If you want a cheap place to bed down for the night then hostelling is a great option. Here are some ways to make your experience more comfortable for you, and your fellow travellers.

 

Do book a bed in a hostel if you want to meet lots of interesting people

Don’t book a bed in a hostel if you don’t like communal living with all kinds of people

 

Do your research before booking and read the reviews e.g. where is it located?

Don’t book the party hostel if you want to sleep

 

Do book a private room if you want personal space and undisturbed sleep

Don’t book a private room if you are on a tight budget

pile of green towels

Do bring a travel towel and flip-flops/slippers for the shower, be prepared to queue up

Don’t spend a long time in there other people need to get clean too

 

Do use the lockers provided for your valuables (remember to bring your own lock)

Don’t take other people’s stuff, even if it’s left out

 

Do your washing up and clean up anything you use

Don’t be messy when you are using the kitchen or bathroom

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a dude looking over a bunk bed with bags on it

Do bring a spare sheet or sleeping bag liner with you

Don’t forget to wash it in boiling water to keep bugs away

 

Do bring a strip plug and let everyone share so that you are instantly popular

Don’t be that person rustling bags, ripping velcro and zipping zips, i.e. super annoying

 

Do introduce yourself to your fellow roomies

Don’t assume it will be reciprocated – some people just are not up for getting to know others which is cool

really lovely bunk beds in a hostel dorm

Do socialise and meet your fellow hostel mates

Don’t go overboard and only sample the nightlife of a place

 

Do understand that others might have early flights or be a late night arrival

Don’t disturb people after 11pm and before 7am, use your phone as a torch and go talk outside

 

Do expect people to snore and emit other bodily based noises

Don’t forget to bring ear plugs

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woman sleeping in hostel bunk bed

Don’t listen to the stories about people being urinated/vomited on in their dorm bed

Do anticipate it by keeping your belongings out of the way

 

Do be inappropriate in what you say, respect other people’s opinions

Don’t walk around naked despite your personal preferences

 

Do choose your bed and lie in it

Don’t invite someone to share it – get your own room!

 

Ways to book hostels:

Agoda

Hostelworld

Booking.com

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