If you can stay in a hostel, please do.
Sometimes staying in a hostel can be quite daunting, especially when you have never stayed in one before. When I was a study exchange student, staying in hostels was the only way I was able to travel so many countries while living in Singapore – Read post How Did I Travel to 15 countries in just 7 months??
For several people, I know I may not be able to change their mind about hostels, but for those that might be considering it, please find out why I believe you should stay in a hostel at least once in your life! Staying in a hostel is a great option if you are a solo traveller trying to save money! Don’t have a sugar daddy!
Hostels don’t have to be nasty. I’ve stayed in hostels that are just as good as the hotels, only cheaper.
Staying in a hostel is great if you are a solo traveller trying to save money!
I will admit though, now that I am no longer a student and earn more I can make the executive decision and stay in Hotels, but that doesn’t mean I would completely rule out a nice Hostel. By nice I mean my own room, own shower, a place by the beach and breakfast etc.
6 Fantastic Reasons on Why You Should Stay In A Hostel Once
1. They are way cheaper than Hotels
The most I have paid for a hostel for a night is £28 a night in a bunk bedroom in Australia. I mean £28 pounds a night in Australia is a HUGE!
This hostel wasn’t the nicest I’ve stayed in but was very reasonable for a student travelling South East Asia. Hostels can be very cheap, cheaper than hotels and sometimes even better! I wish I could give you all the access to inexpensive hostels, but I’m afraid it is about doing your research.
There is no one set price for hostels, rates are dependent on the country, season, the type of room you have chosen (shared mixed dorms will be of course the cheapest) or the number of people you’re travelling with. The average hostel cost can range from £2.50-£30 a night, and if you’re going on a budget, then you will definitely do good to stay in a hostel.
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2. Some Hostels are better than Hotels
Depending on where you are staying in the world. You could actually stay in a hostel which may even feel and look like a Hotel. I have stayed in hostels in Thailand right by the beach with just myself and a couple of friends. The food was great, the view was excellent, and I really enjoyed myself.
3. The stories you will tell
I don’t feel like a blog post is long enough to tell you all the stories I have staying in hostels. I recall staying a really nice place called Siem Reap Rooms in Cambodia and having a shower before going to see the sunrise at the Angkor Wat. My friends and I couldn’t quite work out what or where the noise came from, but we swore we heard a duck in the bathroom.
This hostel was 47 dollars for two nights between 3 people. This would have been £38.09!
You will have lots of interesting stories to tell people.
4. Gives you a chance to meet new people
I enjoy hostels because it’s so much easier to meet people in hostels (whether you stay in a private room or a shared dorm). The hostels usually offer a variety of activities, creating a more friendly environment, where you can make friends, especially if you are a solo traveller.
5. They are just as safe as regular hotels
I think wherever you go, you are safe. Of course, there will always be external factors, but those you can’t help.
What you can help is your own internal safety. Honestly, staying in a hostel is as safe as staying in a hotel or Airbnb. Most of the hostels I have been to have secure storage lockers, security guards and 24 hours receptionist. Read the reviews and make sure you don’t leave your belongings just anywhere!
6. They can be nice – really nice!
I have been to some fantastic hostels, and I have been to some real sh*t hostels. You sometimes have to be optimistic. I remember recently staying in a hostel in LA, which has a rooftop bar/pool. I enjoyed my time just chilling and sipping on a few cocktails.