Hostel Stays Are Becoming More Popular, Here’s Why
Photo Credit: Young women having a good time and hanging out, at youth hostel with bunk beds

Photo Credit: Young women having a good time and hanging out, at youth hostel with bunk beds

Hostel Stays Are Becoming More Popular, Here’s Why

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Jul 10, 2019

In the past, hostels held the reputation of being a cheap, and sometimes shady, option for those traveling on a budget. Hostels have been historically characterized as accommodations for young travelers taking a gap year that are low on funds.

But times have changed and more people are looking for a hostel experience, according to a recent study done by Hostel World.

Known for its more than 36,000 properties across 170 countries, Hostel World is one of the leading digital booking platforms for hostels.

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In their annual “Evolution of the Hostel Traveller” report, analysts found that more than 80 percent of travelers are choosing to stay in hostels and most of them are comprised of working professionals.

The global report surveyed over 5,000 people from different generations across the USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, India and Brazil.

So what has changed over the last few decades?

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According to the report, more people are looking to meet new people from all over the world. 

More than 19 percent of those surveyed ranked social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay.   

Another contributing factor:  the number of free activities hostels offer guests.

From free beach yoga to local cooking classes, the importance of free social experiences in hostels have increased by 19 percent for today’s travelers, according to the study.

“Our Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report shows how much hostelling has changed in the 20 years that we’ve been operating,” Gary Morrison, CEO at Hostelworld, said. “Today, we’re seeing a booming hostel industry, as global demand to explore the world and connect with new cultures continues to rise. [Travelers] are evolving, and so are the hostels where they’re staying.”