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Old 07-05-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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I've never stayed @ a hostel. My fiancé loves them and wants to stay @ one with me on our next trip b/c he says they are cheaper and if you only need a bed why does it matter what the room looks like?


But I feel like... we're in our mid-30's, we make over $200k as a couple, why would someone our age and with our income need to stay in hostels?


Is there some kind of awesomeness I am not aware of?


I get the appeal for young people or people who don't have a lot of money, but if you're able to afford a nice hotel, why wouldn't you?


Is there some kind of advantage to staying in a hostel? Are they safe?


I have heard some serious horror stories and those were from people who had PRIVATE rooms.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:56 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Hostels,,, ++
Meeting other travelers and getting ideas / connections for future travel.

the 'experience'... (traveling community) Our kids called them "foster homes for college kids"
Really good local info, and often free meet-ups / hikes / events.

Usually great Food sharing!

Location ? many pristine destinations (Tough to beat Ft Mason in SF... free parking (unheard of elsewhere in SF)) walking / bus distance to most places. Even had a view of Alcatraz from our room!

Hostels are certainly not CHEAP (for more than single travelers)!!! (I use Hospitality guest homes... $ free to $20 Worldwide) 300+ nights last yr alone. 30 yrs of great stays.

Security / safety has been OK in my 50 yrs of occasional hosteling.

Probably a better choice while single, my spouse STOPPED our family's Hostel experience after too many Co-ed showers in Europe. Our kids were 8&10 at the time, so not too appropriate for the family. (Too expensive anyway for 4-6). In Europe, most small towns have a good choice of rooms to rent, many are separate living qtrs, so quite good for a family.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:59 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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If you are traveling as a couple I think hostels are not the best. You need privacy and comfort as a couple that you don't really get in a hostel. Hostels naturally are the best for solo travelers looking to meet people, not couples
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If you are traveling as a couple I think hostels are not the best. You need privacy and comfort as a couple that you don't really get in a hostel. Hostels naturally are the best for solo travelers looking to meet people, not couples
but... if you are a couple traveling together and not married / renting separate rooms... A hostel can make sense. Hotels are really too sterile for a 'rich' travel experience. (Meeting interesting people and learning about the local area).

Depends where you are going, and what you are doing.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Advantage: relatively cheap(you get what you paid for)
Disadvantage: everything else

Safety: it's fine.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Okay, I'm picky.

I need a bed to sleep.

But, I hate noise, I hate bad mattress, I hate outdated A/C, I hate creepy bathroom.

Why do people pay for high-end hotels? The number one reason is sleep quality!
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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I think maybe she wants to experience the thrill of minimalism. The idea that "I don't need all the trappings I've acquired, on vacation I want to go bare bones".

I get that. I can afford to travel in relative luxury and comfort too, but on a recent road trip I bought a loaf of bread, a jar of mustard, and a package of ham slices. And ate that for 2 days. Although I don't want to live that way, it was freeing to eat for 2 days on $5 on the road.

Like people who go backpacking into the wilderness. It's "textural" and memorable in a way that staying at the Best Western is not.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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Okay, I'm picky.

I need a bed to sleep.

But, I hate noise, I hate bad mattress, I hate outdated A/C, I hate creepy bathroom.

Why do people pay for high-end hotels? The number one reason is sleep quality!
I agree with you. I feel like having a comfy bed and a nice hotel adds more to my experience. I am not going to have fun on vacation if I get no sleep because the bed & room are crappy.


There's something just so great about crawling into a big nice comfy hotel bed at the end of the day.


But my fiancé has trouble justifying the price for a hotel when all we need is a bed.


Maybe it is b/c I am female. We also grew up very differently. I grew up very affluent while he was very poor growing up so some hostels he stayed in before meeting me were actually nicer than the bedroom he had growing up.


Also I do not ask for fancy type hotels, but I at least like to stay @ chains... Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton etc b/c I know what I'm getting... I don't need The Plaza or anything though.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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I agree with you. I feel like having a comfy bed and a nice hotel adds more to my experience. I am not going to have fun on vacation if I get no sleep because the bed & room are crappy.


There's something just so great about crawling into a big nice comfy hotel bed at the end of the day.


But my fiancé has trouble justifying the price for a hotel when all we need is a bed.


Maybe it is b/c I am female. We also grew up very differently. I grew up very affluent while he was very poor growing up so some hostels he stayed in before meeting me were actually nicer than the bedroom he had growing up.


Also I do not ask for fancy type hotels, but I at least like to stay @ chains... Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton etc b/c I know what I'm getting... I don't need The Plaza or anything though.
This really sounds like my experience with my husband when we travel. He loves to get these fabulous VRBOs (that really are fabulous) for $400 a night, and to me, it's just kind of irritating. I don't want to spend $400 a night for a place where we will basically only sleep and eat breakfast, and he loves it. LOVES it. I feel great if we can get a serviceable place where we are likely to run into people in the shared breakfast area, and I feel like I've gotten a "good deal". Not that we have to for financial reasons.

When we go to the beach and sit on the balcony and I see down the beach that there are people camping there, I feel like they're "living more" than I am. Although honestly I don't want to camp and get all sandy and salty, I feel wistful that they're having a bigger experience than I am. Because they are.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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This really sounds like my experience with my husband when we travel. He loves to get these fabulous VRBOs (that really are fabulous) for $400 a night, and to me, it's just kind of irritating. I don't want to spend $400 a night for a place where we will basically only sleep and eat breakfast, and he loves it. LOVES it. I feel great if we can get a serviceable place where we are likely to run into people in the shared breakfast area, and I feel like I've gotten a "good deal". Not that we have to for financial reasons.

When we go to the beach and sit on the balcony and I see down the beach that there are people camping there, I feel like they're "living more" than I am. Although honestly I don't want to camp and get all sandy and salty, I feel wistful that they're having a bigger experience than I am. Because they are.
Not always. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy camping but if you're presenting me with a comfy bed and a bathroom with a hot shower I am going to choose that over a tent.


Ever poop in the woods? I have. It's not very fun AT ALL. Camping is fine for a night or two. It gets old after a while.
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