Experience the hostels here in the United States and add some spice to your next road trip!
While sleeping in a hotel or motel will hardly be the most memorable moment of your trip, staying in a hostel is guaranteed to create lasting memories and even friendships. If you’ve seen the movie “Hostel” (2005 ) hold on a second. This is not the way hostels are in reality, so don’t be freaked out by the idea of staying in one. Everyone knows that movies aren’t real; this one is no different. Give hostels a chance and they will pleasantly surprise you (and your wallet!).
Imagine an inexpensive dorm room full of students from around the world. There’s a kitchen for you to use, and a game room and library for your perusal. An experienced backpacker just hitch-hiked all the way down the Appalachians, and in the corner a card game is going on between an Australian and a Korean while the woman from France offers to share her breakfast with you. A group of students is watching TV in the lounge and the owners of the hostel are giving the last call for a van tour of the area. These scenes happen every day at hostels throughout the United States. Hostels are flexible, spontaneous, welcoming, and diverse places.
Need more privacy than a dorm can offer? No problem. You could stay in your own cabin complete with wood burning stove, kitchen, living room, private bedroom, bathroom, and donkeys all for $30.00 a night. Yes, really! You can do this at the Sandia Mountain Hostel in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe:http://www.hostelz.com/hostel/
Another fantastic hostel is located in Atlanta, Georgia, right across the street from an amazing Cuban restaurant called Papi’s (try the fried plaintains!). Atlanta International Hostel http://www.atlantahostel.com/ is a great place to stay a few nights and explore the city. While being in a city makes this hostel a bit noisier, it’s worth it to be so close to everything. There is a strong international vibe that makes everyone feel welcome as cultures are exchanged across the breakfast table. Atlanta has great nightlife, too, so I suggest meeting some international friends at the hostel and getting together for a night on the town.
For a country vacation away from cities, try this hostel in Gilbert, Arkansashttp://www.geocities.com/
How do we find these niches of serendipity? First: research online. Then, while traveling, ask the locals about any nearby hostels that might not be listed online. Last, ask for a printed guidebook of hostels during your first stay in one. Here are a few online directories for hostels:
With hostels, the more privacy you have, the more it costs. So dorms are almost always less than $20.00 a night with some in the Southeastern United States as low as $8.00. Some hostels are like family-run hotels and charge as much as $45.00 for a private room in touristy locations. Others will allow you to camp out for much cheaper than the dorm room rate. Each hostel has a unique personality and interior decoration. That’s the beauty of hostels – when you stay in one, you know that there is no other place in the world quite like it!