I know living accommodations can be costly. They have their own budget while planning out a trip. But, if you're into saving a little money and don't mind crashing with complete strangers, then the hostel route may be for you.
I stayed in a hostel for the first time during my latest Europe trip to Barcelona. I found it on Airbnb. The first thing that got me was the unbelievable price. $13 a day! Literally, I was like where to I sign up. I checked out the pics and the place seemed nice, clean, and legit. And bonus points for it being located in a good central area. (I actually booked the hostel last minute as my flight was about to take off for Barcelona. So I really didn't have a choice.)
Save A Little More Money
I went a step further to save as much money as I possibly could. My flight arrived into Barcelona a little after midnight and I had to be at the airport for my flight out of Barcelona at 4am. So to save money I booked only 4 nights out of 6 days I was there.
Some hostels have areas where you can chill and hang while you wait for check-in times. And most will let you shower, brush your teeth, etc. Most will even hold your bags for a small price if not free.
Hostels will have little kitchens for you to prepare food and also keep snacks. Find a nearby grocery store and shop for food. You don't have to eat out every day. Cooking is cheaper than eating out everyday.
Some hostels may have complimentary items if you happen to forget to pack them. Here are some items you should bring: towel, sponge or cloth, shampoo & conditioner, toothpaste, shower gel, slippers or flip flops, and shower shoes.
Staying in a hostel could mean you are sharing a room with 3 or more people. Most hostels don't have curfews, so people will be coming and going as they please throughout the night. If you're a light sleeper, I recommend ear plugs. Honestly, some people don't know how to shut a door or rummage through their suitcase quietly.
People staying in the hostels are travelers too. Introduce yourself! Make friends! You never know what you might have in common!
If you have any other helpful tips or stories let me know! I would love to have them for future travels!