10 Travel Quotes to Get You Inspired!

If you're thinking about taking some time to travel this year but are still undecided, then check out these inspiring travel quotes. They'll be sure to get you in the mood!

 

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxley

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

 

Perhaps travel can not prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.” - Maya Angelou

 

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

 

“I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” – David Attenborough

 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

 

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

 

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

 

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

 

Above are some of the most inspirational quotes that I have ever come across. I hope you find them as inspirational, and that it makes you want to live your life and travel.

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tuscany

Home to some of Italy's most beautiful scenery and architecture, it's not hard to see why Tuscany is such a popular region within the country.

 

The Duomo, Florence

 

The Duomo is the most popular sight in Florence, Tuscany's capital city. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Renaissance dome is an iconic symbol within Florence and is possibly the most beautiful attraction in the city. It's certainly a reason to come to Florence and Tuscany in general.

How much does it cost? The Duomo is free to enter however if you want to also access the dome it will cost you €8. To enter the crypt it's €3.

 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the entire world! It also happens to be situated in the region of Tuscany, within close driving distance of Florence. The tower was not originally meant to lean to one side. It was built with an alignment 5 degrees out. However, the term 'happy accident' could best describe this incredible landmark because it has turned into one of the most visited and unique sights that Tuscany has to offer.

 

Il Palio, Siena

 

Twice a year in the Tuscan town of Siena the famous Il Palio horse race is held in the town's main square, Piazza del Campo. The race circles the Piazza, on which a thick layer of dirt is laid out. 10 riders race bareback, and they all wear colour representing 10 of the 17 districts of Siena. There is standing room for 28,000 people and reserved seating for 33,000. Although for the later you will need to book far in advance.

 

Tuscan Countryside

 

Possibly the best thing about Tuscany is the beautiful Tuscan countryside! Picture traditional Tuscan farmhouses, rolling green hills, and other countryside views playing out before you. I highly recommend hiring a car and taking a drive around it, or taking a tour that will allow you to stop off and take some pictures.

 

Top 3 Parks in Prague

When you're travelling on a budget in Europe, city parks can feel like a saving grace when everything else seems to cost money. They're often pretty, have some nice sights to see within them, and by having a picnic in the park you can save yourself some money on eating out because you'll be buying the food from the supermarket! If you bring along your hostel buddies you may also find that a day out at the park can turn out to be one of the most fun days you'll have on your travels.

 

If you're coming to PLUS Prague hostel and you're looking for the best parks to visit; here are 5 parks in Prague that are all worth a visit;

 

Petřín Hill

 

The main reason I wanted to recommend Petřín Hill is because it is home to Petřín Tower – one of the best places to get aerial views of Prague! The park is also home to House of Mirrors and Štefánik Observatory, the latter being a particularly cool place to see the night sky in Prague. If it's out and about that you want though, you can also follow the Hunger Wall throughout the entire park. This place is full of little meandering paths and enough green spaces for you to relax on a sunny day.

 

Stromovka Park

 

Stromovka Park is huge! It feels very far removed from the bustling city streets of Prague, and for me that's its greatest appeal. When you need an escape from city life then the enormous trees and pretty ponds of Stromovka Park and are nice little retreat away from everything that is going on outside in the city. As an added benefit Stromovka is also home to Prague Planetarium and Prague Aquarium which is another thing to do in the area.

 

Letna Hill Park

 

One of the best reasons to come to Letna Park is that it's location a little bit outside the main central area of Prague means that's mostly filled with local people instead of tourists. It's also very popular with skateboarders, roller bladers, and cyclists, so if you like doing any of those things Letna Hill is the place to go. Additionally, there is also nice views of Prague and the Vltava River from the top of Letna Hill if you're looking for some nice picture opportunities that are not the typical tourist shot.

 

City parks are a free way to experience a city, people watch, and take time out from the hustle and bustle. What makes Prague's parks so special though is that many of them (not just those mentioned above) have stunning sights and picturesque areas for you to view and capture some stunning travel pictures! They're also something you can do completely for free, so if you're running low on travel cash, you can't beat a trip to the local park!

 

Photo Credit; Andrei Stroe

Is it best to book a hostel direct or on a hostel booking website?

There are many ways to book a hostel. You can book direct on a hostel's website (such as on the PLUS Hostels website www.PLUShostels.com). You can use a reputable hostel booking website such as HostelWorld.com or HostelBookers.com to make your booking. You can also just turn up at a hostel and book at reception on the day. Although the latter option usually doesn't provide you with a guarantee there will be a bed for you should the hostel be fully booked. Different people have different preferences on how they like to book their hostel, so I wanted to delve down into the main ways people make their booking and really decide which way is best.

 

Booking direct – what are the benefits?

 

Booking direct has 2 main benefits. The first is that there are no extra add-on booking fees to pay. You simply pay for what you are purchasing and that is it. Sometimes by booking on other websites that are not owned by the hostel, you end up paying these extra fees. The second benefit is that all you money is going direct to the hostel. If you are booking with an independent hostel or small-ish hostel chain, then you know that you are supporting that hostel fully – although I imagine probably you care about the potential saving more than that! :)

 

Using a hostel booking website – what are the benefits?

 

Hostel booking websites such as HostelBookers.com and HostelWorld.com (the two biggest hostel booking websites) are great for when you are booking a particular hostel for the first time, i.e. you have never stayed in that hostel before. The reason for this is that they both have great rating systems and allow past customers to leave a rating + a review. If more than say 50 people have left a review, and the overall rating is over around 75%, then you know that the hostel is going to be at least adequate for your stay. If the rating is over 90% (like some of our PLUS hostels & camp sites) then you know that that hostel is excellent! This gives you much greater confidence when booking that hostel you are staying at is going to be good. There is also further back up if for some reason you happen to book a dodgy hostel that something goes wrong with your booking.

 

It should also be noted that sometimes you can find prices that are cheaper on hostel booking websites during particular promotional campaigns, so it's always worth checking websites direct and on hostel booking websites for the cheapest price if that's what you are after.

 

Booking at reception – what are the benefits?

 

Some people when they are booking a hostel just prefer to turn up in a city and book somewhere on the day. Others like to call ahead to make a reservation and then just pay on the day. If it's a reputable hostel such as PLUS and/or you have stayed in that hostel before (so you know it's a good place that it not likely to mess you around with bookings you may via telephone) then I don't see any problem with doing this. Also, if you need to book a hostel very last minute, i.e, on the day you are arriving then this is sometimes your only option if you don't have access to the internet etc, but in my personal opinion I'd always recommend going with options 1 or 2 on this list. That is – booking direct on the hostel website or using a hostel booking website.

 

The main reason is that you'll get an official confirmation email of your reservation so if for some reason the hostel messes up your booking you have something to fall back on, and secondly booking on the day in some hostels is usually more expensive. They'll give you the “on the door prices” in most cases instead of the sometimes discounted online prices.

 

So what do you think? Which is your preferred method of booking and why?

Top 10 Things to do in Venice

 

  1. See 3 major sights in Piazza San Marco

 

Standing in Piazza San Marco you can take in 3 of the most beautiful sights Venice has to offer. St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and Torre dell'Orologio (the latter being a clock tower built in the early 1500s) that even Napoleon himself admired, once calling the piazza the 'drawing room of Europe'. This is also something you can do in Venice completely for free.

 

  1. Tour the Venetian masters of art

 

From the late Middle Ages to the mid 18th Century, Venice was a hub for artists. Grand masters of Venice including Tintoretto, Titian, and Canaletto can still be viewed today in Venice. Visit Scuola Grande di San Rocco to view Tintoretto's masterpiece 'Crucifuxion'.

 

  1. The sky high view from Campanile

 

The tallest building in Venice, Campanile, is approximately 325ft high, and a fantastic place to get sky high views of the city!

 

  1. Taste some local Venetian cuisine

 

Tasting local cuisine in any destination is a quick and easy way to get an experience of life as a local person in that area. So if you are in Venice some local dishes you may wish to try include Venetian antipasti (raw sea food), Venetian polpette (meatballs). Naturally though you'll find a good mix of seafood and traditional Italian menus available in restaurants throughout Venice as it is a seaside town and a major destination in Italy.

 

  1. Drink some Venetian wine

 

To top off your local Venetian cuisine you may also want to indulge in some local wine from the area too. Try Tocai or Soave for those of you who like white wine, or Cabornet Franc for red.

 

  1. Ride a gondola

 

It's probably no surprise that taking a boat ride on a gondola is one of the most popular things to do in Venice. Even though it is a definite tourist attraction, and you won't see many locals doing it (they usually have their own boats or catch the boat bus if they live in the main island), it's still hard to deny the romance of a canal tour in Venice with your significant other on a real gondola!

 

  1. Tour the Grand Canal

 

Hop on board a vaporetto (a 230 seat passenger boat) and take a tour of the Grand Canal. The 2 mile trip from San Marco to the Railway Station only costs €6.50 one-way (which is cheap for Venice) and is an incredible way to get your bearings of Venice and quickly grasp its true beauty and historical importance.

 

  1. Aperitivo hour!

 

Aperitivos are popular throughout Italy, but with Venice being a bit more expensive than some other Italian cities - this is definitely the place you should take advantage of this cheap way to eat and drink out in one! Typically for around €4 - €5 during Aperitivo hour you will get a cocktail of some sorts and access to an all-you-can-eat style buffet. As to what food will be served at the buffet can vary greatly depending on what bar you're in, but usually it ranges from sandwiches, to pasta, cous cous, crisps, or other types of food. Typically aperitivos are served in the early evening, and if you fill up here you may not have to eat dinner later so it's a very cheap way to eat and drink out in Venice and Italy in general!

 

  1. Experience Venice like 007 James Bond!

 

Head to the Palazzo Pisani and you'll see the palace that was used to shoot the end of the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royal. This is definitely a cool place to take some pictures for any film or 007 buffs!

 

  1. Put on a Venetian mask and join the Carnevale!

 

Carnevale in Venice is arguably the best time to be in the city! The atmosphere is incredible, and there is really no place like it in the world when the carnevale is on! However, if you don't happen to be in Venice during this time you can still buy a mask and pose for some cool photos with the backdrop of the city. Some of the masks are truly stunning, and beat most souvenirs you could buy in any other major destination worldwide!

5 easy ways to save money as you travel...

One of the biggest surprises most people have when they ask me how I afford to travel so much is finding out just how little it costs to travel continuously. In 2012 I managed to travel to 12 countries over about 10 months, spending just €7000 total. That included the cost of all flights, accommodation, food, and tourist attractions. Most people I speak to imagine it must cost at least double that for 1 year of travel. It doesn't. So how do you travel for so long and spend less in a year than what you would back home paying a years worth of bills?

 

Stay in hostels or camp sites...

 

On average a mid range hotel room in a city centre location in Western Europe will cost you around €80 per night. For a bed in a dorm room like those at PLUS you can find prices start from as low as €8 per night (in our Prague hostel). That's a saving of €72 per night! If you're willing to camp in a tent you could potentially save even more. Accommodation is one of your biggest expenses on the road. If you can curb this you'll find your travels last much longer!

 

Budget airlines in Europe

 

I'm European based, and as such my travels in 2012 were predominantly based in that continent. Usually this would mean spending more money on my travels as Europe is quite an expensive continent, however, one thing that is very cheap here is flights. Europe is home to many budget airlines, and if you can follow all of the low-cost-carrier's rules, you'll find that it's possible in the off-season to fly for as little as €30 one-way on occasion.

 

There's always something to do for free!

 

What I have learned while travelling is that no matter where you go, no matter how expensive the cost of living is in that city, there is always something to do for free there if you just look hard enough. It may simply be heading to the beach for the day, or finding out when the local museums & art galleries let you in for free (this happens quite a lot so do your research in each city that you go). It could also be just going for a walk and sight seeing. It doesn't cost anything to take a picture beside a landmark or take some pictures of the local scenery. Sometimes getting lost in a destination can be the most beautiful thing, and it can be so much more rewarding (and cheaper) than the over-priced tourist attraction.

 

Eat in when you can

 

Eating the local cuisine in a foreign destination can sometimes be the easiest way to experience a local culture. However, depending on where you're travelling eating out all the time can also cost you a lot of money. On a year long trip it's important to pace yourself with eating out. Why not pick a local recipe and then stay in and cook some nights for a change? You can still have the local foodie experience by sourcing the produce and recipe locally, but you won't have the price tag usually associated with eating out in a restaurant.

 

Never take a taxi!

 

Taking a taxi every time you arrive into a new destination is a sure-fire way to run up your travel costs quickly! In most European cities it only costs €3 - €4 to take the train from the airport to the city centre, but a taxi will usually cost you 10 times that figure! A little research into what metro station you need to get off at or what bus stop is close to your hostel and you'll go a long way to saving yourself some cash.

How to raise over €5000 in 6 months (for your travels)

In early 2010 I managed to raise the equivalent of €5000 in the space of 6 months for my travels around Europe. All of this money was raised through a) selling my belongings to raise extra cash, and b) making cut backs on my existing spending and putting those savings in the bank. At the time I was earning next to nothing as I had not long started my travel blogging career, so I probably had less money coming in than most people who will read this article. My earnings were certainly below the national average in the UK. So the question is how exactly did I do it, and more importantly – how can you do it too? As at the end of the day that is the point of this blog - to help people who want to travel based on my years of travel experience...

 

What items tend to sell fast?

 

The easiest way to raise immediate cash to go travelling is to start selling some or all of your possessions. How much you can raise will depend a lot on what you have available to sell and also what you're willing to sell.

 

Before deciding what you want to sell it may be worth thinking about the fact that it may be easier to just sell all of your possessions anyway before heading off on your travels. Sometimes it's more hassle to find storage facilities while you're away than to just offload everything and make a bit of cash to take with you.

 

Typically fast and easy things to sell on internet auction sites are electrical/computing equipment. Laptops, tablet computers, cameras, smart phones etc can quite easily get you €50 – €600 per item depending on how new they are, the condition, what it is you're selling, and whether or not the model you have is the latest 'in thing'. I've also noticed selling items before and after Christmas usually results in more/higher bids than other times of the year. Also, the key thing about these types of items is that they are easy to ship out to people compared to some other 'high value' items you may be able to sell online, but that are larger or have more red tape.

 

Tip; If you're reluctant to sell something like your iPhone or laptop, what I would say is – do you really want to carry expensive equipment around with you in foreign countries? If people are going to have things stolen it's usually when they are in a foreign country and stick out like a sore thumb compared to the local people. Why not cash in now and take a cheap phone with you instead? 90% of backpackers do not need a laptop as they travel. A small tablet would do, or just check your emails at internet cafés wherever you are. This way you make extra money to prolong your travels, and you have less risk of being pick-pocketed for expensive items abroad.

 

How much did I raise from selling my belongings?

 

I managed to raise €1500 of the €5000 mentioned above simply from selling electrical appliances such as second hand phones, computers, and cameras. I made around a further €200 from selling lots of other little things such as old CDs, DVDs, books, and lots of other low cost items such as shoes and clothes. I did have a lot of electrical equipment that I could sell at the time (which not everybody has), but even if you just sell your computer second hand you could make an extra couple hundred Euros that would pay for a few extra weeks of accommodation in a hostel like PLUS while you're away.

 

How much could you raise from selling your belongings?

 

For those of you who have a house you could rent out/sell, or a high value item like a car, making a lot of cash for your travels may become a little bit easier – although it will obviously take a lot more time to sell these types of items. For most young people who travel such as myself though, it's unlikely that you will have a house to sell, and you may not have a car. That is why I wanted to use this €5000 figure. If you have a few expensive electrical appliances you could sell like those mentioned above, you could already be well on your way to matching that figure.

 

Cutting back...

 

One of the reasons I was able to save €5000 in a relatively short amount of time was that I moved back in with my parents. Instead of paying 380 GBP per month + bills on a room in Edinburgh where I was previously studying, I was now only paying 100 GBP 'dig money' per month to my parents which included 'rent', all utilities, and food. Including the utility & food bills I was saving more than 480 GBP per month (approximately €592 per month). This in itself was what got me to the €5000 mark within 6 months quite easily. In fact, if you do the calculations of what I sold and how much per month I saved on rent and bills, I managed to go just over €5000.

 

The important factor of all this was that I did not need to alter my going out habits or how much I was spending on eating/drinking out, buying clothes etc – although admittedly I probably spend less on this than most young people my age. If you can move back in with your parents you'll find saving money for your travels comes a lot more easily. If that facility is not there, down grading your accommodation or renting out a room in your property could still potentially save you hundreds of Euros per month. There are also further cuts you can make like cycling to work instead of driving (and paying fuel money), or bring in some extra by getting an extra job or doing overtime. If you spend a lot of money on alcohol at the weekends then cutting back on this is another common sense way to save some much needed cash. There will be plenty of time for drinking when you're away!

 

- Sometimes the people who write these types of articles give you unattainable figures when they quote you what they say you can save, but usually these figures involve selling a house or a business that a lot of people just don't have in the age band where they want to travel. I think €5000 is an attainable figure for most young people on a low or student type income if you're committed enough to saving. €5000 is also more than enough money to spend a summer in Europe with (trust me, I do it on less all the time) if you are staying in hostels like PLUS. Depending on where you're flying from it should also cover the cost of flights too.

 

So what are you waiting for? Travel could be just around the corner...

What's your new year travel resolution?

In our first article of 2013, I thought this was a good time to discuss the topic of new year's resolutions. In particular, those which involve travel!

 

At this time of year many people set themselves a resolution to travel more. For many the resolution may stay as a general as that, while other people may be more specific about wanting to save up for a round the world trip, or to go to a particular country that year. Unfortunately, like most new year's resolutions such as losing weight or quitting smoking – many of these aspirations become forgotten about not to long after they were first thought of and created. This is another reason why I wanted to write this blog post. I want to make sure you don't forget your resolutions, especially if travel is a big part of that!

 

Why you need to make travel a part of 2013...

 

While first off, if travelling more has featured somewhere on your new year's resolution list then the first reason you should stick to it is because you want to! However, there are more reasons why this shouldn't just become a forgotten dream. Travel is one of the most liberating, exhilarating, and fun learning experiences you will ever have. You also don't want to wake up years later when maybe you can't travel for whatever reason and rue missed opportunities. There is also the fact that although travel is certainly not impossible as you get older, it does become harder. Certainly not until you reach retirement age when you may not have the health or fitness to do it any more. If you're young and have no kids or elderly parents needing you at home then now if your chance!

 

So how do you make sure travel does not become another forgotten new year's resolution?

 

You can put steps in place right now to put you on the road to travelling already. Just even doing a few simple things to set your plans in motion can give you the motivation you need to not let this dream go. Sometime simple you can do is set up a savings account and put a certain amount of money into it each week. It doesn't matter how little the amount is that you can afford. Every penny goes a long way when you're travelling, especially seeing as many countries may have a much cheaper cost of living that what you're used to at home.

 

Secondly, use the internet to search for flight prices, accommodation, travel insurance, visas, and all those other things you'll need before you go. Even something like buying your first backpack can get the excitement going. I've always found that once I've put a lot of research into a trip there is almost no way I can back out because it just seems to attainable and exiting after that point. It's no longer just a dream, but an actionable goal that can be achieved.

 

Thirdly, if you have to opportunity to jump ship right now and go, then do it! If you find you're out of a job in the new year, that you have no major commitments at home, and you either have a few grand saved up or the chance of a working visa in another country, then my advice would be to just go for it! Sometimes the only way to know for sure you won't back out is to just book the ticket on a whims notices and just leave. As soon as you touch foot on foreign soil you know you've done it. You've achieved your new year's resolution now, and the only way is up!

Top 5 Places To Spend New Year!

Photo Credit; Robbie Shade via Flikr

 

If you're looking for any last minute ideas for where to spend the New Year, or even if you're looking ahead for New Years destinations in years to come... These are the top 5 places to ring in the New Year in the world right now! Hopefully they give you some inspiration!

(Please note; This list is in no particular order)

 

New York

If there is anywhere that dominates our TV screens during New Year's Eve no matter where you are in the world it's New York! So can you imagine actually being there? Ringing in the bells in Times Square with over 1 million people (not to mention all those watching at home) must be incredible! For that reason New York has to feature on our list here!

 

Edinburgh

As a local Scot myself I may be a little biased, but it is for that reason I can tell you that Edinburgh is a truly remarkable place to spend New Year. In fact, us Scots even have our own name for it it's so unique. We call New Year's Eve 'Hogmanay', and the celebrations actually start the day before on December 30th with the amazing torch light processions through the city! On Hogmanay itself there is an official street party held along Princes Street, Edinburgh's main street, and a huge concert held in the adjacent Princes Street Gardens. At the stroke of midnight the fireworks shoot out from Edinburgh Castle! There really isn't a more spectacular picture perfect New Year moment than this anywhere else in the world. At some point in your life (if not this year) you have to go!

 

Sydney

Sydney is the first major city in the world to bring in the New Year! I can tell your personally that it does not disappoint! As everybody squeezes into Circular Quay and beside Sydney's most iconic architecture, you see the fireworks shoot up above the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House! To top it off there are also fireworks which shoot up from the skyscrapers behind you, and quite often you'll also see Richard Branson's boat hovering in the harbour as he himself likes to spend New Year's Eve in Sydney!

 

Kiribati

Kiribati, and island in the Pacific Ocean is usually the first place to celebrate New Year. Things here may be a bit more quiet than say Sydney, Edinburgh, or New York, but how many people can say they were one of the first to welcome in the New Year. Also, spending some time on a beautiful Pacific Ocean island can't be too bad either, right?

 

Rio

It's just about mid-summer right now in Rio – which explains why everybody heads outside onto the streets of the city to spend what is some spectacular New Year celebrations! Copacabana Beach starts to get crazy around 8pm as the live music gets going. Everything from Brazilian Samba to rock bands gets played to get the crowd livened up! It is also customary to wear white during the New Year celebrations in Rio, but mostly the reason why Rio is great is because the people here know how to party!

 

These are the top 5 places in the world to spend this new year right now, but what's your opinion? Do you agree with the choices? Do you have any suggestions yourself?

What makes a good hostel locker?

Staying in a hostel dorm room is a different experience to staying in a hotel or a private hostel room. You're sharing your room with other backpackers. Although things being stolen in a hostel is very rare, due to the fact there may be people in your room you haven't met before it's important that every hostel offers individual lockers to put your valuables. Most people who steal things like phones or iPads are usually opportunists rather than mastermind thieves, so you don't want to make it easy for someone by leaving stuff lying around on your bed unattended while you're out. Equally, you don't want to go out walking with all of your most valuable possessions in case your bag for instance gets stolen while you're out! Thankfully PLUS hostels offers individual lockers in every one of our hostels, and most other hostels do too! However, not every hostel is as up-to-date with their customers as PLUS is. Sometimes having the wrong type of locker can bring about it's own problems! I therefore wanted to talk about the best kind of locker, and how it should be. This is both to help hostel owners/managers, but if you're staying in a hostel with all the below things then you know you're in a good one too!

 

First off, every hostel should have lockers!

OK, before we even get started – Every hostel should have a locker! If it doesn't have lockers don't book it! 1) You need to know you can lock away your valuables when you're sharing a room with other people you may not know, and 2) If you're stuff does get stolen abroad and you didn't have it on your person or locked away at the time in a locker/security box etc, then most travel insurance companies will not accept your claim!

 

Fit any kind of padlock!

A locker which allows the customer (that's you) to fit your own padlock is better than the kind where the hostel gives you their own key. For one, if you lose the key it means the hostel doesn't have to fork out money for a replacement from their point of view, but it also gives you more trust that only you know the lock combination or hold the key to that lock. I trust completely 99% of hostel workers, but if you're staying somewhere dodgy you want to know it's your locks not theirs if you get what I'm saying! Also, it's just a bit more peace of mind if you've never stayed in a hostel before that you're stuff is as safe as it can be!

 

Lockers in the rooms...

Lockers in the rooms are always better than those outside the rooms (although lockers outside the rooms are still better than nothing.) There is 2 reasons for this... The first is that A) It's more convenient, and B) It's an added bit of security that when you're in the room (at night for instance) you will hear or see anybody if they did indeed try to break into your locker (although as I said before, this is very rare to happen in a hostel!)

 

Big enough to fit an entire backpack!

At PLUS, as well as all the above things, we have lockers that are actually big enough to fit a whole backpack and more! Sometimes it's frustrating when you go to a hostel and the lockers are so small you can't even fit a computer! It means only some of your stuff is protected. If the lockers are big enough to fit all of your belongings then you can just open it and put your entire luggage into it when you arrive! It just makes things easy...