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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 727 Fuselage, Manuel Antonio National Park, 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, Edinburge, 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.

                                              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

                                                  Adventure Brew Hostel

                                                    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.

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                                                            Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                                            Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                            Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                            Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                                                            If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                                                            When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                                                            In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                                                            1. Salmon

                                                            Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                                                            It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                                                            Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                                                            Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                                                            Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                                                            Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                                                            2. Blueberries

                                                            Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                                                            Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                                                            Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                                                            Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                                                            Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                                                            3. Turmeric

                                                            Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                                                            Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                                                            Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                                                            Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                                                            Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                                                            • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                                                            • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                                                            • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                                                            • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                                                            4. Coffee

                                                            Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                                                            Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                                                            Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                                                            Coffee can also:

                                                            • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                                                            • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                                                            • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                                                            • Improve your memory.
                                                            • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                                                            5. Broccoli

                                                            What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                                                            Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                                                            Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                                                            Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                                                            Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                                                            6. Bone broth

                                                            Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                                                            Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                                                            Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                                                            Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                                                            Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                                                            With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                                                            Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                                                            7. Walnuts

                                                            Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                                                            Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                                                            Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                                                            Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                                                            8. Eggs

                                                            For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                                                            Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                                                            Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                                                            9. Dark chocolate

                                                            You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                                                            Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                                                            Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                                                            Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                                                            Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                                                            Conclusion

                                                            Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                                                            In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                                                            If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                                                            Reference

                                                            [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                                                            [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                                                            [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                                                            [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                                                            [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                                                            [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                                                            [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                                                            [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                                                            [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                                                            [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                                                            [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                                                            [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                                                            [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                                                            [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                                                            [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                                                            [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                                                            [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                                                            [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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