As a 6-year-old solo traveler, I get tons of questions for tips and tricks for new solo travelers preparing for their first trips, and I’m so excited for them!
Solo travel is one of the most epic and eye-opening experiences you can give yourself, and I wish I had someone who could have told me that before! That’s why I’m so excited to share everything I know and encourage everyone to take the plunge!
But of course, I know it’s easier said than done. If you are a first-time solo traveler, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns! Some of the most important things I am asked are where to go, stay, how to meet people, and security, and I automatically think of Hostelworld for first-time solo travelers.
Here are five reasons why I would recommend all solo travelers to try Hostelworld!
1. Safe, secure and affordable reservations at Hostelworld
The main concerns of most single travelers with solo travel are safety and cost. For someone who is just starting to travel, expensive hotels are not ideal, this is where affordable hostels come into play.
However, hostels can have a bad reputation thanks to the inevitable movies and features that meet these expectations, but with Hostelworld you don’t have to worry about being unpleasantly surprised.
When you book a hostel on Hostelworld, you get access to millions of reviews from real travelers just like you! You also get instant confirmation and 24/7 customer service to make sure your plans are all in place!
Also, wait until you see how inexpensive it is to stay in hostels!
2. Hostels are the best places to meet other travelers
Another concern I hear a lot about solo travel: “Doesn’t he feel lonely?”My answer is always an all-caps”no!”, and I can’t stress it enough!
You must remember; you are not the only one traveling alone! Thousands and thousands of people travel solo at any time, so the question should be where to find them!
I always say that hostels are one of the best places to meet other solo travelers, because that’s where most stay and hang out! Don’t be shy to say hello! Most travelers who stay in hostels want to meet others!
3. You get the inside scoop on things to do
If you stay in hostels, chances are the people who work there are young locals with a lot of insight on the best things to do. There is usually an announcement board with activities and tours that the hostel offers that you can join with other solo travelers who are staying there.
Then, of course, there are usually tons of people hanging out in the common areas who are making plans to see the area or who have already seen it and can give you tips! Many people are also usually looking for people to add to a tour they want to do for a better price!
In addition, it is inevitable that you will hear all about the nightlife hot spots from people in your hostel!
4. You can find other people to travel with and travel more
During my very first hostel experience in Thailand, I was sitting alone at the Pak Up bar in Krabi, when a few people urged me to play their card game. When I asked how everyone knew each other, they all said that they had met in hostels in another country and that they had continued to travel together!
If you are the kind of solo traveler looking for other people to travel with, you are sure to find them in a hostel! You might even end up finding your future husband or wife!
Whether you are determined to remain an individual traveler or want to travel with others, staying in hostels will help you travel more, either way. Once you see how inexpensive, easy and fun it is to use Hostelworld, you won’t be able to stop!
5. You can choose your budget and your comfort level
Does the idea of staying in a dorm with other people you don’t know make you a little nervous? Don’t worry! If your budget allows, you can opt for a hostel that also has private rooms!
When you search Hostelworld, you can see on the thumbnails of the properties if they offer private rooms and how much they start. They are usually always more affordable than a private hotel room, so this is a great way to stay within your budget and comfort level!
In fact, I had an epic private room in Cambodia near Siem Reap at a hostel called Lub D! Not bad at all, especially considering how nice the pool and the restaurant were!
In addition, if unusual accommodation is your thing, you will definitely enjoy staying at a Hostelworld hostel! Take a look at some of the options in Thailand and you’ll see what I mean!
Disclaimer: This article is in collaboration with Hostelworld, but all writings and opinions are my own!