Backpackers and budget travelers know that staying in hostels is almost always the cheapest way to travel, but they also provide a community and group of services that you’ll almost never find at a proper hotel. Solo travelers can meet locals and fellow travelers with ease in a hostel, sometimes whether they want to or not. The common kitchens in most hostels also provide an almost fool-proof way to meet other people and make friends, all while saving money and having the ability to try local cuisine.