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Hostel Managers Tell Us Their Worst Backpacker Stories

"He crapped himself while crawling up the stairs, then slid over in it, then picked it up and carried it back to his room."


Here’s Some Advice on Nailing That First Year After High School

We asked influential people what they'd recommend.


Backpacker Bros are Ruining the World

It's not just you. Everybody hates them.


What It's Like to 'Go Travelling' When You're from a Country Everyone Fears

For young Iraqis, the process of just trying to get visas adds another dimension to the concept of "#wanderlust".


How to Travel Without Being a Jerk

Your body is a thing of beauty that will not be improved by a picture or a dreamcatcher or your name misspelled in Cantonese.


All the Types of People You'll Meet at a Hostel

Do yourself a favor and avoid anyone wearing a fedora.


Sex, Piss, and Violence: My Life as a Youth Hostel Receptionist

Working nightshifts in a Barcelona hostel is a parallel universe of drugs, booze, and horny teenage tourists with second-degree sunburns.