When it comes to accommodation abroad, there is an abundance of choices. Normally it depends on what your budget is, or your particular travel style or needs. You have everything from luxury hotels to Air B&B, budget motels to sleeping on a friend’s couch. And there’s the hostel. A lot of the time the hostel is branded as for the ‘young people’, those intrepid travellers on their big overseas experience, or gap year. But it doesn’t have to be just for those people. It can be for you too.
1 | Saves money
Hostels are known for being cheaper than other accommodation, and definitely cheaper than hotels. If you’re travelling on a budget, or you’re simply a cheap skate like I am, then a youth hostel is the way to go.
There are usually a lot of different options when it comes to hostels. You can either get a large room, shared with other strangers, a smaller room (for example, 4 beds), or pay more and have your own room. Often you can pay extra for breakfast, but if you’re willing to wander in the morning you should be able to find food for cheaper than they might charge in their own kitchens.
If you want to do a city on the cheap, hostels are the way to go.
2 | Meet other people
Especially if you’re sharing a room with them. But even if you’ve opted for your own room, then you’ll be bound to meet people about the hostel. What I love about them is the range of countries and cultures that gather in hostels.
In my stay in Amsterdam, I met a couple of groups from England, and a brother and sister from the Netherlands who had just got back from Sweden where they had been hiking. Then there was a lady from Cyprus, and a girl from the Philippines who was travelling…and the list goes on. Not only is it awesome just chatting about this new city with them, but you also get to hear about their own countries and a bit of their stories.
3 | Central
Usually a hostel will be very central. The public transport, the main sightseeing places, are likely to be on your door step, or at least a short travel away. This is fantastic, as it means you can spend the entire day out exploring, and know that you only have to take a 10-minute walk or a short train ride at the end of the day to get back. The last thing you need when you’re travelling is a long hike back to where you’re staying.