This means that if you are a woman who wants to stay with other women, or you want your own room for safety reasons, you will have to pay up to four times as much as other travelers. In most places this is the cheapest option, so if you’re a backpacker or someone traveling on a budget, you’ll probably want to stay in a hostel. If you are a woman traveling alone, a hostel can increase your safety. I’ve stayed in about 30 hostels in the last 10 years, so shared rooms are no stranger to me. Looking at the travel industry as a whole, who is responsible for women’s safety? Let look at hostels. I decided to stay in a hostel for 10 days of my trip, and every stay was in a shared room. Of course, it’s not just about hostels, but the travel industry as a whole needs to prioritize women’s safety. For example, if you want to explore the nightlife but don’t want to go alone, you can find people to go with you from the hostel. As a woman traveling alone, I am very aware of my safety while traveling. On my trip to the Philippines, I chose a hostel mainly because of this last point. When it comes to where to stay when I travel, there are good reasons to stay in a hostel. Before I go any further, I think it is important to explain why I have stayed in so many hostels over the years. This series is a collection of first-hand anecdotes from an experienced solo traveler who has traveled to 50 countries over the past decade. Young travelers often choose to stay in hostels, and to become lifelong travelers, it’s important that their experience be positive from the start. My solo trip to the Philippines was probably one of the best of my life, although it was not without its bumps and challenges. In fact, I’m still in touch with friends I made in a hostel in the Philippines.