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The highs and lows of hostels

With Airbnb quickly gaining popularity amongst younger travellers, hostels have ever so slightly taken a back seat. I asked people what their travel preference was, & Airbnb charged ahead with the votes. People who are travelling in a group are more likely to go with an Airbnb rental, as it works out cheaper overall to book an apartment & split the cost. Other benefits to Airbnb are privacy & not being woken up at random intervals all night. So far in all of my own solo travels I have chosen to stay in hostels because it is cheaper & I haven’t wanted to spend money on somewhere to just sleep. I love the fact that you can meet people from all corners of the world & you can literally just sit next to someone in the kitchen & have a wicked hour-long conversation about life like it’s the most normal thing. So, first up the positives about hostels, from my many experiences: ✨ Cheaper for a solo traveller, a lot of the places I stayed were between $35 in Calgary, Canada & $80 in Melbourne, Australia. ✨ Some places have breakfast offered as a part of the stay. This was my experience in North America & Canada. They had either a DIY pancake station or continental buffet which everyone went crazy for. Free snacks for day trips was a huge $$$ win. ✨ You have the option of choosing the room type you would like, you can stay in 2 bunk rooms, 4 bunk rooms, 8 bunk rooms (low key crazy times). Girls only, mixed. The options are there, but you will pay accordingly! ✨ They have kitchens meaning you can continue your MasterChef quest whilst also saving money. I have seen many friendships shaped over a huge pot of spaghetti bolognese. Who doesn’t like free pasta? ✨ The friends that you make! I met a guy my first night in Canada when I was still all full of emotion & trying to hold it together. We had some drinks at the hostel & eventually moved within 2 hours of each other, so I saw him when I went to the city. I still talk to him to this day & that was at least 4 years ago! ✨ Hostels are known for throwing an amazing pub crawl, as well as tonnes of other events. These are free or highly discounted & it’s always just an amazing, drama free night of randoms coming together with one goal. But as I mentioned, it’s not all rosy! Some of the less peachy elements of staying in a hostel include: ❌ If you are a socially anxious person, being in a room with 7 other people would be overwhelming. Likewise, at dinner time in the kitchen it’s a busy, social hub so that might create a challenge for a more introverted person. ❌ There isn’t any privacy, it’s just a large open space with bunks on either side. ❌ You need to be careful with your valuables, as much as I would love to trust everyone else that’s in the room – that would be highly naïve. Always lock your luggage & carry your small valuables with you. ** Most hostels will have lockers inside the room that you can use for your things : ). ❌ You will inevitably get woken up at random times, I am a heavy sleeper but sometimes this would grate me. There will always be one person that packs the morning of a flight or comes in super drunk at 5.00am, it’s all just a part of the experience.

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