START YOUR ADVENTURE WITH HOSTELWORLDReliable - Safe - Guaranteed
Best Choice and Value
Search over 36,000 backpackers hostels in 170 Countries. Book online or on the go on your mobileSearch now...
None of our competitors offer a guarantee like this! Your booking is 100% confirmed - any problems and we’ll give you $50.More Info...
Manage your account
Make your booking process faster and easier, manage your Hostelworld bookings and review hostels you have visited.More Info...
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW STAYING IN A HOSTELDid you know some hostels have swimming pools, and some used to be jumbo jets?
Hostels have private accommodation as well as dormitories
Most hostels now offer private rooms, and sometimes they even have en-suite bathrooms and TVs.
Unlike hotels, many hostels offer free Wi-Fi
Hotels often add on extra costs for Wi-Fi, but many hostels offer it as complimentary for guests.
Save time on booking city tours and tickets
Some hostels have tour desks that sell tickets for public transport, the city’s top tours and more.
The price usually includes your breakfast
Like some hotels, many hostels include breakfast in the price
Some hostels even have swimming pools and saunas
Hostels such as PLUS Florence have indoor swimming pools, while Fat Margaret’s in Tallinn has a free sauna for guests.
Lots of them have in-house food options
Many hostels have their own restaurants, cafes and bars.
TOP TIPS FOR BACKPACKING ALONECheck out our tips to make that trip much more enjoyable
Hang out in the communal areas
Hostels often have common room areas that make it easier to find other travellers. Some hostels even have board games, pool, or table football that mean you can invite fellow travellers to a game or two.
Cook in the communal kitchens as much as possible
As food is one of the world’s most popular topics of conversation, cook your meals in the kitchen and ask other people what they like cooking on the road.
Stay in smaller dorms
They may be that little bit more expensive than the larger dorms, but by staying in a smaller dorm it makes it far easier to get to know your roommates
Volunteer at festivals and special events
What's going on in your next destination when you're there? Is there a festival you're going to catch? Better still, is there a way you can get involved?
Go out, drink and be merry!
Most of us tend to get a lot more talkative after a few drinks, so ask others in the hostel whether they’d like to join you for a few beers or ask your hostel about pub crawls in the area.
Go on organised tours
Find information about tours from your hostel. Walking tours are perfect because they give you plenty of time in between stops to chat to fellow backpackers.