Backpacking is a rewarding budget-travel sector which grows year after year - and some hostels these days are surprisingly interesting and even fancy. So grab your pack and go!


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Holy hostel! A unique hybrid headlines ´7 Great Amsterdam Lodgings in Various Price Ranges´

  Bunk Hotel Located in vibrant Amsterdam Noord, a short ferry ride from Centraal Station and the various sites and attractions of the historic city centre, this 101-year-old former Roman Catholic church is now a hybrid hotel/hostel of 106 private rooms (from 54 euros) and 50 stacked private "pods" (from 24€). It's good for traveling with kids, on business, or alone, as well as for students and young people looking for inexpensive lodging. Amenities and services include: free high-speed WiFi;…

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How to pick a hostel that's right for you

This video provides some good do's and don't's about picking a good hostel from a vlogger who's stayed at 74 of them in 16 countries. There are several no-brainers here but also some observations that might not've occurred to you. So if hostels/backpacking are your preferred means of travel, it's worth a watch!

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The best places to go backpacking in Costa Rica

With its sparkling beaches, stunning waterfalls, and beautiful rainforests, Costa Rica is a paradise for backpackers. Here, you can make your way through forest canopy walks or fall in love with the relaxed pura vida (a favorite local phrase, meaning "pure life") of this lovely Central American country. There’s so much to do here that if you plan well you can truly have the trip of a lifetime. And here are some of what I think are the best places to go backpacking here: read post

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DAILY DEPARTURES..BOOK YOUR DESTINATION NOW... 4 Days Wildebeest Migration Adventures Day 1: Nairobi-Maasai Mara Pick up from your hotel in the morning and head west for Maasai Mara adventure destination for lunch at the campsite, followed by afternoon game drive in the game reserve which is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary.Including migrants, well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Although July, August and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with…

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    London Central Youth Hostel (104 Bolsover Street; 44-845-371-9154; is five minutes from Oxford Street and Regent’s Park. It has a 24-hour cafe/bar, Internet access, Wi-Fi, a self-service kitchen and a laundry. There is even a plasma-screen and Nintendo Wii. Prices for May range from £19.95 (about $30 at $1.50 to the pound) per adult for a single bed in a shared room with no bath to £136.95 for a six-bed family room with its own bath. Temporary membership fees of £3 per adult and £1.50 per child a night are payable upon arrival. Annual memberships are available.

    The Circus (Weinbergsweg 1a; 49-30-2000-3939; is in the Mitte district, the heart of the city. There are a cafe and bar, and Wi-Fi in every room. The hostel can arrange airport pickup. Prices are 19 euros (about $26 at $1.36 to the euro) for a bed in an eight-person room to 140 euros for a four-person, two-bedroom penthouse apartment with kitchen and bath.

    Oops! (50, avenue des Gobelins; 33-01-47-07-47-00; is near the Latin Quarter. All rooms have air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Dorm rooms are 23 euros a person in the low season (usually November through February) and 30 euros a person in the high season. Private rooms are 70 euros in the low season and 80 euros in the high season. All rates include breakfast, Internet, Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

    Urbany (Avinguda Meridiana, 97; 34-93-24-58-414; has self- service kitchens, a laundry, a bar, a rooftop terrace and a common room with PlayStation consoles, DVDs and games. Guests may also use a fitness club nearby, which has a pool and sauna. All rooms have private baths, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Beds in an eight-room dorm are from 12 euros a night, and from 25 euros for a double. All rates include breakfast. Half- and full-board options are available, with meals at the Tolc bar/restaurant.

    Yellow (Via Palestro, 44; 39-06-49-382-682; is normally restricted to guests between 18 and 40, though 17-year-olds may stay under some circumstances. Dorm rooms are all mixed gender and some have private baths. Rates are 35 euros for a four-bed room with a private bath and 24 euros for a mixed-gender dorm with no bathroom. There are Internet access (laptops can be rented), a game room and a bar. The Yellow offers an inexpensive breakfast (French toast for 3 euros), with a menu that changes monthly.
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