By Jade Johnston
As a seasoned traveller, I know the importance of planning ahead, packing only the necessities while being sure to not overpack, and of course, to be well rested before starting out on any journey. Of course, I never take my own advice. My flight leaving from Winnipeg was departing at 7:15, and since this is an international flight I needed to be there by 5:15. Usually in cases like this I would sleep in the airport the night previous, and I would have done that… if I had been better organized.
1:30 am, the day I am supposed to be flying, and I am still packing. The reason I found myself in this state of sitting on my backpack in an effort to compress its contents enough with the weight of my own body in order to be able to close the buckles….. blatantly ignoring rule #2. Don’t overpack. I managed to pack my bulging packs in a sufficiently reasonable manner and went to bed to try to get at least two good hours of sleep. I was probably not the most pleasant person to be around when the alarm went off two and a half hours later, but a white chocolate mocha fixed that quickly enough.
Two flights and some much appreciated naps later, we arrived in NYC. Although I did my best to be prepared (I did remember to write down the address of the hostel!), I failed to remember that it is sometimes a good idea to figure out directions in advance. I’m used to backpacking in Europe, where the tourist infrastructure is immaculately well laid out. This ended up with us taking a very round about route to the hostel, but at least we were not planning a big night out after our minimal sleep anyhow. We arrived at Adventure Hostels at around 20:00. I was surprised at how much the place looked like a small flat. Well it turns out that it is a flat that was recently turned into a hostel, so recently in fact, that Matt and I were it’s first guests.
Normally I am a major advocate of couch surfing, but staying in this hostel was an amazing experience. It is located near the last stop (Canarsie) on the L train. If you plan to spend most of your time in Manhattan, then this hostel might be a little far away for you, but the price is certainly right! However, it is really close to JFK airport, so would make a great resting point for people flying into that specific airport. The staff were extraordinarily friendly. They were all super eager to meet us, and even shared their Mexican food and beer with us. Any questions we had were promptly answered. They really went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
They even insisted that we take photos with them, as we were their first guests, and if you go visit this hostel, you will probably get to see a similar picture to this one in their information cabinet!
The friendliest hostel in NYC