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Top 5 Signs You’ve Found a Good Hostel

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When traveling abroad on a budget, one of the smartest things you can do to save money is to spend your nights sleeping in hostels. Sure there are hostels in the United States, but when Americans think of hostels they typically think of Europe or South America. But wherever you end up going, whether it’s Stateside or an international location, there are good hostels and there are not-so-good hostels. So how do you know which you’ve chosen? Well, the following are some of the indicators of a quality hostel where you can expect an enjoyable and comfortable stay on the cheap.

5. You Paid a Little More but Still Far Less Than a Hotel

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One of the primary reasons for choosing to stay in a hostel while traveling is to save money. We all get that. But too many travelers think that the only way to save on lodging is to find the absolute cheapest hostel they can and call it a day. In many instances, that can end up being a big mistake. The cheapest hostels will save you some money but they‘re usually not kept up very well and have substandard accommodations. There are websites that allow you to get an idea of what some hostels offer so do your research and be willing to pay a little extra for a better quality hostel.

4. You Ate a Filling Breakfast and at a Reasonable Hour

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Hostel breakfasts begin serving at 6am and consist of coffee and toast, so deal with it, right? Not necessarily. Conventional wisdom dictates that such is the case and in fact it is with many hostels. But if you’ve selected one that serves breakfast at a more reasonable hour (say 8 or 8:30 a.m.) and has more of a selection than just coffee and a few slices of toast, then give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve chosen one of the better hostels.

3. You’re Not Hurried Out the Door in the Morning

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Hotels typically have an 11 a.m. checkout times. So why do most hostels think travelers should have to be out of their rooms and on the road any earlier? Many have checkout times of 10 a.m. and some are even earlier. That is unacceptable for a traveler, or at least it should be. Traveling, as enjoyable as it is, is an exhausting endeavor and you need as much rest as possible. If your hostel has a checkout time of 11 a.m. or even noon, as some have, then you are staying in a hostel with owners who understand the need for rest and have set their checkout times accordingly.

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