“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

Sort of the experience backpackers set out for. Some may agree that it is exactly the experience they look for. The millennial is looking for something to add more to the 60.4 million “Wanderlust” posts on social media (That’s just Instagram by the way). The fact that does not shine out about wanderlust through the hashtags is the money needed to feed the lust.

Wanderlust is one of the trends that have gotten budget travelling into the hospitality market, giving rise to a surge of “alternate accommodations” as Hostelworld1 group states in its June 2016 report on millennial travellers.

The focus has now shifted to make accommodations affordable as well as cheap leaving travellers to indulge in adventures and other experiences of their place of interest. That is what has Hostels on the top lists of travellers.

Hostels have redefined dormitory style living while nipping very little off of stringent budgets and are fast gaining popularity in India. Whether it is an end of semester undergrad trip or a break from a monotonous job, hostels are gaining more Indian footfall besides being a popular choice for travellers from abroad.

The perks that hostels come with:

  • They come with options for dorm sharing and private rooms.
  • They also have the options for unisex (or mixed) sharing dorm rooms.
  • The dorms start off pricing at as low as INR 199 and go up to INR 600.
  • Satisfactory room services.
  • Staff trained in generic languages.
  • They are conveniently situated with basic amenities within accessible limits
  • Most hostels provide indigenous experiences like campfires, jam nights as well as guided tours.

Millennials can now travel with their groups without having to book different rooms for different sexes. They can still book different rooms if they want to at the same tariff. The hostels enable bunk sharing with capacities ranging from 4-10 per room. This reduces the unnecessary need to book multiple rooms as in hotels which only allow two in a room. The option of private rooms still remains open.

Safety concerns are well handled. These hostels maintain a policy for guests which ensures that no persons (classified legally as minors or rather children) below 18 years of age are allowed to book beds in the hostels and follow standard check-in procedures. Hence living up to the tag of “alternate accommodations for millennials”.

Room Services are more than just cleaning floors. The hostels provide standardized clean bedding and maintain hygienic conditions in common bathrooms and lavatories. Most hostels esthetically represent the culture of the land and spots rooftop and outdoor cafés. They feature various artists, hence, offering lazy outdoor nights to relieve some of the sight-seeing tiredness.

The best part is that these hostels only adopt the accommodation practices from the institutional hostels (mostly dreaded by most!). The hostels come without the curfew hours (and thankfully the warden too!) but however do impose silent hours for the early birds among the backpackers.

As Hostelworld Group, the premier hostel search and booking engine, mentions: “Millennials are prioritizing social interactions and shared adventures with newfound friends versus the average traveller population.” hostels are doing a remarkable job in providing them with the same. The probability of interaction with people from different backgrounds is increased through hostels.

What intrigued the Indian youth when Rani in Queen shared bunks with strangers in Amsterdam is now being adopted.With hostel chains like The Moustache and Hoztel, hostels come as a welcome facilitator to the trips most of us put on shelves.