When traveling abroad, you want to find hostels that are inexpensive, clean, and filled with friendly fellow travelers. Sometimes you get lucky, other times you strike out. Don’t leave it up to chance!
In order to find hostels that will enhance your experience abroad, you have to know what to look for (as well as what to avoid):
Everyone in college is trying to save money — especially when studying abroad — so we understand wanting to find hostels that don’t cost an arm and a leg. But remember, cheaper is not always better!
Always read the reviews — many cheap hostels are dirty, with uncomfortable beds, grimy showers, and paper-thin pillows. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay an extra dollar or two for more comfortable digs — your body will be grateful.
Though odd, we know, some hostels actually do not have lockers or safes (or charge you extra to use them). Especially when abroad, you will most definitely need a safe place to put your passport, student visa and cash (rather than running the risk of losing it when meandering the city). Find hostels that don’t force you to pay extra for security.
Cheap and easy meals are hard to come by! Though not necessarily a deal breaker when searching, it’s certainly a perk to find hostels that offer a decent breakfast at a decent hour. While many hostels offer meager coffee and toast (at an ungodly hour of 7 a.m. or earlier), others provide their guests with a heartier meal at a decent hour — at no cost!
When on the road, you’ll rarely be getting a “good amount of sleep.” The last thing you want to worry about on your last night in a city is having to wake up early to turn in your key. It’s a good idea to find hostels that understand this, and make the check-out time appropriately later (11 a.m. or later).
Especially if the hostel doesn’t have a bar, it’s important for it to have a large common area. The neutral “living room” space gives travelers a place to hang out and socialize — and maybe even learn a bit of the language! Especially if you’re flying solo, make sure you find hostels that allow you to easily meet fellow travelers.
Find hostels that provide their guests with (preferably free) internet and Wi-Fi. Rather than scouring the city for nearby internet cafes, you’ll be able to get in touch with family and friends at any time.
When traveling abroad, hostels are a great place to stay because they save you money, as well as allow you to meet other travelers. But beware! The best hostels aren’t necessarily the ones you would choose at first glance.
Do your research, read the reviews, and make sure your checklist of qualifications is met to find hostels that will make your trip incredible!