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If you’re a young and broke traveler exploring the world on a budget, staying at a hostel might feel like a great way to save some money. Unfortunately, hostels come with a long list of hidden expenses that you’re probably not aware of, but we’re here to help you avoid them.


Towels—and even bed linens—at some budget-friendly hostels don’t come free. Read the reviews or contact the hostel to check if they’re included in the price, and consider bringing your own if that’s not the case.


You’ll find free security lockers at pretty much every hostel dorm, but padlocks aren’t always provided, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.


Free breakfast isn’t an amenity that most budget-friendly hostels provide. Luckily, there’s no need to pay for it as long as there’s a shared kitchen on the premises where you can prepare your own food.

Fun Activities

From walking tours to pub crawls, hostels often have many fun activities in store. Unfortunately, you’ll usually have to pay to take part, but doing your own planning is always an option—and it won’t cost you a dime!

Laundry Service

Some hostels offer a washer and dryer on the premises, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to use them free of charge. If they’re too expensive, consider washing your clothes by hand or looking for a cheaper laundromat nearby.