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The Guide to Hostels Abroad

Hostels provide reasonably-priced accommodations and will put you in touch with travelers from around the world as well as with locals. Just as hostel guests range in age and travel style, there is no such thing as a typical hostel. The accommodations can be anything from a dormitory room that sleeps 30 to a private room in a castle. Hostels may be located in an urban high rise or a five-mile hike from a remote village.—Kent St. John

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Worldwide Hostel Portals

Backpackers Hostels Canada offers budget travelers a list of friendly, warm, healthy and safe places to stay in Canada. is a well-done website offering a wealth of information about hosteling, including instructions for making a sheet-sack. Check out its list of castle hostels! offers an online hostel booking service for destinations worldwide. No booking fees charged.

Hostelling International is the granddaddy site for budget travelers worldwide and is well designed, well run, and very useful. The news section keeps you well updated on new and renovated hostels. lists private hostels worldwide featuring a search engine, forum and extensive posts from those who have participated.

HostelTrail is South America's fastest growing hostel and tour network providing travellers detailed information and photos of some of the continent's top sights and cities. provides hostel bookings, forums, guides and travel help. is a reservation site and search engine which prides itself on the no-nonsense approach to the hostel experience, with lots of feedback from backpackers.

Travellerspoint: The philosophy on this great interactive site—which provides booking and many other forms of travel information—is that those who go to hostels should be able to form friendships and contacts, and they provide the tools to do so.

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