I’ve spent a lot of time in backpackers hostels – I’ve worked in many, and lived in a few for prolonged periods, and I can say without hesitation that they are where I’ve had some of my best times, and met some of my best friends.
In this article for Hostelworld, I discuss what makes hostels so great…
Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s within hostels that you meet the people who end up shaping and making your trip. The people who’ll be grinning next to you in your photos, who’ll come up with ideas and suggestions that you know you have to make a reality, even if that does involve significantly changing your route (go on – change it! What’s the worst that could happen!?). Under hostel roofs, routes are plotted, inside info is shared, and lifelong friendships are secured. This is where romances blossom, where you laugh the hardest, where you party through the night with new friends from places you hadn’t really heard of. Maybe your paths will only cross for one night, maybe you’ll never see them again, or maybe, just maybe you’ll be in a hostel one day, missing PG Tips and your dog, and suddenly you’ll hear a familiar voice, and see a familiar face from months previously, and your home sickness will whizz out of the window.”