When we first set off on the road we were nervous about staying in hostels. The first thing people would say to us when they heard that we would be staying in hostels was "Really? Be safe!". Not to many Americans have stayed in hostels and the first thing that comes to mind is the movie "Hostel" where Jay Hernandez' character gets drugged and dragged to a place where members of a underground society get to kill people. I can put that to rest right now; no one tried to drug us and our kidneys are still intact.
After our first couple of stays and meeting some colorful people, Laurie and I actually came to really enjoy staying in hostels. Read 6 Months Backpacking: Light Wallet, Rich Heart where I discuss the pros of staying in hostels. We met some great people and had great conversations with other travelers. The sense of community is the reason we will continue to stay in hostels on future trips.
Of course, there are some hostels that are better than others (just like hotels). Whether it's the staff, cleanliness, amenities, etc. there are things that will make your stay better or worse. I crafted a list of our favorite hostels that we stayed in on our 6 month backpacking trip. We hope on your next trip you'll give them a try.
Now that we are back home and settled, we've been able to enjoy some of the comforts of home including visiting our favorite local spots. Do you have a favorite local restaurant/bar that you can always rely on for good food and drinks? Here are our favorite local spots in the Monmouth County area. Sometimes it's nice to be back home.
When we first started to plan our backpacking journey, travel insurance was the last thing on our minds. We were too busy thinking about our passports, visas, leaving our jobs, selling our house and everything else you could think of when you decide to leave the country for 6 months. We still have the mentalities of young millennials who don't really think about going to the doctor until they are coughing up blood. Now having purchased travel insurance I can say it is probably the most important item we purchased for our trip.
First day back at work. I already know it's going to be difficult getting back into the swing of things. It's good to see friendly faces who are happy to see me back, asking about my trip. Of course, everyone wants to hear about our 6 months overseas. What did you do? What was the craziest thing you ate? But the number 1 question we've been asked is, What was your favorite place?