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Old 09-12-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: London
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I've stayed in over 50 hostels across the world and i would say that as long as you choose the place wisely (i always use Hostels Worldwide - Online Hostel Bookings, Ratings and Reviews as i like to read the reviews) you'll have an excellent time. Some hostels are clearly built for young travellers to meet others and go out partying, whilst others are more geared towards families and large groups i.e. schools and scouts.

I'd also not worry too much about the security aspect either. Most hostels provide lockers, so you can store any valuables with peace of mind and you're far more likely to encounter friendly people from other cultures, than some type of sociopath.

I enjoy solo travel (i'm 28) and will continue to use hostels for the foreseeable future. It's far more enjoyable to share a meal or go out for drinks with new people from foreign lands than go back to an empty hotel room.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:11 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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It's not good to live a life of fear...
I don't ... I've traveled solo many times these past few years and utilized mass transit to get around ... I've ignored the naysayers who were cautioning me against traveling solo to NYC and relying on their subway system. I don't allow fear to rule my life but I also don't take unnecessary chances with my safety ... Sharing a hostel room with strangers is just plain not safe and I will not risk my safety just to save a few bucks.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: southern california
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I'm 37 years old and wanted to know if anyone my age (or older) has ever stayed in any? I thought they were mainly for younger people, but not sure. Any complaints or praises?
yes i just stayed in khouse in kyoto japan got back 3 hours ago. its great.
let me know if you wana see pictures and i can post on this thread if you want.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:59 PM
 
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I don't ... I've traveled solo many times these past few years and utilized mass transit to get around ... I've ignored the naysayers who were cautioning me against traveling solo to NYC and relying on their subway system. I don't allow fear to rule my life but I also don't take unnecessary chances with my safety ... Sharing a hostel room with strangers is just plain not safe and I will not risk my safety just to save a few bucks.

That just doesn't make any sense. How is sharing a room with strangers more riskier than any other activity involving people whom you don't know?

Either you are lying to yourself regarding fear, or maybe have watched the movie Hostel too much.

Really, bad things happen everywhere. Whether in the subway of NYC, an upscale hotel, or a hostel, life is unpredictable.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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That just doesn't make any sense. How is sharing a room with strangers more riskier than any other activity involving people whom you don't know?

Either you are lying to yourself regarding fear, or maybe have watched the movie Hostel too much.

Really, bad things happen everywhere. Whether in the subway of NYC, an upscale hotel, or a hostel, life is unpredictable.
At least on mass transit, you can be alert to your surroundings but how alert are you when you are asleep in a hostel room full of strangers?

I've never seen the movie "Hostel" and no, I don't live a life of fear ... I just try to use my common sense in terms of safety when I travel and in my book, sleeping in a room full of strangers does not feel safe to me.
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: southern california
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At least on mass transit, you can be alert to your surroundings but how alert are you when you are asleep in a hostel room full of strangers?

I've never seen the movie "Hostel" and no, I don't live a life of fear ... I just try to use my common sense in terms of safety when I travel and in my book, sleeping in a room full of strangers does not feel safe to me.
i never sleep dormitory anymore. hostels have private rooms with kitchen and bathroom down the hall. i spend a wonderful week cooking with some really great and interesting people and making and learning new dishes.
my fellow travelers also kept me abreast of the local sights to see.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: London
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i never sleep dormitory anymore. hostels have private rooms with kitchen and bathroom down the hall. i spend a wonderful week cooking with some really great and interesting people and making and learning new dishes.
my fellow travelers also kept me abreast of the local sights to see.
That's the thing - you can always stay in a private room if you're concerned about the safety of the dorm. This would allow you to experience how good a hostel can be and will still give you the chance to meet lots of interesting people (although you obviously meet more if you share a room with others), without the fear that someone's going to kill you whilst you sleep.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Hostels in USA are completely useless, they are more expensive or the same price as many lower priced hotels. I'd stay in a motel six or equivlent than a hostel.
You've obviously never been to Gram's Place in Tampa, then.

Gram's Place Hostel in Tampa, Florida
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: London
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You've obviously never been to Gram's Place in Tampa, then.

Gram's Place Hostel in Tampa, Florida
That's a cool place.

I've stayed in hostels in NY, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, SF, Chicago and Nashville (pretty awful hostel). On the whole, the hostels were adequate but poor in comparison to some of the places i've stayed in Europe, South America and Australia.
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