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Best cheap hostels under $30 a night

Best cheap hostels under $30 a night Aspirational travel can be more like reality than you think. Sure, that 19-star safari lodge and the private island in the Maldives might be a little out of your price range right now, but the experiences those luxury accommodations facilitate can be had for a much lower price. We consulted with Hostelworld to find everything from a Swiss adventure chalet to a shack on the beach in Zanzibar that can all be had for under $30 a night.
1. African Bush Backpackers

Marloth Park, South Africa

Price: from $13.42 per night
Photo: African Bush Backpackers/Facebook
Right on the border of fabled Kruger National Park, you’ll find 7,500-acre Marloth Park, a smaller yet still spectacular setting and home to the African Bush Backpackers hostel. In stark contrast to the luxe glamping lodges inside Kruger, this modest accommodation provides clean, comfortable rooms set in straw huts with easy access to wild animals. That doesn’t mean you’ll have giraffes walking rig…

David Chang calls out ethnic aisle

David Chang calls out ethnic aisle David Chang is a celebrity chef, TV host, and the proprietor of iconic restaurants like Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City. He’s also an outspoken advocate for cuisines that are underappreciated and misunderstood in America. His latest crusade is against the so-called “ethnic” aisle at the supermarket. On a recent episode of his podcast, The David Chang Show, he called it “the last bastion of racism that you can see in full daylight in retail America.”
Typically, the supermarket “ethnic” food aisle (sometimes more appropriately termed the “international” section) combines ingredients like Goya Sazon, soy sauce, and coconut milk in one place for shoppers making meals inspired by cultures other than American. Some shoppers might consider this lumping together of ingredients from disparate cultures a mere convenience. To people of color and immigrants, the feeling is much different.
As a recent story in the Washington Post points out, relegating ingr…

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses Sabre CEO Sean Menke shown at an industry event in Kraków, Poland, in 2017. Sabre, a travel technology company, reported third-quarter earnings, with revenue up 1 percent year-over-year, totaling $984 million. Sabre

Skift Take: To paraphrase Sabre executives, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with direct distribution happening in Europe. They're probably calling that right. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences Airbnb host Kenyatta Forbes holds a Macrame workshop at the Bing Reading Room in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 2017. Expedia,, and Ctrip are struggling to gain traction in the selling of sightseeing and experiences compared with new players like Airbnb. Christopher Dilts / Airbnb Experiences

Skift Take: Expedia,, and Ctrip are boosting the supply of sightseeing and experiences options that can be booked in merely a few clicks. But several factors are complicating any plans they may have to dominate bookings in this sector the way they have in flights and hotels. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

What to do in NYC for LGBT travelers

What to do in NYC for LGBT travelers New York City has long been a destination for LGBTQ people, both tourists and permanent residents. In 2019, NYC hosted World Pride, which brought a record five million people to the city. Made infamous in song and story, the city is difficult to disentangle from its image as a place where the artists and business moguls come to find their fortunes, where LGBTQ people can find sanctuary, and where anyone can find their place — but it is much more complicated than the stories suggest.
New York City is often credited with starting of the Gay Rights Movement with the riots at the Stonewall Inn, but the history of LGBTQ people in the city goes much further back. Books like The Stonewall Reader from the New York Public Library and When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan make great plane-ride primers for the rich history of LGBTQ culture and activism in NYC and its boroughs.
Photo: lazyllama/Shutterstock
This city has something for every visitor, especiall…

REI closed Black Friday for activism

REI closed Black Friday for activism For most retail businesses, Black Friday is like the Super Bowl. It’s their biggest sales day of the year, and requesting the day off can be a pretty dicey proposition for an employee. But for five years in a row, outdoor retailer REI has closed its stores, processed no online sales, and given employees a paid day off to spend outside with friends and family — and encouraged customers to do the same. This year, they’re taking their campaign to the next level by launching cleanup initiatives all around the country.
In addition to the #OptOutside program for its employees on Black Friday, REI is also encouraging people to “Opt to Act.” Several nationwide cleanups are being organized this November 29 in conjunction with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and United by Blue. The goal is to come together to clean up parks and other public spaces in your community.
Cleanups are happening all over the country, in cities like Seattle, San Franci…

Skift Global Forum 2019: How Mastercard Is Rethinking Loyalty and Innovating with Big Data

Skift Global Forum 2019: How Mastercard Is Rethinking Loyalty and Innovating with Big Data

Skift Take: Travel brands are using sophisticated data tools and novel customer acquisition strategies to boost revenues and foster deeper engagement with their consumers, according to the latest findings from Mastercard’s data services team. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

Tea bags may release microplastics

Tea bags may release microplastics Tea is often considered to be a healthy drink option, but you probably never considered that your tea may actually actually contain billions of harmful microplastics. According to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology, some premium tea brands are packaged in plastic pouches with a silky quality, and these bags can break down into the tea.
Nathalie Tufenkji, a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University, and her team purchased four types of commercial loose leaf teas packaged in plastic bags, emptied out the leaves, then dunked the bags in glass vials with water heated to 95 degrees. The team then used electron microscopy to analyze the water samples and determined that a single plastic tea bag released around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics.
Tufenkji told New Scientist that this number is quite high compared to other foods that contain microplastics. “Table salt,” she said, “which has a relatively h…

Christmas market tours in Europe

Christmas market tours in Europe America’s version of “Christmas markets” seem to either be heavily decorated department stores or amusement parks that replace Santa with slightly sketchy carnies. That’s why to really get the mulled-wine and gingerbread feel of Christmas, you need to cross the pond and visit the centuries-old Christmas markets of Europe.
This, of course, is not exactly as easy as strolling down to the mall and enjoying the nativity scene outside Hot Topic, so if you’re making the big production to fly all that way, you should probably hit more than one. And fortunately, there is no shortage of scenic river cruises, romantic train rides, and adventurous tours waiting to take you there. Here are seven tours that will bring you through the best Christmas markets in Europe, as well as plenty of other world-class cultural locales.
1. AmaWaterways Christmas on the Danube
Photo: S.Borisov/Shutterstock
River cruising might be the most stress-free way of seeing multiple Christma…

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week Aung Kyaw Moe, founder and CEO of 2C2P, poses for a photograph in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, January 2018. 2C2P is a digital payments platform that has just raised a fresh round of funding.
Taylor Weidman / Bloomberg

Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced more than $101 million in funding for a range of concepts, including cross-border payments technology, short-term property management services, digital marketing help, and hotel tech. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

American cheese wins world’s best

American cheese wins world’s best The US isn’t traditionally considered a powerhouse when it comes to international cheeses, but maybe that’s about to change. At the 32nd annual World Cheese Awards, which took place last Friday in Bergamo, Italy, a cheese native to the US was officially declared the world’s best cheese. The Rogue River Blue Cheese, a product of Rogue Creamery in Oregon, beat out over 3,800 other cheeses from 42 countries around the world, and it’s the first time a cheese from the US has taken the top spot in the competition.
John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, said in a press release, “This year’s top prize was almost too close to call and I would like to congratulate both Rogue Creamery and Nazionale del Parmigiano Reggiano Latteria Sociale Santo Stefano for going the distance and providing us with one of the most dramatic finales in World Cheese history.”
The Rogue River Blue is made with organic cow’s milk from Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley…