How to pick a hostel

With the Internet, it’s so easy to look and book for accomodations for your trips. However it can be a double edge sword: with the rising number of hostels going online and hostel review sites up, it can get quite hard to pick which one you’ll book with.

These are the things I consider when picking a hostel:
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Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo

If you’re going to be in Melbourne in the next couple of days, head on to the Royal Exhibition Building at the Carlton Gardens for the 12th Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo.

The Expo is the fun and festive way to find out where to go for the time of your life -around Australia and overseas, the best, friendliest places to stay, what to do, how to get there and how to get jobs.

Whether you enjoy adrenaline-charged super activities or quietly experiencing the indigenous cultures of remote tribes, night-life festivities or the art galleries of the world, don’t miss your annual opportunity to cut through the information overload and get personal answers to your interests from nearly 200 exhibitors.

The expo will be on February 23 – 25, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5.00.

How do I love thee?

Why I love the library

I’ve always loved the library. Since I’ve graduated, I haven’t been inside one until this year, when my sister dropped me off at the nearby library.

It was love at first sight: high ceiling with lots of natural light, a courtyard where you can have a snack while reading, Pilot Guide and Lonely Planet DVDs, lots of music CDs, a great collection of books and yes, graphic novels.

It’s love, love I tell you!

Is it worth it?

My sister forwarded me the link to the See Melbourne Card website. It looks interesting, but of course, the big question is, is it worth it?

In my limited Googling, I found this verdict on a similar product, the See Sydney Card:

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Not worth it. With the one- and three-day plans, you’d have to cram in four or five museums just to make the card pay for itself: While the Opera House and Taronga Zoo—at $17 and $23, respectively—are pricey sights, others, such as the Chinese Garden, charge only $4, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Botanical Garden are free. On the other hand, if you have enough time to take advantage of the Blue Mountain attractions (worth about $75) and to visit several Sydney sights, you might make the Smartvisit Card pay. Whatever you do, don’t buy the transportation option: Unspecified “administration fees” mean you’ll pay about $8 more than if you purchased a transportation pass separately.

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