Introducing… the HostelBookers Bloggers

Introducing Vicky (big hair) and Isabel (pout), the HostelBookers bloggers. Madeleine’s up there too – but she left us in February to live in Australia, whyyyyy? She’s still sending us the odd post and we like this photo from the Crimbo party, so she’s here to stay…

Isabel Clift

Hello hello, I started writing for the HB Blog in January, but have been lucky enough to have been in travel writing and blogging since I graduated (so nearly four years now). I’ll never stop getting stupidly over-excited about going somewhere new. Twitter me: @Isabel_Clift

Favourite photo of me?

This is me ‘aving it, as they say, in Ibiza. The club was on the main strip in San Antonio, which as anyone who’s been there will know is a cross between Booze Britain and Blade Runner. You make your choice pretty quickly: embrace it or go home, slightly traumatised! I find that kind of clubbing a bit mad normally, but ended up having one of my favourite nights on the island – oops.

Best travel time?

Both times I’ve been to New York have been really special – the first time in ’09 was basic childhood wish-fulfilment: when I got to the top of the Empire State Building I felt like MaCauley Culkin in a Christmas movie. I also went last year and stayed in Brooklyn, where the feel’s more natural and local – it was fun to pretend I lived there for a few days.

Best hostel experience?

Design Hostel DDR in Berlin is done up like an East German youth holiday camp, which means lots of excellent wallpaper. It’s also round the corner from Berghain/Panorama Bar: a boon if you get in, a constant and bitter reminder of your fundamental uncoolness if you don’t.

Top tip for travelling?

I take a fiendish kind of pleasure in seeing how little I can live on, so packing light is my number one tip for travelling. Budget airlines have conditioned me to never bring hold luggage, so I can now happily get by for up to a week on stuff out of my trusty leather backpack. Try it! It’ll set you free!

Favourite bloggers/travel sites?

I love reading Bootsnall, Intelligent Travel and Now. Here. This. (ok, it’s about where I live but it’s still inspiring!) for dreaming purposes and Travel Blather or T5 for industry nerdery.

Dream trip?

Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing. Hop on a plane to Tokyo. Little shimmy down to Melbourne. Skip south for a Lord of the Rings-style quest through New Zealand. Zip over to LA, then hop in a car (magicking up driving licence in the process) for road trip via the Deep South and New Orleans to New York. Cheap, easy and eco-friendly, I think you’ll agree.

Victoria Philpott

Hey everyone, I’ve been travelling for a few years now to America, Africa, across Australia and through Europe. I’ve worked on this here blog for a year or so now so I hope you’ve been enjoying my writing so far. Let me know either way on Twitter @VickyFlipFlop. Here’s a little interview I did with myself…

Favourite photo of me?

This is from my first solo trip to Australia. I went to Steve Irwin’s Zoo about two days after he’d died it was really sad, but interesting to be in the country when such a big thing had happened. Everyone at the zoo was really upset and the amount of wreaths and shirts and stuffed crocodiles left at the gates for him was incredible. I’d met up with an Australian friend in Brisbane and we went to the zoo together. My mum loves this picture.

Australia Zoo

Favourite city?

It’s got to be New York City. I’ve been a few times because I worked at camp in New York for two years and it’s incredible. The atmosphere on the streets and growing up seeing it in films and Sex and the City – it was amazing to see it in real life. And yes, I went on the Sex and the City tour, it was brill.

Best travel time?

I travelled through 10 countries and 38 cities in Europe for four months with my boyfriend – every day was amazing and we saw and experienced so much together. I definitely recommend travelling in a couple – you really get to know each other!

Best hostel experience?

The first stop on our European Tour was Barcelona. We stayed at Feetup Hostels – Mellow Eco Hostel Barcelona – we met some wicked people and ended up having a few drinks in the hostel before going out on a big night out in Barcelona. Which ended up very messy. It was a great start to our big trip.

Top tip for travelling?

Stay in hostels and don’t be afraid to stay on the outskirts of town. This means you have to travel in and you get to experience so much more of the city than just the main strip. It can also save you a lot of money and the hostels can be bigger too.

Favourite bloggers?

I know they’re biggies, but is brilliant. Caz and Craig seem like such kind and fun people and they’re really supportive of new bloggers and give loads of tips and advice. They work really hard to stay on the road with their two little girls and their writing is interesting and informative too.

I’m also reading newbie travel blogger Backpacker Becki’s blog lately too. She’s so passionate about volunteering and using her life to help others it’s inspiring. She’s also set on having a good time – her blog posts are entertaining and definitely a tad controversial! She’s off travelling for good in July so catch her at the start of her trip now.

Dream trip?

Bolivia – Peru – Colombia – Panama – Costa Rica – Guatemala – San Francisco – New York

It will be done, you’ll see…

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