What my break-up can teach you about the magic of hostels

Dumped unceremoniously.  I was alone on a train from Lisbon to Porto when my six-year relationship reached its final stop. I wished I could be underneath the wheels of the train in that moment. However, the universe gave me a helping hand, and I reached for it. Sitting in front of me there was a young German guy. I could see through the space between the seats that he was on Hostelworld’s app, looking at hostels in Porto. “I’m going to a great place in Porto called Wine Hostel. You should check it out,” I said. He nodded and swiped to their profile. He checked out their photos and prices and decided to book it.

This is a story about something totally ordinary for hostels. Millions of travelers around the world have stories just like mine. But for those that don’t frequent hostels, the tale of finding human connection demonstrates why hostels are magical and the world is a better place because of them.

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Great American Road Trip: Week 4

The last week of my road trip was through the most sparsely populated part of the country. The good thing about that is with less traffic, higher speed limits, and straight, flat roads I was able to cover a lot more ground. The downside is that I was the most nervous being alone during this part of the journey. Back when I was riding through the Northeast there was an exit every couple of miles, each with a service station. If anything happened, I’d have plenty of places to go for help, and if I crashed and couldn’t help myself, there’d be plenty of people around to see it and hopefully assist me.

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Songs from an American Road Trip

Once I made it south of Washington D.C. the traffic calmed down and the road opened up. It was now safe enough for me to stick in my headphones and crank the tunes. Nothing beats having the right soundtrack for your ride. Here are some of the tunes that have been keeping me company mile after mile on my American road trip.

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