Top Travelers Backpack with Brains – Part 1

Top Travelers Backpack with Brains

In all the excitement of receiving those round the world tickets, (or planning your route around Europe, Asia, or wherever), whilst attending the numerous fair well soirees often we forget the fact that this trip is real. You are actually going. With this in mind, we would like to share some easy fundamentals that will help you make the ultimate of ultimate experiences. We don’t want to be too militant. In fact going with the flow is to be advocated, but laying some foundations that will help along the way is a good idea. Being a bit brainy will help your backpacking experience be so much easier and easier is good. Huffing and puffing your way around the world wishing you were at home is not the way to go.  Backpacking is the experience of a lifetime (especially when done well). For the most enjoyable of trips, here’s some of the best advice from those in the know:

Be a Smooth Operator: Packing Less is Best

Seriously, you may know already if you’ve ever hiked your way into a music festival with your saucepans swinging from the arms of your rucksack, packing too much just makes you feel tired, frustrated and a bit silly. As a backpacker, you’re going to be on the move. There will be times when you’re up at 4am in the morning when everyone in the dorm is sleeping and you want to be able to make an exit that is quiet and nicely done. Don’t become an infamous carrier bag rustler – the world already has too many. Make an art form of what you pack and pack light. You will feel so much more confident with a lighter bag – and yes, on occasion, maybe a even a little smug.

By packing as little as possible you will infinitely benefit yourself. You won’t want to burst into tears every time you have to dash for a bus, or train, or somehow do a 12 hour bus journey with your backpack on your lap. You won’t have to pay additional charges to get it on the plane. You won’t find it so laborious every time you have to pack and unpack your bag to find something (that is always, without fail, right at the bottom). You won’t have to do so much washing and you will have space if you need it for lovely new things you pick up along the way.


HostelTraveler.com Weighs In on Fair Practices for OTAs

HostelTraveler.com, operated by Instant World Booking, has reviewed the Sydney Declaration.  Following a meeting of a group of leading youth travel accommodation providers and associations at WYSTC 2013, a position statement was agreed upon regarding online distribution practices.

HostelTraveler.com represents a significant share of hosteling OTA volume worldwide, and is the only top 5 hostel OTA based in the United States. From that vantage point, HostelTraveler.com has a fairly unique view on the issues set forth.

For more information on the Sydney Declaration, see: Sydney Declaration

Based on our review, HostelTraveler.com supports the intent of the Sydney Declaration. In fact, we are pleased to disclose that at least 80% of the Declaration is already in force within HostelTraveler.com’s terms and conditions, and have been so since the inception of the company. The management of our company decries the practice of requiring rate or availability parity, and have never done so ourselves. Our principles are founded on the basis that flexible service to our hostel partners is the best way to serve the needs of the industry.

We congratulate the WYSE Travel Confederation on their work so far, and will continue to follow it’s progress.


HostelTraveler.com’s Answer to HostelWorld’s contract revisions

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Get listed to get started: http://www.hosteltraveler.com/listings/add_property.php

 

Read about HostelWorld’s new contract in plain English:

http://www.hostelmanagement.com/forums/new-hw-contract-plain-english.html#comment-1026491


Traveling through Eastern Europe by Train or Bus

Courtesy of 3 Bros Hostel in Cieszyn:

Traveling through Eastern Europe seems to be an easy thing. There are a lot of direct trains connecting the most popular tourist destinations such as Krakow, Prague, Budapest and Vienna.  Ticket prices may seem quite reasonable for foreign western tourists, however for Eastern European standards they are extremely expensive. It’s possible to save a lot of money and maintain (or increase!) the comfort of travel.

In a past there were 2 direct trains from Krakow to Budapest/Budapest to Krakow.  However the standard of travel was close to be acceptable, it was the most popular way to get to Budapest/Krakow. There is just one night train from Budapest to Krakow at the moment (number of trains was probably reduced due to poor financial condition of the polish public railways).  Travel takes ages and it is not cheap.

Instead of train you can choose one of two bus companies (Orangeways http://orangeways.com/en or Eurolines http://www.eurolines.pl/en/home-page ).  Tickets are twice as cheap and it takes just 7-8 hours to get to the next destination. Unfortunately the bus only leaves a few days each week – not every day.

Same story with connections: Krakow-Vienna. The train is quite comfortable, but much more expensive than a bus (http://www.eurolines.pl/en/home-page ).

You can also get a bus ticket from Krakow to Prague/Prague to Krakow, but it doesn’t leave very frequently, just 2-3 days a week. Direct trains are extremely expensive (60-70 Euros!), so travelling through Cieszyn (a border city) is becoming a more popular way to get from Prague to Krakow/Krakow to Prague. Starting from Krakow, you simply need to catch a bus from Krakow Main Bus Station to Cieszyn. Buses runs every hour (except the night time – last one departs around 10 pm and the first one around 6 am). It takes about 3 hours to get to Cieszyn and regular ticket costs approx. 5 Euros. After arrival, there is about a 20 minute walk from the Polish to the Czech part of the same city, called now Cesky Tesin (yeah, both Polish and Czech variations are so difficult to pronounce…). From the train station in Cesky Tesin, depart a lot of trains to Prague.  Just don’t forget to exchange money – for train tickets you need to pay in Czech Korunas. Catch train (ticket costs around 16 Euros), relax for about 4 hours, and finally you’re in Prague! So simple, so fast, so cheap!

For any detailed information about your travel – you can check the new Cieszyn 3 Bros Hostel’s website – they’ve got all the important information (timetables, directions) on: http://3broshostel.com/en/how-to-get-there

Other connections seem to be bit easier.

It’s quite cheap to get from Prague to Budapest/Budapest to Prague by bus(check Orangeways www.orangeways.com or Eurolines https://www.elines.cz/en/).

…and Prague to Vienna/Vienna to Prague (Eurolines https://www.elines.cz/en/ or Regiojet http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/).

If you really enjoy trains – do not hesitate to take the one from Prague to Bratislava/Bratislava to Prague. The price is more than reasonable, and trains are comfortable.

Generally, Czech but also Slovakian railways are quite good and cheap, as compared to Polish and Hungarian ones.

Enjoy your travel!

Hostels in Czech Republic

 


X HOSTEL VARNA, BULGARIA

Tired of the usual holiday? Come and meet new friends, have fun, party hard and never get bored, or relax in our unique rest & relaxation garden ant then chill in our mini-pool with a cold drink….

FREE:

– BREAKFAST
– INTERNET & WiFi
– 24h HOT SHOWERS
– 24h RECEPTION & SECURITY
– SAFE
– BOOK EXCHANGE & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO PLAY
– AIR MATTRESSES and OUTDOOR GAMES TO TAKE TO THE BEACH
– HUGE FULLY EQUIPPED GUEST KITCHEN

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

– SHOOTING RANGE,
– BOAT TRIPS
– 24Hh NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
– BUNGEE JUMPING
– HORSE RIDING
– GO KARTING
– PAINTBALL
TOURS OF ANY AREA OF BULGARIA YOU ARE INTERESTED IN!

EPIC PARTIES in Varna or Golden Sands:

– THEME NIGHTS WITH GAMES (poker, risk, trivial, drinking games, movies), CHEAP DRINKS AND FUN!!!

– FOAM PARTIES 😉

– PUB CRAWLS (Club crawls with 400 people…)

– BEACH BARS AND CLUBS

ALL THE REST IF YOU NEED MORE:

– FRIENDLY BACKPACKER ATMOSPHERE (hostel managed by experienced travellers)

– LAUNDRY SERVICE

– NARGHILE` (waterpipe) for evening and party time

– WE ARE THE CLOSEST HOSTEL TO GOLDEN SANDS PARTY RESORT!!!

– CLEAN, SAFE & FUN, this is why we are always among BEST RATED in VARNA. Come in with a smile and leave as a friend!

+++ PARTY PICS ON FB’s X HOSTEL GROUP or YOUTUBE VIDEOS:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEp20jTzbW4 +++

WWW.XHOSTEL.EU


LakeLodge Iseltwald Swiss

The Hostel Video

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpA2vCXr7S0

The “Lake Lodge” Hostel is a newly renovated Hostel situated on the banks of the beautiful Lake Brienz. We offer a variety of cheap accomodation ranging from simple dorms (4 – 6 bed) to private doubles and our spacious Lake and Mountain Suite.

Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery in our chilled out lounge and terasse, where our bar and kitchen staff will spoil you with local as well as international treats that make summer so delightful and lovely! Our restaurant will suprise you with fair priced dishes and XXL and family portions! Last but not least our Cuban Bar is the perfect spot for aperetifs and sundowners!

We offer bookings of all activities connected to the area such as canyoning, rafting, paragliding and lots more! All activities will be carried out by experienced guides!

The Lake Lodge Team looks forward to your visit! Cu soon in Iseltwald!

LakeLodge  Wintersport Formula

5 x 20 = 25,– (CHF)

5 skiareas reachable in 20 minutes for 25.– sfr./per person & night

The formula for ski & snowboard freaks that want to ski all day and are looking for a cheap stay!

We offer 5 skiareas and for just a little extra charge we take you to the skiarea and provide a local guide!

Activities:

5 skiareas

heliskiing

heliboarding

freeriding

iceclimbing

winter hiking

snow shoe walking

paragliding

skydiving