Travel Stories

Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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How to Travel to Koh Chang on a Budget

Hat Sai Noi Beach (Koh Chang on a Budget)

If you’re looking for a beautiful island to visit in Thailand, but need something that won’t break the bank, I’d have to recommend Koh Chang. Here’s a guide for exploring Koh Chang on a budget. Think $150 for a week! Accommodations Book a hostel on the island using Agoda. Several hostels are around 300 baht a night. Keep track of …

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Beaches, Waterfalls, Snorkeling and New Year’s Celebration: A Guide to Ko Chang, The Best Island in Thailand

Months ago when I was still in Edinburgh, a friend of mine said I needed to visit Ko Chang. Forgetting this advice, I started looking for places to take my brother when he joined me in Thailand for the holiday season, and picked the same island. When I mentioned this to locals in the country, one for one they said …

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Christmas in the Hippie Village of Pai and a Secret Waterfall, Pai Part 2

Selfie at Pai Waterfall

Although I’ve been on the road through three Christmases, this was the first time I spent it somewhere unique and special. Pai, Thailand. My brother arrived in Thailand on December 18th for his first overseas adventure. After a brief exploration of Bangkok, we made our way up to Chiang Mai, and then to Pai. I had heard about Pai last …

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A Day Exploring the Sai Ngam Hot Springs and Pai Canyon – Pai Part 1

Selfie at Pai Hot Springs

If you like beautiful scenery, few tourists, a hippie culture and off-the-beaten-path attractions, Pai is the place for you. Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and Pai Canyon are just some of the attractions available. My brother and I went up to Pai for Christmas 2016. Renting scooters from Mango Bikes in Chiang Mai, we were able to complete the 140 km …

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New Year in Koh Chang and my New Year’s Resolution

Selfie on Ko Chang for New Year

Happy New Year, Everyone! While I didn’t match the 35 countries I visited in 2015, last year was truly an adventure. Some highlights include learning how to train horses in Sweden, getting my passport for the UK, an amazing month exploring Scotland, adventures in Sweden, setting up and losing a home base in Edinburgh, my dad coming to Scotland, moving …

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Business Card SelfieHello and welcome to Skye Travels. Yes, Skye is my real name. My mom was debating between Aaron and Zach, and finally chose Zach. When she mentioned this to my grandmother, she said no way. My family heritage is Dutch and German, and Zach means the same as “sack.” My granny said there was no way her grandson would be called a brown paper sack, and said instead I needed to be named after something without limits, like the sky. My mom had been quite a hippy, and readily agreed. Additionally, both my parents had been to the Isle of Skye, a decade apart, and thought the island was the most beautiful place in the world, so used the spelling for my name. Ironically, I’ve since been to the Isle of Skye myself, and I agree with their assessment.

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