“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” –Jack Kerouac
Hostels have been around for many years but are often overlooked as a place exclusively for backpackers and aging hippies! But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Hostels have changed a lot from their early beginnings as a ‘cheap place to crash’. Many hostels now offer great locations, upscale dorms, private rooms and modern designs, appealing to groups of travelers that cuts across various demographics. The vast majority of hostels also offer high speed internet, great common spaces and games or activities. It’s not uncommon to see a retired couple chatting about their travels with a young, single backpacker over a beer in the common area or a family playing in the pool area; not to mention the roaming computer programmer working remotely on her latest project.
The common thread that brings such a diverse group of travelers together is the desire for social interaction. Instead of choosing to stay in a hotel they chose a hostel, and not just because it’s more affordable.
Staying at a hostel is not for everyone but if you’re looking for a great social environment, give it a try!