Hostel Life

Backpacker Pranks to Pull in a Hostel

Backpacker Pranks to Pull in a Hostel

It's almost April Fools Day — one of our favorite holidays here at The Backslackers. No matter where you're traveling this year, you can celebrate April Fools by pulling an epic prank on your hostelmates, fellow travelers, or your friends and family back home. Stumped for ideas? No worries, we've got you covered. Here's our...

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10 Types of Hostels You Might Stay At

10 Types of Hostels You Might Stay At

You might think you know hostels, but do you really know hostels? Gone are the day of cookie cutter hostels where you know what to expect. Nowadays there are hostels of every type for every type in every location and at every price point. Not sure which hostel is right for you? Decide for yourself,...

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Ten Travel Conundrums Every Backpacker Has Faced

Ten Travel Conundrums Every Backpacker Has Faced

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost   There comes a time in every backpacker's trip where they face a travel conundrum, where they have to make a choice. Sometimes it's a quick decision that really doesn't matter in the long run,...

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Where to have sex in a hostel.

You know it's going to come up. You meet a hot Swedish chick on a gap year. You hit it off, have a few buckets, and she's ready to go. The only problem is that you're both in a hostel, and hostels aren't exactly known for their privacy. And most of them prohibit sex on...

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Five Ways to Get Free Accommodation in a Hostel

Five Ways to Get Free Accommodation in a Hostel

No one has the budget to travel forever. No one. You may think you have enough money in savings but eventually it will all run out. Every cent of it. But there are ways to stretch your travel dollar. Accommodation will be one of your biggest expenses when traveling the world. Unless you take an overnight...

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10 Annoying Things Backpackers Do in a Dorm Room

10 Annoying Things Backpackers Do in a Dorm Room

There are plenty of things to be annoyed about when staying in a hostel: early check out times, crappy free breakfast, flooding showers, dirty sheets. The list goes on and on. But sometimes the most annoying thing about being in a hostel is the other backpackers and the annoying things backpackers do. Load, rude, obnoxious:...

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Five Hostel Rules You Don't Need to Follow

Five Hostel Rules You Don’t Need to Follow

The best parts about hostels: the drinking, the people, the community. The worst part about hostels: the hostel rules. All hostels have them, those laminated sheets of paper taped up all over the common room, all over the bathroom, and all over the dorm rooms telling you what you can't do. What you can't do? We travel...

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Ten Hostel Situations Backpackers Know All Too Well

Ten Hostel Situations Backpackers Know All Too Well

On my gap year around the world I always stayed in hostels. There's just no other choice. Hostels are the best place to meet other travelers and they usually offer everything a backpacker needs: beds, babes, and booze. There really is no other option for the backpacker. Staying in so many hostels around the world,...

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Nine Reasons I'm Afraid to Stay in a Hostel Abroad

Nine Reasons I’m Afraid to Stay in a Hostel Abroad

Zach recently made me watch the movie Hostel. It's this movie where these guys are backpacking through Europe and get lured away to Bratislava where they discover this murder club where people pay money to murder backpackers. He knew I was already scared to stay in a hostel and this just put me over the...

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