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One of the biggest costs on your trip will be accommodation. Finding an inexpensive place to stay is very important and hostels are a great option. Hostels are also important for another reason- you spend a lot of time in them so they are the place where you join other travelers. Hostel common rooms, kitchens, and dorms are one of the easiest places to meet new friends.

Hostels provide a lot of things to a traveler: social interaction, a room, a kitchen, local tips, and a nice shower. They are an important part of a backpackers or long term travelers travel experience and it is important that you stay at the one that best suits your needs in order to get the most out of each hostel and not spoil your trip.

I’ve spent a lot of hours looking for the perfect hostel and the truth is there isn’t one. A great hostel can be bad if it has mean people in it and a bad hostel can be the best one of your life if it is filled with amazing people. You can never be sure.

The best route to find the perfect hostel is to do research and know what you want. Without that, you will most likely turn up at one you don’t like. It’s important to know how big of a hostel you like, the atmosphere you desire, the type of traveler that goes there, the facilities it has, and its location.

Hostels are generally for younger travelers. They are meant for people looking to connect, party, and, sometimes, hook up- not always in that order. Hostels have a party reputation for good reason since most of the young people who go out partying tend to also spend a lot of that time drinking with people around the world.

That may not be for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay in hostels. While most hostels are for young people, there are many hostels that cater to families and old travelers. The best example is Hostel International. This big hostel chain caters to large groups, families, and older travelers. They tend to be quieter and have strict rules on partying. Find out what kind of hostel you are going to.

Another thing to look for besides age is atmosphere. Each hostel has its own personality. Some are tame, others are wild, some are geared towards Germans and other geared towards Swedes. (It is true- I’ve seen it!). Some hostels are good for long term stays and others for people who stay one night. The best way to find this information out is by going on the web and reading hostel reviews on booking sites. The reviews will give you a good idea about the type of hostel a location is and who goes there and for what reason. If you want a quiet clean hostel, picking a hostel at random could lead you to a hedonistic all night party place.

Good hostels tend to be very well known. All travelers know of The Flying Pig in Amsterdam or Base in Melbourne. Their reputations are carried overseas and discussed by other travelers. This makes the best way to find a good hostel to ask other travelers Hostels are always changing and they will have the most up to date information on the good spots in a city.

But remember no matter what the place is like it is all about the people. Find a hostel with good people and you will find the right hostel for you.

Matt has stayed at a variety of types of accommodation around the world. Check out his website for more information on staying in hostels and alternatives to hostels.

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