A message at Happynest Hostel
Happynest Hostel Phaholyothin Road Chiang Rai Provincia de Chiang Rai Tailandia

read the full story

You’re Never Fully Alone When Traveling Solo (first-time solo-travel)

Prior to my stay at the Happynest Hostel in Chiang Rai, I had been traveling the islands and Chiang Mai (home of the 5 Star Hostel Oxotel) with my husband and 6 other friends. Needless to say, we were rolling deep, which is a rare concept considering we’re all American and it’s hard to get that many people together to head overseas, let alone a weekend in Vegas! So it came without saying, that when everyone headed home to LAX, and I stayed behind to trek Thailand solo for a week, I felt alone and depressed. Don’t get me wrong,

... read the full story here

We felt in love at Marken Gjestehus in Bergen
Marken Gjestehus in Bergen

read the full story

We fell in love at Marken Gjestehus in Bergen

Well, we met at a Hostel in Lisbon. We had a good connection and exchanged Facebook accounts. Not very much, I kind of put her name on Facebook looking for her, sent the friend request and she accepted me (does that make me a stalker?) We kept in touch, talking on Facebook, until I decided to go to Norway for traveling…and to see her. I was not expecting anything, since I’m a Brazilian guy that lives in Lisbon and she is a Norwegian living in Bergen. But then I booked the Marken Gjestehus Hostel (the 5 Star Hostel in Bergen)

... read the full story here

Two Russian Spies in Rotterdam? A Hostel story

Two Russian Spies in Rotterdam? A Hostel story

„It was a summer, when two young Russian guests came to our Ani&Haakien Hostel in Rotterdam to do the check-in. They were two friendly guys, maybe a bit serious, like people can be :) They were carrying two suspicious long thin hard cover bags with them. With big eyes I was fantasizing about two Russian spies with guns coming to our Rotterdam. I asked the guys, what they are doing in Rotterdam and what they brought with them. They said they would go to an event and that they have their boats with them. So I mumbled a bit „Yeah

... read the full story here

Spending the night in jail instead of at Train Hostel - an experience either way!
Train Hostel, Avenue Georges Rodenbach, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, Belgien

read the full story

Spending the night in jail instead of at Train Hostel – an experience either way!

On Train Hostel Brussels’ second day of business, a guest forgot to mention when he would arrive. Back then, right at the beginning, this 5 Star Hostel did not have a 24hour reception. There was no way to reach the guest beforehand. So the guest arrived at 2am, and found himself in front of a closed door. Due to a misunderstanding, there was no one around to let the guest in. So, what to do? At this point in the story, it is worth mentioning: there is a police station right in front of Train Hostel in Brussels and the

... read the full story here

Get some energetic vibes in Bam - When an Earthquake hit Bam

Get some energetic vibes in Bam – When an Earthquake hit Bam

“Bam is still here!” said Mr. Panjalizadeh, owner of the Akbar Guest House in Bam, Iran. “We get energy from you people who visit us.” In 2003 a 6.6 earthquake hit Bam, devastating the city. Most of my Iranian friends thought I was crazy to drive all the way to Bam. “There’s nothing there,” they said. Nothing could be further from the truth. True, the place had been wrecked, but – after visiting the stunning citadel – I joined Mr. Panjalizadeh for tea in the garden of his guesthouse, seriously damaged by the earthquake and which still resembles a construction

... read the full story here

Travel with Rose-Colored Glasses

Travel with Rose-Colored Glasses – My Nicaragua Experience

Nicaragua was not kind to me. My luggage was delayed, I had a violent bout of food poisoning. My belongings were drenched with rainwater when a hostel roof collapsed, and I suffered through a debilitating, week-long illness. And when my prized dSLR was stolen from my hostel dorm room? I had thoroughly had enough. (Are hostels safe? Analyzing the safety) But if Nicaragua taught me nothing else, it’s that every single experience is valuable. Every experience shapes you; I learned from those hardships and am better off because of them. Travel comes with no guarantees except that it’ll be worth

... read the full story here

Winter is not coming, a warm Hostel Story
wallyard concept hostel berlin

read the full story

Winter is not coming, a warm Hostel Story

Going to Berlin on November was a challenge for me, since I’m not really an enthusiast of low temperatures. Me and my boyfriend started looking for hostels online, and found some incredible photos of the Wallyard Concept Hostel. We are attracted by places with great design projects, and this is one of the things we look forward to find on our trips together. Amazed by the decor of the Wallyard Concept Hostel, but traveling on a low budget, we booked a shared room for 4. We travel often, and sometimes the hostels are nothing like they look like on their website

... read the full story here

Wallyard Concept Hostel in Chinese
Berlin, Germany

read the full story

“Hostelgeeks” in Traditional Chinese – Wallyard Concept Hostel

Berlin in late November already gives you an idea of the cold winter the German capital is facing. It is a chilly Saturday evening when we arrive back to WALLYARD CONCEPT HOSTEL, the 5 Star Hostel in Berlin. On our way to the rooms, posters across the building tell us about a chill out DJ party this night, taking place in the stylish design lounge of the hostel. After a long day exploring Berlin, this sounds like a great idea for a tranquil night. We are sitting in the lounge, chatting with fellow travelers and neighbors while listening to the

... read the full story here

Locked at a Hostels Bathroom And Rescued By a Thai Man
Phuket, Thailand

read the full story

Locked at a Hostels Bathroom And Rescued By a Thai Man

The day started out like any other, perhaps lazier. We stayed at a hostel in Phuket, Thailand (all 5 Star Hostels in Thailand), and we had to check out at 12. At around 11am we decided to get showered.  I stripped off outside the wet room and closed the door behind me. Next thing I knew I was standing in the bathroom with a doorknob in my hand. Caroline heard the noise and asked what was happening. We laughed until she tried the handle on her side. Nothing. We utilized our cutlery like locksmiths hoping to crack it. I stood

... read the full story here

Loosing the camera in a Hostel ? Not on my watch!
Berlin, Germany

read the full story

Losing the camera in a Hostel? Not on my watch!

Yawning, we stumbled off the night train stepping foot on new territory: Berlin. It was inevitable that we were real-life zombies. Night trains have never been my thing. We arrived at the hostel in Berlin (not the Wallyard Concept Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel, but a different one) before it was open, so we sat at the beautiful park across the street. Shortly after 9am we walked into the office where a young man was working away on his computer. We assumed we were too early to check in but were hoping to drop our bags off and then find

... read the full story here

We met at a Hostel in Bruges, 10 years later we are still married
Bruges, Belgium

read the full story

We met at a Hostel in Bruges, 10 years later we are still married

In 2002, after finishing college on opposite ends of the Earth (Florida and Australia), fate threw us together at a Hostel in Bruges during our solo travels. I was assigned the top bunk, and a cute curly haired brunette had been sleeping in the bottom bunk. A few of us went out for drinks that night, as people do in hostels, and Bell and I just clicked. We both happened to be traveling to Amsterdam, so we briefly met up again there. Then, we also organized to meet in Rome before going our separate ways to opposite ends of the

... read the full story here

Sharing my travel experiences on BoutiQuito's comfy Sofa
Quito, Ecuador

read the full story

Sharing travel experiences and wine on BoutiQuito’s comfy Sofa

On my first evening at BoutiQuito Hostel, another guest was drinking wine in the common area, and offered me a glass. He had just got to Quito from the USA, and planned to do the route through South America that I have taken, but in reverse, including going through Bolivia and Argentina as I did two years ago. He wanted to know about every place I had been to, as he did not have a strict plan and wanted to choose his destinations based on the recommendations of other travellers. I gave him lots of advice and hostel recommendations, and

... read the full story here

When the Hostels Tag Line keeps its promise -BoutiQuito Hostel
Quito, Ecuador

read the full story

When the Hostels Tag Line keeps its promise -BoutiQuito Hostel

I stayed at BoutiQuito Hostel in Quito for a few nights, went away to Laguna Quilotoa for a night, and then returned. Two Americans that were there at the same time as me happened to leave when I did, and then came back on the same day as me. I arrived late at night and was relieved to see familiar faces. We laughed that we had prooved the hostel’s tag line #youwillbeback to be correct! They had just got to Ecuador and were interested to hear about where I had been so far. I had been in Montañita before coming to

... read the full story here

Reykjavik, Iceland

read the full story

I met my Fiancé thanks to Vikings and Bus Hostel Reykjavik

Last July (in 2014) I traveled by myself to Iceland. I arrived at the Bus Hostel Reykjavik in the evening, and the following day I walked around Reykjavik to do some sight-seeing. On the back of the map I got from the hostel, there was an ad for a museum about vikings. I decided to go there, and by the end of the tour you had the option of dressing up as a viking. I of course wanted to do this, and I also wanted a photograph of myself in said costume. So I walked up to a random guy and

... read the full story here

An unexpected surprise at Bus Hostel Reykjavik - Hostel Story
Reykjavik, Iceland

read the full story

An unexpected surprise at Bus Hostel Reykjavik – Hostel Story

It was only my intention to stay for one night at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik, but when my bike – the one I was about to cycle around Iceland for 4 weeks – went missing, I ended up staying two. Little did I know I would meet a fellow bicycle traveller that night whom I got on splendidly with – we ended up sharing our first week together and had a blast; crossing rivers, wild camping and eating far too many cakes. I can safely say I got off at the right (bus) stop!

... read the full story here

Hostelgeeks