At one point in all of our lives, we have dreamed of packing up a backpack and traveling the world to escape the daily stresses. For most of us that remain a desk daydream fantasy, however, there are thousands of people jetting off every day in search of new adventures. If you’re someone who wants to visit lots of locations around the world but is deterred by the lack of finances that you have to support this venture, then you could always try crashing at a hostel as opposed to an expensive hotel.
For those of you that haven’t really experienced hostel life, you may recoil at the idea. However, staying in hostels isn’t even too bad, in fact, it can be an amazing experience- if you choose the right one. If you are new to the idea of staying in a hostel you might not know where to start or what to look for, so here are our travelers guide to hostel hopping.
Check online reviews
If you look at any hostel booking page, they are bound to brag about how good their location is, but that is not an accurate depiction of what the hostel is really like. There are plenty of review sites that allow hostel hoppers to write their honest opinions about the places that they have stayed in and these opinions are way more reliable than those of the hostel owner. Make sure you look at several reviews before you even think about booking a hostel because you don’t want to make yourself suffer from poor living conditions if you don’t have to.
Travel in groups
One of the main aspects of hostel living that really puts people off is the idea of sharing a room with a lot of people. For one we think that this aspect of hostel living can be really interesting as it gives you the chance to meet people you would have never have come across in the everyday world. However, we do understand that not everyone enjoys this side of hostel hopping. For this, we recommend that you travel with a group of friends as it means that you can occupy a large part of whatever room you are put in, which will make the experience way less overwhelming.
Check out the hostel in person
Pictures online can be deceiving, so if you get the chance, be sure to check out the hostel location in person. This doesn’t even require you to enter the hostel, as you can get a good idea of what the inside will be like just from looking at the entrance. Make sure the outside of the hostel looks clean and there’s no trash everywhere because you’re not going to have a good time if you have a problem with pests during your stay. Follow your gut feeling, if a hostel doesn’t feel like it will be up to scratch, don’t stay there.
Make sure your items are secure
Though more often than not, the security of your items won’t be an issue when staying at a hostel, it should always be something that you think about. You are going to be staying with a bunch of people that you don’t know personally, so it is very possible that one of these people may enjoy some light theft. Make sure you have all of your valuable items securely locked away, a good hostel will provide you with a locker to allow you to do this. We recommend investing in some quality locks to place on your bags, just for the extra security.