I remember staying in my first hostel when I was 14 years old while road tripping with my family across Canada. My mom, who is partially OCD, didn't like the idea of shared bathrooms and community living. She was also fussy about the cleanliness of the quarters with transient boarders in and out of the lodging. From that day forward, in my home, the word "hostel" was synonymous with "horror".
After that experience, while morphing into an adult traveler, I was really turned off from cheap hostel living. I want to say, had we had the advent of sites such as TripAdvisor or Airbnb back in those days, we may have been able to make a more fitting selection for us as a family.
Since that time I have been on a mission to find the best hostels/guest houses around the globe for the best costs.
That's why I think this Washington Post article is a great read. Especially for those who want to 'budget' travel, but are afraid of losing some comforts and/or of giving up privacy. If you don't want to risk your first adventure far from home, why not try experimenting/experiencing one during your next wknd or holiday getaway? Then as you become braver in these 'hostel' waters you can make an international splash, in an oh-so-Posh way
... without breaking the bank
... and perhaps making a few friends along the way.
Happy Poshtel Hopping