If you have never stayed in a hostel before, it’s time to explore this option the next time you travel. Many people, especially the older generations, are not used to the idea of sharing a room with other people they don’t know. They have the right to be suspicious; after all, you don’t know anything about the person you are sharing a room with.
Apart from safety, security and privacy issues, there are also concerns about the compatibility of characters and cultures. Having said that, don’t let all the doubts weigh you down. Provided you exercise common sense and judgement, staying in a hostel can be the most enjoyable experience which you’ve ever had.
Hostels often offer you amenities which cannot be found in a typical hotel. First of all, it’s a communal kitchen. This is the place where you can cook inexpensive meals yourself, and probably make new friends with other travellers. Many hostels offer free breakfast, luggage storage, pub crawls, walking tours, or public computers. These amenities create a social vibe that makes it easy to make friends with other people. If you are travelling alone, hostels may be your best choice not to feel lonely.
Hostels Are Only for Young People or Backpackers
This myth is simply not true. Just because many hostels have the word “Youth” attached to them, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay there if you consider yourself no longer young. In many places, you will find people of different age ranges. In fact, hostels should be a welcoming place for everyone.
Hostels Are for Groups
This could never be more wrong. Many solo travellers choose hostels because of the social vibe so that they can make friends and never feel alone.