Creeped out by the thought of staying in a hostel? Think they are an unsafe place to stay? Think again... you will come to learn that they become your family and home away from home.
The main trick is picking a good one. And websites like www.hostelbookers.com and www.hostelworld.com make this part of the process a hell of a lot easier.
SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A HOSTEL AND A HOTEL?
- The people that stay in hostels are usually young people keen for a good time.
- They are usually travelling alone too, so everyone tends to look out for each other.
- They are cheap, usually around $20-$30 a night.
- The hostel staff are usually in the know, and a great resource - so ask a million questions!
- Choose a mixed dorm with a large number of beds - more people to meet and cheaper.
- You never get lonely!
- Find out tips on what to see and do in the city you are staying.
- People that stay aren't usually very sociable - and good luck finding people your own age.
- Reception staff aren't as accessible as they are in hostels.
- The facilities are typically better, but I wouldn't trade this factor for an adopted family atmosphere.
So how do you pick a good hostel from a bad one?
- Book it through hostelworld or hostelbookers.
- Don't choose anything rated under 80% on the website.
- Make an effort to read as many reviews as you can - this is the best feature of the above mentioned websites.
- Choose something that is in close vicinity to everything you want to see. You will most likely be walking everywhere, so take this into account.
- Make sure you research how close the hostel is to train and bus services. The closer the better for you.
- Choose a hostel with free wifi! Paying for internet sucks majorly...
- Free breakfast and free laundry is an added bonus.
Are there any hostels anyone can recommend?? Post the name of the hostel and city! I'd love to hear your experiences =)