Summer Holidays are coming. If you are having a hard time deciding where to go the Amstel House made a list of 8 tips to help you choosing a traveling destination.
1- Priorise places undergoing rapid change
Nowadays we can visit pretty much every place we want. What we still cannot do is travel in time. Cuba will certainly be completely different in 10 years, as Moscow and Berlin have now nothing to do with what they were before the Wall Fall. So if your dream destination is going through fast changes, it’s now or never. Continue reading
Kill some time and get a whole lot smarter while travelling; win-win! Studies have shown that training your brain regularly will enhance working memory, processing speed and brain function. Download these five free apps to boost your IQ before you travel and you will impress everyone with your new increased brainpower!
Start learning a new language while you’re waiting! Duolingo allows you to start with the basics and you practice your writings skills as well as your pronunciation The more advanced you get, the more complex the assignments you’ll be given.
Yeah yeah, we know you are busy bees but bare with us, this is going to be fun! You know the book The Secret? It says things will happen as long as you scream them into the kosmos. Visualise your goals and you will send out the clearest message to the universe. So let’s start visualising and make that Bucket List…
- Get your favourite pen and a piece of paper.
- Get inspired. Scroll through other people’s favourite destinations and activities.
- Write down anything that you’d ever like to see or do.
- Prioritise. Pick your favourites and rank them on top. Keep in mind some limitations like budget and time, but don’t let yourself be put off too much as anything is possible. Remember, scream it out into the universe… And want it bad enough!! Want to snowboard in Aspen? Maybe you can do the breakfast shift at a hotel for a winter season. Want to sail around the Caribbean? Maybe someone needs your cooking skills. Want to visit Berlin on a budget? Come stay at the coolest hostel in town.
- All done prioritizing? Create your ultimate bucket list, including planning and to-do list. Go go go. Dreams can come true!
In our new post on tips “around the world” (see also Bali, Ibiza and Kuala Lumpur) we got inspired by the unusual heat of this year’s Europe summer and traveled all the way to the tropics of another continent, where temperatures above 30°C are a daily matter all year long. We are talking about Boipeba, a small beautiful island in the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Continue reading
Bonjour!! And welcome again on one of our hot spots tours around the globe! For anyone visiting Paris this summer we have some nice top tips for you. Because Paris is always a good idea…
First put a few songs of popular French singer Zaz in your playlist. Actor Russel Crow has already fallen madly in love with her voice and we suggest you play her music while reading on to get into the Paris mood!
Start your day a little north of Montmartre with a nice cup of coffee at an old abandoned train station called “La Recyclerie”. Continue reading
You’re at this perfect spot, with the perfect group of friends, your phone’s batteries have never been in better shape and then… Can’t take a photo because your iPhones storage space has been fully used… SO rude! Here are a few ways to quickly solve this problem and save space on your iPhone for photos and videos.
If you’re really in a moment, open your Whatsapp. Open a chat with your best friend and press the upload button. Press ‘Take a Photo’ and it will allow you to take a few more photos. Continue reading
Our marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share …
Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.
Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
Echo Beach: great for surfing and lunch / drinks Continue reading
Hippies to celebrities. Sun worshippers to clubbers. Ibiza is a favourite holiday destination for many. The list of local hot spots is endless but here are some of our favourite Ibiza hot spots.
FOOD & DRINKS
La Paloma: Yummiest affordable homemade food and good vibes. Pray they serve the chocolate lava cake when you go there! Continue reading
Around a year ago we created a list with 10 genius travel apps for you. They are still genius but we thought we’d add a new list if 10 best travel apps we found to make your travels easier, cheaper or simply more fun. With the Amstel House free wifi you can start exploring these awesome apps from the moment you arrive at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin!
1. Happy Hour Radar
Never miss a good food or drink deal in your proximity with this app. Happy Hour Radar is for Germany, but there are Happy Hour apps for the US and many other countries available in the app store.
No more packing stress. Enter your destination, the length of your trip and what activities your trip will include and PackPoint will create a personal packing check list. It even takes the weather forecast into account!
It’s been called “the baby of Instagram and Trip Advisor”. The Trover app encourages users to upload their pics and tag them to their geo location providing recommendations and tips for that spot. Use it as your own log book, create a bucket list or simply inspire others! Continue reading