So you want to travel the world but you’re still not quite convinced by this hostel malarki? Well, here are a few reasons to try hostels out and then fall in love with the world of hostelling…
They’re Social Melting Pots.
Unlike hotels where you’re pretty much on your own, hostels are a thriving mass of social opportunity. You are surrounded by a limitless supply of potential new mates who all want to have a good time and meet new people. As soon as you’ve chucked your luggage in your room, you and your room mates are chatting. There is the standard “Hi, I’m Michael, where are you from?” and from then on you’re basically best buds for your time in the hostel.
I’m not sure what the receptionist in a hotel would say if you challenged them to a game of beer pong, hostel staff on the other hand will take you right up on that offer – and probably wipe the floor with you in the process. Hostels are often staffed by students or young people who want to have a good time just as much as you do. They will also have great local knowledge and give you advice on, oh i don’t know – how to bribe the po po when you’re illegally riding motorcycles in Vietnam….possibly.
Usually hostels are in a pretty good location next to transport links or within walking distance of important sites. I can’t think of any hostels I’ve stayed in that are too far away from the main sites of interest or not next to a train station.
Hostels are cheap as chips to stay in and usually have pretty cheap food and drink to go with them! In cities like Paris you can expect to pay around £15 a night – much cheaper than a hotel. However, in Eastern Europe and Asia I’ve paid as little as £4 a night for some pretty decent hostels. I’ve also been informed by travel buddies that bargains can be found in places such as South America, Australia and most of Asia – Basically the whole world – Apart from the Arctic, i don’t know if they have hostels there
Like minded people.
People who love to travel just click. Hostels are full of these people. You can talk for hours about your adventures and share your travel tips with each other. Travelers love it even more when they find out its your first time travelling – because we’re going to dump all our advice on you 🙂
They’re not dirty! (most of them)
I get it – you’re worried about suspect stains on sheets and bed bugs. Some hostels of old were pretty rank to be fair, and of course there’s a few around the world now that leave much to the imagination. However, nowadays, with reviews on hostel websites and TripAdvisor – THEY HAVE TO BE CLEAN – otherwise people just wont book a bed there. The majority of people today book hostels on-line or through apps. On these sites people can see these reviews and cleanliness has its own category! Seriously, hostels nowadays can sometimes be comfier and cleaner than a lot of hotels.
Tech friendly and modern.
Don’t worry – you’ll be able to add a picture of you and your best mate Bruce to your Snapchat story. I’m pretty sure every hostel I’ve ever stayed in has had WiFi and plug sockets – It’s pretty much expected in today’s world.
You’re going to have a romance or two.
If you want to that is. Everyone comes back from travelling with one or two romance stories to tell. A lot of people who travel are single and while on the road people just hook up all over the place. A reputable scientist told me it’s got something to do with being away from home and the time difference affecting the hormones…..