Did you ever watch that movie Hostel back in 2005?
Three backpackers are in Europe making their way to a hostel filled with attractive European women who lust for foreigners. When they get there, it turns out to be a trap for backpackers. High paying bidders buy backpackers to torture them, kill them and whatever else they like.
Staying in a hostel is exactly… not like that movie.
First off, what is a hostel?
A hostel is a form of budget accommodation.
Imagine a hotel room, now take out the tv, take out the wardrobe, take out the dresser, change the beds for bunk beds and squeeze in two to three more bunks and you have yourself a hostel dorm room.
Instead of one or two people spending upwards of $70 for a room, you have anywhere from 4-12 people each paying $5-$25 for a nights stay.
I have to let you know, this is definitely not for everybody. Even for those with budgets.
Have you ever watched that show, The Real World on MTV? It’s like that sometimes.
Some hostels seem to simply be a transition spot. People show up to rest and then move on to their next location. These tend to be fairly quiet and basic. No extras, just a bed to sleep on and a shower to use.
Others are definitely geared towards the outgoing backpacker personality. They’ll have the basics of course, but along with that they’ll have computers to use, hammocks to lounge around in and sometimes pool tables and table tennis. I’ve stayed in a few that have their own bar which added to the backpacker style and personality.
So what is staying in a hostel like???
- It’s trying to sleep while throughout the night newcomers or inebriated roommates stumble in.
- It’s sometimes being the one intoxicated trying to maneuver your way around luggage, bags and shoes towards your bed.
- It’s people snoring and waking up at 4am to catch a bus to their next destination.
- It’s sleeping in a pool of your own sweat because a large majority of hostels don’t have air conditioning. (At least in Central America and if they do have it, it’s extra)
- It’s layering up and shivering on cold nights because the hostel has no heater.
- It’s meeting people from around the globe and learning about their ways and culture.
- It’s trying to learn new phrases, languages and accents.
- It’s random hook-ups with somebody you just met.
- It’s being extremely annoyed with the previous and wishing they would get a private room. (it’s not that much extra between two people)
- It’s becoming quick friends and going on adventures with people you just met.
- It’s being attacked by mosquitoes, random bugs and the occasional scorpion.
- It’s cold showers in the morning but not minding because of how hot it is.
- It’s falling in love with someone you meet and might never see again.
- And at the end of it all, it’s about no matter what happened the night before, finding yourself awake the next morning in a new part of the world with an entire day ahead to explore whatever may surround you.
Have you stayed in a hostel before? What has your experience been like?