When my sister and I went on our world trip a few years ago, our mom became our travel agent. She did not have any experience in the field, but she was determined to find us the safest and best accommodations and itineraries for the cheapest price.
When my sister and I went on our world trip a few years ago, our mom became our travel agent. She did not have any experience in the field, but she was determined to find us the safest and best accommodations and itineraries for the cheapest price. What became her greatest resource in booking our trip was hostelworld.com. This website comprises a huge database of hostels all over the world. Not only are hostels a cheaper option for traveling, but they provide numerous benefits to young people in particular who are looking to branch out and learn as much as possible both socially and culturally while on their travels across the world.
When choosing a hostel, the most important thing to look at is customer reviews. These are testimonials from people who have been to the hostel and experienced it. Just like hotels or resorts in the United States, hostels can look super nice online, but in reality, they could be a terrible choice. It is necessary to ensure that the accommodations are not only suitable but also safe and you’ll be surrounded by the right people. That being said, it is important for every traveler to leave these reviews on hostelworld.com after experiencing each hostel so that information can be passed on and others can know what to expect. Without these reviews and travelers taking the time to write them, people would be clueless when booking their sleeping arrangements, and traveling would be a lot more risky. Let’s all help each other out in the planning process and keep each other safe and happy!
Some of my favorite hostel experiences throughout my travels have been in Bangkok, Jerusalem, and Istanbul. In Bangkok, we stayed at a hostel called NapPark Hostel at Khao San. This hostel was amazing because it included luggage storage, lockers, private bunkbeds divided by thick curtains, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and it was in a great location. It was important for us as young traveling women to be in the middle of the excitement, but it was also important to feel safe. NapPark was big and had many young travelers. The staff was also extremely helpful in finding us the perfect excursions in Bangkok. A good hostel will have staff that gives you suggestions for what to see and do. They should also be able to call the right people to set up these excursions for you and transportation to get there. While in Bangkok, our hostel helped us set up excursions to temples, a tour in which we rode elephants and played with tigers, and a raft ride down the river Kwai.
In Jerusalem, we stayed at Abraham Hostel. Abraham Hostel not only provided many great amenities just as Bangkok’s hostel did, but it also had a great social lounge where travelers could interact. There was a pool table and beanbags for travelers to enjoy one another’s company. Again, the staff at the hostel in Jerusalem was very helpful in finding us excursions to go on. We were able to do a tour of Jerusalem’s old city and also took a day trip to Bethlehem. The hostel in Turkey called Agora Guesthouse was unique in its location and style. Located right along the Bosphorus strait, the hostel had a rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the water. Our complimentary breakfast was served on this rooftop each morning. In Turkey, the hostel was smaller and more hotel-like. It was very nice, and we shared a bunked room with other travelers, but there were only a few of these rooms in the entire place. The staff at Agora Guesthouse became our friends and helped us plan a boat cruise on the Bosphorus, a day trip to a Turkish bath, and a shopping trip to the Grand Bazaar.
Though staying in hostels may seem like a rougher way to travel, it truly is the best way to travel. Giving up a small amount of privacy for the amazing experiences received in exchange is well worth it. Hostels save money, force people out of their comfort zones, help travelers meet other travelers, and basically provide a free travel agency through their helpful staff. Without staying in hostels, my sister and I would not have experienced nearly as much as we did. We would not have made as many friends or as many memories throughout our world trip. Whether using hostelworld.com or another hostel search engine, I recommend all travelers, both new and old, to explore this option of accommodation. For a little extra money, many of these hostels also have private rooms. The amount of diversity and culture seen just from within the walls of each hostel will be invaluable. Do your research, read reviews, find the amenities you are looking for, and prepare yourself to be immersed in experiences as you go to new and exciting places. This is what traveling is about. Make the most of it.
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