Hostels form an integral part of a back-packing trip across Europe. They are cheap and are usually full of people your own age – handy if you get sick of your travelling companion.
Before you book your stay, there are a few things you might like to know first:
- Hostels are usually located in dodgier areas than advertised. You have been warned.
- The kitchen will usually be occupied by at least 20 others – get used to eating beans… cold… out of the tin.
- If they advertise that the Colosseum is only a five-minute walk away, make sure you factor in the 20-minute train journey that they forgot to mention.
- The best things about hostels are the free maps. Grab one – it’ll come in handy when you have a few too many and can’t remember your way back.
- You are bound to pick up a stray traveller, especially if you spend too long in the lobby.
- You will usually be able to grab a few discounts for restaurants and night clubs. Perfect for when the funds are drying up.
- You WILL end up battling paranoia when you leave your belongings while you go off exploring.
You will also have the time of your life!