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Last Updated on August 7, 2019

World’s 30 Coolest And Most Unusual Hostels You Definitely Need To Visit

World’s 30 Coolest And Most Unusual Hostels You Definitely Need To Visit

This list of hostels is sure to blow your mind and amaze you. From castles to tree forts, this list has it all. If you’re interested in booking one of these crazy awesome pads, just click the subheading and you’ll be directed to their website.

1. Asahi Plaza, Osaka, Japan

Asahi Plaza

    Asahi Plaza is a totally unique living experience that you probably won’t see anywhere else. They offer you a “block” to sleep in that is 2 meters by 1 meter and it comes with a range of facilities and entertainment for your stay. This type of boarding has become popular in Japan, this particular one has 441 beds (making it the biggest in Osaka), but it has yet to catch on to the rest of the world.

    2. Gyreum Ecolodge, Sligo, Ireland

    Gyreum Ecolodge

      The gorgeous Gyreum Ecolodge has a goal to be invisible, by having a specially sloped roof that blends into the plateau of Moytura and the vale of Lough Arrow, which it sits between. Also known as the , “round wooden fortress,” (How sweet is that?) it overlooks five different counties. Included are Irish language workshops and residences for artists.

      3. Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica

        Situated in the Manuel Antonio National Park, the area was established in 1972 and covers over 4,000 acres. Spotted within the park are four different beaches to spend time hanging out in the surf and sunbathing. It’s going to be a challenge to become bored on this vacation since you can go dolphin watching, take surfing lessons, fish, rappel down waterfalls, go rafting and so much more.

        4. The Beehive Hostel, Rome, Italy

        The Beehive Hostel

          In 1999 the couple who started this hostel packed up all their belongings and move from LA to Rome to begin The Beehive Hotel & Hostel. Their stylish and colorful building is in a great location and has many different room types, for many different budget levels. You can grab a dorm bed for 25 Euros, or go a little more luxurious with a suite at 80 Euros.

          5. The Monastery Hostel, Milan, Italy

          Monastery Hostel

            Set in a prime location in the center of Milan, the hostel is newly renovated and is located in a wing of the Franciscan Convent. The hostel is very uniquely designed to give it a modern feeling. Inside, there is a kitchen, a laundry area (yay!), a leisure area,  as well as a TV room.

            6. Pop Art Hostel, Belgrade, Serbia

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            Pop Art Hostel

              The Pop Art Hostel is the only “designed” hostel in all of Serbia and boasts it’s modern, retro, and unique hostel. What may be the coolest thing about this hostel, and of course how it got it’s name, is that it works as a museum, having art done by local artists. Some of these paintings include Jimi Hendrix and Jessica Lang. Each bedroom is dedicated to a different large figure of pop culture.

              7. Lub D Hostels, Bangkok, Thailand

              Lub D

                Bangkok has two different Lub D hostels, the first is in Silom and the second is in Siam Square and it was recently voted “one of the 17 coolest hangout hostels in the world,” by The Observer. The hostels come with bars, free WiFi, luggage storage, laundry areas, and an awesome design. You can check out that design here.

                8. The Aydinli Cave Hotel, Goreme, Turkey

                Aydinli Cave House

                  The Cave House is a family-run guest house that overlooks the gorgeous old town of Goreme. The hostel has been carved from the Cappadocia rock and it has individually-styled rooms that come with locally made furniture. They are highly recommended from Fodor’s to Trip Advisor.

                  9. Railway Square YHA, Sydney, Australia

                  Railway

                    Claiming to be “Sydney’s most laid back backpacker hostel”, you can rent out a railway carriage room in the middle of Sydney. Included in the accommodation is a swimming pool, a cafe/restaurant, and air conditioning, but who needs much more when you’re surrounded by such a vibrant city?

                    10. Radeka Downunder, Coober Pedly, Australia

                    Radeka

                      This underground hostel is set in a Desert Cave and has budget rooms, dorm beds and private suites. If you stay there, you’ll be centrally located to restaurants, shops, and many local attractions like tours. The family who runs this hostel also gives half day tours of Coober Pedly, opal fields, and nearby scenic areas.

                      11. The Beagle Houseboat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

                      Beagle Houseboat

                        It may be hard to get a spot at this hostel, because what you see above is nearly all they offer for beds. Holding a maximum of four people, this rusty old houseboat is a unique and fun way to spend your night. The top of the two-story houseboat is used as a saloon with a stunning overlook. Smoking is allowed on the boat and it comes with WiFi, free coffee/tea, a hot shower, guide books and more.

                        12. Pak-up Hostel, Krabi Town, Thailand

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                        Pak-up

                          Once a school, it has since been converted and is now one of the chillest places to be on the Andaman coast. It’s ranked as one of Asia’s three best hostels and has two on-site bars with live music, 8 and 10-bed dorms, with shared bathrooms as pictured above. One of their goals is to have massive rooms for maximum “chill out space.”

                          13. DJH Youth Hostel (Castle Hostel), Nuremberg, Germany

                          DJH

                            Have you ever slept in a real castle before? Well now you can, but with a twist! The castle features 93 “ultra-modern” rooms with an en-suite shower, bar, bistro, and open common areas. The castle dates back over 500 years and is in the heart of Nuremberg, perfect for enjoying the city. The city has a planetarium, zoo, parks, theaters, and much more.

                            14. ZicZac Rock-Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

                            ZicZac

                              In the very heart of Zurich’s nightlife sits the ZicZac Rock Hotel, offering a restaurant, bar/lounge, nightclub, 24-hour service, multilingual staff, and even a limo if you would like to rent one. Although i’m not sure why budget travelers are looking to cruise around in a limo. While the hotel/hostel sounds amazing, it seems that it’s has had it’s fair share of bad reviews.

                              15. Ming Palace International Hostel

                              Ming

                                The hostel was named after its location near the Jingjang Ming Palace Scenic Area and was built around it. The hostel is brand new and has many unique local characteristics. It comes with free tea, hot showers, towels, TV, and more. It’s the perfect place to get some peace and quiet after a long streak of traveling and may even have the occasional musician.

                                16. Castle Rock, Edinburgh, Scotland

                                Castle

                                  Castle Rock Hostel is located right beside the famous Edinburgh Castle, and it has a mix of grandeur and backpacker style. Feel at home staying on a quiet street, but you’ll only be a short walk from the main attractions the city has to offer for day and nighttime fun. The hostel was originally built in 1846, but only became one in 1997, because of that it feels like you are staying at a museum or an art gallery rather than a hostel.

                                  17. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden

                                  Jumbo

                                    This renovated jet is a great place to spread out and relax or grab a drink. They have accommodation that can house anywhere between one to four people, depending on what room option you pick and they have hot showers. They are also one of the few hostels that has their own line of merchandise such as mugs, slippers, and beanies.

                                    18. Traveller’s Cave Pension, Cappadocia, Turkey

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                                    Travellers

                                      This is definitely one of the coolest places on this list, if you want proof just take this awesome 360 tour. Not only does it come with the vibe of living in a past civilization, it has hot-air balloon flights, multiple tours from walks to hikes, safari’s, and a Turkish night show! This is only one of the many great hostels by this company, to check out the rest you can visit this link.

                                      19. The Drop Bear Hostel, Santa Marta, Colombia

                                        The Drop Bear Hostel comes with a nice kitchen, big pool, a common room, and comfy dorms along with other things, like a crazy history. Back in the 1980’s it was used and owned by a major Colombian cartel, who left behind a dozen secret hiding-places for money, escape tunnels, a secret basement for keeping contraband whiskey, and it even has cryptic codes on some tiles. This definitely won’t be a place you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

                                        20. Gallery Hostel Porto, Porto, Portugal

                                        Gallery

                                          The Gallery Hostel is a renovated building from 1906 and the owners sought to keep the building as original as possible. This hostel “characterizes the new concept of a luxury hostel,” and prides itself with having the best service, cleanliness, and facilities possible. Bi-monthly the hostel will change the art that they exhibit, along with having frequent concerts and other cultural activities.

                                          21. Home Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon, Portgual

                                          Lisbon Hostel

                                            The goal of this hostel is to be a warm and relaxing “Home” away from home. It’s one of the first and oldest hostels in all of Lisbon and keeps to old traditions like making home cooked meals by the owner’s mother and movie nights with the guests. It also comes with a great location and hot showers.

                                            22. Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth, Israel

                                            Fauzi

                                              This gorgeous Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion and it sits in a prime location in the middle of Nazareth. In 2014, it was chosen by Lonely Planet as the #7 hostel in the world for it’s old-world vibes among other things. The hostel comes with a free tour, free breakfast, cake (How awesome is that?), wifi, and more.

                                              23. Kex Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

                                              Kex

                                                Once an old biscuit factory in downtown Reykjavik, it now serves as a full-time hostel, hence where the word “Kex” comes from (it means biscuit in Icelandic). All of the furniture inside is reused materials that have been found around from various places, giving the hostel a unique feeling. Kex can house 142 guests and has a cafe, bar, lounge, heated patio, laundry, old school gym, kitchens, and more.

                                                24. Kadir’s Tree House, Kumluca, Turkey

                                                Kadir

                                                  Along part of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, this spot in the world has remained relatively untouched by human’s destructive habits and is rich with Lycian history. You have two awesome sleeping options here: a real tree house or a bungalow! Kadir’s has two bars, a large seafood restaurant, snack bar, laundry, and outdoor as well and leisure activities like hiking and ping pong.

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                                                  25. Bayram’s Tree Houses, Olympos, Turkey

                                                  Bayram

                                                    Similar to the hostel above, Bayrams is rich in Lycian history because Olympos was once a main city in the ancient region of Lycia, their history dates as far back as 300 BCE. If you come here you can relax on the beach, view natural gas flames on a flame tour, hike, and go kayaking. It also comes with Bayrams Bar and Restaurant, travel planning, a library, laundry, and more. Since Olympos is a small village and therefore has no banks, be sure to have enough cash on you to pay for your entire trip there, unless you have a travelers check or credit card.

                                                    26. The Adventure Brew Hostel, La Paz, Bolivia

                                                      Do you enjoy partying and meeting new people? I hope so! This newly renovated hostel’s goal is to give backpackers a friendly and fun base to explore Bolivia. Over the years they have taken in suggestions from backpackers and have since modeled their hostel after them. They now have a free “All-U-Can-Eat” pancake breakfast, a ground-floor bar called “Venture Underground Bar,” hot tubs, city and brewery tours, and girl only dorm rooms.

                                                      27. Caveland Hostel, Karterados, Santorini

                                                      Caveland

                                                        Starting in the late 18th century, this hostel was once a winery. That lasted until 1984 when a local entrepreneur wanted to turn it into a hotel. Now, Caveland offers dorms and private rooms, each one is different and has it’s own story behind it’s creation. The furniture is hand-made and much of the walls and bathrooms are designed using traditional techniques. They have free breakfast, laundry, yoga classes, tennis courts, a pool, kitchen, and they also have many activities going on throughout the year to keep guests entertained.

                                                        28. St. Briavels Castle, Gloucestershire, UK

                                                        Briavels

                                                          This Norman Castle dates back 800 years and was originally a hunting lodge for King John in 1205. The hostel is in the middle of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, which is perfect for hikes or walks. Also, and ancient border between England and Wales is right next to the hostel. The best part about your entire trip may be the 45 minute guided tour to learn about the rich history of where you will be spending your night(s).

                                                          29. Generator Venice, Venice, Italy

                                                          Generator

                                                            This stylin’ hostel is a converted grain house that sits on the waterfront of the Giudecca. It’s home to many architectural designs such as Rubelli textile curtains, Fantaini mosaci flooring, and a 16th century style stone fireplace. The hostel also has an event calendar so you know what fun things will be going on when you arrive.

                                                            30. RE B&B, Guayaquil, Ecuador

                                                            RE

                                                              Run by Ana and Frederico, who are young entrepreneurs that love talking to travelers, music, art, and design, RE B&B is a warm and friendly place. Much of their furniture is recycled and has colorful patterns and geometric styles on them. They have a kitchen, free breakfast, towels, book exchange and more.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Abigail Lynn via unsplash.com

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                                                              Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                                                              The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                              The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                              You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                                              Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                                              Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                                              An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                                              Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                                              1. The Paleo Diet

                                                              The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                                              The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                                              In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                                              How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                                              The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                                              With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                                              It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                                              Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                                              2. Whole30

                                                              The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                                              With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                                              During the month you are eliminating:

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                                                              • sugar
                                                              • alcohol
                                                              • legumes
                                                              • grains
                                                              • dairy
                                                              • soy

                                                              Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                                              At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                                              Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                                              Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                                              With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                                              This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                                              3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                                              The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                                              For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                                              With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                                              • Fruits & vegetables
                                                              • Whole grains
                                                              • Legumes & nuts
                                                              • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                                              • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                                              • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                                              • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                                              Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                                              Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                                              With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                                              4. The Alkaline Diet

                                                              The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                                              The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                                              Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                                              The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                                              People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                                              One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                                              Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                                              There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                                              The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                                              What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                                              The Big Takeaway:

                                                              Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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