When some people think of hostels they think dirty, shared bathrooms and messy people. To me, hostels are fun, quirky and full of good vibes. There are many positives to staying in hostels, and I actually prefer them to staying in hotels most of the time. Read on to find out why!
Price. I’m going to start with the most obvious point here. It is soooo much cheaper to stay in a hostel than a hotel, which is a major selling point for me. Most of the time, hostels will be half the price or less than a hotel, meaning you can travel for longer or save money. When you consider that you most likely use your accommodation to simply sleep and get ready for a big day of exploring, sometimes staying in a hotel is quite a waste of money!
Meeting people. One of my favourite things about travelling is the different people you meet from all over world. Hostels are generally very social, especially if you stay in dorm rooms rather than private rooms. Often you will meet people straight away in your dorm room, or strike up a conversation with someone in one of the common areas. You might end up playing a game of beer pong, exploring the city or watching the sunset with your new friends.
Solo travel. Like I said, hostels are very social which makes it easy to travel solo. When travelling solo and staying in hostels, you are likely to meet lots of like-minded people and other solo travellers to hang out with. One thing’s for sure, you will never get lonely at a hostel!
Activities. Many hostels run fun activities, which are often free or for a small fee. Some examples might be day trips to see the sights, surfing, walking tours or pub crawls. These will save you money and allow you to make new friends along the way!
Kitchen. Most hostels have a kitchen available to use, which means you don’t have to eat out for every meal. You can definitely save a bit of cash by taking advantage of this facility, even if it’s just for one meal a day. If you’re on a budget, some easy backpacker meals are pasta, noodles or stir-fries.
Bar. Many hostels have their own bar attached, which makes it easy to have a fun night out with fellow like-minded travellers. There are usually cheap drinks or deals, and once the night is over you can just stumble on upstairs!
If you’re still not convinced, then check out these hostels and tell me you don’t want to stay in them.