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Hostel Life – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

If you are an outstation student or a long stay traveler, then you probably already know the budget friendly accommodation that a hostel provides. They make for a perfect go-to option for people looking for an economic stay place having all basic amenities. It is a boon in a plethora of ways. Staying in a hostel has its own pros and cons though.

 

The Good

Hostels are budget oriented and yet offering all basic amenities making it a preferable choice and with most  hostels located in the city centers, near railway stations and near tourist spots, commuting to and from place of visit becomes a breeze if you choose one with the nearest proximity. So along with accommodation, you save on shuttling too! A win win there.

Hostels encourage more social interaction between inmates creating bondings that last and promoting the spirit of cooperation. Friendships made, practically living together all the time, are stronger and super fun.

You live on your own in a hostel, No butler service is provided here. You take care or your belongings, your needs, and all the itsy bitsy things that make your day function. Students living in hostels thereby learn to live an independent life. Absence of dependence on people makes them streetwise and responsible.

However the best part about living in hostels is that inmates move in from different towns and belonging to different cultures. It makes for an interesting way to widen our perspective about different kinds of people and broaden our minds. Adjustment with varied people comes easily to you once out of a hostel and respect for people with different cultures, instilled here is a sure shot way of making this world a better place.

 

The Bad

Hostel life is challenging if not stressing.If one is prudent enough to know his limits and smart enough to know why hostels are a good bet, life at one, can be wonderful.

 

The Ugly

Hostels more often are dormitory type, with multiple beds and shared bathrooms. So privacy goes out of the window and doors are almost invisible. If you are looking for peace, this is certainly not your kind of place.

Absence of parents and kin may get a little lonely although that quite straightens up after you make friends.

Freedom is served in dollops on a platter here, so it’s easier going astray. Too much of anything is bad, though those getting it aren’t complaining.
Variety is the spice of life, and hostel life can turn bland owing to routine food served at messes. If your hostel has a kitchen, and you are a mean chef, things can turn up for you.

But like someone said, “every disadvantage has a corresponding advantage”, hostel life has a profusion of advantages as well.