8 Common Questions About Hostels Answered

Green Sleep Hostel Chiang Mai Thailand

Hostels are a funny thing. Once you’ve stayed in one, you wonder why you ever questioned them. But prior to that, you have at least one million questions. No joke, I’ve answered more questions about what it’s like to stay in a hostel than what it’s like to stay in a country. No judgment, I asked all the same questions about hostels too. So what is a hostel like? I can best describe it as a college dorm made for travelers. Here’s the answers to the questions I’ve been asked the...

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Taking an Indian Cooking Class in Kochi, India

There’s something poetic about sitting down to a great meal. The aroma of spices wafting through the air. The bright colors on the plate before you. The only thing better than eating a wonderful meal, is the satisfaction you get from knowing you cooked it.

After researching several cooking classes online, I decided to call Flavor Cooking Class, which is located in the Casa Linda Hotel in Fort Cochin. We arrived at a somewhat deserted hotel at 11:00 am sharp and let ourselves into the...

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Myanmar?

I'd heard time and time again that it's more expensive to travel in Myanmar than most countries in South East Asia. Truth is, it is and it isn't. Cities like Bagan, that thrive off of tourism, are expensive. My hostel there cost $26.00, almost twice the price of any other hostel I've stayed in thus far. But things balance out. In Yangon, I'd eat a feast for under $2.00. In the end, I almost stayed on budget. I spent an average of $32.36 a day which came in slightly over my $30.00 a day...

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Speaking English in Yangon, Myanmar

One of the reasons I traveled halfway across the world was to understand cultures that were so different than my own. I'd see photos of people living in what we would consider a shack and smiling. They looked genuinely happy. Meanwhile, in my world, people would have everything and still seemed so miserable. So what was it that made people with so little so happy?

The first explanation came from something that often makes me skeptical. Religion. Most of the countries I would be...

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Little Humans Without Morals: The Monkeys of Lopburi

Lopburi... Gosh where to start. Lopburi was filled with an odd amount of excitement and overall confusion. My day started off fairly normal. I went to the train station and in true Thai custom it was running over an hour late. I spotted another backpacker (Jenny from Germany) close by and introduced myself. We were both headed to Lopburi and decided to team up. While waiting for the extremely late train we tried a weird dessert called roti-sai-mai, which I'm just now finding out from...

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Taking a Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

If you know me, you're probably already laughing at the title of this post. Let's get this part out of the way first... No, I didn't burn anything, and yes, it was edible (mostly). Before setting out on my trip, I decided it would be fun to try to take a cooking class in each country I visit. Learning about other cultures is a privilege, and I think the number one thing people think of with other cultures is food. It's something easy for us to experience and accessible in other parts of the...

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Why You Have to Stop in Ayutthaya on Route to Chiang Mai

Guys, I did it. I conquered public transportation...in Thailand. Well, conquered might be an overstatement. What I should say is, I made it to the town (or city?) I wanted to go to without getting lost! #goals

I feel like I'm walking on water here. This might be attributed to my somewhat delusional state. Due to snoring, someone with a cough, and about 3 alarm clocks, I didn't get much sleep. Add to that the 95 degree weather I've been walking 10 miles a day in, and my dehydration...

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Wat a Week: Exploring the Temples of Bangkok

After a rough first day in Bangkok of feeling lost and out of place, I managed to get my act together. I'd done so much research online but never really made any plans for my day to day activity. So I took a deep breath, and thought "What do I normally do when I visit other countries?" And I realized I usually get a local tourist map, circle all the places I want to go, and then see if there's a pattern for walking to them. I pulled out my map (thanks Jen) and began Googling every monument...

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How to Visit Europe without Leaving NYC: Exploring The Cloisters

If you've spent much time in New York City, you might think 190th Street sounds like a whole other world. And it kind of is, but not in the way you thought. Most people hear Washington Heights and say, "Where is that?" or "That's so far" or "I don't go up there." Truth be told, I had no real interest in the area until I found myself there for a work obligation. I showed up ridiculously early (which is kind of my thing), and decided to walk around. I stumbled upon Fort Tryon park and fell in...

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Trespassing in the Staten Island Boat Graveyard

Lately, I've had an itch to do something crazy, and it's been harder and harder to scratch. Weekends have been filling up with one obligation after another, and the last weekend of fun I had planned got canceled for a case of severe food poisoning. There's no other way to say it, I'm in a bit of an adventure rut. It seemed like the perfect time to do something a little extreme, so I settled on visiting the Staten Island Boat Graveyard. Seeing decomposing boats may not sound like an...

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