If you are traveling on a budget, you may think of different ways on how you can stretch every peso that you have. From purchasing the lowest fare of Cebu Pacific and Air Asia to finding the best packages in Klook, there are a lot of ways on how you can save money whenever you are on a trip. But did you know that you can save a lot more if you will stay in a hostel?
A lot of travelers are terrified of staying in a hostel, maybe because of the horror film of the same name or because of cautionary tales of people who backpacked in the 80s. Luckily, hostels are safer now. They are cheap accommodations and the social atmosphere is a plus.
If you want to save a lot for your next trip, make sure to book a bed in a hostel. Here are tips on how you can get the most out of your stay at these inexpensive places.
Get to Know the Place Before Your Arrival
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A lot of hostels can be booked online using Agoda or Expedia. Don’t cancel your trip just because of one bad review but mine as much information as you can. How the place better to know exactly what you are getting and what you are not. Is there free breakfast? Fast and reliable wireless internet? An available dryer for your hair? There are even some luxurious and newly opened hostels that offer different amenities like built-in bedside reading lights, blackout curtains, and air-conditioning. If you are not sure what you will be getting, consider messaging them on Facebook or read reviews online.
Choose Your Room
Female travelers, especially if you are traveling alone, may want to pick a female-only room to feel safer and more comfortable. If you are just by yourself, you may want to share a room with strangers to save the cost but if you will be with your friends, you can book a larger dorm. To get the best deals, you may have to sacrifice your privacy by staying with strangers, but you will meet other people who share the same passions as you!
Familiarize Yourself With Hostel Etiquette
Follow the hostel’s basic etiquettes and avoid making enemies in the place. Use your headset while listening to music, lower down your voice, don’t turn on the lights at night, and keep smelly food outside the room. You may never meet your roommates in the future but you don’t want bad karma to come in the middle of your trip.
Pick a Bottom Bunk
When you pick a bed, it is best to get the bottom bunk. Bottom bunks are easier to get in and out. You may not want to climb the ladder after having a few beers, right? Plus, you can tuck your things under the bed frame.
Pack Your Shower Necessities
Not all hostels offer free shower necessities so it is better to be prepared. Bring a small towel, a tiny soap, and shampoo on your trip, in case they will not be provided.
Don’t Forget Your Earplugs
Hostels have a reputation for being filled with party animals. Although they already changed to be travel-friendly, that does not mean that it will stay quiet at all times. Shared rooms or doors may not be completely noise-free, plus the fact that someone might snore next to you, so it is a must to bring some earplugs to get a deep sleep that you need.
Dress in Layers
You may never know whether the room is warm or cool at night while staying at the place. Dressing in layers can guarantee a much comfortable sleep, especially if the room is cold.
Watch Your Valuables
In general, backpackers and budget travelers are trustworthy but don’t just leave your passport, money, gadgets, and other valuables lying around. Most hostels offer a locker or safe that you can use. You may also pack them in a soft or flat bag and keep it under your pillow while you sleep.
Socialize With Everyone
Don’t be shy! You can meet different travelers of age and races in a hostel. Most people are more than happy to have a stranger jump in a conversation. You may introduce yourself during breakfast and share your plans during the day. Hostels are the best places to meet new friends and share valuable travel tips and tricks.
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