Odds are you've spent a night or two in a youth hostel and remember it with some sort of fuzzy vagueness. Or maybe, if you stayed here, you don't remember it at all. Either way, that lack of recollection may lead you -- in an effort to pocket some extra cash -- to book yourself into another hostel on your next big European adventure. Which would be a mistake. Why you ask, considering the fun you no doubt seemed to have? Here are 18 reasons.
They don't call them youth hostels for nothing -- young people actually stay in these places. And we're not just talking about nubile 19yr-old coeds looking to "experience" the world, ('cause, well, that would be awesome), we're talking about noisy school groups eager to get tanked after their chaperones turn in.
2. Snorers and stinkers There's a reason you requested a "Single" in Hughes Hall sophomore year; it's because sharing a room with fully grown adults sucks. Especially if there are 10 of them and they have, as is most likely the case, fully grown adenoids. And/or haven't done laundry since touching down in Rome, three countries ago.
3. The person who turns the light on in the middle of the night While the respectful traveler will navigate his way across a darkened dorm room using his cell phone as a torch, swearing only in a whisper when he stubs his toe, there's always the asshat who just flips the lights on at 3am to find his bed.