My international travels did not begin until I was 47. I was on a super tight budget, so I learned about hostels. Everything I read talked all about the party life for young people. Was I crazy to think I could hang with this group? Well, I was a high school and college instructor, so maybe. Was I ready to sleep with strangers?
I decided to give it a try at my first destination in London. The place was an old courthouse and jail. Some of the rooms were actually jail cells! The first day was tough since I was jet lagged and nervous about solo travel and being an old lady staying in a hostel. When I woke up on the second day, I met a great young traveler from Australia. We hung out for the remaining time I had in London. I was hooked.
I almost exclusively stay in hostels now. I’m 57 now, and so I do have to check because some hostels have upper age limits. Not sure of the reasoning behind that? This photo was at an awesome boat hostel I found recently in my travels through Croatia. What a view! And it was off season, so I had the six bed cabin to myself! My new obsession is finding unique hostels.
Get back to nature on a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Zagreb and go for beautiful walks in the forest reserve. Marvel at the 16 terraced lakes and numerous waterfalls from the walkways that wind around and across the water.