Traveling has always been an expensive affair, and staying outside more so. For long, there were no decent places for budget travelers or tourists at a limited cost. A hostel was invented to cater to the needs of the budget traveler who needed to put up at any place for a few days and move on. First created for students and young people, hostels were meant to infuse greater cultural interaction through its open system – a place where people stayed together, and came from different places.
Inevitably, some stricter rules applied to many of them. Later on hostels were opened that were targeted towards tourists, and rented sleeping space to people of all age groups. The hostel provides an ideal accommodation for adventurous people on the move. Providing the bare minimum of services, facilities and luxury, a hostel merely arranges for bed and bedding, and breakfast. Hostelling associations provide a network of hostels in more frequented place, so that a tourist to a new country can comfortably stay at the association’s many hostels.
Further, the newer hostels targeted at tourists provide all modern amenities and facilities, along with a sprinkling of luxury to remove the impression of hostels as Spartan accommodations.