Why staying in hostels is the way to travel

Zach Garhart
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For travelers of all experience levels, hostels offer an affordable way of staying in a new city. They’re safe, fun, and economical!

While they can range in amenities, size and value, the opportunity to network and meet new people makes staying in hostels worth considering on your next trip!

What’s so great about a hostel?

For starters, hostels often provide common areas, where folks are known to gather around and chat about their day or upcoming travels. These communal spaces are great for not only getting to know others, but also get a better feel for the area where you might be staying. If you happen to meet international travelers during your stay, this can be a great way to find out more about other destinations around the world.

From all corners of the globe, travelers flock to hostels for the unique chance to meet new people while saving some cash. The United States offers countless hostels in different cities, and they each have something special to offer. From Portland, Oregon to New York City, there’s opportunities to stay for cheap while getting a different perspective on the city you’re staying in. You can often find yourself smack dab in the middle of a bustling city, while still paying a fraction of the cost of a luxury hotel.

For a breakdown of what to expect during your next hostel stay, watch this video!

Sleeping tips

For those used to staying in hotels, the adjustment of sleeping amongst a handful of new faces can be real. However, we recommend bringing a good pair of headphones, or grabbing a set of ear plugs. Most hostels offer ear plugs for guests, and these can come in handy if you happen to be bunking with someone who snores. Don’t let the shared aspect of your space deter you, though! This just means you have more opportunities to exchange information and make friends for your next venture out in the city.

Storage tips

Given the nature of hostels, and how you share common space with people you don’t know, it’s important to plan for keeping your belongings safe. More often than not, hostels offer lockers that may be designated to you, in order to stash your bags and belongings. While they may provide lockers, you will need to bring your own lock. Don’t plan on a hostel having them for sale, so it is best to buy a lock before arriving! This is a safe and simple way to feel good about leaving your stuff behind while you go explore the new city you’re visiting.

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Eating tips

Another great advantage to staying in hostels is the ability to use their kitchens. Many hostels have kitchens that are equipped with pots, pans, microwaves, and food storage options. Not only does cooking allow you to eat healthier, but it is a great way to save money. Use that extra cash you saved from eating in and go visit a museum or local haunt for happy hour!

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Location, location, location

As stated, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that many hostels offer great locations. For example, cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City offer an array of hostels that are centrally located. This means saving money on public or private transportation, and using that extra cash to have a nice meal out or cold beverage with your new hostel friends.

My personal experience

Some of my favorite travel experiences have come while staying at hostels. I have been able to make friends with not only people in the US, but also around the world. With people ranging from their 20’s to their 60’s, everyone has a story to share. It’s best to keep an open mind, because you never know what sort of tip or insight you’ll receive from the person sitting next to you. Hearing someone else’s take on international travel has inspired me to plan future trips to continents all around the world.

In San Diego alone, we have three hostel locations. For a fun, beach vibe, check out our Beach Bungalow in Pacific Beach. Otherwise, head on over to Little Italy and hang in our awesome Adventure Hostel!

Now that you have an idea of what to expect, and how to plan for your next hostel stay, go find one in a city you’ve been itching to visit! Staying in hostels is the way to travel!

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