How to Pick a Hostel as a Solo Female Traveler

Before I set off on my first solo trip, I was super excited about getting out to explore the world, but I was definitely a little worried about doing it on my own. Even more so, while my family was generally supportive of me wandering around Europe on my own for three months, they were a little more nervous about the types of places I’d be staying. At this point, I’ve spent about eight months of the last two years living in hostels and have definitely seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of hostel life. If you’re planning your first trip, here’s what to look out for in order to pick a hostel and have a good experience.

Why I Travel Alone (and Why You Should Too!)

Hi, I’m Hanna. I’m a travel blogger/web developer from Chicago and I LOVE to travel alone. I’ve traveled in a variety of contexts—with friends, with family, with a large group, with a small group, and by myself. Each of these trips has been a wonderful experience for different reasons. It’s nice to have someone there to share the journey and I definitely wouldn’t complain if someone wanted to tag along, but to me, there’s no better feeling than arriving in a brand new place and being surrounded by strangers just waiting to be turned into friends.