Is it worth the cheap price to stay in hostels? How can I manage being in such close proximity to people I don't know?

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Do your research and read the reviews. Some are better than others, so make sure you know what you are getting in to! It is worth the cheaper price, in my opinion, but you don't want any unwelcome surprises.
A lot of it will depend on the specific hostel that you're staying in. There are actually some pretty nice hostels out there, but you'll have to do some research to find them. I wouldn't stay just anywhere based on the cheap price, simply because I have come across hostels where I didn't feel particularly safe. However, if you do your research and make sure that where you're staying is safe, clean, and comfortable, hostels can be a great deal. They can also be a great way to make friends while you're traveling, if you're social and want to hang out with your roommates.
If you are a really social person that is traveling in order to meet other people and save money in order to experience the culture in a grittier way, than hostels might be a better fit for you. But if you get anxious around people you don't know which can be exacerbated by being in a foreign land and you need to be alone in order to de-stress, then a hostel is probably not a great fit.
It really depends on your money situation and your comfort level. Staying in hostels is a great option for those travelling who want to save money and don't need a hotel room to themselves. That being said, it can be an adjustment to staying somewhere with a bunch of other people in the same room, even if only for a short time. Just think of it as living with roommates and try to get to know some of the other people staying at the hostel so you don't think of them as strangers. Keep any valuables or money somewhere safe so you don't have to worry about things being stolen. Look at staying in hostels as an opportunity to meet some interesting people you otherwise wouldn't get to meet -- you never know who might end up becoming a friend or someone you could travel with for a short while!

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