It’s just you, your backpack, and your passport.
Are you ready?
To fulfil your wanderlust without breaking the bank, you will have to get crafty about where you stay. Hostels offer cheap rates and an inclusive atmosphere that makes travelling alone more fun, so it isn’t any wonder they’re a popular choice amongst the nomadic youth. Here are the best tips of 2017 to make your hostel experience smooth and enjoyable.
Make yourself comfortable
Hostels are a lot different than your average accommodations. Frequently you are sharing a small space with multiple people who are on different schedules. To make this as painless as possible, there are a few things you can personally do.
- Bring earplugs. The fact is that some travellers will have completely opposite schedules to you, whether they are up early, late, or anything in between. You’ll be less cranky and irritated with them if you have an undisturbed sleep.
- There will also be times you are awake in your room and a fellow traveller will be sleeping. Bring a small flashlight so that you can find what you need in the dark without flicking on the lights.
- If possible, pick a bed on the bottom. Having a bottom bunk makes it a lot easier not to disturb others if you have to get up at night. It’s also convenient for charging your devices, as plugs are generally more accessible closer to the floor.
Know what you’re getting into
If you know what dates you will be in each city, definitely research hostels in the area and read their reviews.
Does it have air conditioning? Is there a curfew?
Think about key factors that would affect your happiness during your trip and make a list. Then you can find hostels that fit your criteria, so you will have the best experience possible. Visiting a new place is often a once in a lifetime opportunity, and letting something ruin it that was in your control would be senseless.
Ready, set, travel! Use these simple and effective hostel tips to save money and get the most out of your vacation.