Coronavirus (COVID-19) – HostelTraveler’s Commitment To You

At HostelTraveler (IWB), the health and safety of our Travelers, Partners, and Employees is our foremost concern.

For our Travelers:

We all may be putting our travel on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean we must stop dreaming about that next travel adventure. Around the globe, we’re supporting our nations, and staying home to fight the virus. But, our love for travel will not disappear. While many cannot travel for now, the crisis will end soon. And when it does, we will all enjoy seeing the world again. So, on our website, our social media, and other forms of communication, we will continue to share the many wonderful properties our partners have to offer, and announce future deals as they come along. And sometimes, just the beauty of one of our fantastic travel destinations can inspire wonder and desire for our future of traveling the world.

As we all share in this crisis, we all share the desire and motivation to get out again and explore the world as soon as it’s over. We’ll keep dreaming and planning for that day. In the meantime, we can remain positive, and perhaps constructively prepare for the future.

Here are some tips: How about brushing up on a second language? Read up on some regional cuisine that you may wish to sample, or try out a regional recipe for yourself in the kitchen. Make a list of some invaluable travel tips from magazines, books, and websites that will make your first trip more gratifying. Finally, think about acquiring a new carry-on bag or backpack that will suit your future travel style perfectly. In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

To our Partners:

At HostelTraveler.com (Instant World Booking), we are working overtime to ensure our partners around the globe receive the service they need. We deeply care about your safety, health, and well-being. And, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We also want you to know that we are concerned about the well-being of your travel business. HostelTraveler remains strong, and our company’s services and operations continue without interruption. Our high level of support, and ensuring your travel or accommodation business is supported at all times, is of the utmost importance to us.

As you monitor the situation and consider your own continuity plans, HostelTraveler is prepared to help in any capacity needed. While difficult days are here to stay for awhile, wellness and prosperity will soon again appear on the horizon. Our plans for growth and development in the coming months, particularly for the next generation of IWB services, are progressing rapidly. When you are ready to consider new and alternative solutions for your travel or accommodation business, to jump-start your own business growth, we will be ready to offer you low cost options and alternatives.

Where can I get more information?

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Can Americans still Travel to Cuba – ¿aún podemos viajar a Cuba?

This is a Spanish version of our recent article Travel to Cuba Now Possible with Instant World Booking

Los viajeros estadounidenses siguen preguntando, “¿aún podemos viajar a Cuba?” La respuesta es definitivamente sí. Pero si se pregunta cómo, esto es lo que necesita saber sobre los viajes a Cuba.

En noviembre, la administración Trump reforzó los lazos comerciales y de viaje con Cuba, parte de su esfuerzo por revertir la apertura histórica del ex presidente Barack Obama con La Habana. Las nuevas reglas llegaron casi cinco meses después de que el presidente Trump anunciara que revertiría las políticas de la era de Obama que relajaron el embargo comercial de décadas contra la isla comunista.

Las nuevas restricciones afectan principalmente a los viajeros individuales. Sí, aún puede contratar una compañía de excursiones y unirse a una visita guiada que garantice que cumple con todos los requisitos y cumple con el horario completo de actividades que requieren. Pero, ¿qué pasa con los viajeros individuales, hostelers o personas aventureras que desean apoyar la visión humanitaria de Cuba, mientras viajan de manera independiente? Bajo las nuevas reglas del Departamento del Tesoro, se han eliminado los viajes individuales de “persona a persona”, que han permitido a los viajeros estadounidenses individuales visitar Cuba con fines educativos por sí solos en oposición a un grupo de turistas. Esta eliminación ha tenido repercusiones obvias para compañías como Airbnb, que son famosas para los viajeros individuales.

Sin embargo, Instant World Booking ahora ingresó al mercado cubano y ofrece una alternativa fresca a Airbnb y otros servicios de alojamiento en pequeños hoteles y casas particulares cubanos únicos e individuales. Los legisladores han asegurado que los viajeros individuales todavía pueden visitar la isla si es en apoyo del pueblo cubano. Aunque es poco conocida por los viajeros estadounidenses de hoy, esta garantía está escrita en la ley.

Así es como usted, como viajero individual, todavía puede visitar legalmente Cuba hoy. Una de las razones aprobadas para viajar a Cuba se llama “Apoyo al pueblo cubano”. En esta categoría de viajes, participa en actividades que resultan en una interacción significativa con personas en Cuba. Esto ahora incluye actividades tales como alquilar una habitación en una residencia privada cubana (casa particular), comer en restaurantes cubanos de propiedad privada (paladares) y comprar en tiendas privadas manejadas por cubanos independientes (cuentapropistas). Por lo tanto, alquilar uno de los muchos alojamientos privados ahora disponibles en Instant World Booking puede ayudar a facilitar el viaje a Cuba que espera realizar. Pero recuerde, para cumplir con el requisito de un horario de tiempo completo, también debe contratar un Apoyo autorizado adicional para las actividades del Pueblo cubano. Le sugerimos que consulte los requisitos reales en una de estas dos fuentes oficiales:

https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1574&rgn=div8

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf

Mejor aún, ¿necesita obtener algún tipo de licencia o autorización del gobierno de EE. UU.? No. Como un viajero estadounidense a Cuba, puede comenzar a planificar su viaje hoy. Se llama licencia general y, siempre que cumpla con las actividades y los requisitos descritos en las fuentes anteriores, su viaje está permitido. Pero, le sugerimos que lea las reglas a fondo. Tendrá que mantener algunos registros con respecto a su horario y viaje. Recuerde, usted es el responsable final de garantizar que su viaje cumpla con las reglamentaciones.

Para celebrar nuestro compromiso de viajar a Cuba, hemos presentado un nuevo sitio web Book Cuba Hostels, Hotels, & Casa Particulares, que ofrece un amplio conjunto de opciones de alojamiento en Cuba. Este sitio se une a más de más de 100 sitios en nuestra red propietaria de hoteles, hostales y apartamentos en todo el mundo. Además, estamos comenzando a trabajar con grupos estadounidenses y cubanos para facilitar el alojamiento de grupos de viaje oficiales dentro de nuestra red de alojamientos privados en Cuba.

Esperamos que esté inspirado por este artículo, y tal vez considere un viaje a Cuba en el futuro cercano. Recuerde que su presencia puede ayudar a apoyar a la sociedad civil en Cuba y promover la independencia del pueblo cubano. Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto con Instant World Booking con cualquier pregunta que pueda tener.


Millennial Tourists Traveling to Cities More than Ever

Millennial Tourists are seeking urban experiences more now than ever, according to a recent study. While on vacation, according to a new review of millennial travel habits, by research firm Resonance, the overall number of city trips increased by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014. This means that young travelers will be coming to a city near you more than ever. So, hostels and other accommodations catering to youth travel should be getting ready for more traffic in urban areas.

The analysis reported that millennial travelers today are “almost as likely to visit a major metropolitan city (38 percent) as they are to visit a beach resort (40 percent) in the next 24 months.” And guess what hostel managers? People visiting urban areas are more likely to be higher wage earners. The appeal of city travel grows with affluence. So, these young travelers may be bringing more money to spend when they arrive.

For the full report by Resonance, see Millennials traveling to cities

For millennial travel bookings visit:
Hostels and Accommodation for Millenials


The Best Place to Kayak in the Southern French Alps

Summer is here! And if you’re traveling to the South of France, we just can’t think of a better way to experience the beauty than paddling across a breathtaking river in a Kayak or Canoe. The Southern French Alps is better known for it’s white water rapids, rafting and kayaking but it is also home to two spectacular lakes which are lake kayaking paradise. #Wanderlust  #travelblogger

For more information on this amazing adventure, read the below article from Travel Companions.

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Beautiful US Beaches To Escape To, Even Though Its Not Summer!

Not ready to give up going to the beach? Why should you! Winter is obviously just around the corner. But if you’re like us, going to the beach isn’t just awesome in the Summer months. Have you seen the majestic beauty of your favorite beach covered in a blanket of snow in the #Winter? Or have you ever taken your loved ones or even just by yourself (guilty) to the beach on a beautiful #Autumn evening and sat watching the sunset wrapped up in a cozy blanket? Id give it a try because it really can be a magical experience. Here is a list of a few Beaches for your pleasure and hopefully one is near you. But if not adventure out to your favorite beach, either in the Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall!

#travel #favoriteplace

10 Most Beautiful US Beaches To Escape To

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Spooky Ghost Towns To Explore

We all have  a bit of curiosity / interest in Haunted Houses. Some of us more than others… yep, thats me…. and if you are anything like us, you will want to go and visit all of them anyway. But how about whole towns? Thats right, the ENTIRE town! From the UK to Taiwan to California to Pennsylvania, if you search, you will find. Some of these places are burdened with a tragic history, making it look eerie along with a haunting feeling or even paranormal activity.  Some places are overgrown over years of abandonment, others are well kept. There are thousands of places to explore, all over the world!

So here’s a small sample of the spooky abandoned Towns we came across in an Article: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/29/seven-ghost-towns-theyre-abandoned

And since its October and Halloween is just a few weeks away, I hope you enjoy reading this small tidbit! BOO!

 

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20 Tips To Make International Holiday Travel Easy

Are you planning a trip out of the Country for the Holidays this year? We all think to visit family and friends out of town or to simply get away while you have a few extra days off. Let us give you some forethought and preparation to help you stay safe, healthy, and sane on your way. Traveling abroad and being in a strange place can be a bit intimidating, and to add to the stress, traveling over the Holidays! You just cant plan for everything, but keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier, like keeping a list of your medications in your wallet, in case they get misplaced also, make copies of your ID, Passports, ect.

To read more about International Holiday Travel and how to prepare for your trip, see the link below:

Happy Travels!

http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/travel-tips/20-tips-safe-holiday-travel/

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Everything You Need to Know to Choose the Right Accommodation

Choosing to travel is one of the best decisions any young person can make. If you’re heading off to travel the world then one of the most difficult decisions you will make is which countries and cities you should visit. The next most difficult decision is where you should stay when you arrive at your destination! To help you get that important decision right. here are a few ideas and tips for making the right accommodation choices before you set off on your adventures:

To Plan or Not To Plan?

One of the questions many backpackers ask themselves is just how much of their travelling itinerary should they plan ahead before they set off? The answer to this question lies in just how much of a free spirit you are! For some simply having a return plane ticket is too much organization. Other travelers wouldn’t feel comfortable hitting the road unless they had a full itinerary and confirmed hotel or hostel reservations in every town and city they choose to visit. The pro of booking your holiday accommodation in advance is that you can be sure you’ll have somewhere to rest your head when you get off your plane and just want a lie down! If you’re visiting a new city during an important festival or national holiday then it will also give you the security of having a room when one might be hard to come by. The con though is that it is much harder to be spontaneous: if you meet a handsome stranger and want to stay somewhere a little longer then you could lose the deposit money you’ve already laid out for future hotels if you can’t stick to the schedule you’d planned months in advance.

Which Accommodation Type to Choose

The most common accommodation type for travelers and backpackers looking to spend a significant amount of time away from home is the hotel. Obviously hotel prices vary wildly, depending on whether you’re looking for a luxury or a budget room.  Most travelers are looking for budget hotels. These will offer a comfortable bed, somewhere to shower (in either an en suite or communal bathroom) and other basic facilities, but don’t expect a maid service or mint on your pillow each night! If you’re looking to save even more money then why not try a hostel? If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before then it can be a daunting accommodation type to choose. Hostels tend to be much more basic than hotels, with fewer amenities, and you will usually have to share a dormitory style room with several other travelers that you might not know. The benefits of this, however, are that you may quickly find yourself making friends with like minded travelers and that hostel rooms are significantly cheaper than hotel rooms. If you’re travelling with a large group of friends, rather than on your own, then you may find that your numbers make it more cost effective to hire a holiday cottage or timeshare for the duration of your visit. The benefit of this is that you’ll be afforded a little more luxury in this kind of self catering accommodation, with your own kitchen and somewhere to do your laundry!

Think Food!

Finally, you should consider where you will be eating during your travels, and how your accommodation can help to accommodate this. As mentioned above, self catering accommodation such as a time share or holiday cottage will come equipped with a kitchen, making it simple to whip up some affordable eats. Many hostels also come with communal kitchens for backpackers on a budget, providing you with somewhere to make sandwiches or store food from the grocery store: much cheaper than eating out every day! If you choose to stay in a hotel then you will have fewer options when it comes to storing your own food, however you can keep some small snacks in your room: snacks in foreign restaurants can often cost as much as a meal, so this is a great way to save money Just be weary of using the mini bar, even for keeping snacks and drinks cold, as many sensitive hotel mini bars will attempt to charge you just for opening the door! If you do have tight budgetary constraints though, maybe an accommodation option that will allow you to cater for yourself is the best choice for you!