When I created TBP 0004 “Enjoying a Hostel Environment” I mentioned that one should leave the dog home if planning to stay in a hostel. I didn’t think that any hostels existed that were open to pet travel because the logistic of a dorm room are not conducive to such amenities.
It can get too crowded with just a bunch of humans and their huge luggage, but can you imagine adding three barking chihuahuas and a giant St. Bernard to the mix?
That would be utter insanity!
But apparently hostels in Europe have figured out a work-around for the dog issue.
After I posted that podcast, I received an email from Hosteling International with a link to their blog post about a few of the hostels that DO allow dogs.
I was thrilled to read the article because even though I enjoy solo travel, it can get a bit lonely.
The dog obviously keeps me company, and many of the dog-related places that I visit (like dog parks) offer a great way for humans like me to socialize on the road, but there is nothing like finishing a day of sightseeing in a common room or in the kitchen and sharing my experiences while listening to others who also have advice and could guide my next day of touring.
I hope that the American hostels will follow suit and consider opening their doors to pet travel, too. I love staying at hostels and have really missed the camaraderie and the social way to learn about the the destination.