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  1. John

    I have stayed in five different hostels in the last two years, and your viewpoint is evidently with rose colored glasses. Most of them are filthy, and smoking is quite common, both tobacco and pot, especially pot. In fact, smoking is always allowed in the break areas where you eat your meals. And if there is a television in the common area, they are normally on very loud and very late. Hostel management will very seldom enforce the hostel’s house rules because young volunteers run them. Hostels may becoming more modern with key cards and draped bunk beds, but the people that stay there are still a reflection of society in general.

    • It sounds like you’ve been staying in hostels during the pandemic. I can’t speak to the way EVERY hostel runs and even hotels have gone downhill since COVID. Which is very likely what you could be experiencing. I wrote this post when I backpacked (in 2011-2012) and I genuinely loved staying in hostels. It’s important to do your research and read reviews before staying anywhere.