Don

Location:

New Orleans, LA
Hometown: "Fort Worth"

Member since:

July 16, 2013

Introduction

I've spent 5 of last 18 months in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Philippines. I plan to travel and stay for extended times (minimum of two weeks) in other countries every year. I own a small company and can work anywhere there is Internet.

What caught your eye about this Meetup and what do you hope to get from being a member of this group?

A few days ago I booked a flight to my next destination: Spain. So the upcoming meetup about travel to Spain certainly caught my eye and is wonderfully synchronistic! I hope to get insights into travel destinations, and share what I have learned. Swapping travel tales can be fun and educational.

Are you a Hostelling International member?

No.

How many countries have your visited?

Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines

Have you ever used hostels in your domestic and/or international travels? If so, which one is your favorite?

Granada, Nicaragua: Hostal El Momento (not a party hostel; more like an intimate hotel with private rooms and a dorm in a 400 yr old villa; 5 stars) Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica: Pagalu (mellow, clean, modern, 5 Stars; typically full) San Jose, Costa Rica: Galileo Hostel (stereotypical backpacker party hostel; has a 24 hr bar; you might not get any sleep, but you might have a lot of fun; 2 Stars, but add 2 stars if you like to party) Nosara, Costa Rica: Hotel Bella Vista Mar; didn't find a hostel I liked; stayed in this reasonably priced boutique hotel @ $59/night; very cozy and relaxing on a hill; 5 stars for a very pleasant, relaxing environment)

What is your next planned trip or dream destination?

I leave for Barcelona, Spain on Sept. 10th, 2013, then fly to Mallorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean where I'll stay for two weeks.

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