Six cities, one summer
We asked three world-famous travel bloggers how to make the most of our 3-month summers, before it's too late...
Kiersten, Catherine and Katy...
California-born, Kiersten Rich, also known as The Blonde Abroad, has travelled across six continents to over 50 different countries. Kiersten left her career in corporate finance to become a world traveler.
Why do all good things come to an end? 🌍 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• So bittersweet to say goodbye to South Africa, but I have never been more inspired to return to a destination or to plan more travels around Africa. Already planning another trip back later this year! So, it's not really goodbye after all. Rather, I'll see you again soon. 👋🏻 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Huge thanks to @MIJLOF for this 📷 and for making my stay in SA unforgettable! #southafrica #capetown #meetsouthafrica #stellenblog #dametraveler
Catherine Lux is a London graduate with over 11,000 Instagram followers. Catherine started blogging in 2010 and describes her lifestyle blog -Lux Life - as "exploring the world through food and good times."
Oh Budapest, I do hope I can visit again some day. You beautiful, beautiful city 💖 // #budapest #hungary #europe #beautifuldestinations #travel #igtravel #travelgram #wanderlust #instagood #instaday #instame #me #tourist #travelpics #travelphoto #photography #picoftheday #traveling #trip #lovetheworld
Katy Colins is the author of Not Wed Or Dead travel blog. According to her blog, Katy "decided to ditch weddings for wanderlust after being jilted" by her ex and started her blog to keep her family and friends updated on her travels. She's now an award winning travel blogger and author of The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series.
Hostelworld believe in meeting the real world - not just the tourist brochure. Check out the world-class accomodation provided in each of these six cities.
"If you want to return home feeling recharged and inspired, with something of a new perspective on life, seek out down to earth and inspiring experiences. Find experiences in nature, or local experiences like markets, small festivals, local eateries, or something super inspiring for you personally like an incredible art gallery, a local sports match, even a fashion concept store if that’s your thing. The point is to lift you up with inspiration and also bring you down to earth with grounding experiences too." - @thetravellinglight #mindfulness #traveltips #backpacking
"Lisbon is such an awesome and cheap city to visit, and you can see and do heaps in just a weekend."
Where to eat?
Catherine: "Ramiro is a great local restaurant for fresh and cheap seafood, and Ministerium Cantina right on the main square do incredible cocktails and food at a bargain price. Ministerium turns into a bar and club late at night, so you could pretty much hang out there all day."
Top things to do
Catherine: "Head up to St George's Castle and pay the student price of five euros to see the most beautiful view of the city, then wander down through the Aflama district, stopping off at cute cafés on the way for drinks and food."
Lisbon Calling Hostel is where you’ll meet fellow travellers and find out how it really feels living as a ‘liboeta’. Let the adventure begin.
"Be sure to catch a sunset at Turo dela Rovira viewpoint whist in Barcelona."
Top places to visit
Katy: "Check out the crazy colourful architecture of Gaudi including La Sagrada Familia (just expect queues to enter the stunning church) and act the culture vulture at the Picasso museum."
Kiersten: "Be sure to catch a sunset at Turo dela Rovira viewpoint whist in Barcelona. Offering some of the best views over the city, this site was once a military installation protecting the city, but now visitors and locals gather to enjoy the view and see the sun setting over the Mediterranean."
Where to eat
Katy: "Take a stroll down the famous Las Ramblas for bizarre street performances. Here, you can indulge in spicy Spanish flavours of chorizo tapas, huge pans of paella and fresh rings of calamari, washed down with a jug of sangria in a street café as you watch the world go by."
This hostel is a skateboarders paradise, with its very own half pipe you’ll be at the heart of the action both inside and outside of the hostel! This is the best hostel for skateboarders, street-artists and anyone with interest in the urban arts, culture and lifestyle of Barcelona.
Hostel Casa Kessler is a newly opened hostel, located in a chic and charming Art Nouveau building. The rooms are elegant, comfortable and fully designed to make your stay unforgettable. You can watch the sun come down on the terrace with your new found traveller friends and discuss what tomorrow has in store for you.
"Amsterdam is so much more than just sex shows, red lights and space cakes - although that’s there if you fancy it."
Top things to do
Katy: "Rent a cheap bicycle - watch out for the ‘local’ bikes as you’ll have to learn to pedal backwards in order to break. Ride around the winding lanes, past flower lined canals and bustling shopping squares. Museum-wise, the 'Dam has all bases covered from Anne Frank’s house, Van Gogh museum, and modern art at Rijkmuseum. "
Kiersten: "Depending on your type of trip, I’d recommend getting an iAmsterdam card. The card includes free admission into the most popular museums, free public transportation and a free canal cruise. "
"If you have more time to explore, rent a bike and take the free ferry across to Amsterdam-Noord to spend the day cycling. Follow Route 9 by the marked pathways and explore the dike villages, grassland landscape and the island of Marken."
Where to eat
Katy: "If the sun is shining, then make your way to Vondelpark (famous from The Fault In Our Stars movie,) with a picnic of freshly baked bread from Famous bakery. Bakken Met Passie has the best range of edam cheese and hot and gooey stroopwafels for dessert."
Unlike most hostels Lucky Lake is made up of multi-coloured caravans and cabins taking you off Amsterdam’s beaten track and into Holland’s fabulous countryside, whilst still being a spitting distance away from the action.
Ecomama stand for green and conscious hospitality, which you can find in all the different ways Ecomama is built and run: cradle to cradle furniture, use of fair trade materials, natural stone heating, environmentally friendly water system and waste recycling. You’ll be hard pressed not to find some open-minded travellers who will be up for some mischief in this city.
"Berlin is seen as the best city in Europe for the bars and clubs"
Things to do
Kiersten: "Be sure to explore Museum Island in Berlin. The Pergamon Museum has some impressive buildings that have been carefully deconstructed, shipped to Berlin from around the world, and then rebuilt here. The Pergamon Altar is one of the must-see pieces."
Katy: "The friendly attitude of the welcoming locals proves how they refuse to let the past define their future. Although, to understand more of the sobering history this city has been through you should explore Brandenburg Gate (just ask anyone where Michael Jackson famously dangled his baby outside of the hotel window and they’ll point you nearby.) Also explore the crumbling sections of the Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie, and pay your respects at the Holocaust memorial made up of 2,711 grey stone columns commemorating the murdered Jews of Europe."
Where to go out
Katy: "Fancy raving in an abandoned power plant where the door policy is insanely strict Berghain, or a psychedelic circus Renate. If the hangover is not too bad then head over to the west side of Kreuzberg, a district for bohemian artists, punks and squatters to sample the liberal lifestyle, cool street art and amazing coffee shops - Companion Coffee being a favourite."
Features include: a micro brewery, a two floor cafe, free weekly tours and all you can eat breakfast buffet. Hostelworld would recommend leaving the hostel to get out there and meet the world but can see why you might not want to.
This hostel couldn’t be better located, just one bus station from the Central Station and a few minutes from The Government Quarter, the Zoo, Friedrichstrasse and Kreuzberg you’re perfectly positioned to explore everything Berlin has to offer and more.
"In Copenhagen everything is really easily walkable."
Where to drink
Catherine:"To avoid the main tourist crowd head to the Vesterbro neighbourhood, and pay a visit to Lidkoeb bar for drinks in a stylish Scandinavian atmosphere. If you love your beers, go to Taphouse."
Top things to do
Catherine:"Don't miss Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens, and make sure you have a Døp organic hotdog at some point. They're delicious."
Urban House is a modern, self-service hotel/hostel hybrid in vibrant Vesterbro, a two minute walk from Copenhagen Central Train Station. It offers everything a modern guest needs, from a speedy check-in and gourmet hot dogs to a tattoo parlour and bike shop.
"London is my favourite city."
Where to drink
Catherine: "Every so often I really love a good night out in bars with sticky dance floors and cheap cocktails. My favourite of this kind is Adventure Bar in Covent Garden. It. Is. Epic. I've never had a bad night there. If you want a student club I hear that Electric Ballroom in Camden is a good one for a cheap night out."
Where to eat
Catherine: "Restaurant-wise you can't go to London and not go to The Big Easy, they do awesome American food (and lobster, sides, and a cocktail for £20). If you're really on a budget though, there are plenty of pubs with great food at decent prices."
Katy: "The restaurant du jour has to be Duck and Waffle for unbeatable views and tasty food in the highest restaurant in the UK and if you’ve got a head for heights then don’t spend £25 to stand at the top of the shard when you can get a bird’s eye view of the Capital city for free from Sky Garden."
The hostel is located just meters away from the bustling Shoreditch High Street – home of London’s coolest bars, clubs, restaurants, galleries and independent shops. So grab someone you've just met and head on down to one of London’s coolest areas.
Formerly a seaman's hostel, the building was converted to an astonishing traveller’s hub. Guests can come together and enjoy the huge bar and courtyard for when London’s sun is shining bright.