Posted on February 9, 2017
Any long term travel requires serious budgeting. A big money saver for me was hostel living. I’ve never stayed at a hostel before so the only thing I had to compare it to was the 2005 movie thriller HOSTEL. Luckily my first experience was with a group of girls who’ve traveled the world and stayed at countless hostels. They told me what to do, how to do it, what to avoid and what I will need.
Now I’m passing that info onto you, in hopes you will find your way around the world within budget.
When staying at hostels you encounter a lot of 20-25 year olds. Nothing’s wrong with that, it’s just if you’re 30 something and backpacking across the world, understand that people from other countries start their travels at a very young age. Whereas us Americans do it later in life or not at all. What a pity!
Always lock up your stuff. I learned the night I became victim of a Colombian crime scene.
When researching hostels, always look for free breakfast and wifi. These options will save you big-time on planning and money. It will also help get your day started on the right foot.
READ REVIEWS! Make sure the hostel that you consider has good reviews from previous travelers. Lots of times hostels will say it offers one thing, but the reviews prove otherwise. There are party hostels, chill hostels, ones located in the heart of the city, and some are secluded. Make sure it’s what you want.
Some hostels provide you with supplies like towels, soap etc while others do not. Here is a list of things you should bring when staying at a hostel.
Towel (big and small)
Sweater (in case it gets cold)
Snacks (kitchens with utensils are usually provided)
Toilet paper (sometimes they run out)
Everything else you will need is pretty explanatory.
Hostels in Colombia averaged about $10 a night, ones in Europe are a little more pricy.