Second to airfare, the most expensive part of a trip is often the accommodations. Now in days, there are various options of where to stay for all types of travelers; whether it is a hotel, Airbnb, or a friend’s couch, there is something out there for everyone’s budget.
One of the most economical ways to travel is by staying in hostels. Depending on where you are traveling, the prices of hostels can be significantly lower than the price of a hotel. Hostels also offer various options which can affect how much or how little you pay. Hostels are inexpensive accommodations that are often shared among various individuals and usually attract a specific type of traveler. Every hostel is completely different from the next but there are few traits you are sure to find: dorm-style rooms, incredibly friendly hosts, and travelers from all around the world (to name a few).
When you book a hostel you don’t book a room, but reserve a bed. You are able to pick what type of room you want to be in (mixed, all female, number of people, etc.) and the price depends on the type of room you select. Hostels are organized by the property type, room types they offer, and facility amenities.
I use Hostel World which allows you to find hostels around the world and includes reviews as well as additional information that is useful to travelers and provided by the hostel. This information usually consists of how to get to the hostel from the passport, things to do nearby, and the closest public transportation stops.
One of my favorite hostels is St. Christopher’s, a chain found in many cities throughout Europe. I have stayed in many hostels throughout the world and this is easily one of my top two. If you ever find yourself in Europe, I suggest you check them out. You’ll have the time of your life.
St. Christopher’s is a hostel I have recommended to many throughout the years, even to people who had no interest in staying in a hostel. My experience was that good. On the other hand, I have also stayed in hostels where you could not pay me to stay in again. I’ve never had a bad experience, but it was just not my cup of tea. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that every hostel has its own culture and feel. I suggest figuring out what that is before you book your bed. The best places to find this information is usually the reviews section. Travelers are incredibly candid but also fair. They’ll tell you what they liked and what they didn’t but can also tell you why. You’ll find it has much more to do with the traveler than it does the hostel.
Have you found another way to make accommodations more affordable when traveling? Or are there places you absolutely love? Leave your comments below; I would love to learn about new places to stay.
P.S. If you ever find yourself in Singapore, consider staying at Cube on Smith Street.
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