When traveling, especially abroad, one has many factors to consider. Where is it that I’m going? How much is it going to cost? What am I going to do once I get there? Oh yeah, and where am I going to stay?
Planning these trips may be stressful and overwhelming, and can even come to the point where you don’t know if you can pull it off.
Well, there is good news. Hostels are there to help. Regardless of your financial situation or where you’re going next, hostels are a good place to lay your head while planning your next move.
They are also ideal for getting the most out of your experience in whichever city you find yourself in.
Hostels are more economical.
Why pay twice as much for a hotel, when you don’t plan on being inside except when you are ready to sleep?
You see, the amount of comfort you get in a hotel is no different than that of a hostel; except when you plan to stay at the hotel longer than stroll outside or visit attractions. If you are going to compare the amenities, you’re not getting that much difference really for twice the price.
Hostels offer a great rate for groups and individuals, for one night or up to three weeks. If you are really on a budget, this is a no-brainer.
Pack your backpack and $50, and see what happens.
You meet cool people at hostels.
You get a cultural experience no matter where you are; it just depends on who you meet.
Since hostel rooms are usually shared with other people or backpackers, you will have the opportunity to get to meet new people who are maybe also traveling just like you. Unlike hotels, you may be guaranteed the privacy but you don’t get the chance to socialize.
A couple traveling cross-country seeking their next hiking expedition, a world-traveling writer, the student taking time off to explore, the gypsy, or traveling musician, you are never quite certain what type of person you’re going to meet at any given time, but you are almost guaranteed to meet someone with an interesting story to tell.
Hostels are centrally located.
Did you ever have that experience when you regret booking a hotel because it’s not close to the city? It may not be just once or twice, but many times along your travel abroad where unfamiliar places and strange rides scare you to get out at times.
Most of the time, hostels are right in the middle of where you want to be. On the other hand, hotels that offer lower prices are located somewhere near the city but will still take 20 to 30-minute rides. And you realize you spent more on rides rather than on entrance fees on places you went to see.
Whether you want to see a show, have dinner, or go out for a drink, hostels are usually in a bustling part of town. They are easily accessible via car, train, bus, or even on foot. Most cab drivers know exactly where it is, and public transportation is usually in close proximity.
Hotel restaurants are also extremely pricey but sometimes not worth it. If you plan to eat authentic food, let your taste buds explore the restaurants downtown where the usual town folks dine.
Most hostels host events.
Some hostels offer better itinerary than hotels that may give you a ride to the city but with excessively raking prices.
If you aren’t sure what to do, just put your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. The staff at hostels have a good idea of the city’s hot spots, and usually host events in which they take the hostellers out for a night on the town or a day trip somewhere. This is a good way to get your feet wet before you are ready to dive into all the city has to offer.
Something unplanned often happens during your hostel visit.
A lot of times hostellers meet a traveling partner in which to continue their journey with or spark a relationship with a local that keeps them in town a bit longer. Maybe a friendship will be formed and can lead to a trip abroad somewhere down the road. These kinds of stories are common for hostellers and are experiences that they will never forget.
If you want to stay close to downtown, meet cool people, not spend a fortune, and get the most out of your visit to that city, hostels are the way to go.
They provide an affordable place to stay that if compared to a hotel with an equally desirable location, is at least half the price (usually cheaper). No worries if you can’t afford two nights in the hotel, stay for three or four nights at the hostel instead. This way, you can make the most out of your budget.