Lisbon must be the city in the world with most Hostels? Why do people sleep there? In 2012 we decided to postpone our plans of starting up Tings Yangon in Myanmar – a project we had been working on for 2 years – and instead start-up in Lisbon. We have traveled in Lisbon since 1996 and felt we knew the city. Still we decided to do what we have been preaching in previous marketing careers – make a little research to check out the possibilities, competition etc before we took the final decision. There was nothing in the Lisbon hospitality market that surprised us – except for one thing: All the Hostels! We have been travelling everywhere, and stayed in all kinds of accommodation – including hostels. But we have never visited a city with so many hostels as travelers find in Lisbon. But the biggest surprise for us was to see that it wasn’t only young student’s and low-budget travelers that stays in hostels. Travelers our age – singles, couples and families – use this kind of accommodation and sleeps in bunk beds in rooms that accommodate from 6 to 12 farting and snoring guests arriving home from parties at all hours. How do they sleep? And what about sex – I mean that is still a part of traveling… OR?
No one wants to spend a year traveling around the world and not come back with at least one story of overseas romance. Magical nights spent in exotic cities, two souls exploring the world together. Or at least one drunken night in that hostel in Europe. Kindred spirits abound on the travel trail, and people are constantly starting and ending relationships – sometimes in the same day. So there you are, in that hostel with your new romance – what do you do? Where will you go? Well, here are some do’s and don’ts for having sex in a hostel: How romantic is this? Read Nomadic Matt’s dos and dont’s about sex in hostels[gallery ids="22848,22849,22850,22851" type="rectangular"]
Do you want to experience other cities & countries but not worry so much about the cost of accommodation? Why not try a hostel? Hostels are more than just for sleeping! They also have… Read Student Universe’s 10 reasons to stay in a hostel here.I seriously try to understand this strange accommodation concept and asked Google for help. The result was a link to Student World’s website where they list 10 reasons why you should stay in a hostel. Most of them complete nonsense.
Hostels are the best part of studying abroad. …and the worst part. …and the most insanely, ridiculously funny part. Heed our advice, young children, and know before you go.
The huge number of hostels in Lisbon must be a flash in the pan that only lasts untill the number of hotels reach a ‘normal’ level – and that will take time due to a crazy level of bureaucracy that kills all hotel projects.
Enjoy your bunk beds
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