Maya Hawes

My first 24 hours as a solo traveller

My first 24 hours as a solo traveller

Solo travellers. Crawling through countless cities, countries, and continents; you’re weather-beaten, street-savvy ramblers of the highest order. You know your Kanpai’s from your Yamas’; you’re not afraid to eat out alone; you’ve got at least 10 different tourist visas plastering the pages of your bruised and battered passport. But, young masters, we all start somewhere….

Anime in real life: the top 10 spots that inspired your favourite anime scenery

Anime in real life: the top 10 spots that inspired your favourite anime scenery

Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I was the main character in my favourite anime. The rich visuals, emotive storylines, and intoxicating landscapes have me attempting to dive through my TV screen on a weekly basis. Seriously, don’t try this at home. From Studio Ghibli staples to old-school Seinen series, anime scenery…

Best Islands in Thailand for Any Type of Traveller

Best Islands in Thailand for Any Type of Traveller

Wondering where to go for your next island getaway? We’ve got you covered. Let’s head to Thailand. The country where it’s somewhat okay to wake up on a tropical beach every morning covered in neon paint. Unsurprisingly though, there’s SO much more to this backpacking mecca than getting a bamboo tattoo of an elephant, spilling…

11 best bars in Porto: local’s choice

11 best bars in Porto: local’s choice

Looking to bar-hop your way through the cobbled streets of Porto? You’re in luck. We’ve got a whole load of bars, boozers and beer gardens to see you through your next city break. Lisbon’s less subscribed (but equally colourful) sister is the stuff of legends. Travellers are tempted with cosy cafes, wine bars and age-old…

13 Advantages of organised group travel

13 Advantages of organised group travel Friends watching the sunset on sand dunes

Have you been dreaming of going travelling, but haven’t got around to planning a trip? Behind every amazing adventure is someone organising it. Unless you’re an obsessive planner, travel logistics can take the fizz out of your Mojito. All that hostel booking, itinerary planning, and general no-good worrying can take the joy out of packing…

Backpackers choice: 10 trending destinations to visit in 2022

Backpackers choice: 10 trending destinations to visit in 2022 Traveling female walking on European city street, tourism in Europe, travel background

Wow, the time has flown. 2021 is drawing to a close, and what a year we’ve had. The main highlight? Travel came back, baby! Many of our favourite destinations opened their arms and borders, ready for backpackers to get their much-needed travel fix. We’ve noticed a lot of you have been booking ahead for 2022….

Social Terms and Conditions

Social Features Overview These terms and conditions govern your use of social login, chat, and the other products, features, apps, services, technologies, and software offered by Hostelworld, except where expressly stated that separate terms apply (such as terms and conditions governing bookings through the Hostelworld website which are located at https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteltermsandconditions.php). New Users: By creating…

Beta App User Guide

We’re super excited to welcome you as a beta-tester for Chat in the Hostelworld app! In 4 simple steps, you can start chatting to other Lisbon travellers who’ve booked with Hostelworld and agreed to join us on this testing journey too. You are one of the very first, so if you can keep it secret…

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