About Brian Schæfer Dreyer

A freelance travel writer and photographer from Denmark.
Brian on the Pembrokeshire Coastline

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.

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Dreaming of the hostel life

A romantic getaway to Aberystwyth

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.

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getaway to aberystwyth

Floating accommodation in Bristol Harbour

On this 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.

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Bristol City Break - Street Art

Enjoying the beauty of Bath on a budget

‘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.

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bath on a budget Abbey green

Explore Bristol

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 hostel in downtown.

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Birmingham City Break

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.

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Birmingham city break

London on a Budget

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.

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