It blows my mind that people want to stay in hotels.
Hotels are great for a few occasions — and a few at best. But, if you’re under the age of 30, you’re missing out if you’re staying in a hotel. From the people to the parties, there’s so much happening in other modes of travel lodging of which you could be a part.
For anyone who may not know, a hostel is like staying in a dorm room. You get a bunk bed and you share a shower with people, but it’s cheap.
It starts at like $10 a night, and if you’re traveling, you’re probably not spending a whole ton of time in there, anyway.
Some hostels also have private rooms, like hotel rooms, at a pretty cheap rate.
There’s also Airbnb, which is basically like renting someone’s apartment, house, living room or whatever the person puts up for rent.
Some people are also cool and will want to show you around their city. Similar to this is CouchSurfing, where you pay nothing to hang out on someone’s couch.
With all of the technology out there, there’s no reason to want to pay for an overpriced hotel room you'll only sleep in!
In case the above reasons aren’t convincing enough, here are even more reasons why:
1. Hotels are pricey.
You don’t get what you pay for in hotels. You get a private room, but that’s it. Why would you pay so much per night just to sleep? Some hotels have a few amenities, but you can also find these amenities elsewhere.
2. Nightlife is more fun in a hostel.
A hostel is like your first year of college all over again. You get to meet people from all over the world and hang out with them; you may even become friends with them!
They’ll teach you new things and may even offer to show you places they’ve visited. People in hostels also tend to be great bar-hopping friends.
3. It’s cozier.
A hostel seems like home; whereas, a hotel is very... unfriendly. Hotels may offer information about places that are around, but they are also probably paid to do that.
A person in a hostel will tell you about cool local bars or small restaurants — not the fancy ones that charge a ton of money for barely any food.
4. Shared meals!!
In hostels, it’s common to share meals with people. Many hostels offer breakfast, which is a great way to meet people. While some hotels offer breakfast, no one talks to each other.
5. There are people your own age in a hostel.
A hostel attracts the younger crowd; whereas, a hotel will attract anyone willing to pay.
This means you are more likely to get along with the people staying in hostels than you are with those in hotels, where crabby businessmen may feel the need to complain about your crew consistently being up past midnight.
6. You'll learn to travel light.
When you stay in a hostel, you can’t pack much because there isn’t much room. You will also learn which souvenirs are valuable since you don’t have that room to store them.
In a hotel, you can bring a lot of stuff, but you also have to haul around a lot of stuff you most likely don’t need. Staying once in a hostel will teach you how to always pack light and right.
7. You’ll make stronger connections.
It’s rare to make connections with the staff at a hotel, but the staff at a hostel will want to get to know you and always invite you back.
A hotel couldn’t care less if you came back because they can get business anywhere. Stay in a hostel once and you will have a place to stay for the rest of your travels.
Staying at a hostel will teach you how to travel. It will be more inviting and give you a well-rounded travel experience.
So, save money and don’t go to a boring hotel!