Introducing… Gap Year Diaries x Hostelworld Podcast

Introducing… Gap Year Diaries x Hostelworld Podcast

Stories have been passed between travellers for hundreds of years and, in our opinion, it’s one of the best ways to find out about all that the world has to offer. From lesser-known islands, to under-rated party spots, to awesome adrenaline adventures, some of the top experiences out there can come from friends’ recommendations. Travel…

Planning A Solo Trip? We Need To Talk About Loneliness

Planning A Solo Trip? We Need To Talk About Loneliness

You expected a lot from your first solo trip.  A suntan. Obviously. Getting to know the world a little better. Making new friends. An epic Instagram account. Even a few of those ‘did I just bungee jump naked’ moments that you’ve pledged never to talk about. Ever. But loneliness? You probably never expected that. Yet,…

How travel helped me overcome depression and fall back in love with my life

How travel helped me overcome depression and fall back in love with my life

Mental health problems are staggeringly common and can affect anyone at any time. Take me for instance. Eighteen months ago I was in my final semester of my undergrad degree, with good grades, a wonderful boyfriend and living by the beach with my two best friends. My life seemed perfect. Why I suddenly found living…

Fiestas, tapas & playas: the full travel guide for backpacking Spain

Fiestas, tapas & playas: the full travel guide for backpacking Spain

Ah Spain, the land of sun, sea, flamenco, fiesta and siesta. With this guide we want to help you make the most out of your stay by avoiding tacky, tourist traps, stretching your money and living like a local. The best time to visit Spain Traditional Spanish celebrations Best music festivals in Spain Spain travel costs…

Go French Yourself: The best hostels in Paris

Go French Yourself: The best hostels in Paris Best hostels in paris

How to find the best hostels in Paris for your trip Wondering where to find the best hostels in Paris? From the heights of Montmartre to the good vibes of the Quartier Latin or the beautiful streets of  Le Marais, we picked the 12 best hostels in the City of Light just for you. Insane rooftops,…

99 Unusual Hostels You’ll Never Want To Leave

99 Unusual Hostels You’ll Never Want To Leave

Times have changed, and so has the world of hostels. Gone are the days of a million dingy beds packed into a single room. Nowadays, hostels are constantly competing to prove that they are the coolest new wanderlust–infused accommodation in town. So much so, that we host our very own awards – the HOSCARS! –…

16 Best Bars In Copenhagen That Won’t Break The Bank

16 Best Bars In Copenhagen That Won’t Break The Bank

Copenhagen is trending right now, and it’s easy to see why. Colourful architecture, stunning beaches, obscenely cool nightlife and an obsession with coziness… Sounds like our kinda place! So, what’s the catch?! Well, most backpackers think they can’t afford it. Whilst there’s no denying this isn’t going to be the cheapest city break of your…

15 Amazing Things To Do In St Ives

St Ives may be small but it’s spectacularly beautiful and you’ll be AMAZED by how much there is to do here. St Ives is not only one of Cornwall’s best surf spots and surrounded by four stunning sandy beaches, it also boasts a great food scene and is the perfect base to explore the rest…

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