There has been a flurry of cheap holidays making their way online recently for summer 2013. Rather than cutting back on the cost of your getaway, and then blowing your budget on the latest spring summer fashions, keep your spends to splurge while you’re away and pack a suitcase full of savvy summer buys.
The capsule wardrobe has long been the ideal option for work attire, and with a little bit of planning, it is possible to bring your baggage right down without sacrificing a stylish summer look.
Add a bit of brilliance to cheap holidays 2013, with some of the key SS13 trends. Many designers graced the catwalk with white garments; from sweet summer dresses to lace adorned two pieces. Packing plenty of whites is a sure way to stay bang on trend, while staying fashionably cool in the heats oversees.
When I was in Barcelona for two weeks, to keep things interesting, I decided to stay at a few different hostels. I figured since every hostel has a different vibe, it would be an interesting way of seeing different parts of Barcelona, and meeting different travellers. One thing I’ve discovered about hostels too in Barcelona is that they’re surprisingly cheap compared to other parts of Europe! Most hostels I stayed at there ranged around 8 to 11 euros, and all of them were a lot nicer than the 30 euro hostel I stayed at once in Paris.
And so, I ended up staying at five different hostels (and I also tried Couch Surfing for two nights! more about that in another upcoming post)…some were fun, and some not so fun. Which hostels are the best for partying? Which is most worth its value? Check out my verdicts below!
Equity Point Gothic
This was the first hostel I stayed at in Barcelona and right away, I loved the walls they had separating each bunk bed. I’ve never seen a hostel that had this, and it made me feel like I had a little room to myself. In your “room” you also get a small dresser, table light, and plug, so you can charge your electronics without worrying about theft. And at night, you can always draw your curtains to go to sleep.
While I read some reviews from those who hated the walls since it isolates the people in the room and makes it to make friends, I thought it was easy enough to make friends in the common room. They also offer pub crawls! (Although not on the days I was there). The hostel is also located right in the gothic district, which is great if you want to check out the Picasso Museum, and it’s not too far from La Rambla.
Social atmosphere: 8/10 Cleanliness: 7/10 Location: 8/10 Overall: 7.5/10