Everyone is trying to save money wherever they can. Whether that it is on groceries, flights, or DIY. This trend is also continuing in travel. Travelers are looking for different ways to save some money while still seeing the world and not spending an arm and a leg. Hostels have been the answer for many of these travelers. Below are some things to consider when staying in a hostel.
Respect Others in a Hostel
When you stay in a hostel you are going to be in close quarters with other people. This means a little respect shown to each other can go a long way. If you are staying in a dorm, it’s likely there will be at least 4 to 20 people in there with you. It’s a shared room so keep your stuff consolidated and not scattered everywhere. It’s not just your bedroom but everyone else’s too.
It happens on occasion when you are staying in a dorm that you will be coming in at crazy hours. Just remember that somebody may have to wake up really early to catch a flight or train and you coming in at 3 AM may be the last thing they need. However, be forewarned not everyone will follow this and you may just have to make the best of it.
Dorm or Private Room?
It all depends on your comfort level. If you don’t have an issue sleeping around other people then a dorm is your way to go. If you know that you absolutely aren’t comfortable being in the same room with that many people, then there are plenty of hostels that provide private rooms.
Be forewarned that dorms will be cheaper than a private room. If you are solo traveling, then you can save money going the dorm route. For couples or friends traveling together, a private room may be the right fit for you to have your privacy and it can be cheaper to share a private room than each person having a bed in a dorm.
Look For Hostel Sponsored Trips
Hostels are usually intertwined in the city you are visiting. A really good hostel will have tips to help you navigate your new destination. Another reason hostels are great for keeping your budget down is many of their sponsored trips are cheaper than if you were to contract out. Whether it is dinner, trips to local parks, or free walking tours, you can save money visiting the major sites through the hostel.
Hostel sponsored trips are perfect opportunities to meet other people. If you are a solo traveler than these trips can help you meet fellow travelers that can be your buddies for the time you are in that particular city or future travels.
Location, Location, Location
Location is everything when it comes to hostels. Whether you want to be in the thick of it or in a quieter neighborhood amongst locals. It all depends on what you are looking for in that particular spot. If you pick a hostel that is in the center of the city, then you will have plenty of people to hang around with and will be close to everything. However, being in the center of the city means it will also be louder and may be a little more expensive.
On the other hand, if you decide to stay in a hostel that’s a little farther out it will be quieter, and you will be around more locals than tourists. But, some of these hostels may not have as many social events as the hostels in the center. If you’re traveling around for a long time, you can mix and match where in a city you stay. Or you can switch hostels half way through your stay.
Safety in Hostels
Safety in hostels is a concern for many people especially after the film Hostel came out in 2005. For people who are nervous about staying in a hostel, a private room is a good introduction for you. You can keep to your budget, but you have some more privacy and you can lock your door. For female travelers, many hostels provide all-female dorms if you are concerned about sharing a dorm room. But many times, these rooms are a few dollars more expensive than co-ed rooms.
No matter if you stay in a private or dorm room, always make sure to lock your stuff up. Hostels have lockers that you can use. This protects your stuff while you are out exploring. Most of the time there won’t be an issue because your fellow backpackers are in the same situation, but it never hurts to be a little cautious.
Guest Author: Chris Slack
Chris is a travel and lifestyle blogger who left the legal field and office world in 2017 to experience the world around her. Chris has traveled to 25 different countries and is looking to travel to more in the future. Chris’s blog, Wandering Feathers, focuses not only on her travels and experiences but also how these travels have affected her day-to-day life and future. Check out her blog: http://wanderingfeathers.com/