Emergence of Hostel Culture: A Backpackers’ Delight

Who doesn’t love to go on a vacation? Travelling is itself a recreational activity, which involves a lot of excitement and thrill from the moment we step out of our homes till the time we are back to our abodes. 

In the age of technology, where information flow is abundant, it helps travel nomads like us to plan and customize our own voyage filled with exhilaration. We tend to look for places that are awe-inspiring with pocket-friendly budgets, offering cheap yet the best. 

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The recent trend of hostelling is a very new-age approach that makes travelling even more feasible. 

But what turns this hostelling culture so popular among the youths and modern-day solo travellers? 

Fortunately, the answer lies in the question itself: the evolving trend of solo travelling saw the spike in the popularity of hostel accommodation recently. 

The efficiency of these hostels in being able to provide the basic amenities with an extra layer of hospitality is strikingly attractive. Decent budget and pricing is another factor that lures travellers to stay in beautifully knitted dormitories with fellow hostelite. 

From an infrastructure point of view, one can definitely see a great deal of creative and eye-candy interiors in these properties. These have the potential to make you feel at home and stay more and more. Meeting like-minded people and the feeling of safety for any gender orientation happen to other perks involved over here. 

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During my own solo travelling, I never felt lonely while staying in such accommodations. At the dorms, I found someone or the other who loves to socialize and interact. The common spaces, lobby areas are always filled with people to gossip and exchange a few words. Also, the majority of them houses dedicated recreational spaces and provision of indoor games to keep boredom out of the equation. The in-house café and pantries mostly patronize local food and during special days and events, a gala dinner or campfire, surely, depending on the location. 

Speaking of location, 90 % of these properties are located near popular tourist hotspots. Somewhere next to a lake or a waterfall, hilltops along a rapid stream or a river, a sea, a desert, a dense forest, in fact, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. 

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In India, brands such as Zostel, Go-Stops, The Hosteller, Moustache, Gypsy Monkey, Backpackers Inn, Bunker Hostel are some of the ideal property names visible in most of the popular destinations. 

With the ongoing pandemic turning normal travelling a taboo, Zostel came up with an amazing idea of the Travel for Tomorrow package, where one can pay for dorm nights in advance with lifetime validity and it can be transferred to other travellers as well. Simultaneously, there are other packages too that allow long stays; staycation, workcation concept etc; where one can book for months to align with the work from home culture and yet live life to the fullest. 

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