easy backpacker recipes – chicken stew recipe

chicken stew backpackers This is one of our favourite easy backpacker recipes at the Amstel. It might take a bit more (preparation) time and the list of ingredients may be a bit longer, but this chicken stew serves as great comfort food during a lazy hostel night, accompanied with a nice glass of wine. Moreover, the recipe is very easy to make for a large group of people, so get all your hostel friends together to share some good food! Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – oven fish recipe

backpacker hostel recipeAny country not too far from the sea has a great fish market. You can’t sleep in because these markets normally start very early and will be gone around noon. But we assure you an unforgettable ‘local’ experience! So get up early, go to the market and ask for a local, white fish.  Good fish doesn’t need much condiments to taste great: a bit of pepper, salt, juice of one lemon and a bit of olive oil can be enough. In this dish we added orange and fennel, that really lever the taste of the fish. Simple, easy, light and ready in 20 min.

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 sea bass filets
Olive oil
1 fennel, cut in half and then in slices Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – polenta recipe

simple polenta recipe backpackersIn Italy, originally, the polenta was spread out over the table before the sauce was poured on top of it. The whole family ate the polenta of the table with only a spoon. Unless you like cleaning it yourself spot*less*ly, don’t try this at the Amstel. But fortunately, this easy backpacker recipe tastes just as good on plate!

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the sauce
1
 cup vegetable oil
1
 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
2 
teaspoons tomato paste Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – shakshuka recipe

chakchouka recipeShakshouka means “a mixture” in Arabic slang. It is likely that it was first known as chakchouka, a Berber word meaning a vegetable ragout, although according to a cookbook about Jerusalem cuisine, the name is derived from the Hebrew verb leshakshek, “to shake.” This dish is very popular in North Africa (and a common Tunisian surname) and can be eaten any time of the day. The ingredients and spices vary, some add beans or artichoke hearts or crumble feta on top. We served this easy backpacker recipe with salty full fat yoghurt and some lemon hummus.

Ingredients (serves 2)
Olive oil
1 ts cumin
2 ts sugar
1ts cayenne powder Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – gado gado recipe

backpacker recipeGado-gado in Indonesian literary means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, corn or cabbage, all mixed in a peanut sauce dressing. You can optionally add tofu or tempeh and hard-boiled eggs and top it with cassava chips. This easy backpacker recipe is ready in 20 minutes and a rich but healthy dish.

Ingredients for the satay sauce (serves 2)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
2 ts sambal olek (or ½ a red pepper, finely chopped)
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easy backpacker recipes – baked camembert recipe

baked camembertThis is one of the easiest backpacker recipes out there, since you only have to mix your ingredients together. With a little help of the oven you’ve got a lovely dish in less than 15 minutes to share amongst friends. It works well as a snack with a glass of wine, but can also be turned into a dinner, together with a simple salad.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 camembert (250 gr)
1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
A few tips fresh rosemary Continue reading

15 Tips for making new friends while travelling

make friends while travelling solo

The best part of travelling is not the sights you see but the memories you share with fellow travellers. So find our 15 tips on making new friends while travelling below.

1. Research your hostel’s fun factor before booking
Next to price and location ALWAYS check what your hostel is doing to create a fun and social atmosphere that is perfect for making friends. After all, the people you meet often make your trip unforgettable, not the bed you stayed in. At the Amstel House Berlin we prioritize this with our young enthusiast crew who love to travel themselves, facilities like our open bar and breakfast area, bike rental, our game room and by organizing many fun activities for everyone to join (see 3).

2. Stay in hostel dorm room
Once you selected the right hostel, book a dorm room. Staying in a hostel dorm is not only cheaper, it’s also the easiest way to make new friends while travelling. You’d have to do your best not to start a conversation with your roommates. At the Amstel we have plenty of dorms where we know many Berlin friendships started.  Continue reading

TOP 5 TRAVEL EXERCISE TIPS

top 5 easy exercises while travelingThere are loads of reasons traveling sabotages your exercise routine. Your team mates aren’t around to play soccer or basketball with. You’re surrounded by unhealthy (but yummy!) food. There’s all this other fun stuff to do, where do you find the bloody time?

So we sorted things out for you.  Here are five easy travel exercising activities that you can do at any time in any place. You can actually return from your next trip fitter and healthier than when you left!  Continue reading

travel tips – packing checklist for backpackers

top 25 backpack packing checklist

We thought we might help you with this packing checklist. We did an extensive survey with our guests at the Amstel House Hostel reception and this is the result: the top 25 things you want to pack in your backpack next to your clothes:

passport (valid 6 months+)
any required visas
travel documents
driver’s license
camera
cell phone, charger
power converter
reading
wallet (money, credit cards, insurance cards)
flash light (or cell phone with flash light app)
first aid kit
scissors, tape, travel sewing kit, match box
daypack, laundry bag
hat / cap
notebook, pen
rain gear
water purification tablets
mosquito repellent
toiletries
medications
swimsuit
flip flops
towel
headphone
sunglasses

And as long as you are preparing, check our top 10 list of handy travel apps. Travelling solo or keen on meeting new people while travelling? See our 15 tips to make friends when arriving in a new place.