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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Everything you Need to Know About the Northern Train in Thailand

There are certain things that seem insanely daunting before you start backpacking. For me, one of those things was transportation. On a very limited budget, I’d be forced to take trains and buses everywhere. I never even conquered the New York City bus system and I lived there eight years. So how would I figure out public transportation in a foreign country in another language?!

Everywhere I looked online directed me to a timetable, but I never found much more information than that....

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Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

the alchemist book review

As some of you know, I have a never-ending list of books I’d like to read. Usually a friend recommends one, or I read about one on a travel blog. Whenever I see something interesting, I add it to the list. However, I often skip over the same book repeatedly because the small blurb on Amazon doesn’t sound appealing. That’s what happened to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A shepherd goes in search of his dreams. Hmmm. Sounds kind of boring.

Thanks to the new restrictions about...

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What to Pack for Southeast Asia: A List for Female Backpackers

As a woman who used to work in the fashion industry, packing light is hard. How could I possibly fit everything I would need for one year and ten countries into one 55L bag? The trick was to make a pile of everything I wanted to bring with me weeks before I was going to leave. I left everything on my dining room table, and every day I’d take out one thing that wasn’t essential. Eventually there was nothing left to remove, and I knew I’d gotten it down to the necessities. So what made...

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16 Things to do in Kochi, India

things to do in kochi india

Kochi, a small city on the coast of southern India goes overlooked on most itineraries. Although a popular hub for northerners, it's not often visited by foreigners who prefer to see monuments like the Taj Mahal in the north. Those who do venture south often find themselves in larger cities like Goa. Fort Cochin, however, is worth a visit for a few days. After spending over two weeks there, we got the lay of the land and even repeated Uber drivers (a sure sign you've seen it all). So what...

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Book Review: Buddha by Deepak Chopra

On my quest to learn about other cultures, I’ve become truly fascinated by Buddhism. The principles are simple and at the same time are so difficult to follow. Personally, working towards being less attached to physical items has been extremely challenging for me. After living out of a backpack for almost three months, I’m starting to get the hang of it. My belongings mean so much less to me than they used to and it’s kind of liberating.

I met a fellow backpacker in Kochi, India...

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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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What Everybody Ought to Know Before Visiting India

I did a lot of research on India prior to arriving, however my personal experiences are only from a small area in southern India. Northern India may be drastically different as far as the information provided below.

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - required
  • Visa for Tourism - required (read more about how to acquire a tourist visa here)
  • ...

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High Tea: Learning the Art of Tea Making in Munnar, India

Visiting India is like entering Wonderland and falling down the rabbit hole. Suddenly, you’re in a world where nothing makes sense and everyone talks in riddles. Up is down. Down is up, and a head bobble can mean anything. If India is in fact Wonderland, then Munnar is its tea party.

I’d been having a constant struggle with India. You can read about it here (trying to get to a Tiger Reserve) and here (being hustled for more money). For some reason, I couldn’t figure out how...

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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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