5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

I read a post recently where the blogger was knocking hostels and implying that they are only good for younger travelers, you know the twenty-something backpackers. That viewpoint slightly offended me considering that I’m thirty-something and prefer a rolly bag as opposed to a backpack. I mean, I didn’t have my first hostel experience until I was 31 and I loved it! I don’t stay in hostels on every trip I take but they are great for a number of reasons. Affordability being #1.

Here are 5 factors I personally consider when selecting a hostel.

1. Location

I tend to look for hostels that are near the city center of whatever city I’m visiting. I want to be in close proximity to whatever attractions I have on my itinerary. If it’s a city with a metro then it would be great to find a hostel that’s close to the metro stop for obvious reasons.

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Jordanian Adventure Part 4: The Dead Sea

If you ever plan a trip to Jordan make sure you include a stop at the Dead Sea!

It’s the lowest point on earth and it offers a once in a lifetime experience. Apparently, the salt level in the Dead Sea is about 10x more than that of the oceans. The simple fact is that the Dead Sea is dense. So dense that you will automatically float once you are about waist deep. The water takes control. You won’t be able to stand upright even if you try. Trust me. I tried. I failed.

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Jordanian Adventure Part 3: Petra Moments

If you missed the last couple of posts don’t worry just click here and here.

Part 3 is all about my favorite moments from Petra. Obvi the pictures and videos speak for themselves. Enjoy!!

*In no particular order*

  1. Shopping in the desert.

2. Hiking/mountain climbing.

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3. Chatting it up with the local kids…. no, I do not encourage child labor even though they were off from school and were getting their hustle on just like everyone else. Funny story… the boy took apart my selfi-stick and was asking if he could have it and the girl was requesting my portable battery pack. But the requests sounded a little bit more like… “Give me” and I was all like… “Ummm No.” They were super sweet and my heart clenched a bit.

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Hanging with some Bedouin teens

4. The colors inside the caves were so beautiful and difficult to capture through a phone camera.

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The colors inside the caves are unreal

5. Bonding with Kalli made the trip extra special. It was our first trip together and I had a great time.

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Everything about visiting Petra was special. If you plan on going I recommend spending more than one afternoon exploring this mysterious city!

If you’ve already been share your favorite moments in the comments!! Would love to connect with you!!

Xoxo, Nat