Important Hostels Terms
Hostels began as locations for youths to escape to the countryside. Most of these inns are no longer limited to youths, though. They are cheap alternatives to many hotels. Many hostels can be searched for and reserved over the internet. Following are some terms you may find beneficial in planning your trip.
Backpackers – In many locations, backpackers refers to people who stay in hostels. They typically travel across a country, or multiple countries, with all of their belongings in a backpack. In some countries, such as Austria and New Zealand, backpackers can be an abbreviated form of backpackers’ hostels.
Bunkhouse – Bunkhouses are sometimes called bunk barns because they are often converted barns. These redesigned buildings can usually accommodate twelve to thirty five people. These buildings have sleeping quarters, toilets, showers, and cooking and dining areas. Sleeping quarters are often dormitory style, though some bunkhouses may offer a limited number of private rooms.
Bunk Room – Bunk rooms are cheap accommodations that are attached to pubs. They do not usually include eating or socializing areas.
Camping Barn – A camping barn, or stone tent, is usually just the shell of a living area. Visitors are often expected to bring everything from bedding, including a cushioned mat to serve as a mattress, to food preparation equipment, including a cooker and utensils. You will often find camping barns in rural locations. Some don't even have electricity.
Hostelling International – This international organization provides guidelines for pricing and quality. Thousands of hostels worldwide are members of this organization. Hostelling International can make the search for available lodging easier.
Independent Hostel – This term is often applied to hostels that are not members of an organization like Hostelling International. This status does not necessarily impact the quality of the hostel, though.