I wrote an entire blog on my personal website on what it's like to stay in a hostel—the good, the bad, and the unexpected.
One thing we love is when a hostel provides breakfast. I'd say most of the ones we've stayed at do provide breakfast, but we still consider it a huge win when we find a bed for less than $30/night and it comes with free breakfast. The thing is that a lot of times, breakfast is just bread and jam. Sometimes there'll be cheese or meats or if we're lucky a hard boiled egg. So when we stay somewhere where there are far more options than just the average, it's quite exciting.
In Aveiro, Portugal, we stayed at this cute little hostel full of the most interesting and friendly people. So one morning, I woke up early and went to a nearby bakery and bought all kinds of different pastries—sweet ones and savory ones. And after talking it over with the people who worked at the hostel, I put them out for everyone to eat. It was a small gesture, but after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're traveling.
And I was pleased to come downstairs an hour after putting everything out to find that there were barely even crumbs left of all the delicious pastries I'd left out. So I think it's safe to say it was a success.
Vanessa Daves is a recent college graduate and a RAKtivist who is spending three months traveling the world. Iris Telehealth is sponsoring her random acts of kindness throughout the summer in the places she travels. When she returns back to the United States in the fall, she will be marketing coordinator for Iris Telehealth. Learn more at iristelehealth.com/love
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