- It is cheap! In my early blog, I stated I’m fine as long as I have a door that locks, running hot water or lukewarm ( Compromise), and a bed. You stay as low as $15 a night! Some plus they have offer deals such as inexpensive meals with partner restaurants, and a computer with internet is available.
- Meeting new people. When traveling solo, this is the easy way to meet new people for temporary company. People are happy to give you places to go that they already explore and things off the beaten path.
- Sharing is caring. More than likely in every hostel have a full kitchen with all the tools anyone needs to cook a meal. People will leave food they did not consume such as coffee, tea, uncooked items. With Airbnb’s or hotels, this option is not available or limited.
- Sharing is not always caring. Maneuvering around a room during quiet time or when people are asleep is the hardest thing. I could be disrespectful but I am the type of person do what you want others to do to you. Be mindful of other people hygiene or cleanliness status…. I’ll just leave it there.
- Don’t expect hotel accommodations. The experiences I have had when dealing with an issue was “just deal with it.” For example, there was a situation where I had requested and paid for a same-sex dormitory. Well… it was coed. And when I spoke to a representative. The professional answer translates to “just deal with it.” Needlessly to say I dealt with it on the company.
- Meeting new people. It is a hit or a miss. You can have roommates that are nice and want to engage in a conversation. Or you can have roommates who are asleep at 8 pm and looks at you crazy when you say hi.
My personal opinion:
Hostels are great for solo travelers! I’m all here for budget-friendly accommodations but graduating from college over 10 years. I’ll pay the extra money to have my own space. In conclusion, it is a nah for me.