If you’ve never been to Tenerife, you must know that it’s considered the Miami of Europe.
Flocks of tourists make their way to the Canary Islands as a place to unwind during the hot summers or escape the frigid winter months. I personally had enough of the snow from Norway when I decided to make my way down to Tenerife.
As what any budgeting traveler might do, I made the conscious decision to find the cheapest alternative to a hotel to crash for the night. I also booked a hotel (with free cancellations) just in case I decided this place wasn’t right for me (hint: always have a plan B).
Thanks to Google, I was able to read some extensive reviews from the options I had just to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I finally decided to go with my gut instinct and booked a hostel.
Enter Los Amigos Hostel, the only place that actually fit my long list of requirements. I felt like I’d gotten off with such a perfect deal minus the “sharing a room with strangers” part.
I didn’t know what to expect when I entered through those doors of the hostel. For one, I’d never stayed at a hostel before and I was traveling alone at the time. I felt like I wanted to meet new people and try something different, but all the what ifs were running through my head at full speed.
As you can imagine, I started thinking of all the worst possible things that could happen. You also have to understand that when I think of a hostel, I conjure the scenes from the Taken movies in my head. I don’t know why, but it was engrained in my head to expect the worst. Let’s be honest, that’s what any skeptical American female might think of when under the influence of Hollywood and traveling to Europe.
As I entered through the foyer that led to an open space of communing travelers, all eyes were on me. I awkwardly said hello and made my way to check in. I was greeted by three ladies who were just a few of the people I would eventually spend my time with on the Spanish island.
We spent most of our time at the beach, driving around in a rental car, exploring new parts of the town, and spending our nights in the communal lounge of the hostel, socializing for hours! It was nice to meet new people from all walks of life. It really opened my eyes and made me realize that I just have to stop thinking the worst. Sometimes you just have to let go of your fears, trust your inner voice, and embrace something new.