I never thought I would end up being a longer termer staying in a hostel for months. The idea of staying in a hostel never appealed to me at all and I was surprised that hostels can be very modern. The one I stayed in Auckland had chill out room, tv rooms and huge kitchens and other great amenities.
I usually love my own space and the thought of sharing a room with a bunch of strangers never appealed to me at all. But after a while though these people become like a family I never had and I actually found it difficult after months of living there to leave and I missed the place.
The hostel can become your home. You get used to having so many people around you, sharing your space. It is great not having to make your own bed and change your own sheets. It becomes normal climbing into your top bunk each night and saying good night to 11 other people in the room.
You get used to people coming and going (although that is the worst part). You always having someone to talk to and you learn the best times to jump in the shower and the quiet times to cook in the kitchen.
Christmas in the hostel was one of my favourites, everyone seemed to just fit and it was one big International family and a lot of drinking!
10 Reasons to stay in a hostel.
1- Cheap. Hostels are perfect for those travelling on a budget. You can pay as little as $18 dollars a night that usually includes free tea and coffee. You can have a single room or a big dorm room or the option of an ensuite depending on your budget.
2- It is a great base to meet new likeminded people in similar situations and fantastic for solo travellers. I always remember staying at the Attic Backpackers At the hostel we did Secret Santa and and had a big Christmas lunch altogether. Everyone was in the same situation and we all felt so connected like we were a big family and probably a little bit tipsy. Now I have friends for life that I met in my dorm room years ago. Many people meet the other side of the world in a an environment when everyone is on a similar journey.
3. Social Activities. There is always something to do. Many hostels tend to have a bar or organise pub crawls, movies nights or BBQ, whether it be a group activity or something being organised such as a pub crawl or free walking tours. A happy home makes guests wants to stay longer and leave good reviews.
4. Good location. Hostels are often in central locations with great transport links. You can choose to be in the centre of the action or a more chilled beach area.
5. Tips from other travellers. It is always good to hear other travellers thoughts and personal recommendations on what to do and what not to do about their experiences. Sometimes its way better hearing it from people first hand rather than just reading it from a book. At hostels people share their stories and you may end up finding the same trip you want to do at a bargain price.
6. Great local knowledge. The staff that work at hostels tend to be super helpful for directions, local knowledge on the best phone plan or the best place to go for breakfast. Hostels have great travel advice and have information and ideas for things to do or places to go. Many often have tour bookings at a better rate.
7. Many hostels also offer the option to work for your accommodation. Noticeboards are also a place for finding jobs. You will also have better ideas and opportunities to find work through word of mouth from staff and travellers
8. Book Swap. Not often can you hand over an old book in exchange for a new one. It is a great way to save money and help the environment. Take advantage of this. Travelling you will feel you will have endless time on your hands and reading is a great way to fill the hours.
9. Road trips. Hostels are a great way to find a person to go exploring and do a road trip. Hostels have noticeboards which are a great for travellers looking for a ride and someone to share the driving or petrol.
10. Free wifi and Free Phone Calls is always a bonus. When you arrive and want to check in call home or log into Facebook, job hunt or sort out your Tax Number its much more convenient to do that from the comfort of your bunk bed or sofa in the hostel in your PJs.