Bunk Hostel Taksim Istanbul - 5 Stars with Roof Top Lounge

#Bunk Hostel Taksim

Istanbul, Turkey

#Bunk Hostel Taksim is a chic and modern design hostel offering a huge lounge on a rooftop terrace where you can get drinks, delicious food, and enjoy a breathtaking view over Istanbul. The hostel offers free wifi throughout the hostel, and organizes several events for their guests on their rooftop ... More about #Bunk Hostel Taksim Istanbul, Turkey

Are there wolves in Umbria? Nicola did not reply

Are there wolves in Umbria? Nicola did not reply

“Are there wolves in Umbria?” Just silence from Nicola while the howling was still coming from the valley. We were alone, sleeping in a tiny tent in the wood along Spoleto – Norcia, Italy abandoned railway. We had been too adventurous cycling along the hills and camping in this isolated spot. Maybe we (and by we I mean Nicola) could have learned how to light a fire to protect from the animals; maybe we were going to be attacked by a pack of wolves. “Nicola?” He quietly answered “A few”. Wolves sounded far from us, but I felt frightened and

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Climbing 300 feet high in Bangladesh

Climbing 300 feet high in Bangladesh

Oh, what a wonderful experience it was! The first time I was able to climb about 300 feet high hill at Rijuk Waterfall, Ruma in the Bandarban district of Bangladesh. Yeah, last year during Rainy Season I got the chance to visit one of the most natural and beautiful Rijuk Waterfall. I got scared of heights, it was risky to climb because of rainfall, but I didn’t take a single moment to think when I got an offer to climb. And of course, I didn’t forget to manage a smiling snap while climbing that hill.

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Hostel Costel in Timisoara, handmade 5 Star Hostel in a Villa

Hostel Costel

Timisoara, Romania

Every traveler is welcome at Hostel Costel and there is no age-limit. The huge garden at Hostel Costel and the numerous events including concerts and BBQs make Hostel Costel a social backpacker accommodation to enjoy life and your stay in Timisoara. We are Hostelgeeks, your independent shortcut to the worlds ... More about Hostel Costel Timisoara, Romania

Surprise! Falling in Love with Paris

Falling in Love with Paris, these moments are forever

One evening my husband announced that we were going away the next morning. At the departure gate people gathered for two flights: Birmingham and Paris. And then of course I knew. We arrived in Montmartre and started exploring its cobbled streets. I looked over the Parisienne roofs, thinking about Lautrec and other artists who walked the same paths. Around sunset I spotted the Eiffel Tower on the horizon. The skies were cloudy and reflected the sun in shades of the palest peach and pink. I looked at the view for a long time wanting to memorize it forever. – –

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This Self-Educated Highway Builder in China impressed me

This Self-Educated Highway Builder in China impressed me…

While taking a 20-hour train ride on the perimeter of the Taklimakan desert in northwestern China, I had the kind of humbling, education, and above all else, wonderful encounter with a local that all travelers crave. A young Han Chinese man approached me on the train. My new friend spoke virtually no English, so I gleefully relished this chance to practice my Chinese. Over several hours he would tell me about how he had attended a two-year professional school to quickly find a job building highways in order to help pay for his younger sister’s school fees. She was going

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Freezing Christmas Sea Swim and I survived
Clacton beach, Essex, United Kingdom

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Freezing Christmas Sea Swim and I survived

The annual Christmas sea swim has been taking place for almost 60 years on Clacton beach, Essex, United Kingdom. The low mumble of excited folk, showing off their Santa hats whilst sipping mulled wine, increase the tension as everybody stands, half naked and raring to go. Without much warning, hilarity sets in and the crowd go storming towards the calm sea’s chill – the low-risen sunshine flickering on the tide, screaming his invitation to jump right on in. Arms flail and cameras click; toes hit the water and it is now or never, keep running or quit? Within what feels

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Cool Hostels in Paris

3 Cool Hostels in Paris

Paris

What a pity, there are currently no 5 Star Hostels in Paris. Now, we know, this is really not cool! And we know how hard it is to find stunning hostels. In any city, everywhere. You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks. So, here is the good ... More about 3 Cool Hostels in Paris Paris

How Istanbul put My Life in Order - Never give up

How Istanbul put My Life in Order – Never give up

I arrived in Istanbul with a negative bank balance and a dire need for employment. I was couchsurfing to tide me over and set out one day to explore the megapolis. Before I knew it I was on the Asian side – literally a different continent – in a giant bus hub with no English speakers in sight. Lost and overwhelmed with life in general, I asked for a sign that everything would work out OK. Then I looked up and saw my couchsurfing host – the only person I knew in a city of 20 million. We went back

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Walking a Waterfall and Meeting Up with Local Students
Dehang, China

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Walking a Waterfall and Meeting Up with Local Students

One of the best moments of our trip to China was in Dehang, a traditional Miao Village in Hunan. There we met a Chinese couple who led us along a trail to the tallest waterfall of China and we walked behind it: so exciting! Back to the village, we were looking for something to eat but nobody could speak English. Seeing us in troubles a class of students dragged us in a traditional restaurant with them: they ordered tons of food we never could have been able to, they were so friendly and they offered us some local rice wine

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Blocked Road and The Tuk-Tuk Driver Saved Us
Luang Prabang, Laos

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Blocked Road and The Tuk-Tuk Driver Saved Us

On our bus-ride from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Laos a truck blocked the entire road and no vehicles could go through. We were all stuck there in the highest mountaintop and the driver told all the passengers that we could be stranded there for days. People began to camp out, but we had a train to catch back to Thailand, so we walked down the mountain to the other side for hours until a kind tuk-tuk driver delivering groceries to small villages rescued us. Thanks to this experience we got to see the most majestic landscape of Laos!

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5 Star Hostel in Akaslompolo Seven Fells Hostel

5 Star Hostel in Äkäslompolo 7 Fells Hostel

Seven Fells Hostel is located in the far north of Finland in Äkäslompolo, a small village in a town called Kolari, close to the ski resort Ylläs. In wintertime it’s the perfect hostel in Äkäslompolo to experience the elusive aurora borealis, go ice skating on a frozen lake, or jump on a ... read more

Traveling to Jamaica To Record our 1st Reggae Song

Traveling Jamaica to record our 1st Reggae Song – Travel Story

Our adventure in Jamaica started with a wonderful mistake. My boyfriend and I had booked a hotel two hours away. Instead of paying $50US to sit with tourists on a charter, we paid $2US and traveled with the locals. Four days later, we stood on the side of the road to catch another $2US public bus to Ocho Rios. Bumping into a local couple we befriended, they set us up with some of their friends that were going to pick us up and drive us around to find a new hotel.  Rule #1 Always trust your gut. Our new friends

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From Zero to Kilimanjaro, the Highest Peak of Africa
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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From Zero to Kilimanjaro, the Highest Peak of Africa

This was it. What was I thinking? “Stephanie, you have never climbed a mountain in your life, never mind starting with Kilimanjaro.” At that stage there was no going back, it was time to take on the challenge. After spending two months living with a Massai Tribe, the decision came to tackle Kili with three friends. This was an experience I will never forget. These overwhelming feelings of happiness, fear, tiredness, excitement and anxiety all at once. Standing at the highest peak of Africa I told myself, this was my time. It was time to challenge myself and do it

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The Dangerous Roads in Morroco Across the Atlas Mountain

The Dangerous Roads in Morroco Across the Atlas Mountain

Traveling through Morocco by car is a great way to see this diverse and beautiful country. But the roads in Morocco can be diabolical. We rent a car and take off from Marrakesh airport. Within 5 minutes we were lost having missed the un-signposted turn off to our destination. On entering the highway we were greeted with an overturned truck. We journey over the High Atlas Mountains. A steep, winding and rugged road, the main danger is not the drop offs, or the wandering sheep, or even the overloaded trucks. The greatest danger were the Mercedes taxis that come hurtling

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Drinking Shots with Vietnamese War Veterans
Hoian, Vietnam

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Drinking Shots with Vietnamese War Veterans

It’s true that it’s the people who make the difference! I’m lucky to be traveling with my best friend Hannah but don’t worry about doing it alone either because we have met the most incredible people…. Like stopping for a bike break in Hoian and ending up doing shots of rice wine at the insistence of Vietnamese War Veterans, some of which were missing limbs but still had the biggest smiles and funniest stories.

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