Oregon: Portland – Travelers House Hostel (Accommodation Review)

As my life is changing we have been traveling mostly now for pleasure and hopefully retirement will be upon us soon. The sooner the better. We’re hoping to do a lot of traveling when we’re finally done with work. We don’t have a huge bundle of money to splurge on long, luxurious journeys so we are definitely thinking of spreading our money out and traveling on a budget. So, during our recent visit to Portland, Oregon I booked us into the Travelers House Hostel, a low cost accommodation option on Portland’s east side.

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Oregon: Portland – Rose Test Garden

One of Portland’s nicknames is the City of Roses, and this town has long been an incubator for the scented beauties. Nearly a century ago, a farsighted citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose test garden during World War I to preserve the species of European roses that might be decimated by the bombings. This amazing garden and its stunning floral displays continue until this day.

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Oregon: Terrabonne – Smith Rock State Park

Central Oregon’s Smith Rock is one our favorite places to visit in the whole State. It is truly majestic and a true spectacle of nature irrespective of what time of year your visit. If offers some wonderful hiking and mountain bike trails of various lengths and physical ability. There are 12 official trails in the park and many more if you extend your trek into the adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas.

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Monaco

I have always loved the French Riviera, especially the part of the coastline from Cannes to the Italian border. Traveling along this coast, just before hitting Italy, is the tiny independent city-state of Monaco. We were lucky enough to spend a day exploring Monaco and we were fortunate enough to have spectacular weather.

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