THL Update: December 22, 2014Mehdy Ghannad Dec. 22, 2014
The Hostel Life is closing out 2014 with a bang!
A few weeks back, I was asked to attend a summit in Washington DC that was led by high ranking White House officials. The Hostel Life and myself were recognized as some of the top 100 most influential travel outlets in the world. This was a tremendous honor and privilege, as the Obama Administration wanted to use this forum to announce the creation of the Study Abroad Office.
Melmac Patagonia Hostel in Puerto Varas, Chile
Mehdy Ghannad Nov. 22, 2014Nestled in the Lake Region of northern Patagonia in the small Germanic-influenced city of Puerto Varas , Melmac Patagonia Hostel awaits adventurous travelers. Solely owned and operated by a gregarious and lively man named Alfonso Spoliansky, this hostel’s charm (coupled with Alfonso’s warming hospitality) makes it extremely difficult to leave.
H. Rado Hostel in Santiago, Chile
Mehdy Ghannad Nov. 22, 2014Located in what’s known as Santiago's bohemian quarter, you will find this gem of a hostel called H Rado. As the winner of countless awards from top accommodation booking engines, it was hard to resist an invitation to experience this lodging firsthand.
Eco Pampa Hostel Review
Nikki Vargas Sep. 04, 2014By now I've stayed at my fair share of hostels, all of which have run the gamut from rustic and charming to cramped and horrifying (I'm looking at you, hostel in New York City). In the past I have argued against the "scary hostel myths", instead choosing to praise the social benefits, affordable options and great locations that most hostels abroad…
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Spending a Weekend in a Fairy Tale
Emily Culclasure Jul. 24, 2014When a city refuses to use street addresses, street lights and parking meters, you know you’re in for an adventure. That’s Carmel-by-the Sea for you, a quaint Californian city that uses names such as “Hansel” and “Urchin” to identify cottages instead of numbers.
Travel Fashion Tips for Men
Joel Froese Jun. 09, 2014Last year, fellow THL contributor Julianne Wilhelm wrote “Fashion While Backpacking: It Can be Done” for the ladies, but I’ve noticed that it’s us guys who really need help in this department. Granted, anyone who knows me will find it rich that I—a fashion-challenged nerd—would be giving this advice, but even this clueless guy has noticed how we Americans look…