Jul06

Unique and Unusual Hostels

Traveling the world gets expensive. Hostels can help cut back some of that cost and lets you meet people and experience things that you likely wouldn’t see if you took the more conventional vacation approach. But a cheap hostel doesn’t have to be a dingy room you share with everybody else in the country. To get all of the benefits of hostel hopping while still experiencing quality digs, check out these truly unique hostels.   1. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden   If you’re in the middle of a long tour around the globe, climbing into a plane to spend the night is probably the last thing that you want to do. But this hostel will change your mind. This Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet has been converted into 26 rooms that give your plenty of room to stretch out and great views. The luxury suite up in the cockpit has an ensuite bathroom and the best view of all the planes coming and going out of Arlanda Airport, which is just a ten minute walk away. All of the rooms come with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The on-board big screen displays all the arrivals and departures at the airport, perfect if you’re catching a flight the next day. For more information, check out this site:      2. Anak Ranch, Mongolia, Mongolia As a world traveler, you should appreciate the nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolian tribes who lived in yurts or gers. And at Anak Ranch, you can imitate them. You’ll find yourself in the middle of the Mongolian wilderness, which is desolate and yet somehow beautiful. The price of a room includes a tour by horseback, so mount up and see the country the way it was meant to be seen. Then head back for the night and enjoy some of the authentic, homegrown food they’ll serve up to you. And while your yurt was designed to break down and move pretty easily, it’s more than sturdy enough to withstand anything nature throws at it while you get a good night’s sleep to prep for tomorrow’s adventure.  For more information, check out this site:    3. Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn, Zhangzhou, China  Once you get up into the mountains of China, everything is worth seeing, and this hostel is no exception. It is such a perfect representation of the local Hakka culture it’s been given UNESCO World Heritage status. The crazy layout, four circles around a square, was carefully planned to form the Hakka symbol for wisdom and diligence. The views from each of the rooms is amazing, complete with balcony. The interiors are decorated in traditional...

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Time Is Nothing – Around The World In 343 Days (Time Lapse)

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey. Follow my travels at http://whereandwander.com. PART II IS NOW OUT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygo5d0UuXB4. 15 new countries. Instagram: http://instagram.com/whereandwander Facebook: http://facebook.com/kienlamphotography If you’d like to read more about this trip, check out: http://kienlam.net/around-the-world After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I compiled this time lapse of the many amazing places I came across. Original Music: “Places and Faces” by my talented younger brother, William Lam. Please support the artist if you like the song, “Places and Faces”, by buying it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/metaphysika-sounds/id497553369 For Frequently Asked Questions, please visit http://kienlam.net/travel-faq Technical Details: Shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5. Photography and Video Edited with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. Music composed in Logic Pro. Special thanks to Dan Hirons, Joey Seich and Carol Trieu for all your help, support and patience. To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you’ve left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video. To my family, thank you for bearing with me and worrying about my health and safety with every dodgy bus ride and new country I found myself in each day. To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral (A Rightster company): licensing@rightster.com The list of countries: USA England France Portugal Spain Morocco Egypt Turkey Jordan Thailand Indonesia Japan Argentina Uruguay Chile Bolivia...

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Mar12

Top 5 Surf Spots

In this video by DOSE, Kelia Moniz and Monyca Byrne-Wikey, Roxy surfer girls, tell us their favorite places to surf.  Kelia and Monyca both started surfing as kids and the time they were 14 they were kicking ass in professional competitions!  Needless to say, they know the water!  So what’s on their list of Top 5 Surf Spots? Let’s take a look.   1.) First up is Waikiki.  Waikiki was Kelia’s first wave.   Beginner surfers can paddle out to a fun, easy break called Canoes.  Intermediate surfers can try Queens.  More experienced wave rides would have the best time at Populars.    2.) Next up is Hamoa Beach on Maui.  Monyca grew up surfing Hamoa’s barrels as a young surfer girl.  While Hamoa is a sick break, it’s also mighty powerful and exposed to rips so it’s best for experienced surfers only!   3.)  Kelia and Monyca both love Cold Springs in the Mentawais Islands of Indonesia.  Cold Springs (also called Roxies) is total warm-water paradise! You have to take a boat to get out there, but it’s worth it!    4.) Lower Trestles, fourth on Kelia and Monyca’s list, is a great spot! You can go there to surf, barbecue, hang, surf again, and leave.  There are always a lot of people in the water at Trestles, but there are also plenty of waves to go around.  So don’t sweat the crowds!   5.) Last on their list is La Bamba, in Salina Cruz, Mexico.  La Bamba is a nice, easy break with rides that seem to last forever.  The beach is surrounded by craggy peaks and green carpeted mountains.  Long rides with epic visuals? Sold!   This globe is littered with tons of incredible surf spots.  But, from the girls who know, these breaks you don’t want to miss!  Want to see more? Here is a great collection of sizzzlin surf action. [Show...

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Mar10

Top 10 Spring Breaks

  Spring Break is still the favorite time of year for college and high school students across the country. Picking a place to go can sometimes be daunting—flights, hotels, friends, who can make it, are all decisions to think about at a time when the last thing you want to do is think more.  Naturally, everyone wants to go to the cool spot, to have that epic week that they can look back on, for the rest of their lives. Here at Party Around the World, we get that, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places to go for spring break this year! While some awesome beach spots did make the list, Spring Break according to Business Insider has shifted over the last few years to include lower budget (less airfare) and closer trips. While not the typical bikini jaunts we are used to seeing, this top cities still offer sunny destinations, great nightlife and some awesome festivals that will still make for a fun trip 1. Las Vegas, Nevada —where a version of Spring Break lasts throughout the summer. Vegas’ reputation precedes her, so if you want a fun Spring Break location without leaving the country, head to Vegas, Baby! It’s 24/7. You’ve got non stop fun, day and night. While the sun is up, tan and rage at the pool parties and at night endless options of bars and clubs to stroll.  Knock out some of those hangovers with the endless, bottomless brunches and all you can eat buffets along with many other fine dining spots to choose from. For ladies the shopping is world class too. A girls’ got to look good on the dance floor. The casinos are almost an afterthought but if you’re feelin lucky, why not drop some coin down?  You may not only came back with some fine memories, but some winnings as well. 2. Panama City, Florida—Still one of the top Spring Break cities in the world, Panama City is full of wild parties and awesome fun. If you aren’t comfortable leaving the country for Spring Break, then Panama City should be a no brainer. Head down and join the sexy men and women for the parties, the beaches, the sunsets, and the beautiful flora and fauna. 3. New Orleans, Louisiana—New Orleans is famous for Mardi Gras, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the incredible city for Spring Break. In fact, we encourage partaking in the Cajun and Creole cuisine, shopping at great vintage shops, and partying your night away. New Orleans is one of America’s great cities, so keep her in mind when planning Spring Break. 4. Hawaii—America does have...

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Feb15

Best Bang for your Buck – All Inclusive Vacation Spots

on Feb 15, 2015

The best thing about an all inclusive is never having to worry about how much that costs or taking turns buying rounds with friends and feeling cheated by your cheap friends. We all have one in the group. An all inclusive frees your mind to do what you came there for, to relax, have fun and not have to think about anything else. TripAdvisor put together a top ten list of all inclusive, sometimes elusive gray stays. Do you have one? Please let us know?   1. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa Paraiso, Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba 3. The Beloved Hotel, Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico 4. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica 5. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico 6. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico  7. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 8. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen, Mexico  9. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 10. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection, Bahia de Samana, Samana Province, Dominican Republic  Check out the complete list of winners...

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