Booking a hostel can seem like a tedious task if you don’t know where to start, or what to look for, during your search. Every time I mention staying in a hostel, I get side eyes and more questionable glances from friends and family about safety, cleanliness, etc. Many in the U.S. are skeptical because hostels have a negative connotation, and if you haven’t traveled abroad the prices of hostels can seem too good to be true. However, when you know what you’re doing, booking a hostel is not as bad as it seems. I love them! From safety concerns to the type of rooms available, I cover everything you need to know about hostel life. Here is how to book a hostel, as told with questions you should ask yourself before booking.