Hostels: Not Just For College Kids

Hostel in Berlin

When I mention that I have stayed in hostels during my trip to Europe, I sometimes get the “aren’t you a little old for that?” look.

Maybe they picture a college dormitory with pillow fights and keggers. Since the word “youth” is often placed in front of hostels, people over the age of 35 may find hostels off-limits. Not so.

As a budget traveler, hostels are a great place to rest your head during your travels. There are hostels all over the world for much cheaper than a hotel. They won’t have all the bells and whistles that a luxury hotel has. Obviously. Yet, many of them have their own unique style you won’t find in a chain hotel.

Let’s face it, how long do you really plan on spending time in the room while you are exploring cafes, museums, and outdoor markets in a new city? Not much.

Many of the hostels are dorm-style, and I understand that may not be what you are looking for. The idea of dozing off in a room filled with strangers is not for everyone. Does that mean you are stuck with a bunkmate? Not exactly.

You can still find private rooms for only a few dollars more a night. For example, you can spend the night in a private hostel room in Amsterdam for $37.00, while a dorm-style hostel will only set you back $28.oo.

When I stayed at a hostel in Berlin, I choose a private room. Yes, I am a little too old to sleep in a dorm. My room was small, yet sufficient. There was no television or room service. But I did have my own bathroom and if I wanted to have a hefeweizen, I could have meandered down the hall and hung out with those college kids.

If you want to read reviews or find a hostel in a city you plan to travel to, HostelWorld provides a online booking site for not only hostels, but bed and breakfasts, hotels, and more.

Whether you are in Amsterdam, Sydney, Kathmandu, Buenos Aires, or Denver, a hostel is an excellent way to explore a city without breaking the budget for accomodations. Even if you are far beyond your college years.

4 Responses to Hostels: Not Just For College Kids

  1. You are wrong if it had enough family did not arrive at the hotel

    sarahharpauls July 23, 2012 at 5:49 am Reply
  2. Agreed. Single and Double rooms within hostels always appear good value, I see these rooms as simply budget hotel rooms.

    Neil July 23, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply
  3. I agree with you about time for staying in hostels, if you came in some place for reaserch and explore, why you need to spend a more time at hostels.
    Hostels are only for night time, and it’s very usuful for that.

    Filipo August 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply
  4. Hostels a great! 5 star hotel is no so interesting)))) I’m kidding.. I don’t know how in it). but I still love hostels.

    howtomakegirllaugh October 6, 2012 at 3:52 am Reply

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