I am passionate about bringing the smaller details of the world to you and passionate about describing the sights, sounds and smells of a location that I have visited.
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I love to describe the scenery and the food, the places that I stay and the wonderful people that I meet. I like to tell you about the different hostels and the hotels that I visit, the trips and the adventures and the communities that I engage with.
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Hostels range from the cheap and cheerful to a more luxurious ‘glamping’ experience with accommodation in yurts or tents. Some hostels are downright dirty but most are bright and airy with cool artwork which is often painted by travellers as they pass through.
You can choose between party hostels where the action and interaction is non-stop or more tranquil places where lazing around quietly in hammocks is the norm.
Some include breakfast in the price and most have well equipped kitchens so that you can cater for yourself. Others come complete with cafes or restaurants attached and nearly all have a bar or at least a fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks for guests’ use.
Whilst dormitories with bunk beds are the cheapest nightly option, more and more hostels are catering for couples or singles who want a bit of privacy in a private room. Many establishments offer at least one female only dormitory and many dorms now have en suite bathrooms.
Hotels offer a different experience to hostels, but like hostels they come in all shapes sizes and price ranges. There are the large international chains and the small, friendly, family run establishments. They usually have a dining room and rooms are more often or not en suite.
Even if you are travelling on a budget don’t dismiss hotels because they often have competitive rates; especially if you ‘re sharing a room with a friend. They can offer an oasis of calm if you fall ill on your travels and you simply can’t face sharing a bathroom with other guests or if you need to rest uninterrupted in bed all day.
Whilst you obviously don’t have to interact with other travellers in hostels if you don’t want to, the pressure comes right off you in a hotel. You can dine alone, sit in the lounge with your computer or book or retire to your bedroom (usually containing a television) and lock the world out.
If nothing else, travelling with a backpack has taught me to pare down my equipment and my possessions to the minimum.
There are some things that I can’t do without, some are luxuries that I talk myself into needing and other things are quickly discarded along the way as they become redundant and I find they never see the light of day.
First and foremost you need a bag. This can make or break you. You then need some form of security system and the tools of your trade if you are working on the road.
Clothing and footwear suitable for the weather and the location and toiletries and medicines also need to be considered.
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