Hostels In Europe
Hostels are by far the most popular way of saving money while traveling in Europe.
Essentially hostels are stripped down hotels where rooms can range from private, to sharing with multiple people (think big college dormitories).
This communal way of life allows you to save money on your travels (usually ranging from $15-$40 a night), while forcing you to socialize and experience new things. The conversations and new friends you will make will feel effortless, because usually everyone staying in hostels are on the same wavelength.
Of course, for the same reasons people love hostels, others hate them.
Despite their low costs, Hostels can come with a plethora of features to help travelers not only save money, but have fun as well. Here are a few features typical of a hostel:
Breakfast: Not always the case, but often breakfast will be included! This of course isn’t anything fancy, expect juice and cereal or something along those lines. This is helpful for travelers who are penny-pinching.
Bedding: This can be viewed as both bad, and good. Many hostels now make it a rule that you HAVE to use their bedding (for sanitory reasons). Some will provide bedding in the initial cost, some will ask about $5 to rent them.
Kitchen: The holy grail of saving money while traveling. Most hostels will have a kitchen where you can cook low-cost meals and socialize and make friends with fellow travelers!
Information: The hostel lobby has great information on the best events/parties/transportation/food spots. Check the bulletin board or ask the front desk. This is vital to having a good time, as you most likely will not be familiar with the area.
Store/Bar: With larger hostels comes more amenities. Things like a grocery store and bar are neat features that help with finding supplies and making friends!
Wi-Fi: Many hostels will have Wi-Fi, which the importance of this speaks for itself.
Tips: Staying Safe
Curfew: Some hostels have curfew, meaning you need to be back at a certain time at night or risk being locked out. Make sure you know your hostels hours (if there are any).
Research: Read up before you go. Check out sites like hostelworld.com and take your time reading reviews of past travelers. Take reviews on cleaniless with a grain of salt (some people, especially first-timers, will compare hostels to hotels – which is an unfair comparison). Pay attention though to reviews on security, and what the area is like. This should help you choose a hostel that’s on the safer side.
Booking A Hostel
Usually, (especially during off-season) you can book a hostel once you’ve arrived to your destination. But if it’s peak tourist season, or you’ll be arriving late at night, you may want to book ahead of time for some peace of mind.