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20 Non-Awkward Ways To Meet People While Traveling Solo

Blake Boles | Posted 09.08.2015 | 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 08.21.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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.

5 Hostels That Are Nicer Than Hotels

Thrillist | Posted 12.07.2014 | Travel

Forget everything you know about youth hostels -- the squeaky bunks, the communal baths, the dude from Poughkeepsie who's been backpacking for two weeks but has totally seen the world, man, and U.S. imperialism has, like, got to be stopped.

Hostels: Not Just For Kids

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

The bare-bones youth hostel of old has been reinvented, especially in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as a comfortable, interesting, yet still-affordable home base for exploring some of the most unique and colorful places in the world.

Sleep for Peace

Mehdy Ghannad | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Mehdy Ghannad

It is the hopes of Hostel International that Sleep for Peace participants will create personal connections to help foster new perspectives on global issues and world cultures.

So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

Cheap Stays: Where Are the World's Most Popular Hostels? | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel

Hostels are usually found in the most convenient of locations and increasing numbers of travelers -- both young and old -- are recognizing the benefits booking into such affordable accommodation.

Europe on a Budget Never Looked So Good

trivago | Posted 10.01.2014 | Travel

These six ultra-trendy and budget-friendly finds in some of the most exciting cities in Europe will make your next vacation one for the scrapbook.

5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

Stephanie Be | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who. You've gotta meet new people. Here's what's worked for me.

Modern Hostels -- They Do Exist! -- For The Low-Budget, High-Style Traveler

Oyster | Posted 09.09.2014 | Travel

Forget no-frills lodging; today's new brand of hostels offers cool decor and plenty of perks. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we've got the scoop on hostels that pack a wow factor with upscale amenities, contemporary comforts, prime locations, and good food.

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. (Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Ka...

Hostel Behavior

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

As a cultural institution, they have enabled generations of travelers to travel affordably, freely and comfortably all around the world. They're becoming safer, more common and even more affordable.

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Sonia Gil | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

The last thing you want to be doing on your relaxing vacation is to be on the hunt for bugs! So I am here to tell you how to, not only how to prevent them from disturbing your trip, but most importantly, how to prevent them from coming home with you!

The 12 Most Awesome Hostels In The World

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel

When you're sick of those run-of-the-mill hostels where the most exciting thing on the brochure is Spaghetti Wednesdays, you know it's time for a shak...