Person: “Where are you staying?”
Me: “In hostels.”
Person: “Oh my gosh! Haven’t you ever seen the movie Hostel. You could die.”
So many people are scared of Hostels, but there is really nothing to be scared of. The chances of you getting hit by a car or pick pocketed while traveling are a lot higher than being murdered in a hostel. However, I don’t advise any traveller to see the movie. I know I haven’t. I think it would just freak you out and ruin the experience.
Hostels are really amazing and provide a different experience than staying at a hotel. You get to meet people from all over the world, you make traveling buddies, and hostels provide great ways to meet people, such as things like pubcrawls, free walking tours, and game nights!
The only thing about staying in hostels is that they can be a little uncomfortable, so I have put together some tips to improve your stay at hostels!
The bathroom situation is just something that is unavoidable and annoying. Sometimes sharing one bathroom with 10 other people is something you will just have to suck up and deal with.
1. Bring a bathroom bag. Just a bag that you can put your shampoo, conditioner,soap, shaver, and clothes in. It easier to be able to take the bag into the bathroom, and it is faster.
2. Bring your own towel and flip flops. Hostels usually rent out towels for a fee in case you forgot one, but just bring your own. Also bring flipflops for the showers. If there are 10 other people showering in that shower and I just always feel better with flipflops on.
3.Use the bathroom at odd times. The bathroom is usually being used at night or in the morning. Backpackers love to get an early start, so wake up a little later, go down for breakfast in you PJ’s and then come back up to shower. You might get a later start, but you aren’t rushing in the shower and you don’t have to wait or fight for your turn to use it. Its vacation! Relax!
4. Find hostels with the shower and toilet separate. It sounds weird and very particular, but I swear life is so much easier when the toilets and the showers are in two different rooms. Then when you need the toilet in the morning you don’t have to wait for everyone to shower. Keep it in mind when searching for hostels.
5. Bring or buy a power outlet. Plugs can be slim to none in hostels, so save everyone from fighting over the only outlet and bring a multiple outlet. Be careful with changing voltages though.
6. Going out for the night then set up for later.Nothing is worst then stumbling in drunk and trying to find your tooth brush and Pj’s in your bag. So save everyone from the noise and lay everything on your bed before you leave.
7. Pick a hostel with a good location. It is an obvious tip, but read reviews on the area and make sure its safe to walk around in at night. If the hostel is a 10 minutes walk from the nearest pubs or shopping area that’s okay, as long as the area is safe.
8. Take advantage of laundry services. I know I didn’t and I kept on procrastinating it. I ended up having no clothes because the next hostel I stayed at didn’t have a laundry service on location or near it. If the place has one, use it.
9. Book a hotel for a few nights. If your trip is two weeks or longer, i’d advise you to book a hotel for a night or two in the middle of your trip. If your trips for a few months, then book a few hotel stays throughout your trip. It gives you a break from the hostel life and lets you treat yourself!
I hope these tips help you out for your next trip!