Some young travelers are terrified of staying in a hostel. Maybe they saw that horror film by the same name (thanks a lot, Eli Roth) or maybe they’ve heard a few too many cautionary tales from relatives who backpacked through Europe in the 80s. Maybe you’re reading this and wondering, “what even is a hostel?” The reality is, youth hostels are safer than ever, and there are tons of reasons to book one for your journey. The cheap accommodation and social atmosphere really make it a no-brainer. Remember that no two hostels are alike, so hop around and book a bed in every city you visit. I’ll share my tips with you in the next few days. Meantime, explore and have fun.