Top 5 Reasons to Stay in a Hostel
If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, you may have all these preconceived notions about it. Maybe you saw the horror movie ‘Hostel’? Maybe you think they’re rife with bedbugs and gasp, strangers? (And aren’t all strangers bad?) When you’re on a budget, and a solo-traveler, as I sometimes am, hostels really are the way to go. I once had a boyfriend who wouldn’t even entertain the idea. I won’t get angry and dump you dear reader if you feel this way (as I did with the boyfriend for various reasons), but I will help change your mind with my top 5 reasons to stay in a hostel!
Looking for a way to have more money to enjoy yourself? Don’t let the price of a hotel deter you from making the journey. Instead look at the economical hostel. In many cities world wide, you can get a hostel for under a quarter of the price of a hotel in the same city. You’ll also get a place to store your food and cook so you can save more money by eating there and not going out.
I won’t say nothing bad will happen, but I have always felt very safe. They provide you with lockers to lock up your valuables, though after getting to know my bunkmates, I have left out things with no theft. There are separate sex dorms as well if you don’t feel comfortable with the mixed dorms.
The risk for bedbugs is arguably the same in a hotel. They take the sheets off between guests and everything is changed and fresh. They have a maid handy who cleans the whole hostel daily.
If you’re a solo traveler, what better way to have travel companions? You always meet so many people. Think: buds for sightseeing, grabbing a drink at the end of the night, or staying up and singing and playing guitar until the wee hours of the morning. These international people you meet in the hostel may just provide you with free places to stay on your future travels. You never know what cities you may explore after this trip, as you’ll acquire more friends (and more couch stays) through the people you meet when you stay in a hostel. Also, if you’re older, don’t let that be a deterrant. I have met many travelers in their 50s and 60s staying in hostels. I suppose you may want to aim for a hostel that fits your demographic, but be aware that it’s not considered strange in the slightest to be older than 30 and staying in a hostel.
They’re fun because they’re social. They’re also fun, because hostels usually have planned group activities. Hostels usually have trained staff there to plan events, tell you about what’s going on in the city, and give you discounts on the sights. They’re always a whirlwind of activity. If you don’t want to have fun, then don’t stay in a hostel!
So, no reason to be afraid. They’re cheaper, more fun than a hotel where you may not speak to anyone, and a great opportunity to meet other travelers in a new city.
Emily Flowers loves writing about traveling, on a budget, or with money, at www.EmilyFlowersmusic.com. Head on over there to check out more of her traveling advice, or to hear her original music. (YOUR BYLINE HERE)