7 Types of Travellers in Youth Hostels

You think about giving a try to youth hostels and you want to know what to expect? Then this post is for you!

 

The thing I remember most about my trips is the people I meet, and with time I’ve come to notice the travellers I see in dorms usually fall in one of the following categories:

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Top 10 Fictional Deaths

I heard once that November is the month of the dead, and even tough I’m too lazy to check this fact on the web, I love to spread this “fact” to as may people as I can. So hello, everyone! November is the month of the dead! And for that reason my Top 10 is about Fictional Deaths!

Note 1: These are NOT characters I enjoyed seeing dying, ON THE CONTRARY.

Note 2: SPOILER ALERTS, obviously. (I’m going to do my best not to name who died, except for very popular titles that I assume everybody read.)

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Dean & Lily – Episode 4

347 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 4

I try to open the message a couple of times but it’s locked. Instead of a subject, there’s a countdown to midnight, when it will open.

I throw my wristband on my night table and lie down on my bed with my art box propped on my belly.

“Lock door,” I say to the room.

I don’t open the box until I hear the click of my bedroom door. I grab a thick, black marker and a blank piece of fabric. I’m not silly enough to risk getting caught buying art supplies in black markets, so I rip canvas out of old clothes, and I make my own ink with anything I can find.

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Calgary, Dinosaur Park, and the Importance of a Travel Journal

Yesterday, I found myself reading one of my travel journals–the one I brought with me through West Canada. As I read it, I realized I’d almost entirely forgotten what I’d visited in Calgary.

Honestly, it was scary. I had no recovery at all of the following trip, which happened just a few months ago. Excerpt from my journal:

June 17, 2017

Yesterday was terrible.

  1. Woke up at 5 am to take a bus to Nanaimo.
  2. Took ferry to Vancouver.
  3. Took bus to train station
  4. Killed time in a café writing and trying to stay awake.
  5. Took night bus to Calgary.

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Book Club – November

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of November! Continue reading “Book Club – November”

Looking for Tips – Nicaragua & Costa Rica

As you may know, I’m leaving for Nicaragua and Costa Rica in just two weeks (I’M FREAKING OUT), and I was wondering if some of you guys had ever been.

If yes, it would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to let me know in the comments what were your favorite things to do, or overrated things I should avoid, or any tips at all concerning these two destinations, really. Continue reading “Looking for Tips – Nicaragua & Costa Rica”

Blog Birthday – Giveaway

My blog is two years old!

Two years of sharing my travels, my favorite books, and my writing with you guys. I’ve had slumps, and I won’t pretend there weren’t moments when I wondered what was even the point of blogging, but I’m so glad I kept going.

Because you guys are amazing.

Every like and every comment always brightens up my day. So what better way to thank my awesome readers than by doing a giveaway? Continue reading “Blog Birthday – Giveaway”

Dean & Lily – Episode 3

379 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 3


 

Downtown Water Level Now 16 Centimeters

 

The headline illuminates the screenwall of my room, waking me up. I grunt when I see the time on the corner of the screen. 8:05.

I’m late. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 3”

One-Liner Challenge

This challenge was SO much fun to do! I want to thank the amazing Awkward Book Blogger for creating it and tagging me. Check out her blog; it’s awesome.

The idea is basically to write one-sentence summaries of some of your favourite books (well, I least I picked my favourite books) and also poke some fun at it. We don’t mean any harm to the stories (favourite books, remember?) it’s really just for fun! Continue reading “One-Liner Challenge”

Book Club – October

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

So here’s the book of October! Continue reading “Book Club – October”

Blogger Recognition Award

The wonderful, wonderful Jasmine, from readingwithjax nominated me for the lovely Blogger Recognition Award. (Everybody, go check out her blog! You can thank me later!)

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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Back to School Book Tag

Hello fellow readers! It’s September, and most of the people I know went back to school this month. Even though I didn’t, I felt like doing this tag just for fun. I haven’t created it, but I saw a bunch of different BTS tags online and decided to do one of them. Anyway, without further ado, here it is!

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Dean & Lily – Episode 2

340 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 2


The girl to my left shrieks when my fist connects with Dean’s jaw. My knuckles ache too much for a second punch, so I grab his blue hair and kick him in the groin.

He bends in two, but forces a smile. “Did you change your hair?”

“You’re a Trouper?” Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 2”

Looking For a Fellow Writer (or Two)

You like to write?

You want to try writing in a group?

I’m planning on writing a paranormal Short Story for Halloween but I’d like to try something different and write it with one or even two other writers. 

If such a collaboration might interest you, just email me at audreywritesabroad@gmail.com and we can form a writing group and start brainstorming! Continue reading “Looking For a Fellow Writer (or Two)”

Dean & Lily – Episode 1

350 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties

DEAN & LILY
Episode 1


The stench of flood and rotten apple is so strong I almost faint as I climb over the fence. I put on the mask they asked me to bring and step into the darkness of the orchard.

I grin. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 1”

The Road to Banff

I drove from Calgary to Banff on my own, and it was definitely perilous. The thing is, everywhere you look is so DAMN BEAUTIFUL that I couldn’t focus on the road, and I kept trying to take some photos which was downright life-threatening. (Kind of worth it, though, but definitely DON’T do that.) Continue reading “The Road to Banff”

Book Club – September

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of September! Continue reading “Book Club – September”

Pieces of Advice That Are Slowly Fucking Up My Mind

Free writing, 254 words
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

Everyone’s priorities are different, but you have to think about money and work first.

You have to put everything you’ve got in your passion, and what’s your Plan B?

Be a strong and confident woman, but there are things that a girl just can’t do.

You’re a natural beauty, but you look so much better with make-up on.

Travel as much as you can while you can. Isn’t it time to settle down?

Don’t let others influence you, but why aren’t you more like him?

Continue reading “Pieces of Advice That Are Slowly Fucking Up My Mind”

Holidays Book Tag

Hello, everyone! I felt like creating a book tag, so here it is.

RULES:

1. Make a post of your own in which you name a book that you would want to read for each of the holidays below. (Feel free to change the holidays if you celebrate different ones!)
2. Tag at least 5 bloggers to do it at their turn.
3. Link back to audreywritesabroad so she can see your post!
4. Have fun!

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Pink Hair, Red Blood

This is an excerpt of a short story I’ve been working on lately, and I’d really like to know what you guys think of it!

370 words
Excerpt
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante

ONE

I didn’t want to believe it was true, but my brothers insisted it had worked on them so I had to see for myself.

Following their directions, I crossed the forest, made a left at the scarecrow, and spotted the cabin made of bones. They said to knock four times, once at each corner of the blue wooden door, so I did.

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Top 10 Book Titles – YA Fiction

Hello fellow readers! Sometimes I pick up a book only because the title pricks my curiosity. Here’s my Top 10 Book Titles in YA Realistic Fiction–I’ll be doing another one soon with YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Fiction, because I find they need another kind of titles entirely. Continue reading “Top 10 Book Titles – YA Fiction”

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Pictures

Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about two-and-a-half hours drive from Calgary, Alberta, that I had the chance to visit last June. And it’s simply gorgeous.

So I’ve decided to let the photos talk for themselves.

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Book Club – August

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of August! Continue reading “Book Club – August”

I Need You to Choose my Next Destination

You got that right. I need YOU.

I want to go to Central or South America next fall but I just can’t decide where to exactly. And since I’m going to be posting about that trip here, I wonder what you’d be more interested in reading about! Continue reading “I Need You to Choose my Next Destination”

The Lying Lesson

96 words
Fiction
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

“I would like to apply for the job,” I said with a smile.

The girl popped the chewing gum balloon in her big mouth. “How old are you?”

“Fifty-two.”

She laughed. “How old are you really?”

“Seventy-nine,” I lied again.

My mother taught me some lies are polite, meant to keep people comfortable.

She leaned on the counter. “And what makes you want to work in a fast-food restaurant?”

“Well, I don’t have enough time left for slow food.”

She smiled, then said, “Sorry. We just hired someone.”

Apparently, her mother taught her the same lesson.

Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver

Last month, I spent a week in Vancouver and it definitely wasn’t enough. I know I’ll have to go back to BC one day to explore more cities and nature. (In a dream trip, I’m driving across Canada in a van.) But for now, here’s my top 5 to do in Vancouver! Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver”

Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Last month, my blog reached 600 followers. I mean, WOW. This means so much to me! Thank you so much everyone for your support, your likes, your awesome comments, and the precious time you spend on my blog! I’m always so happy to read every notification I get; it feels awesome to know I’m not just writing to myself all the time. So I decided to thank you all with two things. Continue reading “Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway”

Book Club – July

(Happy Canada Day!)

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of July! Continue reading “Book Club – July”

Waking Up in a Tent with this View

Last night I arrived in Banff and camped on my own for the first time. It was a little bit scary, to be honest. (I’m such a wimp.) I was awaken in the middle of the night by the rustling of the bag in which I keep my shoes, right outside my tent. I opened my eyes wide, convinced someone was trying to rob me, only to see a squirrel staring at me. Continue reading “Waking Up in a Tent with this View”

Fears

109 words
Fiction
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

I pulled the dusty typewriter—your most cherished possession—from under the bed. You had left a note on the sheet of yellowed paper: Write about your fears.

So I took a deep breath and wrote about you.

There was a lot to fear. Your crazy eyes. The crazier thoughts behind them. Every morning when I didn’t know what mood you’d be in.

After, I feared your ghost. The persistent spirit of your anger. Of your power.

I feared never being able to tell you this. Ironically, you helped me tell you through that typewriter and yellowed paper. Was it your way to apologize?

I like to think so.

Top 10 Villains in Fiction

I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is Villains, in all kinds of fiction. Here we go! Continue reading “Top 10 Villains in Fiction”

Book Club – June

If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of June! Continue reading “Book Club – June”

European Countries I’ve Visited

So this morning I was playing around with interactive maps where you can enter the places you’ve visited, like an online scratch map. I wanted to see how much of Europe I had actually covered, because I felt like I’d done a pretty good part of it, and MY OH MY WAS I WRONG. Continue reading “European Countries I’ve Visited”