Hostels With Kids: A Surprising Way to Save Money on Summer Travel

As you probably remember from your late teens and early twenties, hostels are the best place to meet young singles with a yen for traveling and -- if my own experience is any indication -- a seriousness when it comes to partying. Hostels on a Saturday or Sunday morning are quieter than a church in the middle of the night.

An unusual place to recommend for family travel? Probably, but there are several characteristics that make hostelers kindred spirits to budget-conscious families who are looking for a great travel experience that doesn't involve crippling credit card debt.