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12 Incredible Hostels Every Traveler Should Visit In A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.17.2017 | Travel

You travel on a budget, but you’ve abandoned grimy, noisy hostels for the cheapest of Airbnb stays. Or maybe you’ve always assumed hostels are dar...

8 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From Launching America's Top-rated Hostel

Brent Underwood | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Brent Underwood

I fell in love with hostels during a college study abroad trip. By 2014, I had stayed in over 150 hostels in 30 countries.

An Open Letter to Malia Obama - Gap Year Advice from a Travel CEO

Russ Hedge | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel
Russ Hedge

Malia Obama The White House Washington DC 20050 Dear Malia, I wanted to extend a congratulations and my sheer enthusiasm for your decision to take ...

20 Aspiring Travelers And A Global Movement for Social Responsibility

Russ Hedge | Posted 04.22.2016 | Travel
Russ Hedge

Can the diverse experiences of hundreds of seasoned CEOs and a score of aspiring young travelers from New York City somehow converge to change the way people think about travel as cultural exchange and learning?

Cheap Sleeps: Hostels vs. Airbnb

Andy Steves | Posted 04.14.2016 | Travel
Andy Steves

In recent years, I've nearly exclusively used two websites to find my accommodation: and Let's dive into the pros and cons...

Why We Hostel

Russ Hedge | Posted 03.25.2016 | Travel
Russ Hedge

It seems the sudden new rage. It's spotted across the media spectrum. It's part of traveler conversations and blogger posts. Hostels are the hi...

32 Everyday Things That Become Luxuries When Backpacking

Kimberly Conner | Posted 03.23.2017 | Travel
Kimberly Conner

We're backpackers. We're trying to see the world on a budget, and more often than not it means that we must sacrifice some things that were used to at...

10 Things to Know Before Staying in a Hostel

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 02.24.2017 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

The word "hostel" conjures up a variety of images for the novice and experienced traveler alike; bunk beds, saving money, strangers snoring, new friends, and bed bugs are just a few of the myriad of impressions that people have, deserved or not, about staying in hostels.

These Travel Mistakes Are Costing You

Thrillist | Posted 02.17.2017 | Travel

By: Matthew Kepnes Credit: GOLFX/SHUTTERSTOCK (EDITED) Let's be honest, a lot of conventional travel wisdom -- from always book your trip earl...

So You Wish You Could Travel?

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 12.16.2016 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

It irks me when people look at what I do as some great and mystical thing, when in reality, I just buy a plane ticket, pack a bag (that, more often than not, ends up being too full of clothes that I never wear), and work out the details on the way.

Japan's Hidden Gems: Kyushu, Hot Springs, Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling

David Code | Posted 12.11.2016 | Travel
David Code

One of the fondest memories of my three years living in Japan was a hot springs pool in the mountains. My Tokyo girlfriend took me to a quaint old ...

5 Lessons I Learned By Traveling Solo

The Outbound Collective | Posted 12.01.2016 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

I took the leap two years ago. I decided that my white college apartment was getting too stuffy for the dreamer inside of me. I needed an adventure to challenge myself and find some direction.

20 Non-Awkward Ways To Meet People While Traveling Solo

Blake Boles | Posted 09.08.2016 | Travel
Blake Boles

Solo travel can be invigorating, enlightening -- and terribly lonely. Introducing yourself to a total stranger can feel creepy, anxiety-provoking and awkward -- especially when you don't have a friend or two backing you up. If you're like me, you crave context before striking up a conversation as a solo traveler.

To the People I've Met While Traveling

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 08.21.2016 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

Travel in any form is a special kind of adventure, but there is extra beauty in traveling by yourself. You alone choose how you want to fill every minute of your days and nights: what to do, what to eat, where to go, and how to get there.

3 Unusual Ways to Save Money on Accommodations

Clark Howard | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Clark Howard

As longtime listeners to my show are aware, it's now become commonplace when you're looking for a deal to rent a condo or a home directly from the homeowner rather than renting a traditional hotel.

How To Travel Alone -- And Why Everyone Should Do It

Alex Schiff | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Alex Schiff

Traveling alone for an extended period means you spend a lot of time inside your own head. Alone, bombarded with new stimuli at every turn, your mind can truly appreciate the juxtaposition of people, places and things. Most importantly, you're going to think deeply about whether you're living your life meaningfully.

This Refurbished Junkyard Could Be Your New Favorite Hostel

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 10.15.2015 | Travel

Whatever your summer plans were, scrap them: We found the real-life version of Elysium, the hippie commune from the 2012 film "Wanderlust." Welcome...

Why Private Hostel Rooms Are Terrible Deals

Map Happy | Posted 06.13.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

We decided to take a stab and compare real prices across several different type of properties to see how much staying in a hostel actually saved. Here's the USD nightly rate as distributed across budget hotels, Airbnbs and private hostel rooms in five different citie

6 Reasons Why Hostels are the Best

College Tourist | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Hostels are more than just somewhere to stay, you can meet new people, save some dough and lessen your impact on the planet. Hosteling enriches your travel experience and it does so without breaking your bank. I encourage all travelers to look into staying in hostels.

8 Best Chain Hotels You've (Probably) Never Heard of -- But Will Love

Oyster | Posted 05.03.2015 | Travel

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting, and airline-quality breakfasts, have earned it. But they're not all that way.

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Oyster | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel

What to do when you want to avoid bunk beds but still save money and meet like-minded travelers? We scoped out eight hostels around the world that offer low rates, stylish design, cool locations, private rooms, and the occasional shared (but clean, we promise) bathroom. No flip-flops or ear plugs required!

The World's Best Family-Friendly Hostels | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel

With a database of over 800,000 properties, HotelsCombined has a wide variety of hostel options to choose from and the search filters on our site make it particularly easy to locate family-friendly properties. Here are some of our recommendations:

One Week and Light-Years of Progress

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

What happens when you unite three remarkable women with unstoppable drive and insurmountable energy? You yield a plan, 22 acres of land, invaluable connections, and progress of considerable magnitude.

Is Airbnb Really Better Than Staying at a Hostel?

Map Happy | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

In the six years since Airbnb launched, the company has pretty much managed to redefine budget traveling. Since then, I've played the role as both host and guest in several countries and cities, with, more often than not, mixed feelings.

6 Travel Tips You Should Ignore

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 01.11.2015 | Travel
Ashley Hardaway

While I question the legality of some, I tend to agree with most of the tidbits I hear from strangers and friends. However, occasionally, I'll hear travel advice that is simply bad.