Unfortunately, for many, people under this impression are actually missing out on a great way to travel internationally, as well as locally.
Briefly, a hostel is a form of budget accommodation. Instead of paying $100 for a hotel room you spend $10 for the same room, but with bunks and nine other people.
To ease the idea of traveling by hostels here is a list of the top benefits of why you should.
- Hostels are generally less expensive than hotels (There are well furnished hostels with private rooms too. Hostel doesn't have to mean grungy dorm room).
- It's easy to meet locals (Many hostels are run by locals who are ready to give you information on their favorite spots).
- Great way to meet people from around the world (Hostels do draw the backpacker crowds. Many times you'll find yourself surrounded by people of different nationalities speaking different languages).
- Exciting social life (People that stay in hostels tend to be outgoing and open to new experiences).
- Get an inside scoop on things to do (Word of mouth is a powerful thing. Since hostels tend to be so social, it's simple to start a conversation and get an idea for what to do and what not to do).
- They can provide unique overnight stays (Some hostels mostly have hammocks, others are combined with night clubs while some are built in trees!)