Remembering the fun I had had when staying in youth hostels in my younger days, I decided to introduce hostelling to my family.
We started with a couple of weekend trips, to Snowdonia and London respectively. And then for this year’s summer holiday – having found all usual self-catering facilities either fully-booked or astronomically expensive – I booked a six-bed room in a youth hotel at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. This cost around £600 for the week (that was with a 10% member discount, and a further 5% discount for including someone under the age of 26 in the party). Now, where can you get views like this for that price? A hotel up the road was charging as much per night!