Welcome to hostels – the gateway drug of travel.
Often funky, always raucous, hostels are often our first taste of life on the road and the reason we can afford to travel in the first place.
World renowned budget traveller, Kash Battacharya, reveals the luxury hostels you need to add to your post-Covid bucket list.
Hostel manager, Linda Martinez, helps read out your hostel horror stories as well as offering her perspective from the other side of the check-in counter.
And Peter explains the perils of sharing a dorm in a Japanese hostel with an American one man band.
Expert Guest: Kash Bhattacharya
Kash Bhattacharya has spent the last ten years encouraging people to think differently about budget travel.
His books, Luxury Hostels of Europe and The Grand Hostels, are guides to the world’s most stylish and affordable accommodation.
And his award-winning website, budgettraveller.org, is jam-packed with hints and tips on travelling cheaply, authentically and well.
Your hostel stories
In this episode, Linda Martinez from the Beehive Hostel in Rome helped me read out your stories.
Got a story to tell?
If you’ve got an amusing, horrifying or salutary tale about hostels from your travels tell us in the comments below.
And while you’re at it, why not check out the list of our upcoming episodes?
If you’ve got a tale to tell about any of the topics we’ve got coming up, send it to us using the form on the page for the chance for it to be read out on the show.