Elbrus Home in Kathmandu
4.2

ELBRUS HOME IN KATHMANDU

Mark and I spent a total of 20 days at Elbrus Home in Kathmandu. It was our first point of arrival in Nepal where we left many of our belongings to go trekking. A month later we returned to pick up our things...
World House Hostel in Istanbul
3.8

WORLD HOUSE HOSTEL IN ISTANBUL

After being forced to move from our first hostel in Istanbul (police shut it down), we looked for an alternative that was close to the tourist attractions and in a safe neighborhood. World House Hostel was...
Magic Bus Hostel in Istanbul
1.9

MAGIC BUS HOSTEL IN ISTANBUL

It may not be worth doing a review for Magic Bus Hostel in Istanbul considering it was shut down by the police. It's a place we want to remember though, so here are some of the details about it. For a full...
Hotel Niki in Piraeus
4.4

HOTEL NIKI IN PIRAEUS

After a long ferry ride returning to Athens from Santorini, we stayed in Hotel Niki in Piraeus that was close by the ferry port. The ferry didn't arrive until well after midnight, so we thought it would be...
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1.3

GEAR REVIEW: EAGLE CREEK PACK-IT SPECTER QUICK TRIP

Hoping to reduce weight I chose the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Quick Trip toiletry bag to pack my hygiene kit for the year. But for the remainder of this review I'll refer to it as the Quick Rip!...
Katerina and John Hotel in Santorini
4.6

KATERINA AND JOHN HOTEL IN SANTORINI

We had a lovely stay at Katerina and John Hotel in Perissa, which is on the Greek Island of Santorini. Katerina and John are the friendly owners who picked us up from the ferry terminal and their family helped...
Hotel Sparta in Athens
1.7

SPARTA TEAM HOTEL IN ATHENS

Sometimes going for the cheapest room in town isn't in the smartest idea. Sparta Team Hotel in Athens, Greece, was cost effective, but if we were to do it over again we'd pick to stay somewhere else. Private...
Pensione Ottaviano Hostel in Rome
2.6

PENSIONE OTTAVIANO HOSTEL IN ROME

We were in Rome for a few days and chose to stay at Pensione Ottaviano for its prime location near Vatican City. The location proved to be great, but unfortunately, the hostel was the first place we...
Hotel Viator - Paris, France
4.1

HOTEL VIATOR IN PARIS

Hotel Viator gave us the much needed relief from our Paris hostel experience. It provided a quiest atmosphere and a clean private room. It was also in an area of Paris that we hadn't explored yet, so it gave...
Blue Planet Hostel - Paris, France
2.8

BLUE PLANET HOSTEL IN PARIS

We had originally booked Blue Planet Hostel in Paris for six nights, but by the fourth night we opted out to stay in a private room at another hotel. Blue Planet Hostel had some inconveniences like only one...
High Street Hostel - Edinburgh, Scotland
3.9

HIGH STREET HOSTEL IN EDINBURGH

When looking for hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland, we were drawn to High Street Hostel mainly because of its cool exterior. It has  an old-looking castle facade on the outside, and was fun and quirky on the...
Wayfarers Hostel in Penrith, England
4.8

WAYFARERS HOSTEL IN PENRITH

We chose to spend a night at Wayfarers Hostel in Penrith before heading to the Lake District. When we first arrived we didn't realize that staff weren't around in the early afternoon. There was a sign posted...
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2.0

GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY FARPOINT 55 BACKPACK

I really like that my Osprey Farpoint 55 backpack is panel loading with a single, locking zipper. Unfortunately that’s all I like about it and it failed to make my revised round-the-world packing list. A...