Thursday Tips: 6 Favorite Hostels

I absolutely love staying at hostels, but finding the right one can be quite a hassle. How do you know which ones will be über nice and which ones will have ants crawling into bed with you? I usually rely on Hostelworld’s elaborate feedback and ratings system to distinguish the good hostels from the bad, noisy ones, but unfortunately that strategy has failed me more than once. So to save you the hassle, here are the 6 best/most fun/coolest hostels I’ve ever stayed at.

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How I fell in love with Vancouver

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In the Fall of 2011, I spent the 4 best months of my life living in Vancouver, studying at the University of British Columbia. I walked down University Boulevard to do my weekly groceries at Save on Foods, I went nuts every Wednesday at the Pit, I stuffed my face with glorious poutine on Granville Street, and ate amazing food till my stomach was about to explode on Granville Island. Here’s how you fall in love with Vancouver in 7 easy steps. Continue reading

Scenic flight over Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef

During our trip from Cairns back down to Sydney, we spent a few nights in Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a typical cute lil’ Australian town with lots of bars, surf shops, and fish & chips restaurants, but ultimately it is the main gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

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The Whitsunday Islands is a cluster of small islands, most of which are uninhabited, right off the coast of Queensland. It’s a popular destination for those who have a few millions to spare for a private yacht, or for tourists like me, who have learned that the best way to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands is from up in the air.

As soon as we arrived at Airlie Beach, I immediately decided that I wanted to do a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and, a bit further away, the Great Barrier Reef. At this point, I had already experienced one of nature’s seven wonders up close and personal on 2 snorkelling trips, but it was time to marvel at Australia’s prettiest natural feat from the air. So we went to a nearby tourism office and booked ourselves a scenic flight.

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Sunday musings: Tolkien Tourism in New Zealand

I like to spend my Sundays fascinating about spectacular destinations I’ll visit in the future. This week’s protagonist of my Sunday musings: New Zealand.

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Honesty hour: I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fangirl. When I was 14, I watched The Fellowship of the Ring with my cousins during a particularly long Christmas day. We got so into it that after those 3 hours that we decided to immediately follow it up with The Two Towers. Of course, after that, we were so far down the rabbit hole that we couldn’t do anything other than finishing off the spectacular day of nerdism with The Return of the King. As we were reduced to a tired, sleepy, and blubbering mess when Frodo said goodbye to Sam, I realized that I had lost my heart to yet another fantasy series (at this point, I was already unhealthily obsessed with Harry Potter).

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