ShoestringExploring the world - on a budget
Issue #4 | FreeApril / May 2011
Mongolia # Yumthang Valley # Oxford tours # Malaysia
Star ChildrenCaring for autistic youngsters in China
Teaching abroadJobhunting in South Korea
Music KickstartOnline fundraiser for gigs
Baltic to BalkansFrom the sea to the mountains
Benefits of a Gap YearWhy travelling the world is good for you
Stay in touch!Tell mum what youre up to
Exactly one year ago, I was finishing my
degree and part of it was to create a
magazine. Thus, Shoestring was born. Now,
on its first anniversary, it has grown into a
32-page travel magazine with worldwide
readership and globetrotting contributors.
And for this, I want to thank every reader and
every contributor from my heart!You are
making Shoestring possible!
In this birthday issue, you will see some new
and some familiar faces. Niamh shares her Malaysian adventure
about being a scam victim. Our intrepid contributor Erik has had a
look around in the Eastern parts of Europe. Alex has been working
with autistic children in China whereas Courtney and Thantcyn were
exploring the remoter regions of Mongolia.
As always, some practical tips concerning your travels are also
included, so Shoestring doesnt just offer experiences and inspiration,
but also safe and sound advice! Lets keep it this way!
Editor-in-chiEf: Cornelia Kaufmann
PicturE Editor: Cornelia Kaufmann
dEsign & Layout: Cornelia Kaufmann
contributors: Erik Jelinek, Niamh Keoghan,Gio Andollo, Tom Stockwell, Pariket Doshi, Brittany
Kemp, Alex Hofmann, Nicolai Larsen, Lacey Thacker,
Courtney Niday-Nyan, Thantcyn Nyan, Jennifer
Levenbook, Dana Couppoussamy
PhotograPhErs: Cornelia Kaufmann (CoKa),Youth Hostel Association Australia (YHAAU),
Courtney Niday-Nyan (CoNi), Michael Loyd Young
(MiYo), Alex Hofmann (AlHo), Kelly Larbes (KeLa),
Vikash Kumar (ViKu), Pariket Doshi (PaDo), Niamh
Keoghan (NiKe), Pushpak Banerjee (PuBa), SSG Music
(SSG), Gio Andollo (GiAn), Erik Jelinek (ErJe), Simon
Butcher (SiBu), Tom Stockwell (ToSt), Todd Adams
covEr Photo: Red phone box by Ben Brown
contact: [email protected]
CorneliaIn this issue:
Living in a ger with
Visit Indias beautiful
Teaching English in
Whats the best way of
keeping in touch?
A cautionary tale about
cons in Malaysia
Planning a tour with
Exploring Eastern Europe
from Baltic to Balkans
Meeting up with Mowgli in
And much more inside!
Travel News & Deals
Musicians Corner, Nashvilles freelawn party featuring music of allforms, will kick off its secondseason on Saturday, May 7th from
3 to 6 p.m. Inspired by LondonsSpeakers Corner, Musicians Cornerbrings musical diversity to a free,outdoor setting in Centennial Park.
Kenya flies to Ivory Coast againKenya Airways flights toAbidjan/Dakar were re routedAccra, Ghana on 1st April due tosecurity reasons. But as a result ofthe improved political and securitysituation in Cote divoire, Abidjanflights have been reinstated. KenyaAirways flies daily to Dakar, 3 timesa week via Abidjan and 4 times aweek via Bamako Mali.
New ride at UK theme park!
2011 sees the arrival of a brand ne
ride for thrill lovers, Storm Surge
at Thorpe Park, Surrey. Visitors can
climb aboard a life raft and get in
spin on what is set to be the ulti-
mate sky-high spinning water ride. I
offers the chance to go round the
twist and lose control on the jaw-
dropping 64ft spiraling descent
whilst trying to stay dry in the
line of water cannon fire!
Check out what festivals theUK has to offer in 2011 atwww.thefestivalcalender.co.uk
guard at the
Girls tattoo: Maim
er pour qui je
suis - Love me fo
r who I am
Sunset over Kande Beach, MalawiDo you have a story to tell?Have you had the experience of
a lifetime somewhere off the
beaten track? Discovered some-
thing new to do? Or taken a
spectacular photo thats just
too good to be hidden away?
Then get published in
Shoestring. Send your stories and pictures
View from the ste
ps of the
Capitolio, Havana, C
In need of a summer job?Work at aYouth hostel!Youth hostels and Backpackers are a great place to meet new people, but also a greatplace to earn the money to fund the next trip. Whether abroad or at home, youth hostelsare always looking for friendly staff. If you cant travel, just work where the travellers are.
I met my bestfriend workingat Chester YHA!
Weve probably all doneit before: spent a nightin a youth hostel.
Whether on a school trip orbackpacking tour, YHAs are anall-time favourite place to stay.And working in a YHA is just asmuch fun as being a guestthere, say David Simister andLauren Moore.
While his course matesheaded towards home and thesun for the summer at the endof his first year, journalismgraduate David Simisterdecided to stay in Carlisle.
He had been offered a job atthe Old Brewery, which turnsinto Carlisle YHA every July toSeptember. I worked there forthree summers in a row I justliked it. In fact, he liked thejob so much, that he evenworked at the YHA in Chesterfor a month.
The YHA is a friendlyorganisation. There was a senseof community that mostcompanies dont seem to have.Everybody there had a goodtime; it was always a laugh andgood fun. And the job isbasically the same in everyYHA David explains.
His job included working atthe reception desk, cleaningthe rooms and answering anyquestions the guests had. InCarlisle, I was the specialist forbus routes in Cumbria hejokes. I didnt even have tolook them up. And although hewasnt a local or an expert on
anything in Chester, hemanaged to get by there aswell. The only thing Davidadmits would have helped himon the job was training in aforeign language, ascommunication with foreignguests got tricky sometimes.
Travel journalist LaurenMoore, who worked at ChesterYHA for nine months, agreesthat language was an issue attimes. I tried to check in aFrench family once and I dontspeak any French. It was a bitawkward she admits.
However, both Lauren andDavid think that the goodexperiences of working at aYHA far out-weigh the negativeones. People there seem tohave a different mindset. Youget to talk to guests and someof their experiences and storiesare really inspiring. Its stufflike that, that you wouldnt getworking in a bar which makes itgreat says David and has aspecific example in mind.
There was this retiredcouple from Kent and they hadan old Morris Minor 1000 andtook that car along every mileof the UK coastline that wasjust incredible!
Getting to meet people is
one of the best things aboutthe job, Lauren agrees. Itsnot just the guests; its thestaff as well. We were allroughly the same age between20 and 25, and were on thesame wavelength.
Some of us had beentravelling before; some of uswere planning to go, so it wasa constant exchange. I met mybest friend in Chester! I lovedit!
While the staff in Carlislemostly stayed the same whileDavid was working there, hesays it changed quite a bitwhile he was in Chester. Itbroadened everybodyshorizons, as the staff was notonly from all over the UK, butalso from all over Europe.
The Old Brewery has beenCarlisles YHA for 12 years, andopens for 10 weeks everysummer. According to managerDee Carruthers, its a very busy
time. Weve had 1,700 visitorslast year. Many think we justclose down when the studentsleave, but instead its busierthan ever!
The location is a majorfactor as well. Many of ourvisitors do Hadrians Wall walkand cycle tours. Theres a realdiversity of people staying withus and some are reallyinteresting groups. Some go onCharity treks, others do it forfun. Theres never a dullmoment.
So, if youre still undecidedabout what to do over thesummer, or dont fancy goingfar to meet interesting people,why not apply at a YHA?Accommodation is provided andall bills are included, whichmeans the money you earn isyours to keep. And on your daysoff, why not go around and seewhats going on elsewhere inthe country?
Name: Cornelia KaufmannAge: 23This globetrotter caught thetravel bug in 2003 and has nointention of ever getting ridof it again
Above: Greeting guests at
Left: Entrance to Bellingen
YHA in New South Wales,
Australia. YHAs and
backpackers can be located
anywhere, from rural
settings to big cities, so
choose one youd be happy
to work at. Photos:YHAAU
lIvIng WIth mongolIanYak and coW herders
The young herdergirls giggles sailedacross the lengthof vast fields
Name: Courtney Niday-Nyan& Thantcyn NyanThis couple from Texas ispropelled by a whimsicalwanderlust for action-packedfrolicking around the world.
Experiencing and immersing yourself in other cultures is veryimportant when you are travelling. A Texan couple spent timein gers far away from Ulaan
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