How to Make the Most of Hostels
Hostels are a cheap and friendly replacement for hotels, and definitely worth considering wherever you go. Although the security isn’t as great as other forms of accommodation, reported thefts are very low and a lot of cases are overexaggerated. Here’s how to make the most of hostels!
Dorm vs Privacy
Although we all like our privacy, dorm rooms are the pinnacle of hostel vacations. You will never experience the full extent until you stay in a room with two-to-eight strangers. It might sound scary, but it’s a great way to make new friends! If you’re travelling alone, then this is a great option as it will allow you to explore new places with new people. So introduce yourself and aks about their travels, and make a new friend!
Staying in a hostel may be cheaper than a hotel but it comes with its own cost. You may have no control of the lights, your roommates might be loud, and its highly unlikely toiletries will be provided for you. So be sure to bring eye masks, earplugs, and shampoo if you want to have a good time. Some hostels allow you to rent a towel, but if this isn’t your ideal situation, then be sure to pack one of those two.
Most hostels have a common room where everyone can hang out during the day. Not only does this place usually have free wifi, but also a great way to meet people and casually chat. Some hostels also offer free activities on different nights, such as trivia questions and quizzes.
One of the best advantages of staying in hostels is the 24/7 access to the kitchen This allows you to make your own food and eat whenever you like, not when a hotel says you can. Most hostels include a simple breakfast in the price and leave the rest of the meals up to you. So don’t be afraid to make dinner, and be sure to chat with other hostel visitors while doing so! Clean up after yourself, don’t take food that isn’t yours, and you’ve just found yourself a free kitchen!
It goes without saying that you should be polite and courteous to everyone during your stay, but this is especially true when it comes to hostel staff. Not only are they in charge of your room and clean up after guests, but they’re also locals. If you want to find out the best places to eat, cheap tourist stores, and authentic attractions, ask the staff.
Although the amount of thefts associated with hostels can be greatly exaggerated, it can still happen. So use your common sense and keep your valubles safe. Ideally, keep your money, phone, passport and other essentials on you at all times. Some hostels offer lockers to put your belongings into, so check before booking if its an option, and be sure to bring a padlock with you!