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- Posted:Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Brian Cantwell of the Seattle Times suggested this week that people in their 60s and 70s are choosing to stay in this type of accommodation while on their travels. He quoted Bruce Barnard, an Australian innkeeper, as saying businesses such as his are "debunking the myth that these are strictly 'youth hostels' anymore", by catering to a much wider demographic.
Among his regular customers are wildlife fans and cycling groups aged over 60. Tom Eberhardt, assistant manager at another hostel, explained that these people simply caught the bug when they first tried it four or five decades ago.
"A lot of younger people who were doing this in the 1960s and '70s are doing it still, and many are encouraging their children to," he said.
It is an observation that has been made before by travel guide Hostel Blog. It noted that it is rare these days that hostels have upper age limits and that their reputations as simply being "party rooms for college kids" have started to subside.
I personally have seen big increases in the number of family friendly hostels being set up. Private rooms may have been a rarity a few years ago, but they are quite common now and it looks like the number will continue to go up and up.