5 things you might not realize about staying at a hostel

As of this writing, travel may be limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so consider this article a way to plan ahead for your future trips.

When I was living abroad as a digital nomad and doing the Working Holiday Visa in Australia and New Zealand, staying in hostels every now and then saved me money so I could keep going. to travel longer. They’re basically designed to help you meet people and often offer group activities like pub crawls, trivia and game nights, tours, and other activities to help you mingle. Best of all, they’re very affordable whether you choose to stay in a mixed dorm, single-sex, or private room and come with as many perks as your average hotel or Airbnb.

Checking ratings and reviews on HostelWorld and TripAdvisor helped me choose a great hostel in every country I visited. While you should always take reviews with a grain of salt, they were always helpful in determining which places had red flags, like bedbugs, or if it was a hostel or a hostel. hostel where you could relax. Here are five other things to keep in mind when considering a hostel stay.

They are chicer than you think

While there is no shortage of inexpensive hostels when you just need a place to sleep, high-end “posthtels” exist as well. It’s a bit like being in a well-designed boutique hotel with bunk beds. I usually stayed at The Marion and its sister inn, The Dwellington, when I did the Working Holiday Visa in Wellington, New Zealand, as they were beautifully designed, the staff were always friendly and I loved their relaxed atmosphere in the city. The Dwellington also had its own cinema with leather reclining chairs, while the Marion had a chic rooftop space. Both had large kitchens and community spaces to relax in so they never felt too crowded. In Australia, most of the hostels I visited had swimming pools and private floors for women. If this is your first time staying at a hostel, treat yourself to a nice one.

You will save a lot of money

In addition to all the money you save by staying in a dorm with roommates instead of your own hotel room, you will also have access to free Wi-Fi, and in some hostels, breakfast, wine nights and more. cheeses or other special equipment. Many hostels like YHA Australia and YHA New Zealand– are also part of a travel club or association so you can get discounts at restaurants, bars and attractions in the area, or make substantial savings on sponsored group activities like pub crawls.

You’re still a guest, so do it like this

For some reason there are always a few people who think someone will be there to clean up after them. But that’s not how it works. If you use the kitchen to prepare your meals, leave it as clean as you left it. Wash your dishes like an adult. Organize your food and label it clearly so we know it belongs to you. Do not leave trash in shared showers or shared bathrooms. Keep your bed tidy and your clothes and bags neatly organized out of respect for your roommates. And for Pete’s sake, don’t turn on all the lights at 5 a.m. to pack your things. With a little planning and a lot of consideration for others, it isn’t hard to be a successful hostel guest.

Community life is sometimes complicated

Learning to live in the same room as others can be difficult at times, especially when there are cultural differences of opinion about things we take for granted, like air conditioning, cleanliness, and body odor. This stuff has crept into the hostels I have stayed at all the time, as Europeans have different hygiene habits than North Americans and tend to prefer fresh air no matter how hot it is. outside, to the use of air conditioning inside. Try not to be bitter when things aren’t going the way you are used to. It’s all part of the experience and it’s best if you learn to adapt, keep an open mind, and remain a decent human, even if that means you’re slightly uncomfortable for the night. In the worst case, you can easily change dorms (or hostels) or just upgrade to a private room if there’s no end in sight.

It can be hard to make friends

You will need to get used to the idea that everyone is constantly on the move in a hostel and unless they are long term residents who are staying for a Working Holiday Visa or for WWOOFing purposes, the Most of the people you meet will be gone in a few days. . A lot of your conversations are going to go like this, “Hey, where are you from? “” I come from (insert country here). ” ” Where are you from ? “Where are you going next?” – and at some point you will start to wonder why you have invested so much time and energy in chatting with someone who is leaving tomorrow. But don’t let that get you down. Take the opportunity to exchange travel stories and tips, learn something about another country or another culture and enjoy the moment.

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