While I currently look across the rooftops of Madrid from my fifth floor home-office, I cherish my many memories from staying at hostels around the UK. And I dream of new adventures to come as soon as it is safe to travel again.
Exploring the delights of LLandudno, Conwy and the Great Orme by train and tram while staying at Llandudno Hostel
London is one of those cities you can keep discovering new corners of. Each time I re-visit the English capital I book my accommodation in a different neighbourhood, simply to experience the city from a new angle.
The Bristol Wing in central Bristol is a relatively new boutique hostel is set up in the city’s former police headquarters, dating back to 1928. It has been developed by YMCA Bristol and the profits are used to support the city’s homeless young people.
The Steam Engine is a pub, a craft burger restaurant and an upstairs hostel merged into one crafty concept that covers a traveller’s essential needs – a bed, a burger and a beer. All this in Central London, what more could you want?
Brian Shaefer-Dryer spent an afternoon and evening in Aberyswyth staying at Plas Dolou Country House Hostel. He found this seaside town full of interesting venues, great sea views and full of entertainment some even from the acrobatic displays of the local avian wildlife which all together added up to the perfect romantic getaway to Aberystwyth.
PubLove The White Ferry is situated close to Victoria Station in the heart of London. A perfect place to stay in London for business or pleasure.
On Kyle Blue floating hostel we enjoyed the views from the kitchen as the sun set above Bristol Harbour, so even washing the dishes became a highlight of the day. Often we couldn’t resist heading back out for a moonlit harbour-walk where jazzy tunes flowed out over the cobblestones. Returning home to our cosy cabin with lots of “big city impressions,” after a great day on and around the water in downtown Bristol.
‘Backpackers’ and ‘budget’ might not be the first words that come to mind for people familiar with the beautiful Somerset-city of Bath. A place with an architectural style and an atmosphere that makes you feel much further south in Europe. Bath is simply unique and certainly a classy city – but it’s still possible to experience this place while travelling on a budget, which I recently discovered while spending a night at the Bath YMCA.
Independent Hostel’s blogger Brian Schafer Dreyer stayed at the historic Greenman Backpackers which provides hostel accommodation in Chepstow on the England- Wales border. He discovered the river Wye, Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey just a short bus drive away.
On my pilgrimage to find London street art I checked in to Clink78, which is a former courthouse elegantly converted into on of the most colourful and entertaining of London hostels.
Having visited Bristol several times but only on day trips, I was excited to finally get to stay around for a few days to explore Bristol , as I checked in to the Rock ‘n’ Bowl hostel in downtown.
I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Birmingham bus station. I had previously been travelling through the city, but never had the time to explore it – before now. Being from Scandinavia, Birmingham is one of those cities that everyone know’s the name of, but few choose to spend their holiday in. I was eager to find out what we are missing out on.
My footsteps take me past classics like Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden and London Eye, and I see it all without spending a penny. It is possible to do London on a budget, and staying at the Travel Joy Hostels might give you more days to explore.
We were both inexperienced walkers when we arrived in Pembrokeshire, but we quickly became addicted to walking the coast path. Our boots will be eager to return and we’ll never forget the memories we made here.