Hostels Are Perfect for Older Women Traveling Alone [Video]

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Hi everyone this is Margaret Manning with sixty and me I love to travel and I don't have a lot of money so when I was
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deciding where to stay in Bali for two months I had to think very carefully about where I could afford to stay and
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still you know be comfortable and safe and have some of the things that were important to me for example internet
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good-quality internet access to the center of Abood where I could do my yoga practice and and also a place where I
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could be comfortable for for two months and I found the most amazing place and in reality it's a hostel it's it's a
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place that has private rooms but it also has dormitories for small groups I think about six or seven and then there are
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some other you know individual properties as well but it's a really beautiful place it's right in the center
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of town and it's one of those things you I when you think about hostels you also have a spectrum of expectation you know
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there's the ones that you may think of with 30 people mixed dormitories lots of noise perhaps lots of possibility for a
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danger and then there's places like this and this is becoming more of a trend and I would like to propose that older women
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consider staying in a hostel if you are you know a little bit short of money or you just don't want to spend that much
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on on accommodation I mean I've saved money by staying here that I can use for other travel for my
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food and other expenses for my massages which are wonderful and you'll be able to just prioritize how much you want to
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spend on the place that you sleep so I think that this place for example is very clean it's it's well looked after
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the grounds are beautiful there's a swimming pool cafe where you can order light meals and the environment is
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wonderful the host is great he organizes cultural evenings for people in the inn her staying at the hostel and I've just
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been there I've have not been disappointed it's really been wonderful of course there is a spectrum of hostels
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in the world you can find everything from very very inexpensive properties where the backpackers who don't have a
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lot of money just want a place to sleep and are quite happy you know being with 20 30 other people you know that's okay
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I mean that's that's a good option for them and then you have hostels where there are a beautiful rooms and
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accommodation in fact this last summer I stayed for the first time in a hostel in Copenhagen it was called urban house
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this place was amazing and to be honest with you of all the places I stayed during my month in the in Northern
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Europe I liked it the best I thought it was just wonderful had the best facilities great Wi-Fi great people lots
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of interesting music and art going on and also I was in that situation with five girls I stayed in a room with five
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other girls the bathroom was actually inside our room so you didn't have to go into the hallway to go out to the to the
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showers but it was great and these girls were funny they were from all over the world and I mean I
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honestly I was the first one out in the morning and night I was the last one back um I was just you know having a
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great time and so with it was wonderful and they made good friends it was one it was a really nice experience so that
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when I came to Bali and you know decided to stay here I wasn't so afraid I knew what to expect now this place isn't
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perfect there's lots of things that you have to compromise privacy noise I have little geckos that run on my wall but
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trust me I've new luxury hotels in places like Bali have little geckos running on the wall as well and I've
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learned to be you know friends with nature and you to really be creative about how I shape my space and and make
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this my home because for two months it's you know it's quite a quite a while to stay in one place and I've I've chosen I
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think I've chosen well so what is the are the qualities that you have to have if you are interested in staying in a
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hostel in case you're interested in doing this first of all you have to be open-minded you have to be ready to
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accept people from all different walks of life from all different backgrounds all different economic levels and you
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just have to be willing to open your heart and your mind to their lifestyle to their priorities and it was important
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to them and you know realize that you're you know you have equally unique needs and interests and you know it's part of
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a building community these places are really collaborative and I think that some one of the things I like about
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about this hostile environment now the other thing you have to have of course is patience
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things don't work quite as smoothly as if you had a concierge organizing things for you you have to find a map and you
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have to figure out your way around the town but people are always willing to go with you to help you to take you to the
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nearest ATM if you want to get started and it's really in many ways a more friendly and comfortable immersion into
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a new place but I think patience is important you know infrastructure is it quite as you know as stable as in other
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maybe more you know elaborate hotels but this has been fine for me and I think you know being a little bit patient and
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having that you know anything can happen attitude is is good I think being non-judgemental is related to being
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accepting I think that I've learned a lot about myself in this situation and that's been great I think a lot of women
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in our 60s worry about traveling alone we're fearful if you're full of bad things happening or being lost or taken
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advantage of and of course you've got to be careful everywhere you go but this particular kind of environment
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encourages independence and creativity and and self-sufficiency it's a good place to you know structure your muscles
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your confidence muscles so there's a couple of things well definitely some things you'll get
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here in a hostel that you wouldn't get anywhere else I mean for one thing you'll get people
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that are so unique and wonderful and interesting I mean they really are they come from everywhere and they've got
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stories to tell the other thing you'll get is great food I mean the food here is cooked on site and it's beautiful
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it's very simple you know organic food and I think that's another nice feature you could go down for breakfast
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literally down outside your door and have a great meal and the food is really really good another thing that you get
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is entertainment okay now I'm gonna talk about music in a minute but I'll say right now is that you get music
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entertainment and and from from there other people there staying here they may be playing a guitar or just singing or
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you'll get live music in the evenings so I'll tell you about that in a second so I think that if you're thinking of
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coming to a hostel and staying here for a few weeks or longer I've got some some chips just just based on my own
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experience one would be a book early there are usually in these types of accommodations private rooms but they go
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really fast because there's only maybe one or two of them so if you're thinking that you want to be in this kind of
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place like this and you want to be alone have your own bathroom have your own maybe balcony mine's great as a little
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balcony and lots of room then book early get to know the hosts I sent email to Kodak and Mark several
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times just asking questions and you know making sure that the things that were on my mind were were dressed and they were
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just responsive and and in fact I got I booked my this place through Airbnb some hostels booked their private rooms
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through Airbnb and also through places like hostel Booker's calm or hostile world lots of options for finding you
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know good good places but any we get to know your hosts take some earplugs back to music any brave I think that's my
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biggest advice is just go for it you know women in our 60s were 20 in the 60s and think about the stuff you got up to
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thinking about that things you did and the chances you took and just how adventurous you were with your life I
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mean it's so wonderful we are able to travel and feel that again even if you're a little
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achy or you're not quite as flexible you know you can enjoy what these young people are doing with their lives and
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it's changing you know people are looking at the world through a completely different lens and it's for
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me energizing and inspirational I've really enjoyed it so I think that's one thing
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is just to be brave and and try to just keep you know keep things in perspective but what you won't get I mean you won't
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get luxury accommodation you won't get your towels changed every day you'll get you know the room cleaned every day
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usually but you know you don't get that kind of luxury treatment but luxury really for me is about experience rather
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than stuff so that isn't such a measure for me of excellence but you won't get that you look at situations though like
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the music we have out music three nights a week here and I know a little bit but then spend downstairs and one of the
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nice it's beautiful is jazz rhythm and blues it's really great easy music and the other two is like mic night and this
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means that local bands can just play what they play and usually it's pretty loud and it's it's not maybe your style
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of music and yeah I mean I laugh if I if I actually have to listen to honky tonk woman or Hotel California one more time
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I will scream but you know seriously I just put my headphones on I do my work I try to relax and and just just accept it
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as part of this experience of being with younger people and and actually older people – there's lots of families here
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there's because I'm I'm here the look that's a old-timer I'm here for longer than most I just get to see lots of
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people coming and going and it's wonderful there's every every age represented and so it's um it's just a
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you know a great cross-section of the world I think the other thing is getting besides saving money of course you get a
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younger perspective on yourself you just feel more capable of you know taking chances I went on a scooter the other
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day I was it was like when I came to Bali I'm never going on a scooter it's just
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too dangerous and then yesterday someone offered to take me downtown and I said okay I jumped on it's so much
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fun you know pushes you to all your limits and I think that's kind of cool so I guess my question for you is if you
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want to save money and travel more what do you would you be willing to live in and stay in a hostel for a few weeks
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or longer I'd really love to get your feedback on this leave your comments below and we can start a conversation
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you know would you be willing and happy to stay in a hostel thanks everyone for being here hope you have a great day and

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