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You know you’ve become a hippy when…

[ 10 ] November 19, 2011

Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:

1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock

Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.

2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool

Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.

3) Shoes are no longer necessary

It just feels so good…

4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)

The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.

5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets

If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.

6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day

Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.

7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke

Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.

So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina to hit Cancun in next 24 hours

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011

Hurricane Rina is hurtling towards Cancun, a popular tourist resort in Mexico.

The storm, which has sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Caribbean coast in the next 24 hours, prompting the Mexican government to issue travel warnings.

Hurricane Rina hits Cancun, Mexico - Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

It has already brushed Nicaragua and Honduras, where dozens of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides.

Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast today before hurtling towards Cozumel, another popular resort in Mexico.

Keep up-to-date with travel news and let us know your thoughts on Facebook. Read more travel advice about Central America.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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How to get to Bocas Del Toro, Panama

[ 1 ] June 18, 2011

Planning to visit Bocas Del Toro in Panama? Whether you’re travelling from San Jose or Panama City, we’ve got it covered. Simply scroll down for all the latest travel advice and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for top tips on backpacking around Central America.

Red Frog beach, Bocas Del Toro - How to get to Bocas Del Toro - Fabulous Travel Guide

Red Frog beach, Bocas Del Toro - How to get to Bocas Del Toro - Fabulous Travel Guide

From San Jose: Go to Caribe station and catch the 6am bus to the border town of Sixaola. This takes around 6 hours and costs from $10.

It takes around one hour to cross the border (NB. You’ll need to have proof of onward travel or they’ll make you buy a bus ticket). Once you’re safely across, get a bus to Almirante and then a 30-minute boat to Isla Conlon ($4).

From Panama City: You can get a direct bus to Almirante for around $23. It takes 12 hours and you can get an overnight bus.

Need advice on crossing borders? Make sure you stay safe in Central America with our top tips and advice!
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Hostel Regina, Mexico City

[ 1 ] June 10, 2011

Looking for somewhere to stay in Mexico City? Hostel Regina is a fairly new hostel located just 5 minutes from the Zocalo.

Dorms are light and airy with large French windows overlooking the street and the bathrooms are spotless. There’s also a kitchen with plenty of fridge space and a restaurant downstairs that serves up delicious cooked breakfasts (included in the price).

Hostel Regina Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Hostel Regina review - Fabulous Travel Guide

Hostel Regina Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

We love the peaceful rooftop terrace (pictured below) – ideal for spending lazy afternoons in the sun. All it needs is a barbecue/and or bar and it would be perfect!

TOP TIP: If you’re travelling alone, or looking for a party vibe, you might want to try Hostel Moneda. Regina may be clean but it lacks social areas and staff have limited Spanish so you might feel a little isolated.

Rooftop terrace at Hostel Regina, Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Hostel review Hostel Regina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Rooftop terrace at Hostel Regina, Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Looking for things to do in Mexico City? Visit Chapultepec Zoo and learn how to use the metro. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

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Where to stay in Monteverde, Costa Rica

[ 0 ] June 1, 2011

Monteverde is a great base for exploring the cloud forest in Costa Rica and there’s plenty of cheap hostels available.

Check out our reviews of the best places to stay in town…

Pension - Hostels in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Places to stay in Monteverde - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pension Santa Elena - Hostels in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pension Santa Elena ($10USD for dorm) is our top pick for its communal kitchen, friendly staff and chilled out atmosphere. Hammocks hang out on the porch and there’s free wifi for guests.

Monteverde Backpackers ($10USD per night dorm) is a little dark and dreary but the dorms are clean, there’s a TV area and it’s a stone’s throw from the main street.

Hostel Montelena
offers surprisingly good rates for private rooms. We managed to wangle one for just $6USD. There’s also a kitchen, free internet and clean bathrooms.

Casa Tranquilo has a more worn out, beach hut feel. Dorms cost $8USD and include breakfast and wifi.

Going zip lining through the cloud forest? See which agency is the best one to book through and check out the pics! Don’t forget to visit the best beaches in Central America!

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Swing through the cloud forest in Monteverde

[ 2 ] May 22, 2011

Fancy swinging through the cloud forest in Costa Rica? Monteverde is home to some of the best canopy tours in Central America and the zip lines are insane!

Aventura is a great company to go with as it boasts 12 cables, a gigantic Tarzan swing, rope bridges and the spectacular Superman Cable – where you actually feel like you’re flying! And the best part? You’re 260ft in the air.

Zip-lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Ziplining in Costa Rica - What to do in Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Zip-lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica - What to do in Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

A two-hour tour, including equipment,  hostel pickup and a team of guides, costs just $40 (less with a student card). Staff here are friendly, professional and good fun! Email:  aventuracanopy@monteverdecostarica.info to reserve your spot.

What to wear

The cloud forest is usually wet and muddy so wear hiking boots/trainers, thick socks, a waterproof coat and long trousers. You can take your camera but make sure it’s secure or give it to one of the guides.

Travelling through the rest of Central America? See pictures of the best beaches and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel tips!

Zapatilla Cayes, Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Photo by Sherryll Catindig - Fabulous Travel Guide

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Living the dream in Bocas Del Toro

[ 1 ] May 18, 2011

Want to escape to the sun? Bocas Del Toro, an island off the coast of Panama, is a slice of paradise that every traveller should experience.

Check out this snap taken by seasoned traveller Sherryll Catindig

Zapatilla Cayes, Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Photo by Sherryll Catindig - Fabulous Travel Guide

Zapatilla Cayes, Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Photo by Sherryll Catindig - Fabulous Travel Guide

Need more inspiration? Check out more travel pictures and start looking for those cheap flights now! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates and advice.

Bellas Hostel, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay in Caye Caulker, Belize

[ 0 ] May 16, 2011

Looking for hostels in Caye Caulker, Belize? Tina’s Backpackers is still one of the favourites on the island. It’s just a stone’s throw from the sea and has a relaxed, friendly vibe with hammocks, an outdoor seating area and a communal kitchen.

We loved the murals on the walls and free wifi. Be sure to book ahead as this hostel is popular with tour groups.

Tina's Backpacker hostel in Caye Caulker, Belize - Hostels in Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

Mark Firth chills out at Tina's Backpacker hostel in Caye Caulker, Belize

Bellas hostel, a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach, has a more hippy atmosphere and is a great place to party. Make the most of the free kayaks and bike use to explore the island. Dorms can be a little stuffy but if you’re looking for cheap diggs and fun people then this is perfect.

Bellas Hostel, Caye Caulker, Belize - Hostels in Caye Caulker - Fabulous Travel Guide

Bellas Hostel, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

TOP TIP If you’re travelling in a group then it may be cheaper to find a hotel room with 4 beds. It often works out the same price as a hostel dorm.

Looking for things to do in Caye Caulker? Swim with sharks, dive the Blue Hole, enjoy a cocktail at The Split and find out which are the best places to eat and drink on the island.

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