I won’t call it Poshtel, like the 2015 trends report by World Travel Market. I’ve done my research with travellers. Nobody gets the word ‘posh’ outside native English-speaking countries. So please. Don’t call them Poshtels. I’ll stick to ‘Luxury Hostels’. It’s a nice oxymoron. Over the last 18 months, the trend has become mainstream thanks to Generator Hostels, who have opened some stunners in Berlin, Barcelona and Venice.
You’re wandering through exotic streets, happily soaking up the atmosphere. Your stomach rumbles and your thoughts turn to snacks. You reach for your wallet but it’s not there! Your stomach stops rumbling and starts churning. In desperation, you search your pockets and empty your bag. Your wallet has gone! Losing your wallet and money can be devastating. A friendly place becomes scary and intimidating, especially with a strange language in the mix.
I see the flick of a tail, ringed in black and white. Then I see the lemur, climbing over the tree branches to pick some orange berries. He briefly turns towards us, staring with wide, hypnotic eyes, before leaping away. Then I see another ring-tailed lemur. And another. A whole troop of lemur catta
was around us. In Madagascar’s Anja Reserve, ring-tailed lemurs are everywhere. Which is incredible because, less than 20 years ago, they were in danger of disappearing forever.
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Published in the April 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)