Pros of staying at Hostels (and promotions)

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Saving in accomodation when you travel? Sure! Although when I travel I prefer staying with my fellow couchsurfers, sometimes having a good time at hostels is a nice adventure to discover by yourself and other travelers the best places of the city you are visiting!

I read in a blog that if you want to travel in May to Athens, Barcelona, Krakov, Dublin, Edimburgh, Lisbon, London,  Los Angeles, Melbourne or Rome  and you book your hostel at Hostelbookers, beds are 20 cents (not all of them, check the conditions)!! (don’t book them at HostelWorld if you want this deal).

Other promotions can be found on the chains like Hostelling International, where you can get free nights if you are travelling and staying at their places.

But…why a hostel? here are my reasons to stay in a hostel better than a hotel:

Pros of statying at hostels:

  1. Hostels usually are budget-oriented (check it before you go there because sometimes you can find cheap rooms for 2 in hotels, but rates are lower than hotels).
  2. Hostels also have private rooms like the hotels and private bathrooms too (usually you sleep in dorms with shared bathroom: girls separate from boys).
  3. Hostels have computers with internet connection or free WIFI for its travelers (I’ve never seen a hotel with free internet yet, they usually charge you 😦 )
  4. Hostels usually have more common areas and opportunities to socialize. The dormitory aspect of hostels also increases the social factor of meeting new people.
  5. Hostels have different activities every day: contests, parties, and other programs to share books, DVDs and other items. Sometimes they have agreements with gyms or other activities in the city  for free or cheaply.
  6. Hostels do not usually have the same level of formality as hotels, you can find young people at the office desk with piercings, tatoos or just part time workers that are at university and it’s always good vibes.
  7. Almost all the hostels provide you with breakfast, although it’s a self-catering action: they provide you the food and you organize your breakfast. For lunch and dinner, you cook the food you buy using the recipy your mom teach ;). Usually hostels have one kitchen or more.
  8. Some hostels offers you the opportunity to stay there for a while, you can deal a better price for your staying, and some of them offer you the option to work over there if you want, like the one in Flagstaff, AZ.

Cons of staying at hostels:

  1. It depens on your life style, maybe the reasons above are not for you, but if everyone is clean and we use hostels facilities and we leave them as we find them , I just think there’s no reason on having cons and enjoy some nights at the hostel 😉

And you guys, do you think there’s more cons? more pros? help me to settle the list up!!! Safe travels!

Low cost airlines in Europe

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I’ve just arrived from a course about community management in Barcelona and the teacher said something really interesting: there are a lot of people who hate looking for flights and some people who LOVE looking for the best deals, best time to leave, compare airlines…this is me 😉 but i’m not doing this because I’m all the time flying, huh? I wish!

I do this because I like to see how the prices increase, what is the best airline to fly to.. etc with that information I know WHEN to book or when I’m getting a super deal .

I usually check the prices throught the flights search engines, but not all the flight search engines get everything. Sometimes, low cost airlines are missing.

So, if you have decided where do you want to go, I suggest you to compare prices throught the the lowcost airlines websites; and after that, go to the search engines. If you find something cheaper in the search engines with a standard airlines, go ahead. If not, think about the options. Sometimes flying with a low cost carriercan be more expensive, but if you think wisely and you don’t care about all these things below, don’t think it twice!

  • Changing tickets (day/time/name); you can do it, but it can be really impossible and sometimes more expensive.
  • Flying super early in the morning or super late at nights (of course, think about that the best prices are not on Fridays neither on Sundays)
  • Flying to secondary airports further away from the main place you wanted to go.
  • Forget the business class or first class and confortable seats, and of course, no reserved seats.
  • All the routes are short-routes, that means that if you want to fly further, you will have to get out of the passengers area, get your luggage and check in again to the new destination.

So I’m going to share some of the major low cost airlines in Europe within this map I found in the attitude travel blog, with a link to all the low cost carriers in Europe! before flying; check all the options and good luck!!

How to travel for free participating in contests

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I guess summer time it’s when people are more creative, have more ideas and want to do more things… and it’s true because branches, mostly drink branches, are organizing  contests to get the best and amazing idea from people.

Branches are getting free marketing campaigns by consumers or not consumers, basically people that want to get a really interesting price. I wrote about the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure before and mentioned other opportunities like this, but now there are so many contest going on and i’ll post the most interesting for me. I’m participating in one of the so I ask you for your votes if you like.

  • Robertus fanta: the one I’m participating in and the one I need vVOTES. You can join the page on facebook: Yo tambien pasé la Fanta and show me your support me sign in up and hitting the little stars on the web.(follow the rules here) It’s a 10 day course in San Francisco in August. I’m really looking forward to go and learn about community managing and visit this amazing city.The only problem: it’s only for spanish people or residents in Spain. But feel free to spread the word/video because it’s another interesting contest to get a free trip somewhere.
  • Expedition 206. Another contest by Cocacola (PasaLaFanta is a coke branch too) and consist in a free trip along the 206 countries where CocaCola is sold and with just one mission: spread the cocacola feeling and happinees.

We can follow the winners of all of these contests throught their websites and that is making you want to participate too. It’s a good marketing campaing though. Good WOM 🙂

PD: Don’t forget to stop by the PasaLaFanta video 😉