One of my favorite things about backpacking the world is finding cool locations. I love discovering secret spots where I can hide out for a few months. My ideal retreats are where accommodation is free or super cheap, where the sun is always shining and a beach or mountain lake is not far away, where you can order delicious pork sandwiches on demand, and where the French government will pay you 500 Euro a month to hangout. They are these spots that’s I covet and have kept secret until now.
In response to reader’s requests, I have decided to start a new category on The Runaway Guide called Runaway Retreats (yes I have a thing for alliteration). Here I plan to disclose all my favorite hideouts around the world. I hope that it will help you aspiring backpackers and runaways plan your trip, find awesome budget accommodation, and ultimately help you stay on the road longer.
Below is a short preview of Runaway Retreats to come in the following weeks.
1 Paradise On Earth: Northern Norway
Of all the places I have visited, few have invoked such a degree of tranquility, relaxation, and awe. As a result, Loppa Island Guest House in Northern Norway is one of my favorite retreats. Although it is on the pricy side, I can’t not include it. The beaches are white sand, the sun literally never sets, the salmon is fresh, and Cognac and Akavit is in abundance. It is a place for those who seek isolation, reflection, and peace.
2 The Coolest Hostel In Cairo
When I’m in Cairo, this rooftop hostel is my hideout of choice. It is not only the coolest hostel in Egypt but perhaps the coolest hostel in the world. What makes it so cool? For one, the whole hostel is on a roof in the city center and provides views of the protests below, the Nile, and the city skyline. More, the price is right at just 6.50$ a night for a private room and the hostel staff are honest, helpful and fun. This is the kind of place where you can hangout for a few months, meet other backers, explore Cairo and not ruin your budget.
3) Escape to Thailand and Live Like a King
Although there are loads of cheap hotels and resorts on Koh Phangan, none serve up a Pork Sandwhich like this place. The Resort is located on the north side of the island and has a practically private beach. The bungalows are comfortable and cheap at around 10$, and the kitchen makes a mean pork sandwich among other dishes at anytime of day. This is the kind of spot where you can read or write in peace, relax on the beach, and regain your strength. And if you need to party, the Full Moon Party beach is just a short scooter ride away.
4 Hideout In The South Of France and Get Paid 500 Euro/Month
This is one of my favorite hideouts in Europe because it’s completely free. Granted you get what you pay for and in this case it’s camping in the moat of the fort by the sea but it’s totally worth it. If you’re looking for some quick cash, you can often find boat work at the harbor. When you get hungry, baguette’s and chees are compliments of social services. And if you are over 25 and have registered as squatting for a few months, the French government will provide you with a 500 Euro a month bankcard. Admittedly, this retreat is for those who don’t mind roughing it a bit. Check out the full guide here, Live In The South Of France And Get Paid 500 Euro / Month.
5 Long-term Refuge in Kuala Lumpur
This hotel/hostel is ideally located in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is just two blocks from the night club street of Bukit Bintang. And despite being in the center of the action, the minute you enter the bamboo enclosed hotel, you feel as though you are miles away. The internet is fast, the rooms are very nice, the breakfast is delicious and complimentary, and you get it all for just 15$/night. Plus, you can bargain down the price if you plan to stay a while.
These are just a few of my favorite retreats around the world. Although most of them are for budget backpackers, some I will include, despite the price, cause they’re just too cool not to. In the weeks to come I plan to add many more, so stay tuned, and be sure to connect with me on facebook for updates.