• Posted:Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Hostels  offering a genuine experience
Hostels have a reputation for being a great option for travellers on a budget, but for many people this has evolved into a perception that they are of low quality. Fortunately, this type of accommodation appears to have been experiencing a resurgence as the difficulties in the economy prompt people to consider ways in which they can cut back.

Writing for Examiner.com, Anthony Valentino observed that new hostels are now "springing up at an unprecedented rate" across the world and he was keen to point out some of the advantages they can offer.

An avid traveller himself, he explained that staying in hostels offers visitors a much more authentic experience. Posh hotels, he suggested, often miss out on the cultural peculiarities of the cities in which they are located.

"The bottom line remains that hostels are the frontline of foreign travel," said Mr Valentino. "Many are located outside of the major tourist areas, but within a reasonable distance as to not make them undesirable. Ultimately, this results in seeing a more deeply genuine side of the city."

In addition to the low prices on offer, he pointed to six key criteria - as defined by hostelworld.com - when choosing somewhere to stay. Among these is character and Mr Valentino noted that some hostels he has stayed in offer pool and table football tournaments to help guests get to know each other and encourage a sense of community - which is one of my favourite aspects of hostelling.

However, if you are looking for high levels of comfort then there are even hostels for you - as Canada's Metro News recently suggested that some more luxurious options can be found.

Sam Buckley
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