28 Oct Packing is HARD

[caption id="attachment_2145" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We've all been here, haven't we? Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] So, I can't be the only one who puts off packing for a big trip until the last minute. I read up on all the tips on Pinterest and watch countless videos about the best packing methods. Yet somehow, when I go to pack, I end up with a terribly heavy, overpacked suitcase and a stressed out mind. Packing is just hard, and it always sneaks up on me. I think packing, especially for a long trip, is different for each person and adventure--however, I do have some basic tips to offer! 1. Start early. Stop putting it off, okay? I know there's a lot to do in the weeks and days leading up to a trip, but if you start setting aside items a few weeks ahead of time then they are out of your way and you won't forget them. Keep a notebook with you and write down things you randomly remember you need to get or pack--don't just rely on your memory to keep track of it all, especially with all the other things you probably have on your plate with a big trip coming up. 2. They mean it...

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02 Jul Ditch the “hostel”-ity: Pros and cons of hostels

[caption id="attachment_2236" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hostel living.[/caption] Alright, so let’s address this topic once and for all: Hostels are not sketchy. No, they are not like the movie Hostel. No, they do not all have bed bugs. No, they’re not all sex, drugs, rock and roll. Yes, there are plenty of safe hostels. Yes, hostels are a great way to meet new people. Yes, they are very cheap and you should take advantage of them! Hostel Pros: Hostels can be very cheap! Ranging from $12 to $40 a night, hostels are a great way to travel if you are trying to save money. Sure, you won’t be living in the lap of luxury but you probably won’t be spending much time at the actual hostel anyway. Hostels are an awesome way to meet people! Generally, the average hostel goer is 18-26 years old. So, if you fall in that category as well, you will most likely be meeting many people your own age, from all over the world! Some hostels are considered “youth hostels”—these generally have lower rates and age restrictions (another safety bonus, if that is what you’re worried about). Often times, hostels will have a “community room”—a space with all the plugs to charge your phone and other electronics. This makes it even easier to meet people and maybe even make some plans! Of course, use your own judgment and common sense when interacting with strangers. Breakfast, shower, lockers, oh my! Some hostels include...

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