hostelling in USA...
perfect active vacation doesn’t have to mean shelling
out the platinum card for a resort stay. For your next
domestic trip consider catching your winks at a hostel
to defray costs (averaging $45 for a private room and
$20 dorm-style) and enjoy the camaraderie of communal
living. Let Colleen Norwine’s Great Hostels USA
(Sedobe Travel Guides) be your guide to nearly 100 inviting
hostels across the country—most near national
parks and other active travel destinations. Cost is
$18.95 on http://www.greathostelsusa.com.
Poth is the Assistant Editor of the
U.S.-based, Her Sports
magazine. Website: http://www.hersports.com
backpacker? Just do it! ...
travelling on my own. Not just because it is a time
to clear my head of all the day-to-day living stuff
that crowds it, but because alone you really see, experience
and feel your travelling. Staying in backpacker hostels,
I'm never totally alone anyway. I cook in the kitchens
and chat to fellow travellers, or catch up with the
staff on what is good to see and do. There's always
someone interesting around who shares a bit of their
travelling experience with me. But I also get to go
where I want, see the things I like and change my mind
as many times as suits me.
is a travel journalist living in Australia. She is the
Managing Editor of Backpacker
Essentials. Website: http://www.backpackeressentials.com.au
for an extended period of time? Backpacking? My travel
tip is for those women who are staying in hostels, which,
I have found, are often out of towels. In order to be
prepared and since towels take up a lot of space in
a backpack, I carry a cloth diaper with me to use as
an emergency towel. They're light weight, very absorbent,
and dry very quickly.
Austin, Texas, USA
brand, "Smartwool" makes great, comfy, breathable
socks. They're a bit expensive, but they dry quickly,
will save you blisters and they last for years. Buy
black silk liner socks for your European city wear,
then use them as liners inside your cushier socks for
hiking, etc. An added thought - it's frequently colder
in hostels so if that's where you will be staying, bring
those little running and tennis footies to wear in bed.
They make a world of difference.
hostel in Beijing...
hostel in Beijing (for all ages) is highly recommended.
It became my home away from home when I was there -
such wonderful people! It was cheap, clean, safe and
very secure. Many young Chinese women will live there
while studying or working in Beijing. You can even exchange
an hour of English lessons for Chinese writing lessons.
Very informative and helpful!
hostel I stayed at was in Chaoyang district - It's called
the Zhaolong International
Youth Hostel (behind the Zhaolong Hotel)
- address from Lonely Planet is: Zhaolong Fandian Guoji
Qingnian Binguan 6597 2299. It's on the corner of the
third ring road and Nongzhanguan Nanlu Street. Y50 per
night (about £4.50 or US$7.00). I liked staying
there better than any of the Western Hotels (had a few
days in the Marriott when I landed). The hostel has
a kitchen if you want to make your own meals, a few
tables and chairs sitting outside, and an indoor sitting
room as well. They also had basic supplies you could
buy - beer, tea, biscuits, etc at the main desk (on
a hot July day - great to buy a beer for 10Y and sit
outside at the tables with other travellers and Chinese
students.) The rooms were very clean, kettles, hot showers,
air conditioning, lockers for valuables, etc. And a
free storage room where you could leave your large backpack
for a few days - which I did regularly - and just carried
my day-pack for 2-3 day trips outside Beijing. It's
within walking distance to the bars/restaurants in the
Chaoyang district, as well as walkable (long walk) to
Pearl market, Silk Market, Tiatan park, etc.
added bonus -- The hostel has an agreement with the
Zhaolong Hotel - you could use the pool and facilities
for about 3Y. The Hotel Concierge desk arranged most
of my train tickets from Beijing to wherever... for
a small fee of about 10Y (about £1). Much more
convenient than going all the way over to the train
Brighton, United Kingdom
Policies in Greece...
be alarmed when smaller hotels and hostels in Greece
ask for your passport during the duration of your stay.
This is a very common practice as I learned over and
over again when I was travelling.
note: Here's a short bit we'd like to
add to Shasta's tip. Always carry a photocopy of the
front page of your passport as well as a list of your
country's consulates and embassies in the countries
you are visiting. Then, if your passport is lost or
stolen, it will be far easier to replace your documents.
here in Japan, I'd like other JourneyWomen to know that
Kyoto is a very easy city to get around in. The subways
and buses are simple, but I also recommend (if you are
physically fit) renting a bike to move about. You see
so much more this way! Most hostels have rental bikes
or depending on how long you plan to stay in this city,
you can buy a second-hand bicycle for about $30 US.
Think of all the fun you'll have.