Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Viva La Backpack! Welcome to North Ireland...

Backpacking has come a long way since the early days when it referred literally to the pack—rucksack, knapsack, whatever—on one's back. That is exactly what you needed when hiking out into the wilderness, of course. And that's the way it stood, from the early 1900's right up until about 1980, hiking and camping, at home and abroad, when for many of us the international travel became more important than what we did when we actually got there.  

After all there were many interesting countries with many cultures, but not all of them lent themselves easily to hiking and camping. Guatemala and Bali come to mind. And many were too dangerous for solo efforts. Peru comes quickly to mind. And many guys were more interested in 'night-trekking' along gaily lighted city streets than lonely walks through distant mountains. Think Thailand. Thus the concept of 'backpacking' gradually became a euphemism for budget travel, and we backpackers became the butt of many jokes from better-heeled ex-pat professionals, sex tourists and overseas retirees. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"1000 Hostels in Britain and North Europe" Now Available Online in Paperback and Kindle E-Book

The British Isles and Germany are the historic heartland of the hostel movement, and they’re the heart of this book, too, with over 600 hostels—lodgings with shared rooms—between them.  They have private rooms, too, of course.  And the Benelux countries and Scandinavia are no slouches, either.  Then there’s East Europe—Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the Baltic countries—a new frontier just waiting to be explored further.  Do you already know how to travel? Do you just want to know where the hostels are, so that you can plan a hostel-based trip along the highways and byways of North Europe, in the major cities, smaller towns and remote villages, too?  Then this is the book for you. 
     This is the most comprehensive hostel guide ever written, encompassing the old youth hostel movement and the modern phenomenal spread of backpackers’ hostels around the globe as well.  That ranges from the dozens of the most modern ‘flash-packers’ hostels in the urban centers of London and Berlin to remote wilderness hostels in Ireland and surfers’ camps in Sweden.  Sound good?  Are you afraid that maybe you’re too old for a hostel?  Don’t worry; most hostels have no age restrictions. And they all have English-speaking staff and internet capabilities.  Most even have kitchens.  Some even have bars.  All have cool people as guests.  The 1000 hostels listed here are to be found in over 250 cities and places in north Europe. from Dublin to Moscow, and Oslo to Munich.  C U there.