although, we’re sure you’ll agree they’re all deserving!). Have a read through, remind yourself why you love hostels and hostelling so much, and then vote…

Extraordinary Sociable Experience Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary Sociable Experience Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

You may be wondering how hostels kept their sociable magic in these weird times, well don’t worry, these hostels exemplify the sociable experiences that hostels are famous for. The panel of HOSCARs judges have selected the following five hostels as finalists for the EXTRAORDINARY Sociable Experience award and now we are asking YOU to vote…

Extraordinary New Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary New Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

In normal times (remember those?) starting a new business was challenging enough, but in 2020 *gasp*, it’s next level. We are in awe! Our panel of HOSCARs’ judges chose these five as the top-notch contenders to bag themselves their first award. A shiny new award, for a shiny extraordinary new hostel… who gets your vote?…

Extraordinary Community & Social Impact Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary Community & Social Impact Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s that we need community, and giving backpackers temporary communities and a sense of belonging is something hostels do so well. In 2020 priorities switched and hostels empty of travellers shifted their gaze and focused on supporting their local communities. These five hostels were selected…

Extraordinary Inclusive Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary Inclusive Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Hostels welcome travellers from all around the world and we believe they are some of the most inclusive environments you could ever wish to be in. However, hostel staff, like us, are always learning, becoming mindful of our own unconscious biases, and growing as a result. The HOSCARs’ judges selected the following five hostels as…

Extraordinary Sustainable Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Extraordinary Sustainable Hostels: HOSCARs Finalists 2021

Travellers know that hostels are life-changing places, where you can surround yourself with free spirits while exploring our beautiful planet. These hostels are leading the charge in protecting the environment, doing their bit to ensure that backpackers can continue exploring for many years to come. The HOSCARs judges selected these hostels as the five Extraordinary Sustainable…

10 Tips For Travelling Alone That Will Transform Your Travels

10 Tips For Travelling Alone That Will Transform Your Travels

Solo travel is a skill, and one I’m constantly honing in order to get the very best out of my experiences abroad. I’ve travelled through 45 countries, more than half of them solo, and it’s taught me so much about myself and the universe. I highly recommend solo travel to anybody and everybody – whether you’re 18…

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