For adventurous travelers, staying in a hostel has its advantages
Typically, travelers in hostels end up sharing a room with multiple people (sometimes as many as eight, depending on where you’re staying), although there are a some hostels that have private rooms.
For the travelers who are more adventurous, choosing a hostel has its own advantages, not only will you create amazing memories, but you’ll be able to stretch your travel budget a bit and meet many interesting people.
It takes a certain level of trust to be comfortable in a hostel environment, but there’s no reason to worry about your safety. The depictions in movies like “Hostel” and “Hostel 2” were not typical.
A Few General Tips
When you’re booking a stay in a hostel, be sure to ask just how many people you can expect to have as roommates. You’ll likely get an explanation of the rules of the hostel upon arrival, but it never hurts to think of what might not be stated in those rules.
A bit of consideration for those you’ll share a room with can go a long way, no matter how long your hostel stay is.
The Unwritten Rules
If you’re arriving late, you’ll want to be considerate of your new roommates. Don’t turn on the lights and enter your room loudly especially if others might be sleeping. You might want to change into your sleeping clothes in the bathroom so that you can get to your bed and get to sleep with minimal disruptions for your possibly sleeping roommates.
Keep your space neat
Just because you’re in a dorm room doesn’t mean you should treat the room as your own. Scattering your belongings all over the room will likely irritate your roommates and create tension. No one will pick up after you.
Don’t bring visitors in
There’s a reason that hostels have common rooms – to socialize. Your roommates may not be comfortable with individuals less known to them than you coming into the space you share. This also helps to lessen the chance that your items (or a roommate’s belongings) might get broken or be stolen.
Whether you’ve been at the same hostel for several days or are finishing up a short visit, packing is not fun. Here’s a newsflash: it’s not very enjoyable for your roommates either, especially if your process is a noisy or prolonged one. If you pack before people are settling in, that will avoid a stressful situation and might help you finish the task more quickly.
Don’t hog the bathroom
When you’re in shared housing like a hostel, you’ll have to share bathrooms. Don’t take an overly long shower when you know others are waiting, and don’t leave the bathroom a mess.
Be aware of your moods
If you’re not a morning person, that’s fine, but you’ll lose friends if you’re snappish. Try to get to know your roommates and others at the hostel – it makes living in close quarters that much nicer when you have a courteous relationship.
So, are you ready now? Then off you go - plan your trip and enjoy your hostel stay with Trekeffect!
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