I am all about having a breathtaking view from my hotel room as well as having clean sheets. Letâ€™s face it, who doesnâ€™t? Wanting the very best for you is just a way to love yourself. But aka, Â the wallet is the one that decides where you stay while traveling.
I couldnâ€™t hold any longer my urge for traveling. As a stay-at-home mom, and writer freelance that I am, my budget was ridiculously tight. Yes, so tight like the mini dresses some girls were wearing in Halloween! So, after looking Â for a very cheap, clean and close to attractions hotel on the Internet for days, I came to the conclusion that I wouldnâ€™t find it. Simply, because it doesnâ€™t exist! It was when I remembered my hotel management class in college way back in my late teens. I know, I have gotten a good memory since that was way long back. Â But letâ€™s back to the present. Â The professor mentioned hostels as a cheap and fun alternative to hotels. So, I searched for â€œhostelsâ€ and my good friend â€œGoogleâ€ gave me a big list of very cheap, clean and close to attractions hostels. Bingo!
I read the reviews from these awesome people called tourists and backpackers and chose the Bungalow Beach Hostel. It took me 2 days, 2 calls to the hostelÂ and asking the opinion of my hubby to book my bed. Yes, in a hostel you book a bed in a room, not a room like in hotels. Clearly, because you will be sharing the room with at least 5 total strangers. Â Thatâ€™s why it took me all of that to finally book my bed. Sharing a room with total strangers? What if they are weird or messy or crazy?! Well, the other options were a little more expensive, hotels far away from the beach, which would mean I would had to rent a car or ride public transportation. Neither of them sounded like a good idea since first, I didnâ€™t have the money to rent a car, and second, I wanted to save the chaos riding public transportation sometimes brings.
Bungalow Beach Hostel offered me what I was looking for and way much more. Not staying there would have been a big mistake. I wonâ€™t lie, after booking I almost had a stroke because of all the weird things my mind started making up.
One big fat fear turned to be a great unforgettable experience! From the very beginning, I had fun. Got there around 10 am but checking wasnâ€™t till up 2:00 pm. Unlike most hotels, I was able to put my luggage in a locker located in the lounge. No worrying about my bags I immediately headed to the beach.
I shared the room with five girls, loud as hell but nice. They kept the room clean and were respectful. Â My bed was very comfy and clean, no stains in the sheets or mattress. The window of my room was directly in the roof so I kept going there to relax and take pictures of the sunsets and sunrises. Â Yes, I ignored the, â€œDonâ€™t go to the roof top â€ sign ha ha.
Very interesting! I love all your photos.
To be honest, before reading your article I would’ve never considered staying at a hostel. I didn’t know it could be as comfortable as you described it.
Seems like a fun -and super easy- way to meet other travelers, too.
Love it! I Was kÃnder ok nerves to be there but would like to try once in a second chance ?
I have started to embrace the North American Hostel culture within the past year. There are quite a few decent boutique hostels in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, and even Indianapolis, which has been my favourite hostel stay to date.
What I think makes most people a bit hesitant to stay in hostels are the rumoured “debauchery and party culture” you hear about in other hostels around the world, especially in Southeast Asia. The reality is that not all hostels are like that.