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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Pete - Long Term Travel
    Pete - Long Term Travel at | | Reply

    Nice post Jo, and some great points for the hostel noob. Hostels often get a bad rep but there are such a large variety of hostels now that you can generally find one that fits your style of travel in most places. I actually wrote a post with a few more tips for new hostel goers that would be really relevant for your readers, you can check it out here: hopefully your readers will get something out of it too 🙂

  2. Megan
    Megan at | | Reply

    I loved, loved, loved this. I’ve backpacked for long periods of time, slept in forest shelters, bunkhouses, convents, boats, a submarine and the usual laundry list of hotels and b and bs. I’m ready for my first hostel (Ireland, probably). I can handle the bumping uglies in the night, the snorers, the heavily used showers, the booze hounds, but not the man hairs. I’ll never be ready for man hairs. Thanks for the prep list. 🙂

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by. A submarine? Now that’s a story I have to hear 🙂 No, man hairs are never a pleasant find. Ever. And I can get used to most things. If you have bad eye-sight, inspecting your bed without your glasses on or contacts in can help emotionally! I’ve just stayed in Generator Hostel, Dublin and will check out Times Square Hostel in a few days. Generator was tiny man-hair free if you haven’t booked yet.

      1. Bemused Backpacker
        Bemused Backpacker at | | Reply

        Oooh, women complaining about the OTHER gender leaving hairs in the shower? You sure you want to go there? Haha!

        Seriously, great post and I agree completely. Yes hostels are an aquired taste – and I dont use them all of the time – but they are a great experience and should not be missed.

        1. IndianaJo
          IndianaJo at | | Reply

          Ha ha, Mike – as a girl who used to have long, dark hair, I should definitely think twice about hair in the shower comments 🙂 Though tiny man hairs on my bed are always unacceptable! Glad you liked the post! I like hostels for the social experience…though a good hotel with crisp, clean sheets is always a nice luxury.

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