It’s normal to feel unsettled or a bit out of your comfort-zone when you’re traveling to a new city, country, or continent for the first time. In fact, not only is it normal, but it’s also a good thing because it means that you’re stepping out of your box by letting go of past attachments, routine, and fears. However, after you’ve peeled your white-knuckled grip from your friend’s arm long enough to cliff-dive off of a waterfall in Costa Rica, or after you’ve convinced yourself to try a bite of the fried tarantula delicacy in Cambodia, there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a break!
So kick off your shoes, snuggle up, and get comfortable at these feel-good hostels we found for you to recharge after a long day of travel. See Feel-Good Hostels Part I for hostels #1 to #3!
4. The Singing Lamb – Puerto Natales, Chile
Remember the good ole’ days when mom used to do the cooking, organizing, and planning for you? Staying at newly renovated The Singing Lamb hostel in Puerto Natales, Chile will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time to those golden years.
Every morning you can start off your day with a free, homemade breakfast including homemade bread, jams, and cereals. Clean-up with the hand-washing facilities and hang your clothes to dry on the clothes line to get that fresh, outdoor smell reminiscent of the days when mom used to do laundry for you. Free WIFI, lockers, sheets, and towels are provided, and there’s also an earth tone, cozy common room where you can kick back and get to know other backpackers on the couch or gather around the table for a game of cards.
An extra convenience at The Singing Lamb hostel is that they sell bus tickets to surrounding areas including El Calafate, Punta Arenas, and national park Torres Del Paine. Susan, the hostel proprietor, goes out of her way to smoothen your stay by offering to organize excursions, one-day activities, and tours in Patagonia so you won’t feel on your own!
5. Smile Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal
With so much culture and nightlife to explore in Lisbon, Portugal, Smile Hostel offers the perfect safe haven where backpackers can retreat and restore energy.
Smile Hostel’s no lock-out policy allows you to take full advantage of the city’s entertainment without having to curb your experience with a curfew. The spacious, urban common room beckons with a sprawling couch and bean bag chairs for you to stay up for late-night talks. If you need a break and want to take a night-in then you can also dip into their DVD reserves to watch on the plasma screen, or play some Play Station 2, chess, dices, parchis, or dominos with other guests.
While free breakfast is included at the Smile Hostel, cooking your own meal in the full-equipped, common kitchen can be an easy way to strike up a conversation with a stranger (“Do you have any salt I could use? Smells good! What are you making?”) And to make you feel special, birthdays don’t go unrecognized at Smile Hostel; you’ll be offered a personal birthday cake and bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion!
6. Peace and Love Hostel – Paris, France
Located in the heart of France’s “city of love,” the Peace and Love Hostel offers a hip place for backpackers and Parisians alike to unwind.
After sauntering the city by day, come back to have a drink by night at the hostel’s ground bar with an outside terrace, where you can find cheap drinks, cocktails, and a selection of over 10 beer varieties. There is also a games room, cable TV, fax service, and full-equipped kitchen for your convenience. With the comfortably affordable price and additional tours available to discover Paris with other hostelers, choosing to stay at Peace and Love Hostel is a guaranteed feel-good decision!
When you are trying new foods and activities, as well as being introduced to unfamiliar cultures and customs while traveling, the uncertainty can be exciting. But that doesn’t mean you have to be uncertain about your accommodation! Stay at a feel-good hostel to return to your comfort base and reflect on the days’ adventures.
What’s your favorite Feel-Good Hostel?
This post was updated at 07/10/2013