How travel & hostelling can help heal your broken heart

How travel & hostelling can help heal your broken heart

The pain of a break up can be a soul destroying, harrowing pain like no other. Not only does it often physically sting like a mother f****r, it can shatter your beliefs in the entire human race/animal kingdom/solar system AND yourself. When all you want to do is stay in your Netflix cave (forever), stepping out into the world and facing the pain is the only thing that can subside it. We’re not saying travel can fix everything, but befriending fascinating strangers, taking risks and laughing again will give you a break from the war-zone in your head. Whether it’s a free pop tart for breakfast, hanging out with snow monkeys or free kickboxing lessons, some hostels just have that healing edge. So book a trip, load your phone with new songs, and get back on that map of LIFE with our collection of hostels to help heal your broken heart…


1. ITH Adventure Hostel, San Diego

Catapult out of the abyss of despair into the Californian sun! With its laidback surfer attitude and endless sunsets, there’s a reason people rave about San Diego, “America’s Finest City”. ITH Adventure Hostel will keep you busy with its free daily activities including surfing lessons, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, yoga beach trips, pub-crawls and more! The best bit is, ITH is located in Little Italy near Downton so the hostel gives out free pizza from the local Italian for dinner #??? and three words: free pop tarts.

  • Customer rating: 9.0
  • Price: £24/€27/$29

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? @vandase & @lensicon

2. Reggae Mansion, Kuala Lumpur

Let’s be real here, sometimes you just need to press the f**k it button, and wouldn’t you rather wash down your denial in paradise? Tucked away in the thriving Chinatown district of Kuala Lumpur is Reggae Mansion, a party hostel that is classier than the rest. There are free dinners every night, and a saweeeet rooftop with cocktails and the chef’s specialty Malaysian BBQ. When the hangover hits, the futurist pod beds and 40 seat cinema room are waiting with open arms. Read more about Malaysia here.

  • Customer rating: 8.7
  • Price: £9/€10/$11

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? @idtaylor, @reggaemansionkl & @hasif_captures

3. Bus Hostel, Iceland

“You don’t need magic to disappear, all you need is a destination.”

Solo travel is one of the most empowering things you can do, especially when you need to feel like YOU again. Mars-like volcanic beaches and wild horses make Iceland an instant depression-lifter, and Bus Hostel in Reykjavík can be your base for icy adventures. We love the cosy lounge stocked with retro board games and the “Boogie Wonderland” bar, ideal for meeting other thrill- seekers. Read more here for trip and road trip inspiration.

    • Customer rating: 8.3
    • Price: £18/€20/$35

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? @claire_wang & @bushostel

4. Emblem Hostel, Japan

The creative gift is a healing gift, and hostels have a variety of free activities to help exorcise your emotional anguish. Emblem Hostel is located in the north-east of Tokyo, and here they hold calligraphy and embroidery classes on the reg. If meeting people over traditional crafts isn’t enough, there’s a café and bar with a happy hour *every night* and speciality coffee by the Obscura Coffee Roasters! Read more on Japan’s charms here. 

    • Customer rating: 9.2
    • Price: £17/€19/$21

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? @emblemhostelnishiarai & @aulaameba


5. La Banda Rooftop Hostel, Seville 

Sometimes all you want to do is run away to Hogwarts and wear an invisibility cloak for the rest of your life. But doesn’t going on an Andalusian adventure sound more exciting? La Banda Hostel was set up by 2 brothers and 2 best friends from the UK whilst travelling in Latin America, and they have the laid-back hostel atmosphere nailed. There are plenty of social spaces including a Sevillian rooftop garden overlooking the famous cathedral. Here people get together for paellas, family meals, mojitos, games of giant JENGA and morning yoga.

        • Customer rating: 9.7
        • Price: £19/€21/$23

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6. Beijing Fly by Courtyard, China 

Once the rage hits, instead of building a pyre of your ex’s treasured belongings and setting it alight, kick something. Literally! Fly by Courtyard Hostel is a renovated traditional Chinese house with martial arts practice areas and kung fu lessons. The super friendly staff also offer a talents exchange for accommodation whether you’re an artist, or a martial artist. You can even bring pets, including polar bears apparently!

      • Customer rating: 9.4
      • Price (private room): £45/€51/$64

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The advanced combo of Chinese spear

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7. Surfarm, Chile

So you’re at the stage where breaking the ties is 100% necessary, and Surfarm is the place to do it. It’s in the middle of the Chilean countryside surrounded by quinoa plantations, with a deserted beach and wild horses – bliss! There are also hammocks, skate ramp boards, and daily transfers to Punta de Lobos where the locals surf. We can guarantee that you’ll return home with a tan and your soul recharged – IF you return that is! Many customers have loved it so much that they have extended their stay…..

        • Customer rating: 9.1
        • Price: £11/€12/$14

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With a 100% customer rating, where do we even begin?!  The mountainous Yudanaka Onsen area is a magical place to connect with nature’s wonders and let go of your pain. Yudanaka Seifyu guesthouse is a 2 minute walk from Yudanaka station with free rides to visit the wild snow monkeys in their open-air hot spring baths. This hostel offers a legit Japanese experience with 4 different types of baths, a banquet room for free breakfasts and keisekei dinners, and electric blankets in the rooms!  Simply put by a HW customer, “Just one word : Perfect.”

  • Price: £31/€35/$39
  • Rating: 10.0

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? @naamol, @vandase, @azzychubby & @antoniomontesa

9. Zostel Ooty, India 

We all know India is the destination for taking your self-discovery mission to new levels. Set amidst serene lakes and lofty mountains, this Zostel in the Southern Hills of Ooty can be your safe place for peaceful reflection. Above your hideout is the Kotagiri forest, which is great for epic hikes, and Otty town is just 20 minutes further down the valley. Choose from dorms, privates or camping tents in their sprawling fairy lit gardens – all come with dreamlike views and two hostel puppies! ? ?

      • Customer rating: 8.5
      • Price: £9/€10/$11

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? @pranav.prabhakar & @theashara

10. Urban House, Copenhagen

Breakups can give you a fearless drive to reinvent your life and tick off your bucket list. If you can survive heartbreak, you can do anything! Always dreamed of getting a tattoo? Then stay in a hostel with a tattoo parlour! Get some artwork at the vintage tattoo bar in Urban House, or head to Rome for some ink at The Yellow’s new tattoo parlour. Consider it the mark of your new beginning 😉

      • Customer rating: 8.7
      • Price: £22/€28/$31

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? @byanjaroos & @xjojobx

What helped you overcome your heartbreak? Tell us in the comments below 🙂


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