Why Hostel?

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For starters, there's something we need to make clear: "Staying in a hostel", and "to hostel" (as a verb, an action) or "hosteling" aren't the same thing. You can stay anywhere. You can stay in a hotel, in a train station, the bog, it doesn't matter. Staying somewhere means nothing more than having for the night a place to leave your things, bathe, sleep, and maybe catch a meal. That's it.

To hostel, on the other hand, is more than just cadging a place to sleep. This is your trip, after all, and part of the thrill and fun of travel is the willingness to be open to things new. When you're going to stay somewhere, especially in a hostel, then you might as well go all-out and go full-blown hosteling. The difference?

Attitude. Hosteling has an attitude of openness attached to it, to new and different people and experiences. It's a willingness to share and take interest, to do your own thing but to see what happens out of nowhere too.

This is the main reason we think you should hostel, and why we enjoy it and why we hostel when we're on the road. But here are some more reasons, see which ones fit you and your trip:

Ready to give it a go? Our listings will help you find hostels where you're going. Need some more convincing? Here are a few more reasons why hosteling rocks and at least is worth a go:

Really, any reason is a good reason. Most people have their own, a unique reason why they hostel. What's yours? There's only one way to find out...