Hotel vs. Inn vs. Hostel

No matter how fun you may be having on each and every day of your backpacking adventure, you will inevitably need to wind down each day and get some rest in. This is important to fully maximize how much you get to do while backpacking, since eventually a lack of sleep will catch up to you and negatively affect your ability to enjoy yourself. There are plenty of different housing options available for backpackers and tourists alike, and it is very important to consider which option is the best for you personally. Here I’ll discuss hotels, inns and hostels and try to help you figure out your best option.

The hotel is what most people think of when it comes to traveling, but in reality, this is probably the least viable option for you, due in large parts to the costs. Hotels are insanely expensive, especially when compared to the other housing options available, and given that most backpackers are either strapped for cash or are trying to save money, it doesn’t make sense to splurge on a nice hotel room, even for just a day or two. Keep in mind that the point of backpacking is to experience whatever location you are at in full, and so many of the “amenities” that are available at hotels and inevitably drive the price up will rarely be used, meaning you wouldn’t get your money’s worth anyway.

If however you are someone who needs a good night’s rest in a nice comfy bed, an alternative to hotels is a nice homey inn. Unlike hotels which charge more for arguably unnecessary amenities, inns provide you with a nice room and nice bed, without all of the added frills, which helps reduce the cost. Just keep in mind that if you really want to continue backpacking for the long haul, staying at even moderately priced inns will surely put a dent in your available funds over time, so only stay at inns if you really need the nice full bed to sleep on.

Otherwise, the most cost-efficient option for backpackers is the hostel. Hostels provide the same basic function as a hotel or inn by giving you a place to sleep at for the night, but with one significant difference – rather than having your own room, hostels put you in a room with multiple people at a time to help lower the costs. Many times you will end up sleeping on bunk beds, and with total strangers so this is something that most backpackers will need to be prepared for if they decide to go this route. Luckily, most backpackers are typically friendly and sociable people, making hostels less of an awkward living arrangement and more of a chance to meet new and intriguing people. And let’s not forget that the main benefit of hostels is how astonishingly cheap they are, which is the main reason so many backpackers choose them in the first place!

Figuring out your daily living arrangements is an absolute necessity when planning for any backpacking adventure. So hopefully now you have a much better idea of what common options are available to you, to help you make the right decision for you next backpacking trip!