11 Ways to Explore the World During Lockdown
The coming of COVID-19 has all but shut down travel as we know it. Visions of empty piazzas in Venice and deserted plazas in Barcelona show just how much the world has changed in a few short months. But, ever the optimists, we at HostelPass believe the wanderlust continues, the show goes on. Even in the strange and unusual era of lockdown and social distancing, you can head out to explore the world. It must be done cautiously, creatively, and digitally, but it can be done… 1) Tour a famous garden [caption id="attachment_467" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Jardin de Monet, Giverny, France[/caption] There's a luckier lockdown crowd who can still enjoy the start of springtime just by stepping outside into their own garden. But what about the flat-bound folks; the ones with just a balcony or a window to give them that fix of Mother Nature? How about virtual garden tours? They open up some amazing al fresco spaces, from Claude Monet's flower-sprouting French lily gardens to hibiscus-filled reserves on the tropical isles of Hawaii. 2) Travel to another country with a film [caption id="attachment_468" align="alignnone" width="847"] Call Me By Your Name will transport you to Italy[/caption] The genre of the travel…
The Ultimate Guide to Edinburgh for Backpackers
With the muscular walls of Edinburgh Castle keeping watch on the bluffs above, the Scottish capital unfolds in a patchwork of Gothic churches, cobbled lanes, rollicking whisky taverns, and historic neighborhoods laced with secrets and stories. It's a place to be transfixed by medieval keeps and cozy up in cool cafés; to wander between chapels and walk the regal Royal Mile. The wilds are nigh, too – take craggy Arthur's Seat and the sands of Portobello Beach, offering lookouts and wave-lapped shores within striking distance of the center. If all that's stoked the wanderlust, then be sure to read on. This ultimate guide to Edinburgh for backpackers has info on the most amazing sights, experiences, tastes, and hostels the city has to offer… An amazing Edinburgh bucket list Be totally enchanted by the castle spires, UNESCO Old Town, and turret-topped cityscape of the Scottish capital with this must-see list of attractions… Be wowed by Edinburgh Castle [caption id="attachment_279" align="aligncenter" width="847"] Edinburgh Castle[/caption] The one landmark that every traveler gravitates towards in this city is huge, dominating Edinburgh Castle. It's actually been a fortification since the Iron Age, but the main structures seen today date from the 18th and 19th century.…