Author: Beth Grylls

My name is Beth and I am the Editor for Backpacker Travel! I embarked on my first backpacking trip when I was 18, interrailing around Europe with my best friend. I visited so many beautiful countries and cultures during my trip I knew that travel was going to be a major part of my life! Since then my love of finding new adventures and meeting other travelers has never wavered. In 2016 I spent six months traveling around South East Asia exploring jungles in Thailand, mountains in Vietnam and beaches in Cambodia. I’ve been lucky enough to see some stunning places with amazing people and have had some of the best experiences of my life while traveling. Being able to share traveler experiences and tips through Backpacker Travel community gives me huge happiness, I hope you enjoy the site!

Oktoberfest is the biggest and best traditional beer festival in Europe. You’ll spend your time downing steins of beer, singing on table tops and befriending old German men! Stetoberfest is our legendary Ste campsite and the biggest party outside of the beer halls.


The Danube valley is one of Austria’s most picturesque regions. The view is especially spectacular from the Göttweig Abbey, perched atop a hill. The abbey is a popular destination for tourists, because of its cultural heritage.


South Korea is a great destination for those seeking Buddhist enlightenment. There is a specific program called temple stay that allows you to bo a stay in a monastery. Geumsunsa in Seoul has arguably one of the most breathtaking view imaginable. It is located within the Mt. Bukhansan National Park, surrounded by beautiful greenery.


Not all monasteries are historical buildings. The New Camaldoli Hermitage is a sleek and modern complex in Big Sur, California. Overnight stays are possible in a variety of accommodations, but there is a two-night minimum.


Sorry ladies, this one is for the men only, not even female animals are allowed. Mount Athos is a collection of 20 functioning monasteries that offer spiritual retreats. Stays are mostly silent and include two meals and Greek wine. This place is especially popular among posh Englishmen, in particular, Prince Charles.


Much like India, Thailand is a popular destination for Buddhist retreats. Wat Suan Mkh offers a 10-day silent meditation retreat on the first of every month. Whether you are loing to challenge yourself, introspection or enlightenment, you are sure to find it here.


Smack in the middle of Old Havana, between the bright colored houses, lies the Convento de Santa Brigida. The convent guesthouse is the perfect place to stay for a visit to Havana. The sisters are friendly and welcoming, and they provide travelers with a peaceful and safe home away from home.


What Catholic monasteries do in Italy, Buddhist monasteries do in India. Weary travelers from all walks of life are welcome to stay at one of the many monasteries throughout the country. The Nyingmapa monastery is the perfect place for a rela and quiet retreat.


Much like in Spain and Portugal, some monasteries in South America have been turned into hotels. The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena is a gorgeous five-star luxury hotel inside the former Santa Clara convent in Cartagena.