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Different kinds of hostels (Hostels in the country, in the city, etc.)

Hostels come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. City hostels tend to lean more towards the social/fun aspect of city life, offering information about pubs, tours of the city, thrift shops and night clubs. They can be much noisier than country hostels, since they often have no curfew and are open 24 hours a day. The bigger the hostel, and the more night-life oriented the city it's in, the more ...

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Dorms vs. Private Rooms in hostels

  A dorm (abbreviation of dormitory) is a room containing multiple beds - often bunks - which can be booked individually by different guests; you basically pay only for your bed rather than for the whole room   Dorms are also called shared rooms, since you share the room with other guests. Dorms can fit from 4 to 20 or more beds and some hostels have separate dorms for males and ...

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hostels (but were afraid to ask)

  Are hostels clean?   Yes they are: to meet hygiene regulations with so many people around, you have to clean a lot. Certainly, when showers and toilets are shared by many people, they might look a bit messy after a while, but most hostels do a good job of cleaning them on a very frequent basis.   Can I drink alcohol in hostels?   This depends a lot on what country you ...

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Frequently asked questions about hostels

How long can I stay in a hostel? Some hostels might have maximum stay restrictions and won’t allow you to stay longer than a couple of weeks, since the idea of hostelling is that people are travelling across a country, and not staying in the same place all the time. However many others will not mind if you stay longer: at the end of the day you are still their customer! As some hostels ...

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History of the youth hostels movement

The first youth hostel was founded by Richard Schirrmann around 1909. Schirrmann was a German teacher who organized trips and visits with his students. During one of these excursions, a sudden rainstorm forced his group to seek shelter in an empty school. It was then that Schirrmann had the idea of using schools that were empty during holidays as guest houses for young people that were ...

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Hostels and Hotels: what to expect

There are several types of hostels nowadays, and all of them tend to have their special characteristics; some are more like standard hotels, some are a completely different experience. The main difference is that most hostels offer accommodation in dormitories, or shared rooms. Dorms can be bigger or smaller, can be for males/females only or mixed, but anyway this means that you can share your ...

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Limits - restrictions in hostels

Age limits Some hostels do have age limits and might give precedence to younger travellers, or exclude them (if they have a bar in the premises), but most hostels will welcome guests of all ages, and will even accommodate children and provide smaller beds and cribs on request. People under 18 cannot stay in dorms, even if they are travelling with an adult, however normally there is no age ...

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Other kinds of accommodation: B&B's - Campsites - Apartments - Guest Houses

    B&B's (Bed and Breakfast) B&B’s are usually located in someone’s house and usually offer a limited number of rooms; they provide a “home away from home” atmosphere and breakfast service is available.     Campsites   Campsites can provide either rooms, beds in bungalows and camping gear as well: alternatively you can also bring ...

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Social life in hostels

Hostels are definitely the place for socializing. Since the guests in a hostel are mostly younger people, there are plenty of occasions to get to know other travellers. Some hostels organize parties, meetings or competitions, or have a bar within or just outside their premises where people can meet and chat to fellow guests.   Hostellers are generally more interested in meeting other ...

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What kind of equipment do I need to stay at hostels?

  If you are travelling for long time, get a good quality backpack, which fits you comfortably and avoid to pack it with too much stuff - an overstuffed backpack can be very heavy to carry and not very comfortable in summer when it is hot. Go for comfortable shoes and keep cool shoes for your nights out only. Hostels most often provide you with sheets (sometimes at an extra cost therefore ...

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Who are hostellers / backpackers?

Hostellers, referred to also as backpackers (especially in Australia and New Zealand), are people who travel on a budget, often changing city every few days. They tend to travel for long periods, with the minimum equipment they require, since after all they have to carry it on their shoulder. They usually travel by train, bus or even hitch-hike, and are looking for a difference experience of the ...

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