• Posted:Friday, June 26, 2009
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Hostels in the USA the cheap travel option

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Hostels in the USA  the cheap travel option
One of the best things about staying in a hostel is the price. I've always thought to myself, why should I bother spending a fortune on some fancy hotel room full of things I don't need when I can get a perfectly good bed for the night for a fraction of the cost? After all, most of us go on holiday for the destination, not the accommodation, so why waste money on a needlessly expensive roof over your head when you can spend it on enjoying yourself outdoors?

A place where I think this mantra is particularly relevant is in the beautiful, green landscapes within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh in the USA. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, with its hills and valleys and forests, is a stunning place to visit, and I believe staying in the lap of luxury a lot further afield could only serve to distract from its wonders.

Hostelling there helped me to meet a number of like-minded people whom I enjoyed several fun days with doing white-water rafting and biking. Had I stayed elsewhere, not only would I have been less likely to make these friends, but I also would have had much less money to spend on activities.

Jason Elliot recommended hostels in the area as the cheap travel choice in an article for Examiner.com this week, in which he discussed New River Gorge, Harpers Ferry and Lucas in the neighbouring state of Ohio. "The most affordable option for lodging is at a hostel," he remarked. "Hostels usually run from $20 (£12.12) to $25 per night and are located by some great area abundant with outdoor activities."

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