Monday, 28 May 2012
I found this today and think this is truly inspired idea, especially for the solo traveller!
What do the readers think? Is this just the airline version of Internet dating? Rather hide away in a book? Watch a host of movies and TV shows? Or, are you keen to meet fellow travellers, with a little something in common, as you while away a 14 hour flight?
Saturday, 26 May 2012
I spotted this video at the end of August last year and must have watched it hundreds of times! I find it really inspiring and acts as a brilliant reminder why travel is so great (plus the music on the video is pretty cool too). The different places, the people and the experiences are what make strapping on a backpack so much fun. The video was made by STA Travel and stars Aussie actor Andrew Lees. Jealous doesn't even begin to cover it! I want to be flown around the world too! STA Travel, you know where I live... :D
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
The brilliant Szechenyi Baths (http://www.szechenyibath.com/) - a must see for any visitors to Budapest!
I thought I would kick off with a post about a fantastic place I stayed at recently, in the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary. When I'm looking for somewhere to stay, being a complete Yorkshire tightwad, I always tend to look at hostels first. Having secured some bargain Ryanair flights from Manchester I then went searching for accommodation. As a solo traveller (and one who isn't too bothered about getting off my face every night) I wanted to stay somewhere where I could a) get some sleep and b) socialise with some fun and friendly travellers. I knew The Budapest Bubble (http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Budapest-Bubble/Budapest/20989) was going to be a good choice after reading the comments about the two people who run this relatively small hostel...(and the prices weren't that bad either). Both Olga and Gabor are absolutely fantastic fun and soooooooo friendly. At every turn they proved an amazing ability to get everyone involved in hostel life; so much so, it felt like I was staying in a friend's apartment during my stay. On top of this, they made sure that their guests saw Budapest at its best both day and night! For the solo traveller, nay...any traveller, this place is perfect! Get booking!
Contemplating the next Ozujsko and sladoled as I sit on Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač in Croatia.
Going solo...a scary prospect for most of us. The thought of being the only person, the singular, the solitary is often viewed in a less than positive way. Never more so than when that lone traveller grabs their oversized backpack or hefty suitcase and decides to explore somewhere new. I want to change that. I want 'alone' to be seen positively; the single traveller as the trailblazer, forging the path ahead with confidence as an exclusive adventurer who, far from being the isolated soul, is the hostel common room conqueror, the bar vanquisher, but most of all excited about going out there and exploring your own lonely planet.