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Our Current Favourite Travel and Adventure Bloggers | Summer 2018

17May

Nothing whets our appetite for adventure like a well-written, exquisitely photographed travel blog – you know, the kind that has you spending the next week of your life staring at Kayak on your phone as you try to find the cheapest available flight to the Congo, Belize, or some other weird and wonderful destination.

At the moment we’re rather busy building Canada’s first pod hotel, but if we weren’t, these are the bloggers that would be inspiring our own adventures…

 

TIME TRAVEL TURTLE.

Australian culture vulture Michael Turtle worked in broadcast journalism for a decade before he gave it all up to travel the world indefinitely. What we love about the Turtle is his ability to seek out and find some of the most unusual experiences. Spend half an hour reading his blog and you’ll be asking yourself why you aren’t out there learning how to charm snakes in Morocco, drinking yak’s milk with herders in Nepal, or going toe-to-toe with a sumo wrestler in Tokyo.

Recent destinations: Italy, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan
Niche: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Blog: www.timetravelturtle.com

 

HEYNADINE.

 

We came across Nadine Sykura’s travel blog a while back, and we’ve been hooked ever since. Nadine is a Vancouver-based travel vlogger whose adventures have seen her canoeing in British Columbia and tasting the “best beer in the world” in the Czech Republic. For each destination she visits, Nadine produces a short, slick video with lots of useful information and plenty of travel inspiration.

Recent destinations: India, Canada, Eastern Europe
Niche: Travel vlogs
Blog: www.heynadine.com

 

CORBIN FRASER (I BACKPACK CANADA).

 

Having travelled from coast to coast over a period of five years, Saskatchewan-born blogger Corbin Fraser knows Canada better than most, and his blogs and guides are a constant and reliable source of inspiration and information. Focusing on outdoor adventure and budget travel – but not averse to a little bit of luxury (the two aren’t mutually exclusive, you know – just look at our pod hotel!) – Corbin’s blog is an absolute must-follow if you’re planning a trip to British Columbia. Oh, did we mention he’s won tons of awards for his work?

Recent destinations: Whistler
Niche: Budget travel and affordable luxury, Canada
Blog: www.ibackpackcanada.com

 

EXPERT VAGABOND.

 

In 2010, Miami-based freelance photographer Matthew Karsten decided to go backpacking for a year and started out by buying a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Eight years and countless countries later, he’s still at it (albeit now for ‘only’ six months of the year). His adventures have seen him exploring Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rockies on foot, mountain bike and motorcycle. Follow the Expert Vagabond’s blog if, like us, you can’t get enough of GoPro photography.

Recent destinations: Tanzania, British Columbia
Niche: Insane GoPro photography and video!
Blog: www.expertvagabond.com

 

HIKEBIKETRAVEL.

 

Specialising in adventure travel with an emphasis on hiking, biking and canoeing, Leigh McAdam is an award-winning Canadian blogger who seems to have seen and done it all. The former geologist and dietician gave up everything to explore the world and is now one of Canada’s foremost travel bloggers. As well as having hiked, biked, climbed and paddled her way across large parts of Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Leigh has spent a good deal of time getting to know and reporting on her home country. We should add that Leigh has an incredibly stylish website with plenty of inspirational travel imagery. Her blog really does make us want to hit the open road again!

Recent destinations: Ireland
Niche: Hiking, biking
Blog: www.hikebiketravel.com

 

Please note this is just a partial list of the incredible travel bloggers and vloggers we respect.

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Privacy at Pangea

25Oct

It’s one of the things that makes us different from any regular hotel. It’s also something that makes us different from a hostel. You could even say it’s one of the things that defines us, or what puts us in a completely new category of accommodation. Yes, it’s privacy. Or more specifically, the level of it we provide. Not so much as a hotel (and we’re completely upfront and even proud about that), but far more than a hostel. For our money (and perhaps yours too), it’s just the right level of privacy, and in this blog post we’re going to explain why.

 

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

We’ve travelled a fair bit. If you put our collective travel experience together, you’d find that the team at the Pangea Pod Hotel has most of the countries of the world covered. One thing we’ve come to realise in our time travelling, backpacking and general vacationing is that it’s quite difficult to get a decent level of privacy in a hostel, and frequently impossible to get any sort of social vibe in a hotel.

It’s not hard to work out why: in a hostel there’s pretty much nowhere you can retreat to for some “me time”, while in a hotel you can’t easily interact with fellow travellers when you’re cooped up in your own room. Sure, you can make small-talk at the breakfast buffet, perhaps an awkward “good morning” in the corridor, but you’ll never really get the chance to know anybody.

So we pondered. How could we provide the fundamental level of privacy that most of us need, but still offer a great social vibe and ensure our hotel remains affordable for our guests? The answer, we found, is a pod hotel.

 

WHAT KIND OF PRIVACY DO WE OFFER?

We want to make one thing very clear: our pods are not 100% private. They do not have fully closeable doors, and they are not totally soundproof – although they have been designed in a way that significantly reduces noise. Instead, our pods have curtains that you can pull across when you want some basic privacy. The rest of your pod is enclosed by solid walls, tastefully finished with natural wood.

With a curtain on one side and walls on all the others, you’ll be completely cocooned in your private pod: nobody will be able to see you sleeping, and if you want to shut yourself off for a few hours to watch latest episode of Game of Thrones on your iPad, you can.

Worried about security because your pod doesn’t have a full-width door? Don’t be. Each pod has an internal lockable cabinet for your valuables and an additional place to secure your luggage (and your skis, boards and bikes have a separate, secure home on our main level). The fact that our pods are housed within suites that can only be accessed by the guests who are staying in them (via an encoded wristband keycard) means there’s an added level of privacy and security at Pangea.

 

WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT OF SUITES.

We’ve placed our bathrooms within the suites themselves, rather than in some large block at the end of a long corridor. Having bathrooms so close at hand and limited to a finite number of guests makes us very different to a hostel, where this kind of privacy is almost impossible to come by.

At all times we also keep a suite reserved for females only. If you’d prefer to stay in an all-female suite, you just have to let us know in advance and we’ll tell you if there’s a space available. And no, you can’t request to stay in an all-female suite if you’re a guy, much as you might want to.

 

OUR SHARED SPACES INCREASE YOUR PRIVACY.

Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? Well, actually it makes sense. At Pangea we have several large common areas (the Living Room and the Patio) where our guests can meet up, have a coffee or a craft beer, share travel stories, or even play board games. Meeting and hanging out with fellow travellers is positively encouraged (which is why we have large family-style tables). In fact, it’s one of the founding principles of our hotel (the clue is in the name).

This means that all of the socialising at Pangea tends to be done away from the suites, which leaves them surprisingly serene places to escape to when you need a bit of peace and quiet.

 

WHY OUR KIND OF PRIVACY IS THE BEST KIND OF PRIVACY.

At Pangea, we believe that privacy doesn’t have to be all or nothing: there’s a middle ground, and that’s what we offer – an essential level of privacy that doesn’t cost a fortune and which still allows room for social interaction as and when you want it. It’s a fine balance that makes the Pangea Pod Hotel the ideal choice of accommodation for the kind of person who loves to meet like-minded travellers, but also likes to have their own space.

 

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New Trip From Us

25Nov

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