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This week's Web Sighting comes to us from the LA Times.


DESCRIPTION Internet tours of the rooms inside hostels around the world make picking the right one easier.

TARGET AUDIENCE Hostel users or their parents

BOTTOM LINE It's great to go behind the front doors.

If you're worried about staying at a hostel or concerned about the kinds of places your college kid is choosing, may set your mind at ease. It goes behind the front doors to show you what you'll find inside hostels in the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Pacific.

Get video tours of the hostel's living room, computer hub, bunk beds, kitchen and more before you decide which hostel is right for you. The videos help the properties come to life - as opposed to seeing only property photos. Some videos also offer local tips and attractions. Keep your eye out for the Wi-Fi logo if that's important to you.

You have to leave the Web site to book the hostel after you fall in love with the property on the video. But that gives you the opportunity to book it on a Web site that you may already know, such as, Hostelbookers .com,, or other travel Web sites.

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