Kismet Dao Hostel's Blog

Here you can find information about your favorite hostel and its guests, cool events in the city of Brasov and surroundings, Romanian culture & traditions, useful travel tips & recommendations or just some random posts by the hostel's lovely staff.

Top 5 Budget-Friendly Travel Apps

Plan your itinerary with DB Navigator by Deutsche Bahn

A "must have" for frequent travelers throughout Europe: check timetables of more than 200,000 stops and stations all over Europe - all up-to-date and in real time, arrival times or book your ticket directly via your mobile. The app provides with latest information on your train connections and many helpful services. The DB Navigator is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and all java compatible mobiles - free of charge.

"How to be a superfly hostel (The List)" written by D

1. 24 hour reception for people who take the night train and arrive early in the morning … or late at night.

There is nothing worse than arriving to your hostel and finding you can’t even get in the front door until 9 or 10 a.m. That makes 4 a.m. arrivals miserable. And, there is nothing comfortable about sleeping on a front step of a hostel in a new city. For me, a hostel that doesn’t offer 24-hour reception is a deal-breaker. I am fine if I can’t get a bed right away, but at least let me in off the street so I can put my bag down and close my eyes in a safe environment.

Wild Carpathia documentary produced by the Travel Channel

Wild Carpathia is a stunning documentary about a little-known part of Europe. Romania has a huge virtually-untouched area of mountains almost the size of Britain. It is the heavily-forested home to some of Europe's most exciting species, including alpine Chamois, and particularly large carnivores like Brown Bears, Wolves and the elusive Lynx. Much of the area is a time-capsule with an almost-medieval life-style.

RTVE.es: Españoles en el mundo - Transilvania

Legends, castles, mountains, medieval towns. This is Transylvania, a region world famous thanks to the myth of Count Dracula. But Transylvania is much more. At the heart of Romania, located in the Carpathian Mountains, is a region of a glorious past, strong character and great beauty where time, yet, seems to stop.

"Romania: On the trail of Count Dracula" by Sir John Ure

Sir John Ure discovers the contrasts and challenges of the Romanian highlands, exploring monasteries, villages – and the legend of Count Dracula.

The romantic-sounding region of Transylvania, the eastern Carpathians and their neighbouring region of Moldova (though not the Republic of that name) all lie within one country – Romania. But as we spent a week travelling around this extended section of eastern Europe we felt that, although we might indeed be geographically within one country, we were in fact traversing three separate and quite distinct emotional and historical worlds.

Prince Charles joins campaign to save Transylvania's forests

Prince Charles is campaigning to save the forests of Transylvania, inspired by his ancestral links to Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman better known by his patronym, Dracula.

Rapid economic growth in Romania - which is now part of the EU - means that the forests of the Carpathian Mountains are under threat from development and logging.

The Prince is calling for the forests, some of the last untouched wilderness areas in Europe, to be protected before they are lost, like the woodland that once covered Britain.

"Travelling differently" by Paulo Coelho

I realised very early on that, for me, travelling was the best way of learning. I still have a pilgrim soul, and I thought that I would use this blog to pass on some of the lessons I have learned, in the hope that they might prove useful to other pilgrims like me.

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