I wrote three travel pieces not too long ago, check them out as you start to plan spring/summer trips!
~ elina x
This simple lyric from the 1975’s latest album got me thinking about a question I often ponder. And the answer is, absolutely. Where you’re born determines your whole life. Your life expectancy, income, your diet, your entire perspective and outlook. Your religion, the things you believe, the communities and collective memories that you subscribe to (willingly or not). Your entire existence is determined by where you are from. I’m fascinated by this. Because I’m not really from anywhere. Because lots of people I love also aren’t from anywhere or are from lots of places. Where you’re from is Almost Everything. I exist inside that “almost”. It sets me apart from my extended family members, from people I’ve encountered along the way.
I often wonder about what makes a TCK unique. What sets this small demographic of individuals apart from millions of other global migrants. Immigrants like my grandparents, economic migrants, first and second generation immigrants, drifters and wanderers, etc. I believe that what makes being a TCK unique isn’t what you leave behind (because humans are constantly leaving things behind). It’s in what you struggle to retain or get back.
I flew to Magaluf in Mallorca. Though the experience wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, it was still a beautiful place to spend a few weeks!
From there I flew to Barcelona, which I fell in love with immediately!
From Barcelona I embarked on a whirlwind road trip with one of my best friends. We drove through southern France, stopped for a night in Pisa, and then across Italy to Ancona. We took a ferry from there to Split, Croatia!
After a few nights in Split we drove to Dubrovnik. The girls went up north, and I travelled the Dalmatian Coast for another week before returning to Dublin.
What a hectic summer it was! Part 1 of my summer involved 3.5 weeks of travel with one of my best friends from home. We started by seeing a little more of Ireland, with a trip out west to Galway, and then up North to see the Giants Causeway and Belfast.
We then flew out to Amsterdam to meet some good friends, and from there traveled to Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Zagreb.
So you’ve decided to stay in a hostel (YAY)! Your first step should always be to parooze Hostelworld. It is hands down the best place on the web to choose your perfect hostel. Hostelworld lets you filter the results for the kind of property you’re looking for; it also lets you sort properties by different factors.
Decide what’s most important to you about your hostel. In my experience, the four main factors to consider when choosing a hostel (or any travel accommodation really) are Price, Location, Reviews/ Ratings, Vibe. I’m going to break these down.
As a traveler, there are more and more options for where to stay on your journey. However, I always recommend the hostel experience! (At least for a few nights of your journey). Here’s why: