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Every Wednesday is Beach Day  with the guests and crew of the hostel.    photo: Christian Maskos
The  Mooloolaba Backpackers  is maybe the best hostel I´ve ever stayed:    When I think back to my time in Queensland/ Australia I will always think back about this place, the people and a lot of fun.    Its hard to say - this was the very best if you stayed in several amazing places and all are different and special -  but the Moololaba Backpackers  is defnetly  a backpacker´s heaven.

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Athens center with the olympic stadium.  Amazing view over the greek capital from the Lycaettus. photo: Christian MaskosWow. What a view Amazing. The Acropolis, the historic Olympic Stadium, the Parliament, the Roman Agora  just small like a toy building in the not ending ocean of houses while you an see Piraeus  and the sea with all the ships behind. The Lykabettus (Lykavittos in greek) mountain in the heart of Athens,  close to Omonia, Syntagma or Evangelissmo is the highest point in Athens.  On the top is a beautiful small church and a big terrase witha  360 degree view and two cafés. But you don ´t have to pay or buy anything:

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ChrissFlyer/The Exbir is now on Instagram.
Good news. Finally I got modern and got donated a smart phone. I lived without a smart phone for many years - and honestly did not missed it to much. But now I can share my travel-moments, pictures and emotions much better and faster with you via Instagram. You can now follow my adventures and travels easily - just follow "Exbir-Travel".

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Less then 4% of all the foreigner visiting Thailand choose the north-eastern part: While Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai have a good Backapcker Scene the north-east is still pretty much untouched by travellers: Sometimes you won´t see a farang (Thai for white westener - means "Long Nose") for a complete day in this area. Wich is great if you wanna see real Thai living and culture : But normaly bad if you look for hostels.........    

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I´ve flown Peach but never JAL.  Now its time to change and try  the traditional japanese national carrier.  photo: Christian Maskos

Japan Airlines is one of the traditional and most famous brands of aviation industry. For some reason I always wanted to fly with the Japanese National Carrier but never had the chance yet. Luckily Air Berlin Frequent Flyer Program op-Bonus have recently a nice promotion with 20% miles back: So I changed my plans and booked a an award flight with JAL. 

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While you can find great hostels on Java, Bali and Lombok - Hostels and super-budget guest houses in Sumatra are often very basic. Permata In offers you a kind of hotel-comfort for the price of a guest house, good location close to the center and main malls and fast & reliable WiFi in the room. The budget single room cost just 6€ when searching for it with Trivago. It as no air-condition, but its clean and comfy.

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You like to meet other traveller. But you also think it is a good idea to have some privacy? Here you can have both. They offer a Capsule Dorm. So there are 6 fully equiped capsules in the dorm. The capsule is very spacious, so you can feel very comfortable, also if you just want to surf or reed or rest. Several lighting options, from blue ceiling to reading light or relaxing options are availabe.

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Welcome to Space:  The moden and unique common room of Taipei´s Space in photo: Christian MaskosWelcome to the Space. Welcome to the Space In - one of the most unique hostels in asia. Once you arrive space-attendents in uniforms welcome you and check you in: And when the door opens, welcome to space:

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Traditional Dance in front of Fort San Pedro in Cebu.  photo: Christian MaskosI was pretty lucky to be at the right time at the right place:  Just when I arrived in the old center arround placa indepenzia and the Fort San Pedro a group of traditional dancers showed up.   Perfect timing.  Really nice and colourfull.

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You leave the hostel door and you step on the sand of famous White Beach. Two minutes are enough from the bed to the sea. The locations is just superb - totaly true. Its in the middle of the life - directly at the beach and close to D-Mall.

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New York is famous for its musuems: The MOMA is along the most famous art museums in the US: And its free on friday afternoon. A easy way to safe 25$ during your NYC trip.

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Typical Philipino Breakfast.  photo: Christian MaskosPhilipinos love rice.   Its hard to get a meal without rice:  Today I tried the Philipino Longanisa Sausage with egg and rie - wich is a common breakfast here.   
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Famous Boracay White BEach.  The Boracay Backpackers is just two minutes away.  photo: Christian MaskosA relaxing place - just a two minute walk from the famous White Beach with all cafe´s and restaurants and the fine white sand and palm trees. But far enough to be quiet at day and night: A perfect combination

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