Written by Matt Reider

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If you are planning to do a lot of hostelling, it is wise to investigaterepparttar situation from home first. The Youth Hostelling Association, for example offers a membership card that entitles you to a reduced rate whilst staying at recognised sites. Hostelling International (HI) isrepparttar 144916 largest chain of hostels inrepparttar 144917 world. All HI sites require a YHA membership card to be presented when you turn up. These cards should be purchased in your home country before you leave.

There are plenty of private hostels available as well, but tales of infantile curfews, bedbug infestations and slightly deranged owners abound so if at all possible; it is best to stick with recognised brand. If you are thinking of booking a private hostel, do Google search first so see if there is anything untoward written about it.

You may have realised that you and your friends are notrepparttar 144918 only people that are going to be backpacking through Europe inrepparttar 144919 summer. If you are travelling in July and August, it is best to try and book ahead for some places, especially popular cities like Rome, Paris, London and Venice. Although it is tempting to be completely spontaneous, you may find yourself without a place to stay, especially atrepparttar 144920 weekend.

Matt Reider is the owner of which provides budget travel / backpacking advice and a lively discussion forum for expatriates and travellers alike.

Plymouth Plantation and Mayflower – Links to Our Past Guide, Part 1

Written by Cliff Calderwood

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The village itself is full of buildings and gardens. Everything is plain and productive, and authentic.

The people ofrepparttar village dress, talk, and act as best we know they would’ve onrepparttar 144915 original Plymouth Plantation. But that doesn’t mean they are aloof or communicate in riddles or a strange tongue. Their aim is to educate and entertain but still remain true torepparttar 144916 era. I’ve always found they are engaging and excellent in this balance.

The stroll out ofrepparttar 144917 village alongrepparttar 144918 Eel River walk takes you torepparttar 144919 Native people homesite.

As I said earlier,repparttar 144920 Pilgrims would not have survivedrepparttar 144921 first year had it not been for help fromrepparttar 144922 Native Peoples. They taught them aboutrepparttar 144923 region and it’s agriculture andrepparttar 144924 resources ofrepparttar 144925 land, and how to thrive.

This special area is a home for an extended family not another village. It honorsrepparttar 144926 importance and affinityrepparttar 144927 Native People have in this region.

Take time to appreciaterepparttar 144928 skills of weaving and tanning practiced atrepparttar 144929 site, andrepparttar 144930 use of fire for burning out boats. Go inside one ofrepparttar 144931 houses and noticerepparttar 144932 materials and bindings used for construction.

The inhabitants here do not role-play so feel free to discuss modern day subjects with them.

And now… linger for a while longer at Plymouth Plantation, and rest back atrepparttar 144933 visitor center, or purchase that craft you saw atrepparttar 144934 store earlier. And then when you’re ready to continue, leave Plimoth Plantation and head for town andrepparttar 144935 Mayflower II replica.

Mayflower II is docked on State Pier on Water Street. Meter parking is available alongrepparttar 144936 waterfront. .

You’ll think it a small ship.

Imaginerepparttar 144937 vast expanse ofrepparttar 144938 North Atlantic at times wild and unforgiving. A 2,760-mile trip in a ship that leaked and creaked at an agonizing speed of 2 mph!

During your Mayflower tour you’ll meet passengers onrepparttar 144939 ship role-playing for you. You’ll get to seerepparttar 144940 passenger’s cramped quarters andrepparttar 144941 captain’s spacious cabin. But most of all you’ll be cast back in time.

And if you close your eyes and listen torepparttar 144942 gulls overhead maybe you’ll hearrepparttar 144943 shouts of a sailor as he sights landfall and one journey’s end… andrepparttar 144944 start of another.

Enjoy your day at Plimoth Plantation andrepparttar 144945 Mayflower II. They are entertaining reminders of our history and a link back to a monumental voyage.

For more information and opening times and ticket prices for Plymouth Plantation andrepparttar 144946 Mayflower visit their web site at .

Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of . You can read other vacation articles and get a free travel report at his Insiders Guide to New England Vacations site.

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