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Spotlight Thursday: Book These Family Friendly Hostels Now For Travel Next Summer

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One of the biggest reasons families don’t travel is cost.  Lodging can be very pricey and sometimes, camping is just not a practical option.  Luckily, there is still another inexpensive option- hostels.  I will be honest, up until recently, I thought hostels were only for backpackers. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  There are some wonderful hostels across the country that welcome families.  Many of these hostels are small and quite popular, so its important to book them early.

Once again Lydie has put together a wonderful list of family friendly hostels.  Many of these hostels are small but popular, which means they book up for the summer season early.  But if you can plan ahead, these special spots can save you a good chunk of change. Here is a sample of some of the hostels that made the list:

Hedonisia on Hawaii’s Big Island:

Explore the Big Island without breaking the bank.  Located in a tropical rain forest, this hostel focuses on eco-friendly practices and embraces the natural beauty of its surroundings.  Kids will enjoy helping harvest fruits and vegetables grown on the property and adults will get a kick out of the solar heated outdoor shower.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero, CA:

Photo Courtesy norcalhostels.org

50 miles south of San Francisco is a hostel with a view worth planning your entire vacation around.  Not only is this hostel situation on the dramatic Central California coast, it also sits at the base of one of the tallest lighthouses in America.  Elephant Seals mate nearby, tide pools abound, and the sheltered beach provides gentle waves which are great for kids to frolic in.  After the kids go to bed, be sure to sneak on over to the hot tub to enjoy one amazingly romantic ocean view.

Lazy Lizard Hostel in Moab, UT:

The dramatic beauty and plethora of outdoor activities, make Moab a great destination for families who love to add a little adventure to their vacation experience. The Lazy Lizard is rustic and very inexpensive, with a kitchen, laundry, barbeque, a hot tub, and showers in site. Families can choose from private rooms or log cabins.

The Pirate Haus Inn and Hostel in St. Augustine, Florida:

This hostel just sounds like fun! With 5 private rooms in crazy themes such as the Pirate Room, the Jungle Room, and the Tropical Fish Room, you family is sure to have a one of a kind experience staying in this hostel. The private rooms include their own bathrooms, which is a nice perk that many hostel visitors don’t often get to enjoy. Be sure to enjoy some time on the rooftop patio and all the pirate themed fun in the surrounding community. Be aware that there are nineteen stairs which must be climbed in order to reach the rooms and no elevator, so pack lightly!

Interested to see what other locations made the list? Then be sure to check out the Family Friendly Hostels list here.


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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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2 Responses to Spotlight Thursday: Book These Family Friendly Hostels Now For Travel Next Summer

  1. Bridget Smith October 21, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try out a hostel on a family vacation. Thanks for the list!

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