That is great to hear! I was talking with young professional Americans in New York and many of them did not know what a hostel was, did not know how to find a hostel, and did not think it was "socially acceptable" to stay in a hostel. From talking with Americans, it seemed that they like hostels abroad but do not like hostels in the U.S. Where is your hostel located?
...did not think it was "socially acceptable" to stay in a hostel. From talking with Americans, it seemed that they like hostels abroad but do not like hostels in the U.S.
When I worked in US hostels, I encountered many people in the US who didn't seem to know what a hostel was. At the same time, European hostels were telling me that up to 20% or more of their guests were from North America.
I don't know for sure, but I suspect that the US has a much lower percentage of people who know what hostels are, but because the country is so big, there are a large number of hostellers overall. There are many Americans that travel in hostels, but if you ask a group of Americans about them, maybe only a small percentage would have experience with them.
I agree with the above poster. There are large percentage of North Americans who don't understand what a hostel is. Many people confuse them with emergency housing shelters which give them a bad name. The image of hostels is improving though, and a growing number of Americans are turning to this type of accommodation.
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