I've been traveling the world nonstop for the past one and a half years. Many people have no idea how this is possible. They assume that my parents are footing the bill or that I must have hit it big — but this couldn't be further from the truth. However, I discovered that hostels were the secret to traveling on a budget pretty early on. In fact, you might be surprised to learn than many travel bloggers like myself spent their earliest travel days sleeping in hostels. Why? They're affordable AF. Here's how staying in hostels helped me travel the world on budget.
Hostels aren't very popular in the U.S. quite yet, but many other countries have plenty of hostels available to anyone who wants to travel on a budget. These shared spaces are extremely popular in backpacker-heavy regions like Central Europe and Southeast Asia. You typically share a room, shower, and kitchen with several other travelers. They usually attract a younger crowd, so there are plenty of opportunities to join group tours or pub crawls. This makes hostels a great option for anyone who might be traveling alone with a desire to meet other people. They're also the best option for anyone who wants to make their travels last as long as possible.