6 tips when staying in a hostel
Hostels are often the preferred choice of accommodation for travellers. It can be inexpensive and offers the opportunity to meet new faces and make friends whilst travelling. Hostels can offer two forms of boarding; shared accommodation or a private room. The private room can be perfect for a group of travellers, but if you’re seeing the world alone, shared accommodation can be a lot more attractive. If you will be travelling solo and are hoping to make new friends on the way, you may want to take note of our six tips when staying in a hostel.
1. Don’t watch the film
Released in 2005, Hostel made sure gore fans were kept happy after the disappointment of Cabin Fever. However, this torture film is not one to watch if you’re about to embark on an adventure and will be staying in hostels.
2. Wear ear plugs
No matter where you go, hostels are noisy places. There is always a party or two to go to every night. If you intend to have at least one good night’s sleep during your stay, we suggest you take some sleep ear plugs with you.
3. Take bathroom essentials
This includes a towel, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, make-up, toothpaste, toothbrush, you get the idea. Many hostels either don’t provide these items or will ask for a fee in return.
4. Choose the bottom bunk
After a heavy night out with your new friends the last thing you need is to combat a ladder to get into bed. If you have first dibs on where to sleep, the bottom bunk would be our recommendation.
5. Get chatting
A lot of people who stay in hostels want to find friends that they can explore new places and share stories with. Whether they are sitting in the common room typing on a computer or enjoying a coffee, get chatting to them. You will be amazed at how many tips you will pick up and how many friends you can make.
6. Take your own security
Many hostels provide lockers for their customers. However, it is always best to bring your own padlock just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
With these tips you’re sure to have the best time travelling the world. The most important thing for you to bear in mind is to have fun and to chat to everyone in the hostel. Everyone there is in the same shoes as you and is sure to want some company.