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Is Hostel Right for Me???
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Hey All,
I’m planning an off season trip to Europe next month and am wondering if a hostel would be good for me. I’m 40 years old, young at heart and ready to have a great time in Amsterdam but wondering am I too old for staying in hostels?

I’d stay in hotels but hostels are better for my budget. Also not sure but am I getting this right that private rooms can be had for only $10-15 per night? How do they do this? Is this really a private room?

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Am I reading this right? A private room for $10-15 per night? What’s the catch?
Will they run an old man out? Haha Smile
Thanks in advance!

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most of those prices are still Per BED for the private rooms, when you click through to the booking page you can see this. The cheapest private rooms are around $14 per person/bed for a 6 bed private room. HOWEVER, if you are alone and wanting a private room to yourself, you will have to pay for EACH bed, meaning $14 times 6 beds ($84). The twin rooms may be a little cheaper, usually $25-30 per bed times 2 beds ($50-60). Definitely not really cheap though.

Curious, though, why not just book a dorm bed? Those are fairly cheap (even in the really nice hostels they usually don’t run more than $25-30/night) and as long as you bring ear plugs and an eye mask, no problem!

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I was about 40 when I first stayed in a hostel. No problem. Can you keep up with the young ‘uns?

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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Work on through the bookings tab. While you’re not likely to get a single room for one person for $14, sometimes you’ll find rooms in the $35 or 40 range. Also note that many of the cheaper private rooms won’t have an en-suite bath.

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I wouldn’t worry at all about your age. I’m in my late twenties, but i remember having a really good time last summer at some hostel in Ukraine with two guys in their sixties, backpacking for the first time !

I think that a lot of people stay in hostels not only because it’s cheap, but to meet different people, meaning different nationalities but also different ages !

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I agree that you shouldn’t worry about your age in Hostels. My husband and I met a couple that were in their fifties while in Germany and they stayed at a couple of the same hostels we were and were enjoying themselves very much!
Most of the hostels we stayed at were in the $20 to $30 a night range (per person). There are some cheaper hostels, but we tried to stay at ones that were highly rated by other hostellers.

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I agree also. I have seen all different age-groups in hostels, but be warned, you may witness some pretty disturbing things, so I hope you have a sense of humor (I am sure you do if you are considering staying at a hostel, want to party, and are going to AMS). PLus, 40 isn’t “old”, especially if you are young at heart. I do admit at times though, even in my late twenties I had felt “old” for some hostels (i.e. Barcelona, everyone in my room was 18-21, I was 28). There are party hostels and their are basic hostels such as the Hosteling International Youth Hostels. Definitely take the time to read reviews of the hostels you are considering and perhaps chose a smaller dorm. Hostels are a great way to meet people and make life-long connections. Have fun and happy planning.

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Yes 40 is definitely not too old to stay in hostels. You are only as old as you feel. I’m in my mid 30’s, but feel more like about 24. When travelling overseas or even here in the UK, I usually stay in hostels if I’m by myself. Firstly you get to meet more people in hostels rather hotels. And then there’s the cost factor too – why pay say £80 or more per night for a hotel when all you need really is a place to crash for the night? So hostel prices of about £15(or even less) per night are more attractive and easier on the wallet. I’m going for a three week tour round Europe soon, and if I stayed in hotels each night it would make such a trip out of the question due to the cost of the hotels.

Have to admit though, that every time I stay in hostel dorms I’m usually the oldest one there as it’s mostly fresh faced youngsters in their late teens to early 20’s. Which makes me feel a little old sometimes. But I have seen people in their late 30’s and 40’s staying in dorms too. One time during a stay in a Sydney hostel there was one woman who was in her 60’s staying in my dorm.

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Hey, sorry for the _slightly _late response- haha.

Just wanted to follow- I did actually mix hostels and hotels and it was totally cool. There was a mixed crowd pretty much everywhere. In Holland it was more of a party scene, but still all ages, in Denmark I actually saw a hostel that was mostly families (although that might change in the ‘on’ season). At one point I wanted my own space and got mostly hotels, but the hostels were definitely better for meeting people. Would definitely do again Wink

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Hey I’m glad your trip worked out well. Where all did you end up going?

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Yeah it was a great trip overall.
Landed in Holland. Loved it. So much, on a whim I decided to stay haha. But reality set in and I had business at home. Anyway… Fell in love Smile Got dumped Frown Then traveled a bit more before heading out.

Saw Denmark from Aarhus to Copenhagen. Loved it. Took an overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Olso (very cool, highly recommended, surprisingly cheap), spent a few days in Oslo. Beautiful city. Had a few difficulties with a little volcano incident. Then back to Holland for a few weeks before heading back to the states. I miss it. I’m going back. To Holland that is Smile

There were ups. There were downs. But overall I got more memories than I’d even hoped for.

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That’s great! I’m glad you had a lovely time. I’m only been to Amsterdam once for a weekend, but highly enjoyed it and would love to go back as well (even though it rained part of the time… apparently that happens alot in the Netherlands).

I am leaving from Atlanta, GA with $1200 for 14 days
London, Salisbury, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Inverness, Edinburgh, London
Requesting help with Nightlife, Food, Sights
I am leaving from Rouen with $1500 for 15 days
Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Rome
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I am leaving from busan, SK with $1000 for 13 days
Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok

2008—Language study abroad in Paris, France
2009—Archaeological field school/dig in Lau, Fiji
2010— Birthday UK trip!
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Really? I was there over the winter and it was like the Sahara desert compared to Seattle Wink Believe me, you haven’t seen rain til you’ve seen it 9 months straight. So yeah, for me the weather was just beautiful.

But it’s the culture that I liked the most. Even depressed and bummed out about ‘the girl’ in the last couple weeks I still made 2 really good friends. It’s so easy to meet people and get around the city and just find things to do and have a good time. I guess you could say that about a lot of European cities, but I just liked the feel of A’dam.

The only downside (that I could see) was the astonishing cost of rent and the abysmal quality of housing. I paid 750 US a month for a room that was smaller than the walk in closet in my old bedroom. Seriously- my clothes had more space to live in the US than I did in Amsterdam haha. The apartment had no communal space, the tiles falling off the walls in the shower. It was a Dive. And it was the best deal I could find after 3 weeks of looking. No kidding. But hey, that’s the price you pay. And to me, well worth it Smile

BTW, saw your trip schedule to the UK. Very cool. Esp the Monsters and Myths tour. Never heard of it, but looks great. I’d love to see Scotland. I hear its beautiful.