Travel Blog: backpacker

Hilarious promo videos proving hostels are all about fun!

The hostel video is a very important element of a hostel property’s online profile, for self-promotion and as an aid to your booking research. Indeed, a recent study by Phocuswright put the importance of video in influencing young traveller’s decision making process equal to that of peer reviews, at around 30%.

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6 Things to Pack When Hosteling (And 3 to Leave at Home!)

Your bags are packed and you're ready to head off on your backpacking adventure! But do you have a sneaking suspicion you forgot something? These are the top musts we think you should have when staying in hostels (plus three things you should absolutely skip).

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Homely Hostels in Budapest

“There's no place like home”, or so the saying goes. But a home away from home may just be the next best thing. Many hostels today have injected the sentiment and feeling of "home" into their establishments, and while travelling is all about getting out of your comfort zone, a homely hostel can be a blessing when you've been trekking for months and living out of a backpack. Especially when you've had your fill of the old school, no-frills, perhaps a little stale, hostel environment. Here's our pick of Budapest hostels which are cheap and cheerful and offer a homely, familial, and cosy vibe. Enjoy.

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10 Cheap, Healthy Meal Ideas to Make in a Hostel

The easiest way to save of money (and stay healthy) while travelling is to cook your own food, but between the fun of making friends and sightseeing, spending hours in a crowded community kitchen sounds like a daunting task. To help you out, we’ve come up with 10 delicious and super-cheap meal ideas you can whip-up in no time! Zero expert-level cooking skills necessary.

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Meet Fellow Backpackers at These Social Budapest Hostels

Budapest is a happening city, full of activity and home to a vibrant social scene. It's a city waiting to be explored & embraced and there's no better way to do that than with like-minded people. Hostels are, by their very nature, social spaces but some have better managed to nurture a social atmosphere than others. Here's our list of Budapest hostels where meeting fellow backpackers is easily done, and done in style!

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Do We Really Embrace Travelling?

I recently received a phone call here in Dublin from a mother in the United States who was trying to get in contact with her son. She sounded worried. She hadn't heard from him in five days. This wasn't like him and such a stint without contacting home was out of character.

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7 Essentials to Pack on your Next Trip Abroad!

Packing for your next vacation can sometimes be a hassle. Everyone has their standard for essentials and bare minimums. Whether you're an active backpacker or on holidays to relax, it's always good to plan ahead and create a checklist of must-have items. Our suggestion would be to keep it light, but think of unforeseen circumstances no matter the budget. So here's a list of 7 essentials to pack on your next trip abroad:

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7 Backpacker Pet-Peeves (and How to Fix Them)

Backpacking is awesome - meeting people all the time, seeing unexplored places every day through free walking tours, constant new experiences - but there are definitely a few pain-in-the-aspects we wish we could do without.

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1-2-3 Ingredient Recipes All Backpackers Should Know

Keeping to a budget can be tough - and I find that it's food that always seems to end up eating away at my money (excuse the terrible pun!) But with these easy 3-ingredient recipes, you'll keep your wallet and your stomach full!

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15 Things You Can Do In London For Under £5

Everyone says London is amazing, it's bustling and it's incredibly expensive. We can all agree on those points. I've been to London about 20-something times because I freakin' love the place (obviously). But I've also mastered spending a lot of time here without spending a sh*t ton of cash. There's plenty of cheap, if not free things to do in London! So without further a due, here are 15 things you can do in London for under £5!

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