Ah…Hostels. The preferred lodging for 20-somethings while they travel.
If you go for that kind of thing…
Ah, Richard and Emily, I seldom agree with you, but on this one, I must say I do.
If you read any articles about choosing the right hostel, they mention things like the common room, and activities that you can get involved in.
They make it sound desirous to be in a full room, so that you have plenty of time to interact with the other travelers.
Maybe I’m just too old for that…Though there are a lot of people older than me who seem rather fond of the hostel scene.
I do not like feeling like I have to interact with people all the time. I’m out and about, chatting with shop owners, and random people who want to talk to an American all day. When I get back to my room, I just want to chill and not speak to anyone. It’s the whole introvert thing.
But in a hostel, you tend to end up with people who want to talk. Maybe they’ve been on the road for an extended amount of time, and haven’t really had anyone to connect with.
I have always been someone to whom people like to open up.
I don’t know why.
I don’t think that my general vibe screams “TALK TO ME!!!”, but that is how people tend to interpret it.
So people spill their life story, and I wind up super exhausted, because I don’t have my recharge time.
I did have a couple of roomies in one of the hostels that I got along pretty well with. We sat on the balcony, and talked as we watched the kittens across the road.
But that doesn’t happen so often.
I am sort of happy, when I check into a hostel, to find myself climbing to a higher floor, knowing that it’s more likely that I’ll be the only inhabitant of the room. Then I can come back to the hostel in the evening and crack a book, or turn on some music or a movie, without looking rude.
I have pretty well decided now that hostels are only an option for me in Europe or somewhere like that where private rooms are crazy expensive. Or if it is the off season, and there aren’t as many travelers in the area. Sometimes hostels work out for introverts, such as when you end up in an empty room, or with people that you get along well with.
But if you are an introvert who is traveling, you probably already know that if you wind up in a place where you can’t have recharge time, you will be exhausted your whole trip and won’t enjoy it as well.
Even in budget travel, sometimes you have to choose a “lesser evil”. Are you more concerned about having your alone time, or about traveling on a budget? Maybe one leg, stay in a hostel, and the next, you can splurge a little on a private room. Or determine that you will stay in hostels when they’re a lot cheaper than a single room.
How about it? Do you like hostel life? Do you have to recharge with time alone, or do you enjoy sharing a room with someone?