Tag Archives: Hostels

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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Budget Travel: A Guide to Visit Kotor, Montenegro on a Budget

Old Town and Fortress - Visit Kotor

If you haven’t decided to visit Kotor in your trip to Europe, it’s time to change your travel plans. This quaint town should absolutely be part of your itinerary. It might seem redundant to write a budget travel guide to the Balkans, which are the cheapest part of Europe. However, many of the cities in Montenegro are tourist traps, and …

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Why I Prefer Couchsurfing Over Hostels When I Travel

Couchsurfing Event

I’m a budget traveler. Therefore, I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel. Couchsurfing is definitely the cheapest lodging you can get, but it’s actually not the primary reason why I personally use the website. Each type of lodging doesn’t just cater to a different clientele. They also provide different experiences. In a hotel, you’re usually getting pampered. Airbnb provides a …

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Hostel Reservations: To Book or Not to Book

Hostel Reservations

Hostel reservations are something I’ve gone back and forth on several times in my travels. At one point I didn’t want to support booking websites instead of hostels themselves by making hostel reservations in advance. Six hours walking around Prague in 42° weather finding that the first eighteen hostels were fully booked changed that. Toward the beginning of my travels, I was …

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Is Workaway Worth It for a Budget Traveler?

Workaway Hostel in Rotterdam

I was introduced to Workaway in my first couple weeks of international travel. In the first year, I worked for nearly a dozen hosts. While volunteering can be amazing, at other times it’s a nightmare. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Workaway. What is Workaway Workaway is a site where volunteers from around the world can …

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