Freehand Hotel Chicago

Looking for a cool, affordable, and stylish place to stay in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood? Read on to get my full review of the Freehand Hotel Chicago! … After visiting Chicago last September, I knew this was a city I’d be visiting again and again. Not just for my own enjoyment, but to thoroughly explore… Continue reading Freehand Hotel Chicago

How to Make Friends When Staying in a Hostel

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As a solo traveler, meeting new people while traveling is an important part of the experience. Here’s how to meet people and make friends when you stay in hostels. … If you’re planning a solo trip, you might be wondering how to meet people on your travels. Sure, you’ve worked up the courage to travel… Continue reading How to Make Friends When Staying in a Hostel

Hostel Etiquette: 10 Things NOT to Do in a Hostel

Hostel etiquette is an important part of surviving hostel life. Here’s what you should and should NOT do when staying in hostels. … In a hotel or other private accommodation, you can pretty much do what you want with your space. Sleep late, make a mess, play music, whatever (within reason) while you’re in your… Continue reading Hostel Etiquette: 10 Things NOT to Do in a Hostel

The Introvert’s Guide to Hostel Life

Getting used to hostel life as an introvert can be tough. Don’t get me wrong, hostels are great. As a budget traveler, I stay in hostels any chance I get (unless I can find a cheaper accommodation option). I’m a hardcore introvert, though, so hostels weren’t my first choice when I started traveling. In the… Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Hostel Life

The Essential Hostel Packing List

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As most backpackers know, packing for a hostel is very different than packing for a night in a hotel. The environment and situations you find yourself in when you stay in a hostel call for very specific tools. That’s why I put together this essential hostel packing list, so you know exactly what you need… Continue reading The Essential Hostel Packing List

New Zealand Hostels Guide: The Best Hostels in New Zealand (& the Worst)

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A guide to all the BEST New Zealand hostels around the country (and some of the worst)! … I lived, worked, and traveled around New Zealand for almost 11 months. I was on a working holiday, so I was definitely on a tight budget. As a backpacker, a lot of my nights were spent sleeping in… Continue reading New Zealand Hostels Guide: The Best Hostels in New Zealand (& the Worst)

Oamaru Backpackers: Affordable & Stylish Hostel in Oamaru, New Zealand

The little seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand isn’t on the main traveler trail. A lot of people would never think to stop here, but those who do are probably here to see the Victorian architecture or the penguins. Whatever your reason for visiting Oamaru, you’re going to need a place to stay. If you’re… Continue reading Oamaru Backpackers: Affordable & Stylish Hostel in Oamaru, New Zealand

TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Westport, New Zealand is a small town. A really small town. Stepping off the bus, I felt like I was being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, left to fend for myself. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, seeing as Westport does have a main street with shops, a supermarket, and even a bank. It… Continue reading TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Haka Lodge Taupo: Staying in a Flashpackers Hostel

Flashpackers (n): someone who generally travels like a backpacker, but with a larger budget; usually prefers more comfort and convenience than traditional backpackers. Haka Lodge considers itself to be a flashpackers accommodation, or an “up-market backpackers” in their own words. You’ll find all of the usual characteristics of a hostel, including dorm rooms, common areas,… Continue reading Haka Lodge Taupo: Staying in a Flashpackers Hostel

North Yellowstone Lodge and Hostel // Gardiner, Montana

After a day spent traversing Yellowstone National Park, my friend and I found ourselves with no place to stay. We had planned to camp inside the park, but of course all of the campsites were full by the time we got there. We knew that was likely to happen, but decided to take the chance… Continue reading North Yellowstone Lodge and Hostel // Gardiner, Montana