Backpacking Hostels

By: Nicholas Tan

A hostel is an excellent cheap form of accommodation. Backpacker Hostels provide a social setting. Most hostels offer private rooms and dormitories. Private rooms are usually singles, twins or doubles and some properties also offer triples.

Many hostels provide self-catering kitchens and most provide meals. Booking a room via the internet has become easy. There are as many different atmospheres as there are hostels

There are hostels in castles, in teepees and in railroad carriages. Hostels have probably been around for over a thousand years as a low cost place for a traveler to stay for the night. Don't stand out - Learn about the culture of the country before you visit it, and try not to look too much like a tourist.

Expand your horizons - Taking excursions away from your original plan is part of what makes backpacking fun. Many hostels provide access for wheelchair users, and specially adapted rooms are becoming more common. Use your travel reference to find a hostel that satisfies your needs.

Many hostels are located in remarkable buildings. Many hostels have a self-catering kitchen where you can cook your own meals and some even have their own restaurants, cafe and bars. The majority of hostels around the world are independently owned and many of these have their own bars and restaurants. Today, many hostels are not unlike budget hotels where the only significant difference is the price.

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