Post COVID Traveling to Hostels- What To Expect
Depending on the destination you are traveling to, some hostels may require proof of vaccination. For example, in San Francisco, all establishments require proof of vaccination to eat indoor or use gym facilities. It’s recommended that you get in touch with the hostel before booking to ensure what their COVID protocols and safety requirements are.
Once inside the hostel, wearing face masks is optional and most people don’t because it makes it really hard to talk and understand each other when forming connections and carrying a conversation. Hostels have additionally added extra cleaning measures to ensure the hostel is kept clean, tidy, and disinfected every day for guests to enjoy common areas with peace of mind.
Tips for Hostel Travel in 2022 (Slow Travel)
One of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck and realistically create a travel lifestyle for yourself is to travel slowly and experience life as a local. Some hostels offer monthly rates and for those that destinations that don’t there is always work exchange through World Packers!
World Packers allows you to trade your skills in exchange for accommodation and sometimes meals! When you travel as a volunteer for a hostel you get to stay longer at a certain destination, really get a feel and live as a local, become a part of a community, network, and discover yourself and a new city all at the same time.
Dreaming of travel? Check if your dream destination is on World Packers and travel longer and more affordably as a volunteer!
Solo Travelers Meet Others at Hostels
A lot of travelers find hostel life refreshing post-COVID because we were isolated for so long that having that face-to-face human connection with other people, especially a traveler from a different than you, automatically makes your experience that much more exciting and intimate.
What Is Hostel Life Like
Hostel life is a lot like meeting/making lifelong friends and becoming a part of a family! Traveling to a hostel is more like staying with a friend, than it is checking into just somewhere to sleep for the night. A lot of people choose hostels for the price, but during my time at Pacific Tradewinds Hostel in San Francisco, other travelers have told me that they would stay here regardless because they feel a real sense of community and they love being able to make new friends in such a welcoming environment!
Whatever hostel you go to, being in one and exploring with your hostel buddies whether be it through hostel hosted group activities or just heading out into town with other travelers and new friends you made, the bonds you form are what is going to enhance your travel experience, you’ll find that most of the time, the joy of traveling is in the people you meet.
Hostel Life for Remote Workers
Hostel life for remote workers is very chill because most hostels come equipped with WiFi and community areas where you can work alongside other digital nomads.
While on my travels I have met remote workers who live semi-long term on hostel premises think 2-3 months. Hostel life for remote workers is also a good opportunity to network since you are constantly meeting new people with different backgrounds and from different industries.
Hostel vs Airbnb Solo Travel
Which is better: staying at a hostel or an Airbnb as a solo traveler?
This is highly due to personal preference. An Airbnb has many options from a private room in a shared home, to a home all to yourself. Some Airbnb options are even now like a hostel because you get the option to rent out a shared room.
The biggest major difference you will see between a hostel and an Airbnb comes when you are choosing private Airbnb rentals. It’s easy to associate privacy with automatically being better but again, this largely depends on the experience you are looking for. If you are looking to step out of your comfort zone and make new friends, then staying at a hostel is going to help you do that a lot better than staying alone inside your Airbnb. If the purpose of your trip is to spend time in solitude then by all means hostel life might not be the best option for you in that situation.
The best way to decide which option is best for you is to give both of them a go and see which ambiance you fit in best! The ITH hostel in San Francisco for example has weekly activities that include the whole community like taco Tuesdays, so if gathering around for a meal with others and enjoying time spent as a group fits your style, you might find your lifelong friends just a hostel away!
Are Hostels Safe?
Hostels are very safe in terms of who has access to the premises, and who can check into a room for example. A lot of the time, travelers are concerned that homeless people will be sharing a room with them because of the affordability of each night, however, a lot of hostels have a policy in place the prohibits locals from checking into a room.
Some other things to take into consideration when staying at a hostel include theft-proofing your personal items and luggage since you will be sharing a room with other travelers. Public spaces in hostels usually have cameras like the kitchen, lounge areas, and halls. To keep your stuff safe in your room take a padlock to lock away valuables like laptops, cameras, jewelry… etc. You can also opt for anti-theft luggage that has a special code to unlock your bag and this is also a relatively safe way of theft-proofing your stuff.
Another way you can protect your valuables while traveling is by getting insurance for your personal items. I personally recommend AKKO, which covers things like your phone, laptop, camera, and almost anything else you want covered! Plans are around $15/mo, and it’s a great way to get peace of mind, even protecting against damage and theft! Use my referral code: LeilaniJ for to get your first month of AKKO coverage free!
When it comes to hostels, almost all hostels will be labeled as backpacker hostels because of their affordability. Unless the hostel is super luxurious (which is rare but doesn’t exist) almost all hostels will have the basics for everyday living. Backpacker hostels are so attractive not just because of the affordable nightly rates, but also because of the shared kitchen space, saving you money on food by cooking homecooked meals instead of eating out every time.
You can find backpacker hostels of every type, party hostels, chill laidback hostels, and nature-centered hostels. Hostel world is a good search engine to browse through hostels, look at pictures and pick your vibe!