Hostels in America: 4 Reasons Why You Want to Try Them

When you think of hostels, you think of backpacking Europe in the midst of college bliss. Perhaps even a post college international trek. There can even be a romanticized view of a hostel in the heart of Rome or mere blocks from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Let’s be blunt. Few people think of hostels in the U.S.


We’ll admit it. Hostels are not the strongest movement domestically. When they spread rapidly across Europe in the 60’s, they all but petered out for a decade or two here. We continually have American travelers stumble across our website and question if there really are hostels in the United States.


Let’s clear that one up right now. Yes we are a hostel. Yes, we are in America.


We’re not the only one either. Surprising, we know. With the rise of the sharing economy catching on in the United States, hostels are becoming more and more prevalent. Apps like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB have made us more comfortable with the idea of connecting with other individuals as we travel. This movement is helping us as a nation, and the world, growth culturally. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time.


Despite the growing appeal, many travelers are still hesitant to try shared lodging domestically. Here are four of the most compelling reasons you should consider hostels here in the United States:


4) America Rocks


There’s no denying that Europe has incredible landmarks, food, and unique cultures to explore. The accents are fun, too. We totally support traveling overseas. In fact, our owners frequently answer the wanderlust calling abroad.


Don’t let the draw to travel to other countries overshadow the beauty of domestic travel.


We are an incredible country. As the classic song America the Beautiful describes, “From sea to shining sea!” and “For purple mountain majesties,” we have a stunning landscape here. When traveling abroad isn’t doable, take advantage of the incredible sights in our home country. Within our fifty states, you can explore mountains, landmarks, national parks, and more.


And when you hear the sea calling your name, choose San Diego. With our 70 miles of coastline, there’s a lot of sea to explore.


3) It’s Always Good to Explore Other Cultures (even domestically)


American hostels attract people from all over the world. In fact, a large percentage of our guests are from overseas. As we mentioned before, Europeans are more familiar with hostels so they look for them when they travel.


So for the global citizen who is culturally aware, it’s good to meet people who are different from you. Understanding different cultures is the key to creating a world that respects and appreciates everyone regardless of background, religion, or country of origin. It’s something the world needs more of these days.


Hear their stories. Drink a beer together. Learn what makes them who they are. Understand more about their culture.


The best part is that you can do that here in the States! You also meet other people from America. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity we have within our own borders.


2) Affordability


We can all agree that you have a limited budget. If you were rolling in dough, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.


When it comes to limitations around finances, you need to be intentional about where you invest your travel money. We find that budget travelers are willing to forego unnecessary niceties to have extra funds to put toward adventure or a unique experience.


Hostels are great for stretching any budget. Especially when you choose to stay at one of our International Traveler’s House properties. We go above and beyond to make staying with us the best economic choice out there. To start, we provide FREE breakfast and dinner daily. These aren’t your stereotypical stale continental breakfasts either. We’re talking home-cooked meals.


That’s not all. We also provide free adventures every single day at our San Diego properties. This includes activities like surfing, yoga, sailing, and more. You can use all the money you saved for your next trip!


1) Traveling is Good for the Soul


Have you ever met someone who went on a much needed vacation and came back and said, “Man, I wish I had never gone”?


No. People love vacations! It’s a chance to relax, explore, and soak in adventure. For many, it’s a much needed opportunity to unplug from the real world for a few days. If you never allow yourself the opportunity to recharge, you will quickly end up jaded and bitter. Others use it for seeing new places and satisfying the itch they get when they stay in one place too long.


No matter which way you approach it, traveling is good for the soul.


If you are looking to soothe the soul, travel, and have new adventures, we would like to invite you to try out one of our hostels in Southern California. In our humble opinion, San Diego is America’s greatest city. We would like to share that with you. When you stay with us, we actually host you. This includes free meals and us showing you around the city through activities.


After one stay with us, you’ll be hooked on the hostel experience!