Nowadays, almost everybody knows what a hostel is and have heard how this kind of places are a favorite for backpackers. Even though the quality of hostels has improved throughout the years and are getting better and better every day, there are still some myths around that have become kind of urban legends. In this article we want to set the record straight about these silly myths that are sometimes just the result of not having the correct information.
There are only parties and drunk people around
There is no doubt that right now there has been a growth in these so called “Party hostels”. In these hostels it is common to find a lot of young people drinking and partying nonstop. They normally say it in their description so people that are looking for this kind of trip can enjoy them and just have fun all night every night.
But, these are not the only type of hostels you can find. Nowadays, there are a lot of relax, chill, family friendly hostels. Looking online you can even find some themed ones (Animal lovers, beach hostels, organic hostels ). There is a hostel for almost every taste.
Everything in a hostel is to share
It is commonly believed that all the things that a hostel offers is to be shared with other guests and that you won’t find privacy in them. Is just another false myth, nowadays, almost all of the hostels not only have the space for shared dorms but, also have some private rooms with private bathrooms for those who would like to experience the fun atmosphere in a hostel but want to have their own space and silence during the night. It is of course a little bit more expensive but also a great option to have both experiences.
In a hostel you will only find homeless, poor people
This is a myth that is widely believed for those who don´t travel but, nothing can be more far away from the truth. Normally, at hostels you will find people of all kinds but, the most commons are backpackers that are travelling around the world with a certain budget and know that they can go farther away if they stay in hostels and not hotels.
Sometimes, you find people that took holidays from their jobs, are taking a gap year from school or a sabbatical even. They stay in hostels not because they don´t have money, but they know how to manage it better and just want to have more fun that being alone in a hotel.
Hostels are dirty and dangerous places, that is why they are cheap
Not at all! Not because hostels are cheap it means that they are going to be dirty or dangerous. Nowadays, you can find hostels that are even better, cleaner, more modern and are even better located than a hotel. There are some luxury hotels that would blow your mind. Don´t be afraid, paying for a cheap bed doesn´t mean you will not get quality during your stay.
You won’t have a concierge service, so you will have to get all the information by yourself
It is true that hostels don’t have this normal concierge counter but normally, the receptionists that work in a hostel are well travelled people that will be willing to help you with everything that you need. Being travelers themselves they know what is like to feel lost in a place so will for sure make their best to help you.
Most of the time, the staff are locals that will know a lot of secret places or can give you good tips to enjoy the city like they normally do it.
You will be at risk of getting your valuables while staying in hostels
A lot of people believe that staying in hostels and sharing a room is risky for their valuables. There is nothing to worry about, not only most of the hostels have lockers service so you would feel safer but, normally backpackers are very honest people that are not looking for trouble.
It´s time to put your fears behind and try the experience of staying in hostels, we guarantee you, you won´t regret it.
Today we want to tell you some secrets, so you can travel the world without going broke. First, we want to break some news: While traveling, you will spend less money than when you live in one place! We know it sounds weird but trust us, it is truly possible.
Of course, this will all depend on your way of traveling. If your wish is to experience the lifestyle of the rich and the famous it will for sure be more expensive but, if you want to get to know as many places as possible in a short amount of time, we guarantee you it could be cheaper than living a “regular life”. We will leave you here these next tips:
1) Stay in hostels
Not only is a much fun experience but, the concept of hostels is designed so people can travel without spending that much money. A bed in a normal hotel can cost you a lot of money and a hotel won´t have the cool atmosphere a youth hostel can provide. The normal clients in a hostel are fun backpackers just like yourself traveling the world on a budget so, it is also a way of collecting tips, anecdotes and making cool friends along the way.
2) Choose cheap destinations
Choose countries in which the normal expenses like food, accommodation and transportation are cheap and convenient for you, especially if it´s the first time you travel. The first stage of your trip is where you will spend more money, the inexperience makes us take decisions or buy things that are unnecessary. Once you have spent a lot of time travelling you will learn how to save money even in the most expensive places.
3) Travel with cheap airlines, do stop overs, find alternative routes
Especially in Europe and Asia, there are a lot of low-cost airlines that let us travel big distances, even whole continents at very reasonable prices. You just have to remember that these airlines have very strict rules about luggage, so be very careful with the size and weight of your hand luggage, making a mistake with this can cost a lot of money. Also, booking a flight with stop overs or routes that are not so popular can cheapen your trip.
4) Spend more time in each place
One of the most frequent expense you will have as a traveler is transportation, moving from one place to the other could turn into q big waste of money. That´s why we recommend you to spend more time in each place, walk, use a bike or rent a cheap motorcycle to go around the cities. This can translate into a big save of money.
Also, there are some websites and apps very useful for travelers. Mostly the idea is to share a ride with someone in their own cars. The most commons are Blablacar and carpooling. Is not only a way to save money but, also to meet cool locals.
5) Meet Locals
Without a doubt they will be the best source of knowledge about the place that you are visiting and the best to give you the tips about cheap supermarkets, stores, free shows, what to visit for free. You can get an inner view of the place and enjoy it as a local. There is no better experience than this.
6) Buy your clothes in a second-hand shop
Unless you are planning on spending 6 months in the Amazonia, go to the Himalayas or travelling for months in a bike, you don´t need and specific outfit. For a trip just going around cities and small towns you can wear pretty much anything. Of course, there will be times when you might need a big coat, socks or winter clothes. But, for the times with good weather any normal outfit will be enough. For these kinds of trips, you don´t need either very expensive backpacks or expensive gear like a compass. Forget about all of that unless, as we write at the beginning, you are doing a very specific adventure.
For all the casual, normal clothes and even equipment you can always shop in second hand stores where even other travelers like yourself have left their things after they finished their trip. It a great way to save a lot of money.
So, what are you waiting for? We have shown you that there are a lot of ways of saving money while traveling so just pack and take the risk.