How to create a personal Google Maps

how to create a personal map with My mapsSummer holidays are around the corner 〰∇∇∇〰 and chances are you are going on some sort of trip. Today we have a super useful tutorial for any trip; we’ll show you how to create a personal travel map with Google Maps. You can keep all your hot spots – restaurants you want to visit, the place you stay at, cultural highlights – in one place. It will save you hours as you now have the shortest route between the hot spots at your fingertips.

 

  1. Go to My Maps on Google Mapshow to create a personal map with My maps
  2. In the search bar on the top type in the name of the city or region you will visit
  3. On the left hand side where it says ‘Untitled’ type in the name of your map. We named this one ‘Berlin Hot Spots’how to create a personal map with My maps
  4. Now in the search bar on the top, just type in the name of the places you wish to visit. You don’t have to know the exact address, Google will automatically generate the location of your hot spot. We started with your best place to stay in Berlin, the Amstel House Hostel Berlin. Obviously ^_* Click on the location on the left and a box will open with details of the location. Click Add to Map if you are sure you want to add this as one of your hot spots.how to create a personal map with My maps
  5. Repeat step 4 for all the hot spots you wish to visit.
  6. You can click any location on the left and alter it’s name or add a personal description by clicking the pencil.
  7. It’s also good to give all the hot spots ‘genres’ a different color. For instance, we made all our cultural hot spots yellow. You can even click ‘more icons’ and add icons to your locations. For instance, we picked a train for Berlin’s main train station.how to create a personal map with My mapshow to create a personal map with My mapshow to create a personal map with My maps
  8. So that’s it; you’ve created your own personal map! To access it, simply go to My Maps on your phone:
    Android: My Maps app
    iPhone: Go to My Maps via this link (open Safari)
  9. All your customized maps will come up. Pick the one you want and it will also show your current location. To save data usage, preload the map and the route to hot spots you wish to visit that day while you are in the wifi zone of your accommodation. Turn 3/4G off and Google Maps will still show you where you are and what route to take all day! Reload a next route when you hit the next wifi zone.
  10. Enjoy your travels! You can access our Berlin Hot Spots map here.

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MEET THE STAFF // MARIA

Meet the Amstel House Hostel Berlin staff

When you’re staying at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin, it’s not only a bed and a comfy spot at the bar that we offer. Our lovely team of travel experts and Berlin enthusiasts come with the package! On the ‘Meet the Staff‘ tag on the Amstel House Blog, we’ll introduce one staff member and their favourite Berlin hot spots each month. Today, meet our staff star of the month, Maria (lovely lady on the right).

My name is Maria, and I have been working at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin since last October. I come from Spain and have been living in Berlin for the last three years. I studied Fine Arts in Spain and France, and after some years living in different cities I came to Berlin attracted by its culture scene and way of life. Now it feels like home :-)

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Bali Hot Spots

bali holiday tipsOur marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share … 

SEMINYAK AREA
Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.

Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
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ibiza hot spots

Ibiza travel tips

Hippies to celebrities. Sun worshippers to clubbers. Ibiza is a favourite holiday destination for many. The list of local hot spots is endless but here are some of our favourite Ibiza hot spots.

FOOD & DRINKS

La Paloma: Yummiest affordable homemade food and good vibes. Pray they serve the chocolate lava cake when you go there! Continue reading

meet the staff // Janin

Janine Amstel House Hostel Berlin

 

Meet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their secret Berlin hot spots and off the beaten track travel tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month’s staff member featured is one of our most cheerful colleagues, Janin!

I am like a boomerang- I leave and after a while I return. You could almost say that the world is my home and my backpack ‘Jack’ is my closest friend. We have been ‘Globetrotters’ for the last five years, but at some point we came back home after our adventures. It is very important for me to laugh and to be crazy about the little things, that people and the world have to offer. I like painting, creating things, spoiling myself and cycling, feeling the wind, my pulse racing and singing along to music. This makes me feel free :D

1. What do you love about Berlin?
The multicultural, the east-west tradition and the fact that it is a green city. Continue reading

10 best travel apps

10 best apps for travelersAround a year ago we created a list with 10 genius travel apps for you. They are still genius but we thought we’d add a new list if 10 best travel apps we found to make your travels easier, cheaper or simply more fun. With the Amstel House free wifi you can start exploring these awesome apps from the moment you arrive at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin!

1. Happy Hour Radar
Never miss a good food or drink deal in your proximity with this app. Happy Hour Radar is for Germany, but there are Happy Hour apps for the US and many other countries available in the app store.

2. PackPoint
No more packing stress. Enter your destination, the length of your trip and what activities your trip will include and PackPoint will create a personal packing check list. It even takes the weather forecast into account!

3. Trover
It’s been called “the baby of Instagram and Trip Advisor”. The Trover app encourages users to upload their pics and tag them to their geo location providing recommendations and tips for that spot. Use it as your own log book, create a bucket list or simply inspire others! Continue reading

meet the staff // caro

Amstel House Caro

I work at the Amstel House Hostel since October 2012. It’s been great working here. Currently, I study hotel and tourism management two days a week and the rest of the week I work at the Amstel House reception and back office. I also love to follow my passion: dancing, doing handicrafts or experiencing culture. I’ve been dancing my whole life and can’t see another way of relaxing. The great pleasure I get when I’m knitting, painting or building something with my own hands I just can’t express in words. However, my roommates (all three of them) seem to like all of my creative work since my craziness has taken over our whole apartment!! 

1. What do you love about Berlin?
I love to live in Berlin because there is just so much to see. And it never ends. I love to ride my bike and discover all the secret little places Continue reading

packing light tips

lessons in packing light

Less is more they say, but as much as we’ve travelled, we always end up over packing. How many times have you come home with an overweight suitcase and only worn half of it? Chances are you’re arriving in Berlin with one of the budget airlines that charge you for bringing anything but hand luggage so we thought we’d share our tips for packing light with you. And yes boys, you could learn a thing or two as well! For 10 travel tips for girls, go here. If you need a complete packing list for backbackers, go hereContinue reading