When looking up where I should spend the night while traveling to the Cascades D’Ouzoud in Morocco, I consulted my Lonely Planet and found that near the waterfalls themselves there were several campgrounds and a hotel out of my budget range.
While doing research for my Charleston directory, Doin’ the Charleston, I discovered an interesting looking establishment with a catchy name: Not So Hostel on Spring Street in the historic district. I was intriqued, and when I needed to go to Charleston to pick up copies of my book Haunted Marietta from the History Press, I booked space there for my husband and myself.
We could have stayed in a dorm-style room with four bunk beds for $21 a night each, but since we have not stayed in a hostel before, I decided to spend a little extra and get a private room for $60 a night, breakfast included.
I left Edinburgh late in the morning and arrived in York late in the afternoon. I had a little less than a day to explore as the bus I was taking to Oxford the next day was leaving around 3pm. The hostel wasn’t far from the bus station; it was maybe a half a mile up the hill, through the gate and into the city. York is a really awesome place to visit, especially if you’re a medieval history junkie like I am. The entire city is still surrounded by a very impressive wall that dates to the 12th to 14th centuries and you have to go through a gate to get into the city. Read more “Backpacking the UK: My Trip from Edinburgh to London”
Bangladesh may be single most overlooked destination in the world for budget travelers. While nearby India is seeing tourism begin to boom, Bangladesh, and its capital city of Dhaka, is largely ignored. The lack of tourist attention is mostly the result of the high levels of poverty, but also because Bangladesh tends not to cater to the conventional tourist (or budget tourist for that matter). Read more “Bangladesh – Underrated Budget Travel Destination”