Portland hostels

I'll be in Portland from Jan. 5th-12th for an externship. The externship will most likely be in a building downtown and I'll need to stay somewhere where I can access easy public transportation. I've heard that there's a hostel in the Northwest section of the city that is pretty nice and safe. Is anyone from the area that can give me any feedback? I would like to avoid getting a hotel if all possible since I am a poor grad student, but I want to stay somewhere safe since I'm a mid-20s girl staying by myself. Has anyone had any experience renting a house for a week? I know Portland is a pretty progressive city and craigslist usually has a lot of temporary housing available. I am a little nervous to try but the money saved could definitely be worth it.

I would also appreciate any idea of things to do while I'm there. I know winter is pretty bleak there but I'm sure there's still some fun coffee shops/bars to check out.


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Again, sorry for the x-posting, but one more (ok 2 more) quick Japan questions. Again, we're going to be in Tokyo for a few days, staying in Yokohama.

-We are thinking of doing a city tour or some day trips. Has to be in English as neither of us knows any Japanese. Any recommendations on specific travel companies/tour operators? What was your experience? Pros/cons-things you wanted to see but didn't, or places you went but didn't want to?

-Also if you have any suggestions on guidebooks-pros and cons-greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!!!
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Hello, all. Apologies in advance as this is x-posted to several communities. My boyfriend and I will be spending a few days in Tokyo, Japan. Flight and hotel are done. We've never been and really know nothing about the area. We're going to get a guidebook and do some web research, but if anyone has any suggestions, tips or places to check out in or near Tokyo I would greatly appreciate it!!

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Hey everyone! I will be making a road trip from LA to San Francisco in September and I'm going to need a lot of help with attractions and things to do in only a couple of days. We will have a car and a very flexible schedule. Hotel suggestions would be nice too.

I'm from SC and I've heard of all of the touristy things but suggestions for any additional cool places (look out points, great coffee shops, etc) would be greatly welcomed.  Thanks!

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Of all the places I have ever been ... Pacific Palms is by far the most awesome. I first found the Palms when I was 18 when I lived there for a while ... and the place still just keeps drawing me back, even though its a 4 hour plane trip followed by a 3 hour drive from where I now live....its well worth it though, every single time i go there to get away from it all ... and having to leave breaks my heart every time. I would live there again if I could - if it was practical. I have seen a lot of awesome places in the world, but the Palms has always had a very special vibe and i just always feel so content when I'm there. Theres nothing quite like watching the most amazing electrical storms over the headlands in winter, strolling along Boomerang and Blueys beaches at dusk and surfing with the dolphins in the summer. Its become a bit 'touristy' now, but if you can avoid the holiday rush of families, surfers etc you can just chill ... and forget about the whole world!

This site has some cool aerial pics of the Palms: http://www.airviewonline.com.au/stock-photographs/Default.asp?Pr=282

And a cool surf link here:

Peace out.
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x-posted in quite a few places (sorry guys). i joined a shitload of travel communities today

Hi. My name is Malli. I'm 21 and i just recently moved from Orlando, FL to Tel-Aviv, Israel as per the request (or demand) of my parents. I joined this community because i love to travel and i'm currently planning a trip. Me and a friend of mine want to take a year or so and go backpacking through Europe. I was hoping to hear advice from people who have taken similar trips. It would also be really great to meet some friends in different parts of Europe who might want to show us around or offer a place to crash for a few nights. It's always good to have friends. As this adventure is only in the beginning stages of planning, i'm open to any advice, tips, suggestions, comments, or whatever that anyone might want to throw at me. What places do you recommend we visit? We are on a very strict budget (we're pretty much broke) so the cheapest ways to get around and the cheapest places to stay would be good to know. Basically any help anyone wants to give out would be just fantastic. Anyone else who will be travelling through Europe in the coming months and would like to maybe get together, that would be cool too. I love meeting new people. Anyway, i just thought i would introduce myself here. I will post more about my plans as soon as i know them. Hope to hear from some of you guys. Take care all.

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my boyfriend and i are looking to go from chicago to raleigh, NC, and we need to leave ASAP, because i've got $60 in my pocket right now, which is going towards gas. But money burns a hole in my pocket. And my friend was gonna sell me acid tomorrow. But i'm thinking i shouldn't buy anything with this money, because i'll need it for gas. So anyway, this might be enough gas to get us there. We are nomads, squatters, dumpster divers, criminals, counter culture, drug users, hippies, gutter punks, homeless, backpackers, tour kids, whatever you want to calls us. We're very resourceful. We're highly moral, loyal, generous, kind, as long as someone doesn't fuck us over.

We're looking for anyone that wants to come with as far as we're going. Willing to pick up hitchhikers, but any contributions- cigarettes, cash, gas, drugs, tools that would be of use on the road, anyway - would be appreciated. We can't promise a place to stay for very long once we get there, but we'll do what we can. I just want to help people that are our own kind.

We're also accepting any donations if you just want to give us a little gas money to get there. Gas gift certificates, whatever.

Also, i can't get a hold of my boyfriend, and the plan is to leave tomorrow morning, but i might not hear from him before then, so i need help staying alive on the streets of chicago until i do find him, so i'm accepting donations for that. I don't steal from humans, i don't like, i respect rules of a person's home or car or whatever, meaning i won't do anything that could cause problems to interfere with your life while i'm in your life.

Thanks, you're welcome, and good luck, and have a good life to all.

"what a long strange trip it's been...." ~g

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hey hey hey

Hi there,

This looks like a good place, if a little quiet recently. I just joined up, and thought I'd say hello.

I also run wearerovers, a travelogue community that I put together for some friends and I to use as a forum for a collaborative writing project.

I look forward to sharing stories with you all.

Oh. And I'm on the central east coast of the US right now, but I've been all over the place.
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you know, having lived in albuquerque for all of 7 months now, i'm allready starting to take the nice weather for granted, or maybe its more that i feel i deserve some sunshine.  either way, it rained like crazy yesterday, and i was pouting a bit, until i talked to a friend from back in the snowbelt of pennsylvania and heard about how 6 inches had fallen allready that morning, and i remembered why i moved to the southwest.

and then i remembered how beautiful new mexico is.


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