I’ll admit, I’ve never stayed at a hostel. Especially after watching the movie, Hostel. I was so terrified of the movie, that I swore off all hostels, but after hearing great things about them, I started to wonder if they were indeed safe and cheaper than hotels.
After a bit of research, I realized that the price of the hostel depends on many different factors. These factors can either make hostels a cheap, fun and safe experience or it can also break your wallet, which could make 3 star hotels look a lot more cheaper. These factors that affect the pricing are preference in room and location.
According to hostelworld.com, a room in a hostel in Arica, Chile for 3 nights costs $156.00. Then again, I chose a standard twin private ensuite, which if you use the hostelworld.com, you will be charged for the price of two guests and not one guest.
A room in a hostel in Capetown, South Africa for the same amount of nights costs $29.27. This time I chose the basic 3 bed female dorm.
Hostels can be cheap, but what makes these cheap are the shared dorms. If you do not mind sharing a room, you will find them convenient and you will save a lot of money on your travels. However, if you cannot seem to share a room, a private room will cost you as much as a hotel ranging from about $50-$200.
Sharing with other travelers can be a great experience, but you also need to keep in mind that everyone has different characteristics, so you may meet an asshole along the way. Also, sharing a room means that your things are exposed to those sharing the room with you.
Even though the pricing of hostels is great and convenient, cheap doesn’t always necessarily mean safe. So if you are a risk taker and do not mind sharing with others, then definitely check out hostels.
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