Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Traveling far from home? Try Hostelling.
When overseas, there are many ways to cut costs and add to the variety of one's travel experience. Using the hostel system is one such way.
Recently, while on a 36 day trip through New Zealand, my husband and I utilized this very efficient, very affordable means of accommodation.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
We began by purchasing a YHA card for $35 NZ (although there are several memberships available, BBH and VIP for example) and with this purchase, received a booklet of the locations, prices, phone numbers and descriptions of hostels all over the two island nation. This proved most useful.
All in all, the hostel system was efficient, clean, social and easy to utilize. Reception desk workers were friendly and most eager to help you book any activities or another hostel. Varied information including maps, walking trails, bus routes and restaurants were also available.
Highly recommended, using the hostel system could add flavor and many wonderful memories to your trip.
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About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.
Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
FIVE MINUTE GUIDE TO HOSTELLING
BOOK AHEAD IN BUSY TIMES.
In peak seasons, it's wise to book up to a week ahead if you want to book at a favorite hostel site, or if you want a double or twin room.
SPLIT UP DUTIES.
If traveling with a friend, one can get luggage off the buses and taxis, while the other gets a jump on hostel check in, or ticket lines to ferries, etc. This way you can avoid the rush to get to the desk and your backpacks are safe and sound.
CHECK OUT THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS
Upon arrival at the hostel, it is wise to check this out right away. This way you know what your options with cooking utensils are, and come meal time there will be no surprises or disappointments in equipment. Knowing the number of showers and their locations allows you to plan ahead for the early morning leave times, and you won't have to stand in line to use the facilities.
FRIENDLY HOSTEL OWNERS
BRING A MARKING PEN, LABELS AND A SEPARATE FOOD BAG.
You will need to mark your food items clearly at hostels. Some provide labels, some don't. Marking pens often don't work, or cannot be located. Having a designated and labeled food bag puts you ahead, and you will always recognize which bag has your food.
Opportunities appear all the time as well as new people. Who knows, you might just meet some interesting characters...we did.
Billy and Akaisha continue to journal and photograph their world travels.