Why You Should Stay In Hostels


Staying in hostels comes with a ton of perks. Our friends back home would probably disagree with us and turn down the idea of staying in a hostel by sending us a link to an affordable airbnb instead. Okay, maybe we don’t fit the generic hostel guest demographic anymore, but that doesn’t stop us. Our long standing love for hostels is like that tin of soup that’s gone past its expiry date – still edible but maybe with a different aftertaste.

Here are our top 5 reasons why we still stay in hostels (in no particular order).

Organised Trips

Some hostels will sort out organised trips for guests – it’s simply a case of putting your name down. We noticed that this was done a lot during our time in Sri Lanka. The hostels where we stayed offered cooking classes, safari trips, shared private transport to further afield destinations and guided hikes. We signed up for pretty much everything. In the bigger cities, you’ll see organised bar crawls, beer pong nights and movie nights

Had we not stayed in a hostel, then we would’ve needed to do the leg work ourselves and probably end up spending more money.

Meeting People

Hostels are a great way to meet people – especially if you’re solo travelling. Book a dorm and you immediately have some people to introduce yourselves to and strike up a conversation with. The best part? You’re also meeting people from all over the world. You just don’t get that kind of interaction in a hotel.

Striking up a conversation with a stranger (which practically borders on impropriety back in Ellie’s stiff upper-lipped England hometown) is completely normal here. If you’re the type of person who likes to meet people on their travels then then hostelling is definitely the way to go.

Room for Spontaneity

If you’re like us and prone to changing your route on a whim then the last minute cancellation with a full refund policy will be music to your ears. And it’s something that lots of hostel offer.

This ties in with the social side of hostelling too. We’ve met great people during our hostel stays and have, last minute, scrapped our own travel route and tagged along with them (and vice versa) Had it not been for that wonderful thing called a ‘full refund’ then we almost definitely wouldn’t have done that.

Cheap and Affordable

We’re suckers for bargains and our bank balance doesn’t look that different from when we were in our early twenties (thank you high cost of living and student debt).

Generally speaking, booking a dorm in a hostel will often work out cheaper than sharing the cost of an apartment or house via airbnb.

And on the subject of money – lots of hostels also come with communal areas, like kitchens or lounging areas. We see ‘kitchen included’ and we think ‘fabulous, we’ll cook for ourselves and save some cents’. Not to mention the free of charge breakfast often included in the price. Win win.

The Staff

Hostels often hire locals for their staffing team. Why is this a perk? Because you have a fountain of knowledge readily available to you. Local staff can help you find the best places to eat, to visit and so on. They’re happy for you to pick their brains and equally happy to share what they know about the local area. Honestly, we’ve often found these staff more helpful than any kind of travel guidebook or blog.

Wrap Up

What’re you waiting for? Start looking and booking on hostelworld for your next trip – it’s the go-to website. Make sure to leave a comment to let us know your thoughts. We’re eager to try out any recommendations on our travels.

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