Staying in hostels can be one of the best parts of traveling – if you’re looking for an authentic experience in whichever country of the world you’re in, there’s no better way of getting it. You’ll be surrounded by other like-minded travellers making it easy to meet new people and make friends. Hostel employees are also trained to be able to give you advice and they’re equipped with mountains of knowledge that’ll come in really handy while you’re traveling. Of course, on top of all this, hostels are cost effective and more often than not have capacity for passing travellers.
However, on top of all these advantages of staying at hostels, there are also some disadvantages that are just part of the deal. Luckily, however, they’re totally manageable.
Here are some tips for staying in hostels.
Always Lock Your Things Away
General safety and security will differ from place to place, but no matter where in the world you are, always make sure you lock your things away. Take a padlock with you wherever you go and don’t ever leave your valuables lying around. Most dorms have lockers, so make use of those.
Try Find Hostels That Includes Breakfast
If you’re travelling on a budget, a great way to save money is to find a hostel that includes breakfast in its nightly rate. Not only will you save on cash, but it’s also convenient to be able to have a quick bite before you set out for the day. Furthermore, it can be sociable – this is a cool way to meet fellow travellers.
Bring an Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
With lots of people constantly coming and going, there’s bound to be some noise and irritating light – especially if people are going out and coming home after a few drinks. The best way to avoid being woken up is to wear an eye mask and ear plugs when you go to sleep. Or to keep your earbuds in after you’ve enjoyed some rugby sports betting and use them as noise-blockers.
Use Flip Flops in the Showers
Generally speaking, hostels get cleaned pretty regularly, but you can never be too careful. The last thing you want while travelling is to pick up a fungal infection, so always wear flip flops in the showers and try wear shoes when in communal areas.
This point simply can’t be overstated – be considerate! If you’re staying in a dormitory, or even just a hostel with lots of people in different rooms, be aware of this when you’re coming home late or leaving early.
- Be noisy.
- Turn lights on off.
- Leave your stuff lying around.
- Leave dishes.
- Be careful and quiet when getting into your bunks.
- Try not to shower at all hours.
Not everybody necessarily wants to make friends with everybody staying in their dorm or hostel and that’s fine, but try to at least be friendly. Since you’re staying in such close proximity, things can get uncomfortable if you don’t.
Likewise, however, be respectful of other people’s space. If somebody else doesn’t seem interested in chatting or getting to know you, leave them alone.