Since you are going to be doing some traveling while you’re studying abroad, you’re going to need a place to stay. There are many options out there: hotels, campgrounds, other peoples’ couches, and hostels. While hotels are nice, they are usually pretty expensive, and it can be hard to accommodate large numbers of people.
Believe it or not, there are actually websites out there that will help you rent a couch in some random person’s apartment for a night, but let’s be honest – who wants to curl up on the couch of stranger they don’t know in a foreign country.
The most cost-efficient, least problematic (in terms of booking and accommodating large numbers), and safe option is a hostel, and the best place to book your hostel is at Hostelworld.com.
For those people who are a little uneasy about staying at a hostel, either because they have heard some second-hand horror stories, or have seen the movie Hostel , rest assured. I have stayed at a number of hostels over the years, even before studying abroad, and I have never had an issue with stalkers, robbers, or kidnappers (not to stay those kind of people aren’t out there, but if you travel safely in large groups, you should be fine).
These are the hostels I have stayed at so far while traveling. Included is my personal ranking:
- Isle of Skye, Scotland – Skye Backpackers Hostel 4 of 5
- Barcelona, Spain – Gothic Point Hostel 3 of 5
- Rome, Italy – Pop Inn Hostel 5 of 5
- London, England – Smart Russel Square Hostel 5 of 5
Want to know what I consider a good hostel? Check out “The Top 10 Things to Look For in a Hostel“.