After your flight and your destination, your accommodation will be the next thing you book. Most gappers will choose to stay in hostels and save their money for adventure. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before you’re in for a treat. Not only are they great value (if you choose wisely), they’re also a great environment for making friends, a perfect way to save money on food and drink costs and, usually, you can get free Wi-Fi too.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing your hostel though. Have a read of our First Timer’s Guide to Hostels before you even begin your booking process – there’s a whole load of tried and tested advice in there. We’ve also got some advice on something only the hardiest of backpackers can do, sleeping in airports. Read on to find out more…
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Staying in hostels is one of the best things about backpacking. You’ll meet loads of new people and share experiences that you’d never get to try if you were travelling alone. However, we understand that your first time in a hostel can be quite a daunting experience, so we’ve put together this guide to help allay those fears, so you can get on with having fun.