Hostel cultures are crucial to backpacking and allow you to maximize your takeaways by reducing your cost. How? Well, no matter how luxurious the many facilities in a fancy hotel sound, the charm of living in a hostel is unbeaten. A sociable accommodation where travellers rent bunkers or beds in dormitories for much cheaper – while sharing a bathroom, lounge, and often a kitchen, hostels are the place to be if you are looking forward to creating raw and authentic experiences. Hostels ensure that travellers are able to find themselves at home no matter where they go and belong to a diverse community of like-minded people. Whether it be holing up in a corner to read a book with a cup of steaming hot coffee, or spending the night playing board games with newfound friends who were strangers until then, or help cleaning or cooking for the community, or come together and listen to or play the most spontaneous music with a bunch of strangers you might never meet again, the experiences of living in a hostel is just as priceless as is the experience of being on the road.