You could go to nearby ski regions from Vienna by train or bus within 2 hours, but you could also do this: Catch a flight from Vienna at 6:35am, fly out to Innsbruck/Tyrol, enjoy a day of skiing and get back to Vienna by 19:55pm. Sounds crazy? Indeed it is, but the weird thing about it is, it’s actually offered as an affordable package.
The package includes in detail: Flights including taxes (Carry-on Luggage max. 8 kg) Transfer to and from the ski region Ski- or snowboard hire on site Ski-pass
The whole package is available from €169 This is probably the best deal you can get for a ski trip from Vienna. The ski region offered is spectacular and compares to the ski regions outside of Vienna (Semmering mainly) like a Dodge Viper compares to a Buick. Just to give you an idea, the day pass alone is worth around €50. So, price-wise this is a ridiculous offer, really.
When is it available? Between December 2018 and April 2019 only on Tuesdays and Fridays due to availability.
How can you book it? You can try to book via http://www.abzumschnee.at/home/flugzumschnee/angebote/33, the website is only in German though.
You could ask our receptionists to book for you, but we will talk you into another day trip, as we do care about our environment and flying from Vienna to Tyrol is just impractical.
Seriously, this offer is as good as it is insane and it will leave you with the ecological footprint of a chain-smoking, truck-driving Tyrannosaurus Rex. So, please, spend €50 less and catch a train to Semmering. That might be less spectacular, but way better for your karma.
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Christmas away from home can be hard for some people. Fortunately, wombat’s Vienna did everything they could to make it feel like being home for my holidays last year. Upon arriving on Christmas Eve, there was a nice Christmas tree, and Christmas cookies at reception. I love Christmas cookies, so this already made me extremely happy!
Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt is a stone’s throw from the U-Bahn station, making my walk through the Austrian winter extremely short, which I very much appreciated. There is also an open air market right across the street, which has dozens of shops to buy warm food and groceries. After I checked in, the friendly staff gave me two free drink tickets (bonus!) and informed me that because it was Christmas Eve, they would be serving a warm punch at the bar tonight for free. Who needs presents when you have warm punch?
I decided to go on the free walking tour wombat’s has the next day. It was extremely cold out, but there was still a big group bundled up and ready to go! Our tour guide showed us around to a lot of the local sights, and I made friends with a few of my tour buddies!
Vienna is a beautiful, charming city and happens to be home of the original Wiener Schnitzel! There are several restaurants that specialize in schnitzel, so I would advise to do your research to decide which one to go to! Figlmüller seems to be the most popular, but make sure to make reservations in advance, as it fills up very quickly! I would also recommend enjoying some delicious Viennese coffee while you are there.
Nightlife is pretty diverse in Vienna, so I asked the wombat’s staff where to go based on my preferences. Turns out Christmas in Vienna has some special options in terms of nightlife. They had some great insight and made some recommendations that turned out to be just what I was looking for. I also spent some time at a couple of the Christmas markets, which are my favorite part of Europe in December. Nothing beats a mug of Glühwein (warm mulled wine) when it’s snowing outside.
It was cool to finally visit one of the original wombat’s on my trip around Europe. There is definitely a wombat’s theme, but each location has their own local flare. The most common similarities though, are the fantastic locations (both to public transport and activities) and the amazingly friendly staff. Thanks for making my Christmas in Vienna one to remember!
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London’s East End, formerly known as “that part beyond the Tower”, is a vibrant area, comprised of a number of boroughs. With an area full of artists and hipsters, the home of the cockney dialect and a history that dates back to medieval times, East London holds many places that are ‘off the beaten track’ and perfect for backpackers to discover.
Hang out in Hackney for the day and enjoy an up-and-coming neighbourhood. Check out eclectic shops, great streetscapes and stop by the Wilton Way Café for great coffee and music to relax after your walk.
Want to run away with the circus? Check out an experience day at Circus Space where participants can get a taste for various circus arts including trapeze, tightwire, juggling and acrobatics.
Getting a drink in London can get a little expensive, but that’s where Happiness Forgets comes in. A little hard to find, this basement bar is located at Hoxton Square and offers a dark, cozy atmosphere and reasonably priced high end cocktails from 5 pm to 11 pm every night.
The house at 19 Princelet Street has a long and often interesting history. It has been a family home, a workshop for weavers and a synagogue. In 1969 a man disappeared completely from the third floor. Due to it’s age and condition, access is very limited, so be sure to check ahead to see when public visits are possible.
Wilton’s Mahagony Bar is great for a drink and if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy some live music.
If you enjoy theatre and music, you need to visit Wilton’s Music Hall. It’s one of the oldest surviving grand music halls in the world and it opens its stage to artists of all sorts. You can also just enjoy the atmosphere with food or drink at the newly renovated Mahogany Bar, the oldest section of Wilton’s, built in 1725.
Hidden throughout London are images of the 8-bit video game monsters Space Invaders. Created by a French artist, some can be found in East London. There are more scattered around London, Hong Kong and Paris.
If you’re into street art, East London is the place to be.
Take a walk around and check out the graffiti and street art. You can see one of the last Banksy pieces in East London, along with many other talented artists. There are many organised tours or you can try a self-guided tour.
If you prefer a more macabre tour, you can try out a Jack the Ripper self-guided tour. Visit the places where the murders took place and imagine London’s East End in 1888.
Get back to nature in the city with a walk over the green bridge, which connects Bow Common to Mile End Park. Continue on to Victoria Park in the north or walk the Regent Canal along the west side of the park.
Finally, take some time to visit the free Museum of London Docklands, to learn some of the history of the area from Roman and Viking use of the area to more modern times. You can also shop at Canary Wharf, the modern shopping, food and entertainment district build on the old West India Dock site.
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The Oktoberfest runs from Sept 22nd – October 7th 2018
First, if you wonder why we post this in March, it’s because we’re one month awayy from making our beds for Oktoberfest period available.
What do hostel workers need most after an exhausting summer season? A 16-day beerfest, along with a hostel full of intoxicated guests. NOT, you would think, but we actually still enjoy this.
OK, we could do with less puke in the elevators, but there are the bizarre moments making up for the downsides. Like the guest we only saw wearing a helmet (“to avoid injuries when passing out”) or the guy wearing a zebra costume for breakfast. I asked him where he got that one from, to which he replied, “I don’t remember, I woke up in it.” Or the guy who returned at 3am with nothing but his underpants (he couldn’t tell how that happened, but we know it). We have seen it all, and whatever you do, we won’t tell your girlfriend. Here’s how to Oktoberfest:
Avoid the weekends.
Especially avoid Saturdays. Especially the Saturday on the second weekend, when FC Bayern has a home match. Do yourself a favour and go on a weekday. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s still the biggest party on earth. It’s easier to find accommodation. You”ll have to line up less than an hour for the rollercoasters, you’ll get inside the tents without lining up for hours and a free spot at a table will be much easier to find as well.
Don’t try to reserve a table
Because they don’t accept table reservations when the tent is likely to be full anyway. You just enter the tent of your choice. Scan it for empty spots and ask the other people on the table “ist hier frei?” – that’s it, and it’s also a good conversation starter.
First eat, then drink!
Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the regular stuff. It can get quite warm in the tents, so you will be thirsty and might drink more than you intended. The salt on the pretzels will do the rest. Start your day with a hearty lunch – I recommend one of the many beer halls. Augustiner Bräustuben (http://www.braeustuben.de/) serves excellent pork knuckle for just €9,20. The alcohol will hit you in a much more enjoyable way when you have some lardy food in your stomach.
Leave your stuff at the hostel
The Oktoberfest throng is a pickpocket’s paradise. You won’t want to be paranoid all the time about the contents of your pockets. Also leave your eyeglasses at home, you know, drunk people sometimes throw around their arms in a somewhat uncontrolled manner…
First rollercoaster, then binge drinking
Have mercy on me. I don’t want the contents of your digestive system raining down on me when I queue up. Please! Still, if you are not yet completely wasted, sneaking out of the tent after the first Maß and go for a ride on the giant carousel or one of the rollercosters is definitely worth the experience.
There are 14 big ones and 20 small ones altogether with seats for 100,000. The first one you’ll see at the main entrance is the Hippodrom, well known for its champagne bar (WTF?) and the occasional celebrity visitor. Schottenhamel is a large one (it seats 10,000) and the tent where it all starts when the mayor taps the first keg. The biggest one is Paulaner Festzelt (capacity 10,900). The best about it is the large outdoor area on its southern side, so you can enjoy the autumn sun. The locals’ favourite is still Augustiner, the only one left tapping the beer from traditional wooden kegs. The tent where the shit really hits the fan is Hofbräu – like the Hofbräuhaus beer hall it’s very popular with tourists who intend to party hard. Mind that the waitresses will ask you to leave when you have an empty stein in front of you and refuse to replace it with a full one immediately. All the tents come with very cheesy oompah-style brass music playing traditional Bavarian songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Country Roads”. You will certainly hate it until you’ve finished your fifth stein, then you’ll love it.
Don’t go to the wine tent
This is a BEERfest, for chrissake! Don’t be a nerd and drink wine. You just don’t!!!
Try not to pass out
The tents close just before midnight and those who can’t make it on their own legs any more will be brought to the slope under the “Bavaria” statue by the security guys. There are hundreds of “Bierleichen” lined up there every evening and the pickpockets will leave you with nothing but your underpants. You have been warned!
All in all the most important thing is to have fun. Go out and party hard!
If you visit Munich for the Oktoberfest, you get a fair chance to book your bed with us, as we make all our beds available on April 11th, high noon cet. Just click here to sign up for a reminder e-mail and we’ll notify you an hour before.
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Did you know that Vienna is one of the most interesting cities to discover street art in Europe?
Its scene is buzzing and renowned artists from all over the world come here to leave their artwork visible for everyone walking through the 23 districts.
You thought Vienna was all about the former Habsburg empire, castles and monuments from the past?
Get to know the other side, the modern urban Vienna. Take a walk with us starting from our two hostels in Vienna!
Around Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna THE LOUNGE
Our hostel located right next to the Westbahnhof train station is just a short walk away from some impressive murals!
Felberstraße 1, 1150
Artists: Cyrcle. / Gaia (USA), curated by Cash, Cans & Candy, a project by Gallery Ernst Hilger
Cyrcle. and Gaia left this gigantic piece on a parking garage, curated by the street art and mural festival Cash, Cans & Candy, a project by Gallery Ernst Hilger in 2014.
Just a few minutes away, on the other side of Westbahnhof, you’ll find Aldo Giannotti’s work ‘Buildings on Buildings #3’ (2017), curated by KÖR, an institution for art in public space.
Grangasse 6, 1150
Artist: Aldo Giannotti (Italy/Austria), curated by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
Did you find it? Take a closer look if you’re still looking for the art 😉
Fun fact: This building used to be our former hostel ‘The Base’.
Walk a bit further down into Schwendergasse and you’ll find the Schwendergasse Public Gallery. The whole street gets repainted by street artists during festivals taking place every once in a while.
Schwendergasse 2, 1150
Artists: SKIRL, FRIEND, RUIN, Perk_up (Austria), curated by Improper Walls, Jan Arnold Gallery, Block44, Spot The Dot, Schwendergasse Public Gallery
At the moment you can see artwork raising awareness for skin cancer, painted by some of the most active local artists, SKIRL, FRIEND, RUIN, Perk_up.
The street right next to it, the hip Reindorfgasse, hosts the young contemporary art gallery Improper Walls that’s very worth checking out!
Hungry now? Get some of Vienna’s cheapest pizza at Pizzeria Mafiosi and on the way pass by this amazing mural by nita.
Reindorfgasse 31, 1150
Artist: nita. (Austria), curated by Improper Walls
Let’s walk back in direction of the city center and stop at the Gürtel avenue.
At the height of underground station U6 Gumpendorfer Straße you’ll find the following artworks:
Untergrundbahn Bogen 6, 1060
Artist: Cix (Mexico), curated by iOnArt in association with KunstBOGEN
Watch the making-of and interview of this mural by Mehsos:
Artist: Mehsos (Belgium), curated by iOnArt in association with KunstBOGEN, Vienna Murals
Around Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna THE NASCHMARKT
Our hostel next to the Naschmarkt food market is located right in Vienna’s mural epicenter.
Be sure to grab a bite and even free food samples at some of the countless food stands and restaurants.
Right next to the restaurant NENI you’ll find some great street art pieces.
Naschmarkt 510, 1060
Artist: Hoxxoh (USA)
Artists: Dede, Nitzan Mintz (Israel), curated by Jan Arnold Gallery & LEAP Art Prints
On Sundays or at night when the shutters close, there’s even more to discover!
Keep walking towards Falcostiege (the second exit of U4 Kettenbrückengasse station) and find a rotating wall right now showing pieces by Australian artist Lushsux, portraying celebrities and instagram-starlets. Find Falco (Amadeus) and Eminem.
Falcostiege / Rechte Wienzeile 2a, 1050
Artist: Lushsux (Australia), curated by: Jan Arnold Gallery, MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien, Q21, in association with Burggasse 98, Oxymoron, KARMA RAMEN
Nearby Magdalenenstraße be impressed by the gigantic piece ‘Imperishable Relics’ by Evoca1.
Magdalenenstraße 12, 1060
Artist: Evoca1 (Dominican Republic / USA) – ‘Imperishable Relics’, curated by INOPERAbLE
Just a few minutes further down, you’ll see this piece by Stinkfish and RUIN and right next to it an artwork by Helmut Kand und die Mauersegler.
Hofmühlgasse 12, 1060
Artists: Stinkfish (Colombia/Mexico), RUIN (Austria), curated by Calle Libre – Festival for Urban Aesthetics
Artists: Helmut Kand (Austria) und die Mauersegler – Kurt Neuhold, Arturo Peña-Velarde, Christine Ulm – ‘Des Malers Sechste’
Standing in front of them, turn around and find a piece by Mr.WOODLAND in Sandwirtgasse 6.
Sandwirtgasse 6, 1060
Artist: Mr.WOODLAND (Germany) curated by Calle Libre – Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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There is no denying that travellers are always on the lookout for gifts and souvenirs to bring home—a certain something that will help to remind them of their exciting trip. However, many travellers can often become caught up in buying cheap knick knacks and gifts from tourist traps. Putting together a list of top souvenirs to bring home from a UK trip can be difficult since there are just so many amazing things that you can shop for. To avoid purchasing something you may only decide to throw away in a few months, we’ve put together a short list of some authentic items that you may wish to consider when travelling to the United Kingdom.
Tea from Whittard and British Tea
If you are visiting the capital of England, London comes with its very own Whittard tea shop—a very popular chain tea shop that sells exquisite teas, both hot and iced. They provide a lovely selection of quality teas from across the globe. From fruit infusions and flowering teas to oolong and flavoured green. Why not sample a few of their teas from their house blends? If you’re not a big tea drinker, they also have a wide selection of coffee and hot chocolate for you to choose from. Not only that, they have incredibly creative flavours such as strawberry, tiramisu, and even salted caramel! If you miss out on shopping in London and are perhaps visiting somewhere further afield, there are plenty of tea shops hidden around most towns and cities. It’s certainly well worth a visit.
Chocolate and Sweets
It’s no secret that the British are absolutely in love with sweets. The British are well-known for making some of the most delicious sweets (candy) and chocolate that is often craved across the globe. The famous British Cadbury chocolate bars taste so much better, compared to the reformulated ones that you can easily find in your local supermarket. Some fantastic favourites to try are Dairy Milk, Wispa and Aero. For travellers coming from the United States of America, the Hershey Company has banned the sale of Cadbury’s chocolate in the US, which means bringing back a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate will certainly be a special treat.
There are plenty of museums dotted around the UK, but for travellers heading to London, you should take
some time out to visit The British Museum and V&A Museum, which offer more than your regular museum souvenir shop. Admission to most museums in London is free, so your budget might be able to accommodate a visit to the museums’ shops. Both museums are known to commission special pieces and gifts for their own lines of accessories, homeware, and jewellery, which are based on their exhibits. Not only are some of the most commissioned artists based in the United Kingdom, but the collections are typically only available for purchase at museums. How’s that for a unique gift?
England is a treasure trove of gifts and unique antiques that range from small simple trinkets to extravagant historic artefacts. With so many different shops for you to visit and what seems to be an endless selection of vintage goods for you to choose from, you are bound to discover something that will catch your eye. If you are spending enough time in London, you should definitely focus your treasure hunt on the numerous marketplaces, such as Camden, Brick Lane or the Old Spitalfields Markets. The weekends, in particular, see markets popping up throughout London. In East London you can easily visit Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Greenwich Market to fill your bags up with authentic vintage gifts.
Union Jack Souvenirs
For travellers visiting London, a short walk along the streets of Central London will unearth a world of ubiquitous souvenir shops selling key chains, hats and t-shirts emblazoned with the Union Jack. You can discover incredibly interesting keepsakes that will certainly commemorate your trip to the UK! If you are one of those, who start to think about gifts just when you stand at the airport and realise that your trip is nearly over. Union Jack souvenirs are obviously the option for you. As you can easily get literally anything labeled with an Union Jack at any British airport. 🙂
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The #WombatsTraveller challenge for upcoming influencers
Here’s how it works
Three talented content creators are taking the #wombatsTraveller challenge and join experienced travel influencers from iAmbassador for a 4-day trip to two wombat’s destinations (Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, London and Munich) in June. Together, they will create content and share their travel experiences via their blogs and social media. The experienced bloggers will be there to mentor and provide tips on content creation, building an audience and social media marketing.
Based on their performance, a jury will then decide who will be the #wombatstraveller in 2019. The main factors which the jury will focus on include the style/quality of the content, diversity of media used and level of engagement.
Here are the teams, that are competing in the challenge:
By travellers for travellers is the credo of wombat’s hostels. Everyone at wombat’s shares the passion for travel. The same passion that is required to make traveling your profession and become an influencer. We’re celebrating our 20th birthday with the grand opening of wombat’s VENICE Mestre next year. Therefore we’ll have special events in Berlin, Budapest, London, Munich and Vienna throughout our anniversary. To honor this anniversary we decided to run a special challenge: the #wombatsTraveller 2019!
We give one young travel blogger chance to take your blog and/or social media presence to the next level on the basis of a paid internship as a brand ambassador for wombat’s between April and September 2019.
We love working with influencers and over the years we have learned a lot about the efforts and skills that stand behind a successful influencer. We are extremely happy to partner up with iAmbassador for this project. It’s great to have them on board and rely on the expertise of a huge travel blogger network and many years of experience in the field.
Touring around London, you will likely find yourself checking out all that East London has to offer. It is a popular location for all ages, but especially for anyone in their 20s. This is an area of the city built around the interests and needs of early 20s individuals. You have the shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and activities that appeal to youth in a way that you cannot find elsewhere. In East London, two of the most popular stops are Brick Lane and Shoreditch. Both offer some exceptional dining, shopping, and sightseeing, giving visitors a memorable experience that opens their minds up to all types of new things.
Brick Lane was once a rundown area of London. It is covered in slums and known for its proximity to the Jack the Ripper killings. It recently began to bounce back, however, and see an improvement. Brick Lane is on the rise. The crowds flock to this part of the city to have fun and shop in the numerous vintage stores. Mostly full of pubs and shops. This area is a great place to hang out with friends or to stock up on items that you need. You can check out Blitz, Rokit, and East Gallery, as a few options for shopping and galleries. For food and drink, head over to Cinnamon, The Brickhouse, Big Chill or visit the Brick Lane Food Market on Sundays. Plenty more places are around Brick Lane, too. They brighten and liven up the streets. Even during the day, the streets are alive with musicians, entertainers, and creativity. It brings these streets to life at all times of the day and night.
Shoreditch has even more to offer. This location is a trendy place for younger individuals to grab a bite to eat, go shopping, go partying, and live life. You have everything from Golden Heart. A tavern that will capture your heart from the moment that you walk in, to Cereal Killer Café, a café where you can enjoy cereals from across the globe. Whether you want to party or you want to sit for a quiet meal, there is always something right up your alley.
The huge variety of locations means that it is near impossible to list everything here. You can go have fun in places like Queen of Hoxton or you can go find food stalls and view the beautiful architecture and street art around the city. You can even check out the lively individuals that take to the streets in these locations.
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Travelling light is the name of the game when it comes to backpacking, after all, you have to carry everything you’ve packed on your back. For many first time backpackers, the urge to overpack is overwhelming. A good target is about 10 kg (22 lbs) of total gear, including the pack.
Aim for carry-on size, which means 40L – 50L. If you go bigger, you will need to check your pack when flying, which can cost extra, take longer and you run the risk of lost luggage. Look for a pack that has an internal frame, padded hip belt and lots of pockets. Shop in-store and get some help finding a pack that fits you properly.
A scarf is incredibly useful. Not only can ladies use it to cover heads or shoulders during sightseeing in churches in more conservative countries, but everyone can make use of one as a small blanket while on a train or bus, a pillow to rest your head, something to sit on while outside or even as a towel.
Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, suited for the weather. Hiking shoes or boots are quite popular, as they have a good grip, are a bit sturdier than regular sneakers and are ventilated to keep your feet cool and dry. Backpacking with the wrong shoes might cause serious back pain. Choose wisely.
Universal Adapter Plug
They’re small and lightweight, but essential if you want to charge things. A multi-plug USB charger also comes in very handy for all the devices that are charged that way.
A tablet or chromebook are a great alternative to a laptop. They give you much of the functionality of a laptop but are only a fraction of the size and weight. They are also easier to hide in your pack so they don’t get stolen.
This is where so many people overpack. You want to keep it to as few items as you can. You only need 2-3 full outfits, which you can then wash in the sink or if you’re lucky your hostel offers laundry service (by the way all wombat’s CITY HOSTELS do). If you have enough socks and underwear, an outfit can be worn a few times before it needs to be washed.
Make sure that you have a rain-proof coat, since it will rain at some point. A windbreaker can offer a bit of warmth when you need it and help keep you dry. If you’re backpacking in rainy seasons you might also consider getting an extra rain cover for your backpack.
These are great for keeping stuff dry and organised. Bring extra and you can stash a snack or leftover food to eat later at your hostel or on the road.
DSLR cameras take great photos, but are big and require multiple lenses. Consider using your smartphone as a camera. You can pick up lens kits that will fit in your pocket and give you lens options. Selfie sticks double as a monopod for when you need a steady shot.
You should bring your own stuff, because hostels, campsites and other budget accommodations often don’t offer toiletries. Choose small units or even product samples. Avoid liquids over 100 ml. This way you save some hassle at the security checks when taking your backpack as carry-on luggage and save some time at the airport.
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It’s almost hard to imagine travelling these days without having your mobile or internet-enabled device constantly within arms reach. Being able to look up directions or top attractions in seconds has made travelling easier, but it’s also led to a more solitary experience. Should you happen to lose your mobile charger, or heaven forbid, your device itself, we’ve got some suggestions for things to do in a hostel without your electronic BFF.
Photo: Gaby Domanski
Read a book
Remember those? Before eReaders became a travel essential the analogue version was the go-to for filling up one’s spare time. If you have an eReader then you’ve likely stocked up on literature, saving valuable luggage space. But if you don’t, most hostels have a book exchange just waiting to be perused. Don’t forget to leave a little note on the inside of your newly discovered book for the next traveller to enjoy.
Another staple of any good hostel is a selection of well-worn boardgames. At the very least, you can usually track down a deck of cards. Get together your roommates or some random folks from a common area and release your inner competitor. The international appeal of a deck of cards means you’ll likely end up learning a new game or two by the end of the evening.
Write a postcard
Photo: Gaby Domanski
Who doesn’t like to open their post box to a nice surprise from a loved one? Sure it might not be the quickest way to keep the gang back home updated about your crazy adventures, but there’s something super endearing about a handwritten note on the back of a scenic view. If you’re staying at any of the wombat’s Hostels, you can pick from a range of postcards right at the reception and even pick some stamps up too.
Cook a group dinner
They say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Why not make some new friends by organizing a potluck dinner, or even just making a bit extra of a shareable meal? Whether each member of the group contributes a dish popular in their own country, or you pool your resources together to prepare an epic taco night, a lot of memories can be made over a tasty dinner.
Hit the bar
It probably goes without saying, but an easy way to pass the time and meet new people, is over a few cold beverages in the hostel bar. The prices are often cheaper than hitting the town and the crowd is usually on the same page (i.e. looking to exchange adventure stories and travel tips, and likely to party the night away).
As much as having a mobile while travelling has it’s uses, sometimes it’s good to embrace the digital detox. So tuck away your gadget and venture out of your room to enjoy all that your hostel has to offer and maybe meet some new IRL pals in the process.
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