Flower Carpet

10 festivals in Brussels for every time of the year

Belgium is home to dozens and dozens of festivals which take on everything from EDM and jazz to carnival to – of course – chocolate and beer! It should come as no surprise then that its capital city, Brussels, has

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Street art walk in Ostend, Belgium

Hostel De Ploate is located at the very heart of the Belgian seaside resort, next to the beach, the shopping area, the finest restaurants and some of the best street art murals in Ostend. Since 2016, in fact, Ostend has been

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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

We’re constantly hearing news about record high temperatures, reading stories about plastic patches in the ocean the size of Texas, and seeing videos of wildlife adversely impacted by human activity – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. So it’s no

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22 free things to do in Toronto

There are the givens: walk this and that street, visit this landmark and that monument, check out this urban hike and go see the view from that point. Toronto is fast becoming (or has become, I should say) a hip

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Vancouver Island

A guide to the best spots on Vancouver Island

Way, way on Canada’s West Coast there’s a bit of a tropical island. Okay, it’s not technically tropical, but it is technically a rainforest (just a temperate one), and this special coastal climate means the island gets mild weather year-round

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View of Place de la Concorde from Jardin des Tuileries

The City of Light: experiencing Paris beyond the Eiffel Tower

Paris is essentially Europe 101. A sort of requisite city on many first-timers’ European itineraries, it’s often one of the places new travellers to Europe visit, and it’s no wonder why — at one point or another in our lives, we’re almost all

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Nice in Nice with HI’s CEO

Hostelling International CEO Darren Barker shares his 10 favourite things to do in the sunny and gorgeous French Riviera city of Nice. 1. Walk the Promenade des Anglais, the long, palm tree-lined seafront 2. Sample beignets de fleurs de courgettes (battered

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Canary Islands beach

13 reasons you need to add the Canary Islands to your bucket list

Mainland Spain has plenty to offer travellers and wanderers. With no shortage of beautiful cities, fun and quirky festivals (Ever heard of El Colacho, where people dress as devils and jump over babies? Yeah, it’s a summer festival in Spain.), incredible

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Our favourite things to do in Venice

Venice: an island-city made up of meandering canals, mazes of winding streets, and timeless charm. It will dazzle and entice you with its colourful buildings, many bridges, and shimmering waters. This is a city that truly invites you to allow yourself

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Free in SD

Free things to do in San Diego

Beaches, sunshine, history, and culture – San Diego has it all. Best of all, it’s easy to live the high life here on a traveller’s budget. Start with our list of free activities from beer tasting to sunbathing, and you

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