A first-timer’s guide to staying in a hostel
New places are always exciting to see even on a budget. If you decide to stay at a hostel rather than a hotel, read on for a guide on how to make the most out of your experience.
One of the first things to consider is location. Is the hostel close to those areas of the city you are interested in? Is it easy to reach from the airport? You should also pay attention to how easy it is to move around by public transport. Last but not least, make sure you choose a hostel in a safe area. This is important for the times when you come back late at night, as you want to be safe as a tourist in a new country.
Some other things that you should keep in mind is how expensive the hotel is and what facilities does it offer for the price. Nowadays, many hostels even offer indoor swimming pools and game areas, which will definitely improve your experience. Along with that, you should consider whether you are a morning person or a night owl. As a morning person, you are probably used to wake up early in the morning and be out all day. However, if you would rather sleep during the day and party at night you may need a different type of hostel. Luckily, there is a hostel out there for everyone so you will surely be able to find one that suits your needs.
When staying a hostel, you should keep in mind that these do not offer all the facilities and comfort you may find in a hotel. Make sure to take all the toiletries you need with you, including shampoo and shower gels. You should also know that the bathrooms are usually shared, but you might have the option to get a private bathroom for an extra cost. When you are in the shower, make sure to wear some slippers or flip flops as everyone will be sharing the same space.
Although you can pretty much tell what you will get when staying at a hotel, the same cannot be said about hostels. Not all hostels are the same, and some are definitely cleaner than others. In order to get an idea of what is the best hostel to stay at, read reviews of past travelers. While not always fully accurate, you will at least get an idea of which hostel is cleaner.
If you don’t book a private room for which you need to pay extra, be prepared to share your room with a bunch of other people. Things can get quite hectic at times, but you shouldn’t worry whether you will be able to get along with everyone. It is only normal you will need some rest after a long day of traveling, so just be yourself and have fun.
These simple tips you improve your first hostel experience. You will be able to maybe make new friends and have fun on vacation without spending too much on accommodation.