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Staying in Hostels While Backpacking Round the World

February 2, 2018

While I was bumming around Europe on Interrail I stayed in loads of different hostels – or Youth Hostels as they were known then. There are over 35,000 hostels around the world. It is basically a hotel with budget prices where you can rent a bed in dormitory with a shared bathroom or your own room with ensuite bathroom. The shared rooms can be mixed or single-sex.

Generator Hostel in Stockholm

Some of the hostels have lounges, sometimes even a kitchen where you can make your own food, and a few might have laundry facilities. Each hostel varies and hold different amenities so it is important that you study them carefully before you book.

Lucky Lake Hostel in Amsterdam is a hip caravan site.

For instance we stayed in a large hostel in Paris in a stylish but cosy room which we shared with another girl compared to a tiny hostel in Stockholm where we were cramped into a tiny alcove with bunkbeds. In  Hamburg we stayed in a large dormitory where there was a large communal shower room. It was like being on a school trip. The best hotel we stayed in was a quirky eco-friendly hostel in Amsterdam where we had an ensuite.

The cool dining area of Generator Hostel in Stockholm

The beauty of hostels is that a lot of them are situated right in the middle of the hustle and bustle so you are do not have to spend time travelling into the city centre. Also the hostels are filled with travellers like yourself so it is easy to meet likeminded people.

The immaculate bathroom in Clinknoord, a hostel in Amsterdam

To book a room all you need to do is go to their website. You can sign up for membership with Hostel World – although not necessary but if you do this will entitle you to a discount.

Another good thing about staying in a hostel is that they look out for you. If you turn up without booking and they are unable to accommodate you then they will phone round to other hostels to find you a bed and book it for you. They are also very friendly and of course able to give you lots of tips on where to go, places to avoid etc. They offer a much informal service than your regular hotel.For more information, please visit their website.

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    Zena's Suitcase
    February 6, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Hostels are a great option for budget travel. I’ve stayed in a family room in Amsterdam and it was really comfortable for us

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 7, 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Glad you had a good experience.

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    London Mumma
    February 5, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    You know, I always thought hostels, were a bit dirty, but my mind has totally changed, the look great and designed so well.

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 5, 2018 at 3:47 PM

      They are far from dirty, even the basic ones were clean.

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    Jenni
    February 5, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Wow, some of these hostels look amazing! I love the caravan one in Amsterdam.

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 5, 2018 at 1:32 PM

      Amsterdam did have some pretty cool hostels.

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    Katie
    February 5, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    I’ve never thought of staying in a hostel before but these look great. Not like I was expecting at all.

    Katie xoxo

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 5, 2018 at 1:31 PM

      A lot of people say that. They hear the word hostel and think of a hovel. I think hostels need to do some PR.

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels
    February 4, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    My eldest daughter travelled around Cambodia and Laos last year and stayed in some amazing hostels. Kaz

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 4, 2018 at 11:01 PM

      I bet she has some lovely memories.

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    Wendy
    February 3, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    I have never stayed in a hostel but I’ve never done the travelling thing really either. If I were to go travelling one day though and for some reason didn’t have the kids with me I would totally be up for staying in a hostel. This post is really informative and I’m sure willl be really useful for those planning their travels xx

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 3, 2018 at 9:01 PM

      Thank you. I forgot to say that some hostels are family friendly. On my travels I came across a few families at some hostels.

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    Anosa
    February 3, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    I love hostels and I have stayed in both Generator Stockholm and lucky hostels and had a great time, met some lovely people whom I am still friends with today

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 3, 2018 at 7:45 PM

      The Generator looks so sleek. I met some cool people at the hostels that we stayed at. They really are gems of places.

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    Victoria
    February 3, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    I can definitely enjoy a hostel if it’s cosy and elegant! I’ve never been a fan of hostels as I tend to imagine the worst with them, so it’s great to know that there are some good options out there. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 3, 2018 at 7:47 PM

      I feel that they are under-rated as people form impressions. I think that people assume they will be like the grotty motels in America.

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    Rhian Westbury
    February 3, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    I’ve stayed in a few hostels before but I don’t really like shared rooms before, I prefer having my own space and privacy x

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 3, 2018 at 10:41 AM

      I like my own privacy and space too. Which hostels did you stay in?

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    Sam
    February 2, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks for the info on Hostel World. I didn’t know that. Usually, most of my bookings I do on Agoda doesn’t matter if it’s hostel or hostel.

    Those hostels look nice, I’ll try to keep them in mind. I have mixed feelings about hostels, and most of the time even if I stay in a hostel, I don’t mix with the travellers. I talk to the staff, etc. I’m not travelling to meet other travellers. Tho, sometimes I enjoy a friendly chat with people during my meals 😉

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 2, 2018 at 9:14 PM

      You don’t have to mingle with other people at the hostels if you don’t want to. The choice is entirely your. Some travellers do their own thing – go out exploring and then come back to eat and sleep.

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    Kumamonjeng
    February 2, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    I have never try hostel before but your pictures show a good picture of how the condition and I shall try once!

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 4, 2018 at 9:06 PM

      Some of them are really lovely and quite quirky.

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    The Blogger Philippines
    February 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Never been to a hostel like this, but this kind of hostel is perfect for travelers like me. Very cozy and elegant. If I had a chance I will stay here for a monthss.

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      Ronke Adeyemi
      February 2, 2018 at 1:54 PM

      I agree! Some of these hostels are better than hotels.

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