What's not to like about Texas? I laughed

What’s not to like about Texas? I laughed

I stared out the window as the bus crossed the state that had the most pride. I tried to like Texas. I wanted to see why Texans were so proud of Texas. But I saw nothing but empty, parched land. I headed to the Backpacker Hostel in Irving. I saw an overweight girl with Texas stars dangling from her ears, wearing a Texas T-shirt that clung to her spare tires. At the hostel, I talked about it with my new friend Gabrielle, from Holland. She pointed to signs on the walls of the kitchen: “American by birth, Texan by the

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You are not a man if you haven't been on the Great Wall
Mutianyu, China

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You are not a man if you haven’t been on the Great Wall

As they say in China, you’re not a man if you haven’t been on the Great Wall. In November 2011, during my honeymoon, I visited the Mutianyu site, which is 90 km from Bejing. Mutianyu is one of the best choices to see the Great Wall because it is beyond the tourist circuits but good for everyone that would like to see the famous bastions and 22 control towers. The part of the Great Wall in Mutianyu is 2 km long. Even if it seems to be short, it could be very difficult to climb it at all because there

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1 1/2 Month of Travel and Work in France

I was studying abroad in Strasbourg, France and wanted to do the travel around Europe and find myself deal. While I was planning, a friend in the programme introduced me to HelpX, a network that lets you work internationally for room and board. You typically work 4 days out of the week and travel for the rest. After some searching, I decided to go for it! For a month and a half, I worked at an organic hotel and restaurant in the tiny village of Tichville, France. Population: 10 people and hoards of ducks, chickens and cows. I worked as

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In The Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi and Napoleon

In The Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi and Napoleon

They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When you walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the journey begins with a day-long hike through the Pyrenees, starting in France, ending hours later in Spain. Most pilgrims continue to Santiago de Compostela, another 790km away. My son and I wanted to be like most pilgrims, even though our plan was just to walk for another two days, ending in Pamplona. We climbed high into the mountains and came down through a thick forest, arriving late afternoon. But my feet were covered in blisters and

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Sharing Rum with New Friends in Cuba

Sharing Rum with New Friends in Cuba

I tell time by looking at the sun’s position. Spanish, Italian, French, German are my mother tongues for a beautiful moment. An island of poetry in every wave that crashes on the Melecon. Humble and proud, humid and alive. Pilgrimage of Hemingway, home of heroes, this is Cuba. Don’t hesitate to share the shade of a palm, don’t hesitate to pass around the rum with strangers – now friends. Get on the bus heading anywhere and stop where it pleases you, you will be welcomed. I came filled with stories of precaution, and left, left my heart in Cuba.

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Getting Lost on Purpose in Tokyo - Discover Hidden Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

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Getting Lost on Purpose in Tokyo – Discover Hidden Tokyo

When we headed over to Japan we wanted to totally immerse ourselves in this wonderful country we had traveled half the world to experience. With awe and wonder we decided instead of being intimidated by the complexity and challenges of this new land, that we would embrace its exhilaration. We set off to wander, no particular destination in mind other than exploration. To see the details, to come across the unexpected and to embrace the idea of being totally lost and the thrill of expectation. Getting lost is part of the adventure, it is where the city to takes you

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Geeky Guide Penang George Town Hostels

5 Local Tips for Penang

Penang is a backpackers paradise with many street art to discover, restaurants to try, and night clubs to check out. Penang, some people still call it George Town due to its history, hides many secrets and hidden spots to discover. We collected 5 local things to do in Penang to ... read more

5 Local Things To Do in Reykjavik

5 Local Things To Do in Reykjavik

Looking for cool and authentic tips for things to do in Reykjavik? We got you covered! Reykjavik is the cultural center of Iceland, the land of fire and ice, famous for its colorful buildings in an eclectic design. Make sure you start your Iceland experience on the right foot. We ... read more

We learned our lesson in Seville's bull ring

We learned our lesson in Seville’s bull ring

It was whilst standing staring at the golden sand of the bull ring in the city of Sevilla, Spain that our sun burnt legs decided that they had had enough for the day and gave up on us. The remainder of our tour of the site was an informative half hour of agony. The day before we had decided to spend the day sunbathing on a deserted island near Faro, Portugal and as it was windy we had forgone all sun protection. The result was clear when we awoke the next day transformed into two lobsters. However, we only had

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Stealing a Shower on The Roadtrip to San Francisco
san Francisco

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Stealing a Shower on The Roadtrip to San Francisco

It was four in the morning, my friend and I were driving through endless towns on our way to San Francisco. We had been crashing in my car the last 3 nights and at the start of our third day of driving I had only one condition. “Wherever we end up tonight, it has to have showers.” My friend had begun making phone calls that afternoon. But it was a home game in San Francisco and everything was booked solid. It looked like another night of restless sleep in the car, and even worse, no shower. Suddenly fate intervened. We

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5 Star Hostel in Santa Teresa - Casa Zen Guesthouse

Casa Zen Guesthouse

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

In Casa Zen you can join Yoga lessons right on the hostel terrace (the Yoga Deck) or take one of several different tours around Santa Teresa. Apart from a complimentary healthy breakfast each day, you have free Wi-Fi (yeah, we know you!), and a well-equipped kitchen. You can even find ... More about Casa Zen Guesthouse Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Free Henna Tattoos For 100 Dirham - Marrakesh

Free Henna Tattoos For 100 Dirham – Marrakesh Travel Tip

“Lovely lady, let me give you a present from me to you.” I’ll admit me and my friend were both skeptical as the two Moroccan women grabbed each of our hands and began painting. As I hesitated and attempted to pull away, she reassured me it was a gift. Within minutes, what was once plain, white skin had now been transformed with beautiful black swirls which supposedly resembled my name. It is not something I’d desired to get on my trip to Morocco, especially as I was starting a new job only one week later, but you can’t turn down

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The Sleeping Dragon - Dalai Lama And Me
Salzburg, Austria

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The Sleeping Dragon – Dalai Lama, Salzburg, and Me

I can feel the snowflakes softly falling from the sky. They land gently on the tip of my frozen nose. At the top of this mysterious peak, famously called “sleeping dragon” by the Dalai Lama, I am alone. It is just me and the mountains. Okay, that’s not exactly true. It’s just me and a dozen yapping crows soaring through the mist. Up here on Untersberg, as I look down at Salzburg below, I know that it’s me against the world. That it’s just me and the silence that threatens to engulf me whole.

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Warned about the children of Cambodia

Warned about the Children in Cambodia

Be careful and judge each situation for yourself! We were warned about the children of Cambodia asking for hugs and stealing your watch yet we saw none of this. The children we’ve met so far are blind to prejudice, race, gender, religion… They simply wanted attention and we spent afternoons in Sihanoukville, Cambodia throwing them around the ocean, chasing them up and down the beaches, we taught them card games and they smiled proudly as they practiced their English. They had little but were content, it was beautiful to see. I don’t know what’s next but I’m so happy living

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5 Local Tips Sevilla (tapas, locals, and lifestyle)

5 Local Tips Sevilla (tapas, locals, and lifestyle)

We are Hostelgeeks, and we introduce you to the local tips Sevilla. Are you tired of tourist guides? Then this is for you. We have been now many times in Seville, and thanks to so many friends there, we enjoyed a local Sevilla. And here it is: We are proud to share with ... read more

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