I always thought there was an unwritten rule that you can’t stay in a hostel after you turn 30. After all, by that age, you’re supposed to have a decent career and be able to afford more comfortable accommodations, right?
But I found myself staying in hostels twice since turning 30, and both times I was pleasantly surprised by how nice they were:
Hostel #1: Arenal Backpackers Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
I didn’t feel like I was staying in a hostel because we had a private bedroom with a private bathroom. But they did have dorm-style rooms and even camping for the hard-core budget travelers. There was a restaurant, pool (with a swim-up bar) and an incredible view of the Arenal volcano.
Hostel #2: The Hostel-Inn Iguazu, Argentina
Once again, we had a private bedroom (with a patio) but a shared bathroom, which was surprisingly not an issue. This hostel also had a huge pool, bar, restaurant, and lounge area.
If you have an open mind and a sense of adventure, you might surprise yourself with the inexpensive comfort and luxury you can find!