GlobetrotterGirls - Ask The Experts - Travel, Foodie, LGBT, Solo Travel, Wanderlust, Lesbian - Pepo - Page 2


  • 230
  • 24K
  • 2.4K

For Globetrotters, travelholics, world explorers, city dwellers, adventurers, armchair travelers and nomads

Ask a Question

What is your question for

Submit a Guest Post

Share your own story into
What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Mine: Halloween, the fall foliage and pumpkin spiced craft beers 😊
And pumpkin patches are pretty awesome too - hundreds of bright orange pumpkin in different shapes and sizes. Also fun? A corn maze! If you've got no plans for a weekend in October, look up corn mazes near you.

I also love fall foods like any kind of soup or reading a book in a café with a fireplace while sipping a steaming Chai Latte 😍
  • I❤️🍁🍃🍂 2
  • 🌽 1
  • 🍁 1
  • 🎃 1

Have you heard of Xochimilco, a suburb of Mexico City? The town is not only worth a visit because of its tranquil, charming vibe, but it makes for a relaxing day trip out of Mexico City because of its main draw: The trajineras!

These are colorful covered punting boats, and you can hop aboard a Trajinera for a relaxing ride along one of the 224 canals that remain from the ancient Lake Xochimilco – simply find one of the town’s embarcaderos (docks). A ride through the canals is an absolute must. Although often lazily compared to Venice, the canals of this small Mexican town are a completely unique adventure.

Trips last from an hour to three, or even longer, and while some Mexicans bring food and drinks on board, it is also possible to purchase from floating vendors everything from ‘street food’ like elote, tacos or full meals to Coronas, Micheladas, sodas and water. Also floating through the canal are Mariachi and Marimba bands who will serenade you for less than US $10!

A private ride on a Trajinera costs anywhere from $350 to $500 Mexican Pesos ($20-$28 US, try to bargain), but on Sundays there are ‘colectivos’, or public rides, which cost only $15 pesos per person (around $0.85 per person). The sign there states $350 MXP per hour. This is the TOTAL cost for the boat per hour NOT the charge per person per hour. The boat promotors will try to convince you into believing it is the cost per person, but that’s not true, so don’t let them fool you!

How to get there:
It’s an easy 90 minute trip from the city center using public transportation. Take Metro Line 2 (the blue line) to the end - station Tasqueña. Exit the train platform through the turnstiles and head through the doors straight ahead of you to get to the Tren Ligero (light rail). The light rail accepts the same reloadable card you use for the metro but doesn't accept Metro tickets. You can buy a CDMX re-loadable card for $10 MXP (you can share one card between multiple people) and load it with $3 MXP per-person one-way at the booth just outside the train turnstiles. Having a CDMX metro card will make getting around Mexico City much easier for you anyway.

Take the light rail to Xochimilco, the last station on the light rail line. The embarcaderos are only a 10 minute walk through the village: follow the small blue signs on the street with arrows that will lead to the embarcadero, or just follow the crowd. There are several entrances to find a trajinera.
  • 😍 1
Travel Quiz:

Who knows at which famous body of water these photos were taken❓❓❓
  • 🏊 2
  • 🏖 2
Jacob Proper 5 months ago
Cruise ships 🚢 - yay or nay⁉️

A few years ago, I went on my first ever cruise. For a week we cruised around the Mediterranean, stopping in different ports in Spain, France and Italy. I wasn’t sure if cruise vacations were for me, but surprisingly, I loved the cruise. Since then, I’ve gone on another cruise – around the Galapagos Islands. And again: the cruise was absolutely amazing. I am now eyeing cruises around Alaska and the Caribbean, and I am sure it won’t be long until I find myself on a cruise ship again. There are many reasons why I love cruises, but let me share my top five reasons why I think you should go on a cruise vacation:

1 Great value for money

Cruises are great value for money! If you check discount cruise websites, you will notice that cruises are very inexpensive, and you can often find deals that are almost too good to be true. A 7-day cruise around the Mediterranean can be found for as little as $399 – and that doesn’t mean the quality isn’t that great, because that is exactly what I paid for my Med cruise, and I loved the ship and its amenities. And just think about what’s included in this price: Everything from accommodation to transportation to food for an entire week!

2 A Great Way To Get A Teaser Of Various Countries In A Short Time

While the short amount of time you get to spend in each place was a turn-off for me initially, I liked that it gave me a teaser of each place I visited – and still enough time to see a lot. When the boat docked in Livorno, for example, we still had enough time to drive around the hills of Tuscany all day, stopping in picturesque towns along the way, enjoying local wines and meals. When we docked on the French island of Corsica, a day was by far not enough to explore the entire island, but it whetted my appetite and made me vow that I’d return for a week-long vacation one day. And that’s precisely why I’d really like to go on a Caribbean cruise: to get a teaser of several Caribbean islands and then decide which ones are worth a longer visit.

3 No travel planning

For someone like me, who is constantly on the move, not having to worry about any travel planning is a major plus. You basically just have to check in on the boat and enjoy the ride, leaving the route planning to someone else. Booking hotels? Nope! Even though you’re visiting several countries, you’ll sleep in the same bed every night. And that’s another plus for me: the convenience of it:

4 It’s easy

Not only are you spared the travel planning, but the entire trip itself is very uncomplicated. You enjoy the ship’s facilities on cruise days, and whenever you dock somewhere, you can decide if you want to head out independently, or if you’d like to take an organized tour of a place. And while I enjoy exploring cities on my own, instead of following a tour leader around a busy city as part of a group, I enjoyed the organized snorkeling trips on my last cruise, and would definitely sign up for a snorkeling tour in the Caribbean, tour.

5 The food

Yes, I love food, and I loved the food on both cruises I went on. And after talking about cruises with other people who have taken cruise vacations, I know that my cruises were no exception: the food on cruise ships is fantastic. No matter if you go for the buffet option or if you opt for fine dining – you won’t be disappointed. I’ve found the range of food on the cruises I’ve taken to be large, the produce fresh and tasty, and most importantly for me: vegetarian friendly! I had to force myself to work out every day on the cruises I was on to compensate for all the cake I was eating (dessert buffets are dangerous, but may also be the best thing ever!)

❓❓❓what do you say: Cruise ships yay or nay ❓❓❓
  • Ish 1
  • nay 1
  • 😃 1
Dani Globetrottergirls 6 months ago
Ignas if you go on one I'd love to hear what you thought of it 😊
Ignas Pečiūra 6 months ago
Dani definitely 👍
Travel Tip Austin: Eight Craft Beer Bars You Have To Visit

Austin has an amazing amount of craft beer bars and microbreweries where you can sample local Texan beers and micro brews from all over the US. Here are the top eight craft beer pubs you have to try if you love microbrews and happen to find yourself in Austin:

1. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
2. Growler (both with over 100 craft beers on tap)
3. Ginger Man (with over 70 taps)
4. Craft Pride (over 50 Texan beers on tap)
5. Draught House Pub & Brewery
6. Pinthouse Pizza (also worth a visit for their pizza!)
7. Black Sheep Lodge
8. Easy Tiger
  • 🍻 4
  • 👌 3
  • 😃 2
INSIDER TIP: Five countries I could visit over and over again

One question I get frequently asked is: What’s your favorite country? But it’s impossible for me to pick only one single country after traveling the world for so many years! I do, however, have a handful of countries that I absolutely love and could visit over and over again. So today I want to share these five countries with you, and why I love visiting them:

1. Guatemala – for the stunning scenery and fascinating Mayan culture
2. Mexico – The beaches, the food, the culture, welcoming people and the beautiful and diverse landscapes. I can’t get enough of Mexico
3. Cambodia – One of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever been to, with scrumptious food, stunning beaches, and spectacular ruins (Angkor Wat). And seeing the country re-define itself while recovering from the Khmer regime is remarkable.
4. Italy – One of the most scenic countries I’ve ever been to – and I keep going back! Tuscany and Amalfi especially have stolen my heart. And all the food, of course ;-)
5. The U.S. – Since I love road trips, the U.S. has to be on this list. The country is so big and diverse, I’ve done quite a few road trips here, and no two have been the same. From the desert-scapes of Southern Arizona to the swamplands of Louisiana, the California coastline, the Oregon wine trail, the vastness of Nebraska and the lush forests of Vermont – there is just so much to see!
  • 😍 1
‼️‼️Travel Tip: A great portable charger: MyCharge‼️‼️

I don’t often talk about my travel accessories, but I have to praise my newest portable charger – I go through a lot of them, because I find that after a few years of heavy use, they usually lose power (quite literally!).
But I just love my latest charger, the myCharge, which doesn’t only have an integrated Apple Lightning cable to charge my iPhone, but also a micro-USB cable (with which I charge my camera, my Skyroam mobile hotspot device and my Kindle). The built-in cables mean I don’t have to carry additional cords which is amazing, and the myCharge fully charges my phone FOUR times!! And with the two cables, I can even charge two devices at the same time! Two more great features: the MyCharge recharges up to 50% faster than other portable chargers, and it is a leight-weight charger.

Well worth the investment, if you’re looking for a new portable charger:
  • 👍 2
  • 📱 2
  • 😃 2
***New York Insider Tip: A Fall Foliage Road Trip***

Mid-October is fall foliage peak season in upstate New York: the perfect excuse to leave the city for a weekend and go on a road trip! You don’t have to drive all the way to New England to see incredible fall colors. But book your getaway now - the little towns tend to get busy on weekends during leaf peeping season.

Seeing the charming little towns in the Catskills and Peekskills all dressed up for autumn, with pumpkins decorating entrances of houses and window sills, stacks of hay, fall flowers and restaurant menus denouncing seasonal specials, is just as beautiful. You can stop on the side of the road to pick up some farm-fresh apples, homemade jams, pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, apple cider and fresh honey.

On of my favorite places in the fall is the scenic Seven Lakes region. Make sure to take a detour and do the 7 Lakes Drive.

Bear Mountain State Park, about 50 miles north of New York City, is another great stop – climb up to the peak of the mountain for fantastic views over the Hudson River! When the weather is good you can see four states from the top of Perkins Memorial Tower atop of the mountain: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The hike takes about three hours in total. It is steep at times, but the panoramic vistas are definitely worth the climb.
Towns worth stopping in: Rhinebeck, Kingston and Catskill.
  • 🍁 2
  • 🍃🍁🍂 1
  • 😃 1
  • 😍 1
🏳️‍🌈Insider Tip🏳️‍🌈
How to spend the perfect queer 24 hours in NYC

If you’re looking for a lesbian (or queer) getaway, NYC is the perfect place for you! It’s easy to have 24 queer hours here: Start your day with a run in Central Park, followed by a fabulous brunch at 44 & X in Hell’s Kitchen, a gorgeous brunch spot popular with LGBT New Yorkers and visitors. Head down to 34th street and walk the elevated Highline Park all the way to the end – it brings you right into the West Village where you can visit the Stonewall Inn LGBT Memorial and Christopher Park right across the street with its gay and lesbian sculptures. Continue your afternoon in the West Village and do some shopping in the many boutiques and quirky stores around Bleecker and MacDougal Street. Later in the day, drop by the Cubbyhole, New York’s infamous lesbian bar, which you shouldn’t miss on a visit to New York. If you feel like dancing, head over to Boots & Saddle, Stonewall Inn or Henrietta Hudson’s. 🏳️‍🌈
  • ❤️💛💚💙💜 1
  • 🏳️‍🌈 1
  • 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 1
  • 👭 1
  • 💘 1
  • 😃 1
***Insider Travel Tips: Seattle***

Here are my top 15 places to visit in Seattle – not just the tourist spots, but also the coolest neighborhoods, the best coffee shops, art galleries, parks and markets:

1 Alki Beach

This might be my favorite beach in Seattle – and a great place to run or walk. Alki Beach is 3.1 miles (5k) long and offers sweeping vistas of Downtown Seattle. It’s a little out of the way in West Seattle, but if you have a car, it’s worth going thereb and you could combine it with Mexican food & drink happy hour at Cactus, or a doughnut breakfast at Top Pots, artisan pizza at Phoenicia or more scrumptious burritos at El Chupacabra.

2 Georgetown

Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is industrial and still feels a little gritty, but it is quickly becoming super hip and makes for a fun afternoon: there are a couple of cool coffee shops (The Conservatory and All City), a superb Mexican restaurant (Fonda La Catrina), Georgetown Liquor Company and a couple of small breweries (Georgetown Brewing Co and Machine House Brewery), all a short walk from one another, and there is also some cool street art to admire.

3 Storyville Café

Looking for a place to while away a rainy day? Storyville Café! The coffee is excellent, and the pastries are divine. I’ve only been to their branch in the Queen Anne neighborhood so I don’t know if all of their cafes have fire places, but that definitely added to the coziness factor. There is also a branch right by Pike Place Market.

4 Gas Works Park

I loved this park for its stunning views over Lake Union and since it is sitting on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company, a gasification plant, the rusty remnants of the plants make for awesome photo ops. Every time I went there on a sunny day, the meadows were filled with sun worshippers. Just like Freeway Park, this is a park that’s unlike any other park I’ve been to.

5 Fremont

This neighborhood in the north of Seattle describes itself as the ‘Center Of The Universe’. While I am not sure how much I agree with that, I loved the artsy vibe in this neighborhood: there are plenty of sculptures, some street art and even a troll who lives under the Aurora Bridge and is cherished by the locals. So yes, Fremont is one of Seattle’s quirkier neighborhoods. If you go, don’t miss the Theo Chocolate Factory Tour – it’s only $10 and includes a chocolate sampling. There’s also a factory shop worth visiting should you not make it on a tour.

6 Seward Park

I love this little park which occupies the Bailey Peninsula in Lake Washington! I loved the paved trail that goes around the entire peninsula along the water, and the dirt trails that lead up the hill through the forest. If you make it here, I recommend combining it with a meal in the cool Raconteur restaurant (inside a bookstore, always worth going in, if you love books as much as I do) or a coffee at Caffe Vita (see below) in the nearby Seward Park neighborhood.

7 Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park sits right on the shores of Puget Sound and belongs to the Seattle Art Museum. If you’re into art, both are worth a visit. The Art Museum is free on the first Thursday of every month.

8 Café Chocolati

Café Chocolati has seriously some of the best hot chocolate outside of Paris, where I’ve had the thickest, richest hot chocolate in my life. A cup of it is basically a meal in itself. My favorite: the Dark Vader (Raspberry Hot Chocolate). Extra tip: You get a free truffle on your first visit. Yes, they know how to make you addicted. I don’t think there’s a better place to spend a rainy afternoon than at one of the five Chocolati cafés. (The downtown branch is in the Public Library which is also worth a visit).

9 Joe Block Park

This little gem of a park is a place I would’ve never found had a friendly local not pointed me towards it. A little-known park (even for Seattlites!) it is a little tricky to find, but well worth getting lost. It is located in West Seattle, close to the port, and basically on the way to Alki Beach. But since it is closer to Downtown Seattle than Alki, the views here are actually better (Alki is also known for fantastic views over Seattle). There is a walking pier that has an observation deck with benches at the end, offering sweeping views over Downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. I loved this place and would go back for a sunset picnic next time.

10 Fremont Sunday market

I’ve already mentioned Fremont, but the Sunday market deserves an extra mention. A mix of flea market, handicraft market and food market, it makes a fantastic Sunday activity and you can easily combine it with a stroll around the rest of the neighborhood. The nearby Milstead & Co has been awarded the title of the best coffee shop in all of Washington several times.

11 Espresso Vivace

Another outstanding coffee shop and coffee roaster in Seattle, Espresso Vivace has been around since 1988 and has three locations in Seattle. I loved the ‘quiet rooms’ in both locations I visited, and it didn’t hurt that their biscotti were mouth-wateringly tasty, too. Vivace was also awarded the title of ‘Washington’s best coffee shop’.

12 Kubota Garden

This Japanese Garden in the south of Seattle is the perfect urban oasis. I went for some tranquility and self-reflection and couldn’t have chosen a better spot. What makes Kubota Garden special? 20 acre of greenscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. And the best thing? It’s FREE!

13 Biscuit Bitch

I didn’t even like biscuits & gravy, but Biscuit Bitch has converted me. After eating breakfast there I wanted to go back every single day. They have three branches in Downtown Seattle, including one right by Pike Place Market (the Belltown branch is usually less busy). Expect Southern-Inspired breakfast dishes with an emphasis on, you’ve guessed it, biscuits and gravy. Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Not a problem!

14 Kerry Park

Even though I wouldn’t necessarily call this little lookout a park, I’d definitely recommend visiting it for its amazing views over Seattle’s skyline and Elliott Bay. If you’re lucky and the weather is good, you’ll even see Mount Rainier from here. While you’re there, why not check out Queen Anne Ave just a few blocks north of Kerry Park? The 5 Spot is great for a casual dinner, or further up the road, How To Cook A Wolf is a more upscale Italian restaurant. The aforementioned Storyville coffee shop is also on Queen Anne Ave.

15 Pie Bar

Pie and liquor – need I say more? A combination that can’t be beat! If you don’t care about a drink with your pie, get a slice to go at the take-out window. And if one pie place isn’t enough, check out: Pie in Fremont, Pie Bar Ballard (owned by the twin sisters who own the original Pie Bar in Capitol Hill) and A La Mode Pies
  • 😍 4
  • 😃 3
‼️California Travel Tip: The Armstrong Redwoods‼️

The Redwoods in Northern California are home to the tallest trees in the world, which live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall.

If you are traveling along the California Coast, make sure not to miss the Redwoods, just north of San Francisco. And you can combine a hike through the Armstrong Redwoods with a visit to beautiful Sonoma Wine Country!

Walking through the forest where these imposing structures are towering over you, with moss-covered trunks of fallen trees on the ground, will make you feel like you’ve entered some fairy tale world! Because of the height of the trees, barely any sun rays make their way through the branches, keeping the forest darker and in deeper shade than most other forests, which only added to the mystic aura.

The Armstrong Redwoods are supposed to remind visitors of what this whole region used to look like: Instead of being covered in vineyards like it is today, all of Northern California used to be covered in forests of these colossal, majestic Redwood trees. The largest tree in the Armstrong Redwoods is Parson Jones Tree, measuring more than 310 feet (94 meters) in height – longer than the length of a football field! Colonel Armstrong Tree, the oldest tree in the grove, is over 1,400 years old – these numbers are truly staggering and make you feel tiny between these silent giants!
  • 😃 1
  • 🙌 1
‼️Insider Tip: An off-the-beaten-path beach in India: Varkala‼️

There’s a lot of hype about the beaches of Goa, but there are plenty of beaches beyond Goa in India! My personal favorite? Varkala, about an hour north of Trivandrum in the far south of India (in the state of Kerala). What the laid-back village lacks in culture is easily made up for by walking the paths along the gorgeous cliffs, looking out over the wide beaches below. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants for every traveler’s budget, and the sunsets here were breathtaking.🏝🌊☀️⛱
  • ☀️ 1
  • 🏖 1
  • 👌 1
  • 👍 1
  • 😎 1
***Thailand Travel Tip***

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

About two hours north of the popular town of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand you find Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. While the town itself isn’t all that exciting, the temple is well worth the trip to Chiang Rai. The temple is unlike any other Buddhist temple in Thailand. Created by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, it has dozens of sculptures and different sectors which all represent different human behaviors and emotions, ranging from greed, happiness, gratitude and desire to ‘hellish’ contemporary inclinations such as cell phones. There are sculptures surrounding the bright white temple, including hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire, and plenty of creepy-looking grotesque faces.

If you’re visiting Northern Thailand, definitely add the White Temple to your itinerary.
  • 😃 1
Top 5 places to see the fall colors in New England 🍁🍃🍂🍃🍁

Summer is almost over, which means I can finally get started on my autumn travel plans! I have been wanting to visit New England in the fall for a long time - to see the spectacular autumn colors up there! Especially Vermont, where you find many maple trees, whose leaves turn into a striking scarlet color in the fall, is a must for anyone who loves the feeling of fall. The small New England states in the north east of the US (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island), named after the 17th century English settlements, do not only offer breathtaking fall colors, by the way, but also some of the quaintest coastal towns in the US, the quintessential small town feel and gorgeous landscapes, and thanks to their compact size, can easily be combined into one trip.
I have put together a list of the top five places to see the fall colors in New England – must visit destination for any passionate leaf peeper:

1 The Green Mountain Byway (Vermont Route 100), Vermont
Vermont is every leaf peeper’s dream come true: 80% of the state are covered in forest, making for an explosion of colors in the fall that begs to be photographed. The Green Mountain Byway is a scenic byway that is best visited during the second week of October, when the maple leaves reach their brightest scarlet. The road goes past mountains and farms, through Green Mountain National Forest, and connects the picturesque small towns of Stowe and Waterbury, which are both worth a stop.
2 The White Mountains, New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the White Mountains make for an unforgettable road trip with views of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington, which is New England’s highest peak at 6,288ft. There are stunningly beautiful vistas at every turn of the winding road, and along the way you can eat in small, family-run restaurants and sleep in charming, old-fashioned inns. The most famous roads here are Route 302, which passes through Crawford Notch, a beautiful valley where yellow-leafed birches and scarlet-colored maple leaves are perched along the hillsides, and the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112), a scenic byway that crosses the White Mountains from East to West.

3 The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

The winding roads of the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts offer some of the best vistas for leaf peepers – the road gets quite busy during the weekends in October, but that’s for a reason! The Mohawk Trail goes through the Berkshires and offers an array of trees that will leave you in awe for sure: birch, maples, beech, ash, dogwood, oak, sassafras and tulip trees all contribute to a colorful leaf cover along the road. In addition to the fall colors, artsy small towns contribute to the charming atmosphere of this region – make sure to stop in North Adams, which even has a Fall Foliage Festival each year in early October, stop in historic Greenfield where the 3-story lookout at the Poet’s Seat Tower provides magnificent vistas, and take a short detour in Charlemont to the impressive Bissell Covered Bridge.

4 Route 7, Connecticut

Route 7 is the main north-south artery through western New England, and 78 miles of the 313 mile long route go through Connecticut. The most scenic part starts in New Milford, going north. The town of Kent has been voted the Number One spot to see the fall colors in all of New England, and not far from there, Kent Falls State Park in Litchfield County offers a short, but lovely hike to a 250 feet tall waterfall, which is even more striking when it is surrounded by brilliant autumn colors. Make sure to stop at the West Cornwall Covered Bridge further north, and in Litchfield, a delightful little town with art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops worth a visit.

5 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. No matter where you find yourself in the park, you’ll be wowed by unforgettable vistas of the rocky coastline, the mountains, little lakes and lush forests. Mount Desert Island is famous for its historic carriage paths – make sure to plan in time for a stroll along these trails as well as a visit to Seal Cove, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor, all located on the island. If you continue your trip westwards along the coast of Maine you’ll get to the nearby Schoodic Peninsula, which also makes for a scenic drive.

Because I am back on the road and traveling on a budget for the next month, I will be staying in a lot of hostels over the coming weeks. But I am very picky when it comes to budget accommodation, which is why I thought I’d share my tips on how to find a good hostel with you. Because let’s be honest here: there are still plenty of hostels out there that suck! So here is what I do when I look for a hostel:

1 Look up ratings

I usually book hostels through I used to love Hostelworld, but I kept finding better deals on, and at some point I just stopped using Hostelworld. As a rule of thumb, I never book a hostel that’s rated less than an 8 out of 10. Even if a hostel is a 7, for me that’s too low of a rating. The higher the rating, the better for me.

2 Pay more

Yes, I am on a budget, but I’ll happily pay 2-3 Euros more and stay in a newer, more stylish hostel. There are even so-called luxury hostels now, which usually have super nice facilities. For a dorm bed in those you may pay 20 Euros for a bed instead of 15, but for me, that’s worth it. In a hot country, I’m also happy to pay more if the hostel has a pool. Last year in Colombia I stayed in one of the best hostels ever: brand new furniture, a great location, and not one but TWO swimming pools!

3 No backpackers

I am in my 30s now, which means I’ve grown out of the gap year backpacker age. And that’s why I don’t stay in a hostel that has the word ‘backpacker’ or ‘backpackers’ in it. These are usually the party hostels with a bunch of 20-somethings who want to get drunk every night, something I cannot identify with.

4 Late check-outs

I don’t understand how there are still hostels that have a 10am check-out – while in hotels, you can check out at noon. If the hostel doesn’t have at least an 11am check-out, I don’t want to stay there, unless I have an early flight / bus to my next destination.

5 Recent reviews

This goes along with #1 – I don’t just look up the rating of a hostel, I also look up recent reviews, and when using, I usually cross-reference Tripadvisor as an independent reviews platform. Recent reviews are important because you want to find out if the hostel has suffered from a bed bug infestation recently. No hostel and hotel is safe from them, no matter how fancy and expensive it is… and I sure don’t want to stay in a place where bed bugs were reported recently.

6 Lockers

I have come across so many hostels on my travels that still don’t have lockers, I just don’t know how people can stay there and not worry about having their stuff stolen. As someone who travels with a lot of electronic equipment, I don’t feel comfortable staying in a dorm where everyone can access my backpack with all my valuables, and I also don’t want to carry around things like passport, credit cards, and all my cash.

7 Activities

That’s not a deal breaker, but when traveling alone, I appreciate it when a hostel offers communal activities such as pub crawls or walking tours, which makes it easy to connect with other travelers. A hostel I stayed at in Colombia even offered free salsa lessons which was awesome.

8 Amenities

Other than lockers, these are the amenities that I always make sure a hostel has: hot showers (not a given in Central America, for example), free wifi, a common area to work in and to socialize, a kitchen so that I can cook for myself if I don’t feel like going out to grab something to eat.


Do you stay in hostels? What’s something that’s important for you when booking a hostel?
  • 👍 1
‼️New York Insider Tips‼️

You’ve still got nearly three weeks of summer left – make the most of it!!

People always tell me how expensive New York City is, but I think most people don't realize how many free things there are to do in the summer in NYC
Basically, all my favorite things to do in the summer don't cost anything. Here are 20 examples for free summer activities in NYC:

1. Free outdoor movies. Every night, there's an outdoor movie somewhere in the city - including some really scenic spots like Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Hudson River Piers and Central Park.
2. Go to the beach. You can take the A train straight to the Rockaways! Or the D, F, N and Q to Coney Island. It’s free with a weekly metro card, or $2.75 per ride.
3. Picnic in the park – pick up some food in the supermarket and head to a park for a picnic. My favorites include: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, Prospect Park (near the lake!)
4. Listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra for free – they play an open air in each borough for free on one night in June
5. Listen to the Metropolitan Opera for free – they play an open air in each borough for free on one night in June
6. Take a free sunset cruise – Yes, you can see a gorgeous NYC sunset for free when you take the Staten Island Ferry just before sunset starts.
7. Tan yourself in Bryant Park – great spot to tan yourself and soak up NYC at the same time in this iconic Manhattan Park
8. Take a bath in the fountain in Washington Square Park
9. Stroll through a street fair – there are street fairs and flea markets all over the city every weekend in the summer
10. Free kayaking! There’s free kayaking along the East River and on the Hudson River. My favorite spot is Brooklyn Bridge Park – just look up on what days free kayaking is offered
11. Relax on the Highline – this elevated-trainline-turned-city-park even has sun loungers! Bring a book.
12. Visit an island: You can visit Governors Island for $2 (ferry ride from Pier 6 in Brooklyn) or Roosevelt Island (free with your subway card) for some relaxing time. Governors Island even has hammocks!
13. Watch the sunset by the river. The best spots: Clinton Cove / Pier 96, Riverside Park (near the Boat Basin Café), Pier 62 and the Battery Park City Esplanade (all along the Hudson River). Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pebble Beach, East River State Park, Transmitter Park (all in Brooklyn on the East River)
14. A summer night stroll – nothing like a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge or along Broadway on a warm summer night!
15. Take a free street art tour in Bushwick – Free Tours on Foot offer free tours all over the city, but the street art tours are the best.
16. Sun lounging in Gantry Plaza State Park: Marvel at the historic gantries in this park right on the East River and make yourself comfortable on one of the many sun loungers
17. Enjoy the flowers in the Botanical Gardens – admission is free all day on Tuesdays and before noon on Saturdays!
18. BBQ with a view: there are free BBQ grills in Brooklyn Bridge Park – just bring your own supplies!
19. Head to a food market – Smorgasburg is on Saturdays in Williamsburg and on Sundays in Prospect Park. So much good food and ice cream galore!
20. Free Friday night fireworks: Head to Coney Island for a beach afternoon, a stroll along the promenade and free fireworks on Friday nights!
  • I❤️NY 2
  • 👏 2
  • 🗽 2
  • 😍 2
The walled town of Saint Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees Mountains in Southern France is the starting point of the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrims route that ends in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain – 790 kilometers (500 miles) from start to end.👣

The town itself is well worth a visit and is also the starting point of several day hikes in the Pyrenees, if long-distance hiking is not your thing ☺️
  • Buen Camino! 1
  • 👌 1
  • 👣 1
  • 😍 1
  • 🙌 1
***INSIDER TIP: New York Off The Beaten Path***

This photo doesn’t look like New York City, right?

If you’re looking to check out an area in NYC that’s far off the tourist trail, spend an afternoon in Southern Brooklyn! There’s the little known Calvert Vaux Park right by Gravesend Bay and Coney Island Creek Park, which is on the other side of Coney Island, across from the famous boardwalk and amusement park. The main attraction in Calvert Vaux Park is a ship graveyard on the south side of the park, where a few rusty shipwrecks make for amazing photo ops. Coney Island Creek Park, has amazing views over the Verazanno-Narrows Bridge which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island.

The ideal ending to this South Brooklyn afternoon? A hearty meal, of course. L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst neighborhood is a must, if you want to try authentic old-school Italian fare. The restaurant feels like you’re walking into a scene from The Sopranos: this place was so old-school Brooklyn and wonderfully tacky – a treat not only for our tummies but also for our eyes and ears. Highly recommended if you want to try a slice of Sicilian-style pizza and want to get to know a part of Brooklyn tourists don’t go to!
  • I❤️NY 2
  • 🏖 2
  • 👏 2
  • 👍 1
  • 😁 1

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular metropoles, and if you’re in Europe, chances are that you have visited this beautiful city more than once. You probably know the famous sights, such as the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Church, Park Güell and Modernist buildings, the Ramblas pedestrian street and La Boqueria Market, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, and not to mention all the world-class museums and art galleries, but have you left the well-worn tourist paths?

Here are my six favorite things to do in Barcelona off the beaten path:

1 Els Encants flea market

Els Encants is Barcelona’s biggest and oldest flea market. Over 500 vendors gather here to sell everything from vintage clothes, jewelry, accessories, furniture and antiques. You can find some amazing deals here, and if you speak at least a little bit of Spanish, you’ll be able to get some real bargains at Els Encants.

When? Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm.
Where? Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes (Metro station Glòries on the L1)

2 Hang with the hipsters in Gràcia
Trendy Gràcia has become Barcelona’s favorite hipster hangout over the past few years, and you find dozens of trendy coffee shops, quirky independent stores and creative eateries in this neighborhood. The area is great for shopping – especially fashion – but also people watching. With its narrow alleys Gràcia was able to maintain some of the village feel it used to have when it was a separate village from Barcelona. If you’re a fan of ethnic food, you’ll love the big range of international restaurants here, ranging from Lebanese to South East Asian cuisine.

When? Anytime
Where? The closest metro stations are Fontana and Lesseps on L3

3 Santa Caterina Market

If La Boqueria is too touristy and too crowded for you, head over to Santa Caterina Market in the Sant Pere neighborhood instead. The neighborhood itself is worth a stroll, and Santa Caterina market is also very photogenic with its stunning architecture, specifically the wave-shaped multicolored ceramics roof. This is a very local, typical fruit and vegetable market where the locals shop for fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers and fish. Pick up some local ham, olives, cheese and wine and head over to Parc de la Ciutadella for a picnic. Or alternatively: Right across the main entrance from the market you find Cuines Santa Catarina, an excellent tapas bar.

When? Mondays 7.30am – 2pm; Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30am – 3.30pm; Thursday & Friday 7.30am – 8.30pm; Saturday 7.30am – 3.30pm; closed on Sundays
Where? Francesc Cambó, 16 (closest Metro Jaume I on the L4)

4 Explore multi-cultural Barcelona in El Raval

El Raval is the most ethnically mixed neighborhood and while it’s located right in the city central and very close to Las Ramblas, not a lot of tourists make their way here. The area is a little seedier than the rest of the city, which might scare off some people, but it actually shows you an authentic corner of Barcelona. The area is becoming more and more gentrified as well, and the eclectic mix of hipsters and immigrants is interesting to see. The narrow streets invite to wander and get lost, cheap kebab shops make for cheap (and delicious!) lunch stops and thanks to the gentrification, some cool shops have moved into the neighborhood as well. If you’re into art, don’t miss the MACBA (Contemporary Art) and the CCCB (contemporary culture center with changing exhibitions).

Where? The closest metro stops are Drassanes or Liceu on the L3, Sant Antoni on the L2, Paral-lel on the L2 or L3.

5 Get lost in the labyrinth park of Horta

The Parc del Laberint d’Horta is the oldest garden in Barcelona, and is a gorgeous place to bring a date to! The labyrinth opened in 1791, and is a wonderful quiet space away from the hustle and bustle in the city center. In addition to the labyrinth, you’ll find beautiful sculptures, gardens and ponds. Bring a picnic and enjoy one of the most underrated green spaces in the city.

When? May to September: 10am – 9pm; March & October: 10am – 7pm; April: 10am – 8pm; November – February: 10am – 6pm.
Where? Pg Castanyers, 1 (Closest metro stop: Mundet on the L3)

6 Discover a lesser known Gaudi

Eusebi Güell, one of Gaudi’s main patrons, actually gave Gaudi his first commission when Güell wanted to extend his family vacation home in Barcelona’s Sarrià neighborhood. He landscaped the vast garden and built two gatehouses, plus a remarkable wrought-iron gate in the shape of a dragon between 1884 and 1887. The gatehouses, known as Güell Pavilions, have the for Gaudi typical colorful ceramic decorations in geometric shapes.

While you’re here, take a stroll around the Sarrià and Pedralbes neighborhoods, two quieter neighborhoods of the city up in the hills, with silent squares and narrow streets sloping downwards to the city center. Apparently Bar Tomàs has the best patatas bravas in all of Barcelona!

When? Open only for guided visits; Saturdays and Sundays tours in English start at 10.15am and 12.15am- you can see the gatehouses and the gate from the outside for free, though.

Where? Av. Pedralbes, 7 (closest metro stop is Palau Reial on the L3, closest bus stop is also Palau Reial on the following lines 7, 33, 63, 67, 75, 78 and H6)
  • 🇪🇸 2
  • 👍 2
  • 😃 2
***Flight Hacking Tip: Google Flights***

Is anybody else using Google Flights?

In the past, I’ve used sites like Expedia, OneTravel and Skyscanner to find cheap flights, but in recent years, Google Flights always ended up finding the cheapest flights for me.

Here are five tips on how to get the most out of Google Flights:

1 Get price alerts

When I am looking to book a flight, I always set up an email alert to get updates on the latest changes in price. When GoogleFlights emails me with a price drop for the flight I’m looking to book, that’s when I usually book it.

2 Use the calendar

If you are flexible with your dates (even slightly!), look at the calendar and get an overview for the entire month. See which dates are the cheapest for your route.

3 Listen to Google

On that note – Google Flights already suggests a cheaper date to you, stating in the results how much money you’ll safe if you leave on day X instead.

4 Use the map

If you are somewhat flexible with your destination, use the map function. It’ll show you how much it costs to fly into a nearby airport instead. If you’re planning a Euro trip with a flexible schedule for example, this function is super useful, because flying into a different country in Europe can save you hundreds of dollars.

5 Be spontaneous

If you just want to get away but don’t care much about where you are going, use the ‘Discover Destinations’ function. Just type in your dates and the airport you’re leaving from and you’ll be shown cheap flights to all kinds of different places. This is a great way to find a cheap destination!
  • 👍 4
  • 👏 4
  • ✈️ 3
  • 🙂 3
  • 🙌 3
  • 🛫 2
  • 😀 1
Dani Globetrottergirls 7 months ago
Jason I don't really like how much google knows about me but I can't complain about the flight deals they're finding for me ☺️
Swaminathan Jayaraman 7 months ago
Dani I use a mix of Momondo and Google Flights. Usually compare the cheapest and the best options to pick that works for me. Momondo does search for all major and budget airlines too.
***Destination Spotlight: Valparaiso, Chile***

Valparaiso was my favorite city in Chile – by far! The city, which sits on 45 hills overlooking the Pacific, won me over with its terrific street art, brightly painted houses, cute restaurants and charming old-fashioned funiculars which would transport me up and down the steep hills. And no matter where in ‘Valpo’ you’ll find yourself – you’re never far from a breathtaking mural.

You have to visit Valparaiso if you're traveling to Chile!

PS Have any of you been to Valparaiso ❓
  • ❤️ 3
  • I ❤️ 🇨🇱 2
  • 👍 2
  • 😍 2
  • 😀 1
Nomadic Boys 7 months ago
Travel Quotes:

What are your favorite travel quotes?

This one by Mark Twain is one I think is great:
  • 👏 1
  • 😍 1
  • 🤔 1
Maya G 7 months ago
Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R Tolkien
‼️Off-The-Beaten-Path Travel Tip for the Philippines‼️

There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, but travelers usually go to the same 6 – 7 islands. What about the other 6,994+?

While I was traveling in the Philippines, I was told about a place called Apo Island by another backpacker. ‘You can swim with turtles there.’, she told me. That sentence was all I needed to hear in order to change my travel plans once again and to include a detour to Apo Island in my Philippines island hopping trip. The island is just a short 45-minute ferry ride from Dumaguete Island, from where you can book the snorkeling trips to Apo Island as a day excursion.

For 1,000 Pesos (around US$20), you get to swim at three different snorkeling spots around the island, plus food & drink on the boat (fruit, coffee, water and a sandwich for lunch.)

Looking back, I wish I would’ve spent at least one night on Apo Island though – that would be my recommendation. There are a few hotels right on the beach, and they arrange the boat transfer for guests.

If you are visiting the Philippines and are heading to Siquijor (another hidden gem), add Apo Island to your itinerary – it’s less than one hour by ferry from Siquijor‼️
  • ❤️ 3
  • 🐢 2
  • 👌 2
  • 👍 2
  • 😍 2
  • 😀 1
***Destination Tip: Budget Tips for Iceland***

For the past few years, Iceland’s been one of the hottest destinations (even though it’s actually the opposite of that: really cold!). I have yet to meet someone who does NOT want to go to Iceland! The only problem with Iceland is that it is notoriously expensive, and not everybody can afford a pricey trip with fancy hotels or an organized tour around the country.

I've got good news for you though: I was able to keep my expenses low in Iceland and visit the country on a small budget, and I've put together my best tips for you on how to spend as little as possible on a trip to Iceland:

1. Bring your friends!
That's right - the more people you are, the cheaper it'll get. Especially when it comes to car rentals. A medium-sized car costs around 40 Euros per day, which means, if you are traveling with three friends, that's only 10 Euros per person per day for a car (and you'll really want a car in Iceland - it's all about the landscapes, many of which you can't reach on public transport).

If you travel with friends, you can also share 4-bed rooms in a hostel, which are cheaper than double rooms.

2. Don't eat at restaurants.
Restaurants in Iceland are pricey! A pizza starts at around ISK2,000 (US$18.80) a burger is around ISK1,900 (US$17.90). Shop in the supermarkets instead and make picnic lunches - they're not cheap either but you can get a meal for about half the price of what you'd pay for a restaurant meal.

3. Don’t pay for water
Icelanders pride themselves for having some of the best water in the world! It comes straight from a spring and is delicious – why would you pay for bottled water?! Plus, you won’t contribute to plastic bottle garbage.

4. Don't visit during high season
During the summer months, prices surge. For accommodation and rental cars in particular. If you go in April /May or in September, you'll get much better deals. If you go in low season (Oct-March), you can save up to 50% for rental cars, but the weather can be pretty bad and the days are much shorter, something to be aware of.

5. Don't drink
I know, this can be tough, but prices for alcohol in Iceland are ridiculous. If you really want to booze, pick up liquor or beer at the duty free shop in the airport right when you arrive. In regular supermarkets, beer starts at ISK800 (up to 1200) /US$7.50-11.30, but cans are cheaper: around ISK350 /US$3.30 (for 500ml).
  • 👌 5
  • 👏 5
  • 😀 3
  • 😃 3
Swaminathan Jayaraman 7 months ago
Thanks Dani Globetrottergirls

The tip I was looking for! Heading to Iceland in November and already thinking to get a travel partner here and for food, may be planning to live on cup noodles and ready to eat stuff.
***NYC Insider Tip: Three Brooklyn Spots For Epic Views Over Manhattan***

I’ve already told you about one of my favorite views over Manhattan, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, but today I wanted to share three amazing spots in Brooklyn that all have sweeping vistas over the Manhattan skyline. The views alone are worth crossing one of the bridges into Brooklyn (and honestly, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most scenic walks in NYC), but I am also sharing with you what else you can do in each spot, other than take in the vistas. If you haven’t visited them already, add them to your itinerary for your next trip to NYC:

Pebble Beach, a small beach perched right in between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Grab a coffee at the Brooklyn Roasting Company in Dumbo (25 Jay St) and an almond croissant at Almondine Bakery (85 Water St) and take in the views for a bit.

East River State Park in Williamsburg: This one is best visited on a Saturday, when from March to October, the popular Smorgasburg food market takes place right in the park, next to a tiny stretch of sand beach on the East River. If you’re visiting on a weekday, go on a Williamsburg vintage shopping tour or stop at The Ides rooftop bar (at the Wythe Hotel) for even better views, or go on a pizza-themed walking tour of the neighborhood – stops should include Artichoke Basille (148 N 7th St), Vinnie’s Pizza (148 Bedford Ave), Joe’s (216 Bedford Ave) and Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer St).

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade – I love watching the sunset on the promenade high over Brooklyn Bridge Park – which is directly on the waterfront and adjacent to the picturesque Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. You could combine a visit with a neighborhood stroll (don’t miss Joralemon Street, in my opinion the prettiest street in the hood) or a stop at the Brooklyn Cat Café on Atlantic Avenue.
***Travel Tip:
Save time with Google Popular Times***
Google has made my travels so much easier (thanks to Google Maps, especially the offline version when I am abroad without a SIM card and don't have data on my phone) and cheaper.

I wish that I would have known about Google's Popular Time feature when I visited the Whitney Art Museum a few weeks ago - because then I would've seen that it tends to be crowded on Saturday evenings. If you have only a limited amount of time in a place and plan to visit popular sights or museums, Popular Times can show you when the place is the least busy, allowing you to avoid crowds and waiting in line. The same feature also works great for restaurants - the popular Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Hong Kong for example. If you don't want to stand in line for three hours, you better don't go between noon and 3pm.

What's your favorite feature on Google/ googleMaps?
  • 👍 5
  • 👏 4
  • Awesome! 2
  • 😀 2
  • 🙂 1
NYC INSIDER TIP: Discover the ‘real’ Little Italy in the Bronx

Have you been to Little Italy in New York? Most people have – but let me tell you: you haven’t been to the REAL ‘Little Italy’. Because that’s located in the Bronx, along Arthur Avenue. Little Italy is generally considered the area across East 187th Street from Arthur Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and the first Italian immigrants settled here in the 19th century to help building the Bronx Zoo, and later on the Third Avenue elevated train. The Arthur Avenue area, sometimes also referred to as Belmont, offers some of the finest Italian-American establishments in New York: restaurants, bakeries, butchers, mozzarella makers and espresso machine vendors.

The Bronx’ Little Italy shows you a refreshingly different side of New York City, but with its red brick buildings, Italian markets and tree-lined streets one that you’ll be happy to explore. Go inside the Arthur Avenue Market, stop at Belmont institutions such as Madonia Brothers Bakery, Cosenza Fish Market, La Casa Della Mozzarella or Cerini Coffee. And make sure to come hungry – you’ll want to eat at one of the authentic Italian eateries or at least sample some Italian pastries and coffee at one of the irresistible pastry shops. I personally loved the pizza at 089 and the pastries at the Palombo Pastry Shop, but other recommended restaurants & shops are: Mike’s Deli for giant sandwiches (inside the Arthur Avenue market), Cafe al Mercato (also inside the market) for the best espresso, Terranova Bakery for fresh bread (rated #1 bread in NYC!), Borgatti’s for fresh pasta, Tra Di Noi for what is often declared the best Italian food on Arthur Avenue
  • ❤️ 1
  • 🇮🇹 1
  • 🍕 1
  • 🍝 1
  • 👌 1
  • 👍 1
  • 😀 1
***Money Saving Tips***

People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much, despite living in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

I’ve put together a list of my top money saving tips for you – and if you have any to add that I didn’t include, feel free to share them in the comments 😊

1. I don’t pay for cable. I only have a $7.99 Netflix subscription.
2. I don’t have a phone plan. I only have a $30 monthly pay-as-you-go SIM card (less than half of what regular phone plans cost!)
3. I use coupons whenever I can (CVS, Walgreens, Groupon for meals)
4. I don’t spend money on fancy hair cuts or / and manicures. I do my nails myself and get my hair cut in cheap neighborhoods in Brooklyn, instead of expensive hair salons.
5. I don’t go out for lunch or waste $13 on mediocre salads in the popular salad bars in New York. Instead, I pack a lunch.
6. I only buy clothes on sale, never pay full price. That said: I only buy what I really need, I don’t go shopping very often. I also don't get the latest gadgets - I still use my iPhone 5s, my laptop is three years old, I don't have a fancy mirror less camera (even though I want one!) and I don't have a Fitbit (even though I want one). I also don't have a tablet, an amazon echo, or other stuff like that. Not even a TV ‼️
7. I use an app (Cups) for coffee shops – It gives me 15% off per cup. This adds up! I also only order regular coffee or café au lait, never overpriced lattes / cappuccinos / flat whites.
8. I don’t have an apartment, I usually sublet a room, which is less than half the price of an apartment in NYC.
9. I don’t go out a lot, and if I do, I take advantage of Happy Hours.
10. I never take Ubers/Lyfts/ Yellow Cabs – I have a monthly subway card which gets me everywhere I need to go, at any time of day. Or I use my bike.

All of the above things make me spend around $1,000 less every month than my friends spend in NYC.

***I also have found several ways to make an income on the side, which I’ll share in an upcoming post***
  • 👌 6
  • ✈️ 5
  • 👍 5
  • 💰 4
  • 😀 4
  • 💸 2
Exactly one month until Oktoberfest begins in Munich!!

Who is going?? 😊

Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s biggest festivals – around 6 million people visit the world’s largest beer festivals in the span of 18 short days, which means nearly 400,000 people roam Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest takes place, every day. This is just to give you an idea how busy the festival is (see photo on the bottom right) – good planning is absolutely essential if you want to get a table in one of the 14 beer tents without having a reservation.

My number one tip for Oktoberfest: If you want to snag a seat inside one of the tents, you have to get there either at 10am when the tents open or just before 5pm, when the second round of ticket holders is allowed into the tents and the first round has to leave their tables. During those times you’re most likely to get a seat, even more so on a weekday. Don’t be shy and ask people to join their table – Oktoberfest is all about the shared long beer tables, and drinking and singing together! The popular tents like Hacker Tent, Paulaner or Löwenbräu tend to fill up fast – try lesser famous tents like Schottenhamel or Bräurosl and you’re more likely to get a seat.

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, you’ll notice that there are only rooms left in very expensive hotels – the inexpensive hotels book up as early as February! You may be lucky to still find a room in an Airbnb in Munich, but if not, don’t be afraid to look further afar – Augsburg for example is only 40 minutes on the train from Munich, and train services between Munich and Augsburg are frequent and reliable. Other towns close to Munich worth looking into are Fürstenfeldbruck, Landsberg am Lech, Dachau Freising and Starnberg. They all have easy and fast train connections to Munich, and you pay less for rooms there than in Munich.

Last but not least – a word on the Oktoberfest beer: Oktoberfest beer has 6% - 7% alcohol, which means that it is stronger than most other beers, and served in large Steins that hold 2.2 pints. You’ll feel the alcohol much faster, so be careful ;-)
  • 😀 5
  • Going! 4
  • 🍻 3
  • 👍 3
  • 👯 3
Jason Goldberg 7 months ago
Going for the 4th time this year. Love it!
***Travel tip***
How to do travel insurance the right way!

If you think it’s enough to pay for travel insurance, and then you’re all set, you’re wrong‼️

One thing that many people don’t know (and don’t read in the small print), is that you actually have to provide the serial numbers of all electronics you’re taking with you on your trip in case of a claim. ‼️‼️

Do you have them written down somewhere?

I admit that for years, I didn’t! These are the devices I had to find the serial number for and write down (or take photos of, then email them to myself): my iPhone, my Kindle Fire, my laptop, my dSLR camera and my iPod Touch.
In addition, I scanned my passport and emailed a copy to myself, and I took down the numbers of all of my credit cards, plus the emergency phone numbers of my bank, so that I could call them right away if my cards get stolen. In short, I am prepared for the worst case scenario!

Another tip on travel insurance: Think carefully about which policy to take out. Usually there are two options: a basic one, and an explorer / adventurer policy. I've been using the Standard Policy by World Nomads for years now, but never needed to make a claim. After reading the policy carefully, I opted for the more expensive Explorer policy when I went to Colombia, a country I wasn’t sure how safe it’d be.

The difference? My belongings were covered up to $3,000 instead only $1,000. I was less concerned about getting sick than being robbed, and for me the reimbursement for loss, theft or damage during the trip to baggage was more important. The coverage for medical expenses for emergency treatment of an accidental injury that occurs during the trip, and an emergency evacuation, is excellent in both World Nomad's Standard and Explorer policies.
  • Great tip! 4
  • 👍 4
  • 👌 3
  • 😳 3
  • 🙂 3
  • 🙌 3
  • 😀 2
Two more weeks until I leave for my big hike! It takes 34 days to walk the 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela in Spain from Saint Jean Pied du Port in the French Pyrenees. Has anyone done the walk?

Any tips for a first-timer?? 🙂
  • 👌 5
  • 🎒 4
  • 👟 3
  • 👣 3
  • 😰 3
  • 🙂 3
  • 🙌 3
  • 😀 2
Rucha Bhat 7 months ago
Amazing Dani !! Good luck 😀
Maria Gonzalez 7 months ago
I did the walk from Sarria... my tip is to cover your feet in vaselina before you start the walk each day. Buen camino!!

What’s the best meal you’ve had on your travels and where did you get it?

Talking about Trastevere yesterday had me reminisce about the amazing pizza I had there many years ago – sadly, it was before social media existed.. so I can’t track it down via a check-in on Foursquare or Facebook, or a geotag on Instagram or even here on Pepo.. sigh. I still walk around Trastevere every time I’m there trying to find the pizzeria I had it in. One of the best meals I had on my travels, and it cost me less than 10 Euros!

I have to say that I prefer street food over fine dining, so here are five street foods for under €5 that I could eat over and over again:
1) A Middle Eastern sabich sandwich at Sabih Frishman in Tel Aviv, Israel.
2) A slice of artichoke pizza at Artichoke Basille in New York.
3) Eclairs from L’Éclair De Génie in Paris.
4) A veggie doner at Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap in Berlin (in the photo).
5) $1 egg hoppers in Sri Lanka – you can get them literally everywhere there.

I’d love to hear where you had the best cheap eat on your travels!
  • 🍔 3
  • 🍕 2
  • 🍜 2
  • 🍝 2
  • 🍩 2
  • 😋 2
  • 😍 2
  • Nom nom nom 1
  • 🌮 1
  • 😀 1
Jordan EJ Smith 7 months ago
Hi everyone! I'm traveling to Japan-- Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, this October. I have about a day in each place. What are must do or see in these areas?
I can't answer this question because I haven't been to Japan yet 😞

Anybody else got some recommendations?
  • 😍 2
Ignas Pečiūra 7 months ago
Jordan EJ Smith you can also check Japan tips here:
👀 “Japan & Tokyo Faves” on Pepo -
Daniel Hungry HK 7 months ago
Jordan EJ Smith Highly recommend the tsukiji fish market!

My favorite neighborhood in Rome?


Located on the west bank of the river (Trastevere translates to across the Tiber (river) ), it has become a favorite with many Rome fans over the years, yet it doesn’t see as many visitors as the part of town on the east bank. Why is that? Because all of Rome’s famous sights, like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon… are located on the east bank of the Tiber, and most people don’t make it on the other side of the river during their visit to Rome (except for the obligatory stop in Vatican City, which is also on the west bank).

What I love about Trastevere is that is the neighborhood in Rome where not only can you find typical Italian architecture, charming piazzas (squares), cobble stone streets (many of which are pedestrianized), many outdoor cafes and restaurants, but also plenty of street art, which gives the neighborhood a bit of an edge. 🍦🍕🇮🇹

I love to just wander around the labyrinth of narrow streets while marveling at the ivy-covered facades, the new street art and check out cute cafes. Trastevere is definitely not a hidden gem anymore – but it hasn’t lost any of its charming character. If you are visiting Rome, definitely head over to Trastevere – Lonely Planet has a great 1-day itinerary with all the spots you shouldn’t miss:
  • ❤️ 4
  • 👌 4
  • I ❤️ Rome ‼️ 3
  • 🇮🇹 3
  • 🙂 3
  • 😀 2
Is anybody else here obsessed with the Secret Flying newsletter?? Every day, I spot at least one deal in their newsletter that I'm tempted to book. Today it was the insane deal Germany to Iceland for €98 return!!! Whaaaat?! But Europe to Vegas for €191 RETURN is even better! For someone like me who tends to book flights on a whim, and decides to visit a place because 'there was a great flight deal' 😂😂 ... SecretFlying is extremely dangerous. But seriously- if you aren't subscribed yet, head to and sign up for their daily flight alerts now‼️

Do you have any other ways to find super cheap flights? What's your go-to website for the best deals? ✈️
  • ✈️ 3
  • ❤️ 3
  • wow 😲 2
  • 👍 2
  • 💯 2
  • 😍 2
  • 🛫 2
  • 😀 1
One of the questions I get asked the most is: what’s the best pizza in NYC? 🍕🍕🍕

Oh, and what a tough question to answer, because honestly, there are so many amazing pizza places in New York. But I’d narrow my top five down to:

1 Roberta’s (hands down the best NY-style pizza)
2 Artichoke Basille (their artichoke pizza is so unlike any other pizza you’ll ever try!)
3 Keste (mouthwatering good Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas)
4 Paulie Gee’s (this is where I go for wood-fired pizzas with unusual toppings)
5 Totonno’s (for a classic, old-school Grimaldi-style slice)

Are you a pizza lover, too, and have you tried a NYC slice? If so, what was your favorite one?
  • 🍕 6
  • Yum! 5
  • 😍 5
  • 😋 4
  • 👌 3
  • 😀 3
Maya G 7 months ago
Excuse me?? What about best pizza?!
I’d love to share some of my favorite destinations around the world with you, which is why I am starting a brand new series: Destination Feature:

Destination Feature #1: The Ice Diamonds of Breidamurkursandur

Breidamurkursandur, or Diamond Beach, is just across the street from Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. The drive from Reykjavik takes just under five hours (231 miles/372km), and from Vik, just over two hours (119 miles/192km). If you’re driving Icleand’s Ring Road (Highway 1), you’ll pass Jökulsárlón anyway – the lagoon and the beach are literally a stone’s throw from the road.

Like bright diamonds in different shapes and sizes, dozens of chunks of ice litter the beach, and giant waves crashing against them, moving the smaller ones around, forcefully repelled by the bigger ones.

It is a spectacular sight, and I don’t think there’s anything like Diamond Beach anywhere else in the world (okay, maaaaybe in Antarctica.)
  • wow! 11
  • ❄️ 9
  • 🇮🇸 7
  • 👍 7
  • Love ice. 5
  • 😀 4
  • Yay! 3
Shhhht: I'm sharing a hidden beach with you which stumbled upon in Mexico! During my Yucatán road trip (I'll share the complete route and some tips in a separate post), we took a detour to Rio Lagartos to see the famous pink lakes and flamingos. You have to take the road to Rio Lagartos, but then take a right turn when you get to the sign that says 'Parque Natural Rio Lagartos' / 'Las Coloradas'. The road goes straight to the Gulf Of Mexico, where we found this gorgeous, completely deserted beach. Don't forget to pack your swim suit 😎👙
  • 👙 4
  • 💯 4
  • 🕶 4
  • 😍 4
  • 😀 1
I've talked about my love for long distance hikes before, and by that I don’t mean hiking for only a few days, but hundreds of kilometers, spanning over several weeks.

Last year, I hiked through Italy – from the Umbria region all the way into Rome.

This year, I am going to hike the Camino De Santiago, starting in the South of France and walk all the way to Santiago De Compostela near Spain's Atlantic Coast, a total of 780 km (500 miles)

The six long distance treks I’d love to do before I die:
1. The West Highland Way in Scotland (the shortest one – only 151 kilometers / 100 miles)
2. The Appalachian Trail in the US (3,510 kilometers / 2,180 miles)
3. Te Arora in New Zealand (3,000 kilometers / 1,864 miles)
4. The Lycian Way in Turkey (540 kilometers / 334 miles)
5. The Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast of the USA (4,279 kilometers / 2,659 miles)
6. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal (230 kilometers / 142 miles) – this one is on the shorter side, too, but there is also the Great Himalaya Trek in Nepal which is more challenging at 1,700 kilometers / 1,056 miles.

Who of you has done a long-distance trek or would like to do one?

Any tips?? I’ll be sharing my packing list & preparation for the Camino de Santiago and will take you along with me 😊
  • 👍 2
  • 😀 1
Dani Globetrottergirls 8 months ago
Last year's hike: the historic Via Amerina, which goes from Assisi (Umbria) to Rome.
Have you ever visited a place because it was the setting of a book or movie and you felt like you had to see this place for yourself?

For me, this was Maya Bay on Pi Pi Lei in Thailand, better known as ‘The Beach’, made famous through Alex Garland’s novel of the same name. Sadly, when I arrived there, it wasn’t what I had pictured at all. I wrote about it here:

Another place I became obsessed with and knew I had to visit after seeing it in dozens of movies and TV shows was New York City. Well, visiting New York was exactly what I had imagined it to be and even more – after my first visit, I really wanted to move there.. and kept returning ... and eight years later, I finally made the dream of moving to NYC come true.

I’d love to hear your stories of places you visited because of pop culture or other influences, and how you felt about them when you arrived there!
  • 😍 7
  • ❤️ 6
  • 👌 6
  • 🤔 5
  • AGREED 😍😍😍😍 2
  • 😃 1
  • 😎 1
  • 😳 1
Kwan Ho Kim 8 months ago
A lake on top of the world! This was last year in Tibet. The view is beautiful but actually we just went out of the van for short 30 seconds just to take this pic. The wind was so strong and the altitude was difficult as well 😅😅

If you're wondering the lake is called Yamdrok!
I really want I go to Tibet. Thanks for sharing the picture.. it looks so beautiful.
  • Beauty 4
  • 👍 4
  • 😍 2
Turkey is a home of the Blue Cruise Charters,the idylic blue cruise which equatees with sailing with the winds,into coves and over the seas,thus becoming one with the nature.For lover of active life,sailing in clear waters provides great opportunites for swimming,fishing,waterskiing,surfing and diving
Yes ‼️ I did the Blue Cruise a few years ago and it was magical.
  • 👍 4
  • 😍 2
  • yay ! 1
Travel Tip: Proof of onward travel

I just traveled to Europe on a one-way ticket, which means I couldn't prove I'd be leaving again. On this flight, it wasn't a problem, because I've got a European passport, but there were several times when I was not allowed to board a plane because I didn't have proof of onward travel‼️

It happened to me when I flew from Panama to Chile (I was able to talk my way onto the plane back then), when I flew from Denmark to the U.S. (my flight left without me because I wasn’t able to purchase a refundable ticket before the gate closed), and this past January, when I was checking in for my flight to Colombia at JFK, I also was told I couldn’t board the plane without proof of onward travel. Luckily, there was enough time to still buy a return ticket before the gates closed, and I was allowed to board the plane. Of course I bought a refundable ticket which I canceled as soon as I arrived in Colombia. Why? Because I had no idea when I'd be leaving Colombia, or if I'd fly back to the US from there. Most long-term travelers are familiar with this problem: we don't know how long we'll be in a place or where we'll go to next. So buying a return ticket is usually not an option. And imagine I had bought a non-refundable return ticket - I wouldn't have been able to spontaneously add Mexico to my itinerary like I did, or would've lost the money I paid for the ticket.

Since airlines seem to be getting much stricter about proof of onward travel, it's time to explore your options if you find yourself in a situation like me:

1) Use This service was created by fellow nomads who were tired of dealing with the issue of having to purchase refundable tickets. They are pricey, and sometimes you might not have the funds to purchase one, especially if you are trying to enter a destination like Australia, which is expensive to get to. Enter FlyOnward: You simply use their service and 'rent' an onward ticket for $9.99. That way you can avoid charges of hundreds of dollars on your credit card.

2) Buy a refundable ticket. That's what I've been doing when I was asked to present a return ticket: I purchased a refundable ticket, either straight with an airline, or with Expedia, where you can cancel a flight free of charge within 24 hours. Just don't forget to cancel your ticket when you reach your destination!

3) This is something I probably shouldn't recommend but I know several people present their onward tickets every time this way: they simply amend an old flight confirmation, convert it into a PDF and present the 'ticket' at the check-in counter. Have I done this? I'd rather not comment on this ;-) And if you are going to give this method a try, I won't take any responsibility if you get caught!!
  • ✈️ 4
  • 👍 4
  • 😃 4
  • informative! 2
  • 👌 2
  • ✈️ 3
  • 🛫 2
  • 🤗 1
Ignas Pečiūra 8 months ago
Stay hydrated, try to sleep as much as possible on the flight. I actually have a special playlist of songs, which immediately put me to sleep 🤣
Dani Globetrottergirls 8 months ago
Ignas I need a playlist like this - couldn't adjust to European time last night and lay awake until 4am! 😩
One do the best spots to watch the sunset in NYC: the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, right on the East River, across from Downtown Manhattan. Hop on the A train to High Street or the 2/3 train to Clark Street and walk down to the promenade, and take in the sunset 🌅
  • 😍 5
  • 👍 3
  • 🤔 3
Hotels vs. vacation rentals … which one do you prefer?

In the past few years, I’ve found myself more and more staying at vacation apartments instead of hotels – they are just much more comfortable to work in, and I love being able to cook. I used to spend hours comparing apartments and prices on websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Roomorama, Homeway, VRBO… But here’s a tip for you: there is a website, that compares the prices of all available apartments across all major apartment rental websites for you! The best thing: they are all instantly bookable, which means you don’t have to request a room/ apartment first and hope that the owner accepts your request.

When I travel alone, I sometimes book only a room within an apartment instead of the entire apartment (that’s all I need, plus kitchen use) and the apartment in the pictures is a place in Venice that I found on Meshtrip – it’s 35 Euros a night! Now if you are familiar with hotel prices in Venice, you’ll know that this was an absolute steal :)
  • 🤔 4
  • rentals 2
Rachel Ann 8 months ago
I like rentals when with a group or family but will usually choose hotel when traveling alone, love the luxury!
Ignas Pečiūra 8 months ago
Rachel agreed! When alone, there's no need for an apartment.
**A secret flight hacking tip for you**

Have you flown NorwegianAir? It is one of the very few budget airlines that offer transatlantic flights for ridiculously low prices: I paid $208 for a ticket from Copenhagen to L.A.!, and right now they are having a sale for $99 tickets from NYC to Bergen, Oslo! And here’s a little tip on how you can save even more money when flying Norwegian: You can get your tickets even cheaper if you book your ticket in a different currency - Swedish, Danish or Norwegian kroner! I tested if this really works when I was looking for a flight back to Europe and it was true: the same flight came up $79 cheaper when I chose to pay it in Swedish krona. If you’re looking to fly Norwegian, it's definitely worth checking the same flight in a different currency (I chose Swedish krona because the flight was to Stockholm).

Another reason why flying Norwegian on a long-haul trip is that they are using brand new Boeing Dreamliner planes!

Do you have any flight hacks to share?
  • insane prices! 2
  • 🤔 1
One of my favorite summer activities in New York City - renting a row boat in Central Park
  • ❤️ 7
  • Summer fun! 5
  • 🌞 4
  • 🏙️ 4
  • 😎 4
  • 🚣 3
  • 🚣‍♀️ 2
  • 👌 1
Dani Globetrottergirls 8 months ago
Ignas me neither, but somehow I managed to pull it off 😂😂
Dani Globetrottergirls 8 months ago
Jason so much fun and only $3.75 for an hour if you're doing it with three friends.. a cheap & fun summer activity 😊
Somebody asked me yesterday how I find lesbian-friendly / LGBT-friendly hotels when I travel, so I wanted to share all my favorite resources for LGBT travel planning:

What are LGBT-Friendly Travel Companies?
-The IGLTA has a comprehensive list of all of its official partners, which include companies like Delta, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, United, Orbitz,

-Expedia has a separate section for queer travelers with LGBT-welcoming hotels and guides to top gay destinations

How do I find lesbian-Owned and -Friendly Accommodation?

-Purple Roofs: The best place to look for lesbian-owned and lesbian-friendly accommodation is Purple Roofs, the world’s largest travel directory of LGBT-friendly accommodation. They list over 4,800 bed & breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals. Simply type in your destination and all available properties in that location will be listed. You’ll see right away if it’s lesbian or gay owned and the price per night.

-TAG: Then there are TAG Approved® hotels, which are those that are not only LGBT friendly but also support the LGBT community in their employment policies and services. (TAG stands for Travel Advocacy Group.) 2,000 hotels in total, including several big chains, like Hilton Hotels, Marriott, Sheraton, and The W. Similar to Purple Roofs, you can type in your destination you’ll see a listing of all TAG Approved® hotels there.

TAG features mostly bigger hotel corporations while Purple Roofs focuses on small, independent businesses. The advantage of TAG is that it features many hotels that are members of travel reward programs, so if you are into travel hacking and looking to use points in a lesbian-friendly hotel, the TAG website is great!

-GayTravelNet,(operated by the ILGTA) also features a number of gay- and lesbian-friendly accommodations around the world.

The Best Lesbian Tours and Cruises

-Olivia: The biggest lesbian tour operator is Olivia – they offer all-lesbian vacations, ranging from resorts to cruises. Olivia always buys out a whole resort or charters the entire ship to make sure the trip is a safe space for women, so that they feel like they can be out without worrying about anything. Olivia also offer the best lesbian entertainment on their vacations, including artists like Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.

-Focus Diva: a UK-based lesbian tour operator that offers hosted lesbian group holidays around Europe, like the Women’s Festival in Lesvos, Greece; or a golf-themed cruise; and river cruises around Europe. (you don’t have to be UK resident to join these tours & cruises)

-R Family Vacations: Founded by Rosie O’Donell, they offer a variety of LGBT family vacations. Most popular are their family vacations for lesbian parents and their kids, but they also have an “Adult Vacation” line, which offers kid-free vacations (not strictly for lesbian travelers but both gay men and women). The 2017 edition of the Adult Vacation is a transatlantic cruise from England to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

-Aquafest Cruises: Another company that offers mixed cruises (for gay men as well as lesbians), is Aquafest Cruises, specializing in discounted LGBT cruises to destinations such as Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and Asia. Aquafest’s cruises are considerably cheaper than other gay and lesbian cruises (including the above mentioned R Adult Cruises), and it also offers themed cruises around celebrations like Mardi Gras and Halloween. Entertainment on board includes lesbian get-togethers, singles get-togethers, theme dance parties, gay Olympics, stand-up comedy, cabaret, and celebrity singers. (In 2017, Aquafest is offering its first non-cruise vacation: an African safari.)

-Out Of Office: A new travel start-up that arranges high-end holidays for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples as well as gay-friendly flights, hotels, transfers, and excursions. It also offers several itineraries aimed at lesbian travelers (guaranteeing that the tour operators and hotels used in the itineraries are lesbian friendly), and group trips for LGBT travelers to destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, and China.

If you have any other LGBT travel resources to add, feel free to share them in the comments!
  • ❤️ 6
  • Brilliant Dani! 3
  • 🌈 3
  • 🏳️‍🌈 3
  • 👌 3
  • 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 3
  • 🤔 1
Would you stay in a glass pod attached to a cliff, 400 feet above the ground?if that sounds exhilarating to you, I've got great news for you: you can fulfill this dream in a hotel in Peru's Sacred Valley (if you manage to scramble up to your bed, that is!)

Full disclaimer: To me,someone with a great fear of heights, this sounds horrifying 😂
  • 👍 5
  • 😳 4
  • 🙀 4
  • 🙈 3
  • 🤔 2
Yazeed Al Oyoun 8 months ago
What is the most important thing I need to know about Amsterdam for a first time visit?
Bring cash if you want to visit the Red Light District 😜
  • 😀 4
  • 😍 2
  • 😇 1
Ignas Pečiūra 8 months ago
I'd say there's no such thing as the most important thing. From my experience, Amsterdam centre is very walkable (and very crowded), most of the places do accept card payments.
Ignas Pečiūra 8 months ago
I've started a channel on Amsterdam during my visit, maybe you'll find some of the tips valuable for yourself:
Pools with a view? Yes please! One pool I always wanted to swim in is Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (on this list).. but I only made it to the bar up there, watching people frolicking in the pool instead of joining them 🙄 Have you ever swam in a pool with a view? If so, where?
  • 😍 2
  • 😅 1
  • 🤔 1
Oussainey Camara 8 months ago
  • 😍 3
  • ❤️ 2
  • 🏡 1
  • 😘 1
  • 😚 1
  • 🤔 1
Dani Globetrottergirls 8 months ago
I'll start with mine:
The new Airbus A350 looks awesome.. anyone flown it yet??

Looking at the airlines that are currently using an A350, it doesn't look like I'll have the pleasure of taking one soon.. unless my Singapore Air ✈️ happens to be one 😊
  • 😍 8
  • 🙋 5
  • ✈️ 4
  • 😀 3
  • 🤔 2
  • A350 1
Jason Goldberg 8 months ago
The a350 is wonderful! I've flown it from Hong Kong to Helsinki on Finnair, and also on Lufthansa a couple of times to Delhi. The link you posted from 2016 is outdated. Check this link: