A travel hostel experience you would love

3rd Mar 2017

Have you ever stayed at a Hostel during international Travel? Well, i stayed at one during my recent trio, and i was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.

I soo wanted to try and experience it. Being paranoid about safety and not being a backpacker (need my comforts and don't mind spending on the lil luxuries), my heart didn't brace the courage until recently. My first solo trip to Srilanka and wanted to experience the fun side of the wild backpacker.

Photo of A travel hostel experience you would love 1/1 by Rekha

The good news is that Sri Lanka is a remarkably safe place to travel in. Smoking in public invites 3 years of rigorous imprisonment and drug pedaling could lead to capital punishment. Since its a small island, with almost 95% employment, govt is able to manage the law and order effectively. Following the end of the civil war in May 2009, the entire island is now at peace. So if you are sitting on the fence, time is now..to get,set, go..

Photo of Drift BnB, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Rekha

If it's your first time staying at hostels, you maybe surprised that hostels can be very cozy and welcoming, but a having a laid-back personality definitely helps. If access is 24 hours, you can expect to be woken at any hour as others return to the room, or newcomers arrive. Since I was arriving at an unholy hour, knew that would have to wait until next afternoon to check into my room. Here is where I pulled my cards and booked a shared room for the first day. So my check-in would be at 4.00 am, gives me an opportunity to catch up with sleep, experience the shared room and in case it turns out to be a crappy experience would still feel that better than having to wait endlessly at the hotel reception. The room surprised me, it was just perfect. Air-conditioning with bunk beds and lockers and attached bathroom. No wonder it had 8.8/10 rating on booking.com.

You share common facilities and people vary in their tidiness and respect for others. But this was spotlessly clean and the white linen and soft bed put me to sleep immediately. Woke up fresh a few hours later to the chit-chat of my roomies. Jeannie from US and Theresa from Poland. There were visiting Srilanka for the first time and had already made plans to go together to South of Srilanka this morning. Now, that's unbelievable, you land up in an unknown country and make friends with someone and are ready for an adventure the very next morning. All this can happen only at hostels. They were too excited about the the train journey to Galle and wanted to go to the lounge and discuss so that they don't disturb me. How sweet.

I also got up and decided to get freshen up. There were two shower rooms and separate toilets ..so you basically don't have to wait in Q. This was quite different from what I had imagined.

The lounge had a simple but elegant design. Breakfast was USD 4 extra but worth every penny. Guys, if you ever plan to go to Colombo, this is THE PLACE !!!

Met a few more girls at the breakfast table. These days, even internet is full of Solo woman who are travelling to all the beautiful places in the world. They gave me tips about where to go and what to do on my first day. Tips on haggling and rates for tuk-tuk.

Cheers to Sisterhood !!! #hearthostels

See you soon....

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Photo of Drift BnB, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Rekha
Photo of Drift BnB, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Rekha