Mancora Peru Hotel
Neat-looking hotel! Makes me want to travel right now.
Love it when you show photos of your rooms...and your adaptations of them. (hint hint) One of my favorite aspects of your blog, how you make your environment work for you.
Tring to write an article right now on that aspect of budget travel.
Wow! Its good to know that HI has basically NO standards...
I don't think that I have ever stayed at an HI hostel since they are usually not in the best place or far from where I want to be. Looks like Lonely Planet needs to update their books.
Light, fan, backpack organizer,... I know you have (or had) a bucket, and you have a water boiling coil and a long hasped lock, your alcohol stove, your cooking pans. What am I missing?
Me: I always carry a colorful lightweight cotton sleep sheet/hostel bag type thingie. Instant nest, (cleanliness, security, I take my passport, etc. in the bag with me) useful also for laundry bag, curtain, beach blanket.. etc. etc.
Talked to someone who won't travel without an aroma candle, since odors get to her.
I'm having fun with the article, don't know who'll buy it yet, the budget travel market is slim to nothing.
Readers, if you have ideas like this, feel free to mail me at GrubStreet@postmark.net
Good to read an independant review. Completely agree with your comments about the Lonely Planet's recommendations. I used to be very impressed with (and rely on) Lonely Planet's guidebooks - especially those for SE Asia in the early nineties. I have found the South America on a Shoestring book the worst guidebook I have ever used. The recommendations are embarrassingly bad and the ommissions are worse.
Keep up the good work
I am in Estonia right now, or as of June 20, 2005 and I am thinking of nominating the totally clueless travel writer award. In the introduction of the Lonely Planet Europe... On a shoestring it says that everyone is fluent in English. I am have extreme difficulty taking a bus around the country. I just sit in Rapla doing sign language at the bus stop to try to get on the right bus, there was zero people in my 2.5 hours at the bus stop that spoke English. We were at the port checking ticket to Helsinki and the two people selling ferry tickets did not speak English. I purchased coffee in the grocery store and could not find out if it was instant, then accidentally purchased expresso.
I think this writer for Estonia stayed in the 5 Star Hotels and is clueless on the word shoestring.
Hi/Hola Andy ! I'm glad to have found this site which means world can be so "lovely" sometimes althought not "nice" things around you might bather?!. And that you liked our land Peru too :).
I've been in Helsinki - Stockholm as well long time ago, i'm sure you'll find some english speakers there, just be patient man =). Hyvää Poika!
Good luck with your journey & dreams come true "always"!
Best regards from Peru, Chao.