How to choose the perfect hostel?
This is the final article in the ‘How to choose the perfect hostel’ series. In previous articles, we described step 1-3:
Step 1: Consider what you find important in a hostel (luxurious, sociable, location?)
Step 2: Listen to your travel friends. They often have the best advices!
–> Read more about step 1 and step 2 here!
Step 3: Check out Hostelworld.com (list hostels by rating, check the latest reviews etc.)
–> Read more about step 3 here including a guide ‘How to use Hostelworld’!
Step 4: Check out the website of the hostel
Hostelworld does not provide a direct link, but you can simply google it. By viewing the website you can get a good impression of the hostel.
Step 5: Book the hostel of your choice!
Once you have selected a hostel it is time to book your spot! Booking in advance is not always needed. It is only needed for popular hostels or hostels with limited capacity. Most of the times you can just show up.
In some cases it is cheaper to book through the hostel (hostelworld charges a small booking fee). When you stay for more then 3 nights for example, you may be able to get a discount when booking directly through the hostel.
Once you booked a hostel…
– Take a photo of the address of the hostel (or save it on your phone) with the address preferably written in the local language/script
– Write down the telephone number of the hostel
– Roughly check where the hostel is located in the city (remember landmarks such as rivers / shops / squares etc.) to make double sure once you’re on the move you’re heading into the right direction
It goes without saying that some countries do not have fancy hostels with facilities to choose from or are not active on the internet. In that case, it is best to choose a hostel or guesthouse on basis of experiences of other backpackers or to search the internet for reviews.
As a final remark: Backpacking is no rocket science. I hope this article simply serves as a guide, but in the end ‘Just go with the flow and see and book as you go!’
Recommended further reading
The ultimate guide to backpacker jargon
6 Ethical travel dilemma’s I encountered as a traveler