9 Secret Places You Won’t Find in the Guidebook

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The Yellow House Trails, Mindo, Ecuador

Nestled deep within the cloud forest of Mindo, you will find the Yellow House Trails jungle reserve. This area is a well-kept secret of local and visiting bird watchers so that the reserve retains its peace and quiet and most importantly, its vibrant bird communities.

A small entrance fee will give you access to the reserve trails that you can hike in peaceful solitude while catching the occasional glimpse of some of the many rare and incredible birds that are found here. If you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of the yellow house hacienda, you can book a stay at the lodge itself and watch for the over 50 species of birds that frequent the area each day.



11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.