I've done both. Will continue to do both of I have my choice. Hostels help me make my travel dollar stretch further and let's me meet some cool people. At the same time, sometimes I want to be away from the smoking, shared fascilities, and loud nightly parties.
growing up, i've travelled to almost every single province and territory of Canada (minus a couple of the maritime prov, and nwt and nunavut), and i've lived in such places as webequie, thunder bay, maple ridge and bella bella.
i'm currently 17, and have taken 4 trips out of Canada... 3 to Europe, where we bicycled all across the continent, and 1 to Ecuador and the Galapagos, where we backpacked...
i think it's healthy to try all different kinds of travel in order to gain perspective and decide which mode is best suited to you.
Its not THAT long ago since l started this thread but l was thinking - my view of traveling has changed yet again!
From my experience of holidays and staying lovely hotels in one "resort" or city to when we were in Oz and NZ where hostels and guest houses were the norm, now lm planning Vietnam and its definately going to be hostels or guest houses - we are not basing our selves in a couple of locations rather taking 3.5 weeks to travel the lenght of the country only loosely planning our route and being more flexible sorting out transport when we get there! And we are definately getting more value out of our cash and having more rewarding experiences!
Next thing you know l will be giving up my wheelie suitcase and buying a backpack!!!!!!!
Ive evolved again - moreso because of our experience in Australia & New Zealand and from gaining confidence and more information from this wonderful website!