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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Extended periods of time on the travel trail can wear you and your wallet down. One option to offset travel costs, or to settle down in one spot for longer than a minute, is to work at a hostel. We've narrowed your job-search down to five of the best hostels to call home and work.
Even the strongest backpacker renegades need to put down the pack, throw back a few cold ones, and stretch those weary legs now and then. Treat yourself to a hint of luxury, without shelling out the big bucks, at these five backpacker resorts in Colombia.
In my experience, hostels are generally clean, inviting, hospitable and full of friendly staff members and guests. After staying in a handful of hostels, I actually find that I prefer them to hotels because they are safe and comfortable places to stay without a hefty price tag.