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When it comes to backpacking, M doesn’t allow me to travel unless he will be there with me. His reason is that he knows how keen am I in packing my stuff and I also have the attitude of having with me all the “extra” stuff which most likely made me bring almost my entire closet then. So if he’s around with me, I have him to bring all my baggage. LOL! But yes, that’s true and I feel so secured also when he’s with me or when we travel together.
Going back to our backpacking plans, this coming October, my friends are already mentioning about hopping to one island near here. I haven’t said yes yet because for sure, I will be hooked to be with my baby then than choosing to experience island hopping. But one thing M still asking me if I really wanted to join my friends — it is about our accommodation. He’s been asking if where will we be staying, what kind of place or if it would be comfortable to take some rest or not. With that being asked, I just threw him a joke that I better have me a portable foam mattresses so he will be calm and assured where I’d be sleeping.
Well, that was just a joke. But he’s really serious in asking and never ending inquiring about how will be our backpacking be. And hopefully, if time and all things will allow me, I can join the group.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for a long weekend break and the city also has plenty of budget hotels and hostels available for you to avoid spending a fortune on your accommodation. There are plenty of options in different locations, such as the red light district or being in the quieter uptown area. Here is a guide to some of the best budget hotels and hostels in the city.
Amsterdam’s Top Budget Hotels and Hostels (image from telegraph.co.uk)
Flying Pig Uptown Hostel
Located just off from the Vondelpark and the museum district, the brother hostel of the Flying Pig Downtown is slightly less hectic. Recently refurbished in 2010, the Flying Pig Uptown Hostel still gives you the party atmosphere but also gives you the opportunity to relax and detox in the nearby Vondelpark.
The bar is always full at the hostel, as is the kitchen with groups of guests making friends over the stoves. September is a particularly good time to fly out to Amsterdam, in terms of cost, and flight comparison sites now often have dedicated pages for Amsterdam like http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/amsterdam/.Thehostel also has a strictly under 35’s guest policy meaning it’s even more of an excellent and vibrant place to end your summer on the cheap!
This hotels name gives away the fact that the owners are big on their music and the decor inside only highlights this fact. Various musical instruments such as guitars line the walls along with other memorabilia such as t shirts and pictures. The theme is largely inspired by the location as the hotel is situated close by to the music venues of Melkweg and Paradiso, the theatre district and numerous blues bars.
The hotel also has a room where guests can indulge in some four player guitar hero gaming, while the mirrors in the rooms and bathrooms have light bulbs around them to give you that dressing room vibe.
If you are looking for budget hotels and hostels around central station then you will probably end up finding somewhere that is unclean and uncomfortable. A short five minute walk from the station however, and you will find Chic&Basic which is both clean and, as the name suggests, basic.
Although there is an Ikea feel to the furnishings in the rooms, the hotel is a solid, value for money option with great bonuses such as being clean, a great location and free internet terminals.
If you haven’t been to Amsterdam before or you are heading back again, then you will eventually find yourself heading over to the Vondelpark for some relaxing, picnicking, drinking, cycling or skating. The Stayokay Hostel was once a school house but is now a hostel that is practically inside the hipster’s park with many of the rooms looking over the grass.
As budget accommodation goes, the rooms here are modern and refined with plenty of uniformed staff ready and willing to look after the many guests the hostel can house. Even though it is a popular choice and sees many people come and go through its doors, the hostel is extremely clean making it a great option.
Travel and photography are both just some of my hobbies which I really could die for. And with the latest Best Travel Pictures of 2013 named by the National Geographic, I envy those who made it to top.
First-Place Winner: “Brazil Aquathlon” (image from nationalgeographic.com)
“I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so much energy in these boys that I just didn’t worry about it,” said the photographer, Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
National Geographic Traveler director of photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, said: “This photo really captures my attention because of the peak action it depicts. I love the horizontal tension caused by the main subject on his way out of the picture to the right.“
Congratulations to all the winners of the said Best Travel Pictures of 2013.
I have a friend who will be traveling or should I say migrating to the US in the last week of July 2013. And of course, as one of her close friends, I am thinking of organizing a farewell party for her with the whole circle of friends. I actually have already mentioned this idea to other friends of ours and they agreed with me.
So, in as early as, maybe Monday next week, we will be dividing our tasks. And one of the tasks which I am anticipating to be assigned to me is the banner printing of the “bon voyage” banner for our friend.
Bon Voyage! (image from susabelleboutique.com)
Though I am not sure if the task will be assigned to me or not, I am fetching banner ideas from the internet now and the banner above is what I am thinking to print. The image above which I just found over the internet is what I chose to use for the said banner. What can you say about the image above? Would that be good, or not? If my friends will agree with this image to be used, then I will be looking for vinyl banners printing press to cater our printing needs. And hopefully, I can find one just nearby and offers low rate in printing.
A week ago, four (4) of my closest friends invited me to have a road trip going to Tagaytay. But with my bumps with me, I declined their invite and just promised to catch with the group as soon as am alright with those gigs.
Road Trip (image from bristoltruckrentals.com)
A day after, they were sharing their experiences and I could say that it was really a total fun since the road trip somehow became a song trip in the road. They didn’t brought with them any musical instruments neither a microphone stand like a great Brass Stands at WWBW; it was all an acapella since two of them are really great singers.
Hopefully, in the next road trip, I can join with them.