Dos and Don’ts While Staying in a Hostel
It’s always fun to travel and explore new places, but not all people have the luxury of money, and traveling for leisure can cost a lot. That is the reason why many people resort to backpack traveling, which is one of the cheapest ways to globetrot.
The experience backpack travelers glean from their globetrotting is beyond compare. Backpack traveling is all about fun, excitement, independence, and adventure. Spontaneity is something backpack travelers have mastered; they go where their feet takes them. Luggage or large suitcases are a no-no, because you have to be on your toes constantly for your next adventure. You just need a backpack with personal items to get you going.
Why Choose a Hostel
Alternatives to Hotel Accommodation
Even hotel accommodations are a no-no. A backpack traveler would be better off staying in a hostel rather than booking a stay in a posh hotel because it’s the much cheaper option. Backpack travelers spend most of their time outside, and the only reason why they look for accommodations is to have a place where they can rest for a bit while mapping their next adventure.
In a hostel, you get to share a room with other people (in some cases, 10 or more), mostly backpack travelers like you. Privacy is something you don’t have the luxury of, and since you would be sharing living space with strangers, it’s important to observe proper etiquette. With that said, here are some dos and don’ts of hostel living:
1. Do talk to your roommates and other hostel guests/staff.
Suddenly finding yourself in a hostel, with practical strangers to boot, may seem uncomfortable especially if you’re a first-timer. Talking to your roommates can somehow ease your discomfort. They might have valuable tips to help you adjust to hostel life. Conversations like that can ease your loneliness especially if you’re traveling alone. On the other hand, you could talk to the hostel staff and ask them about hostel rules and regulations you need to know.
2. Do share travel tips.
Share travel tips with your fellow hostel guests. You might know some things about your current location that others don’t know about. Perhaps you know where the best historical landmarks or food joints are. Maybe they can tell you what type of clothes to wear when visiting a particular hiking trail or the best time to go stargazing. Besides, an exchange of knowledge can be a good icebreaker, too.
3. Do bring power extension.
Most hostel rooms have a limited number of wall plugs or outlets. Hogging an outlet might put you on the bad side of your fellow hostel dwellers. Hence, it’s best to bring a power extension that you can share with others, too.
4. Do minimize noise at night.
You don’t need to be a genius to understand this. You wouldn’t want to be roused from deep slumber with unnecessary noises especially if you’ve spent a long day outside. It’s the same thing with your roommates. Some of them might have early morning itineraries and need all the rest they can get. Common sense and manners should move you to be considerate.
5. Do clean your own dishes.
A hostel doesn’t have a wait staff that follows you around and is at your disposal. One of the rules of hostel living is picking up after yourself. Hostel dishes and cutlery are for everybody’s use, and the last thing you want is to give others a wrong impression about your hygiene. So make sure to wash the dishes properly. Otherwise, make do with disposal tableware.
Share Travel Tips
6. Do leave the lights off.
If you’re up early for an adventure and the rest of your roommates are still sleeping, be considerate enough to leave the lights off when you leave. Moreover, if you’re coming in late and the same roommates are already in bed, have the good graces to make do with as little light as possible. Bright lights and sleepyheads don’t mix too well.
7. Don’t steal food.
This is self-explanatory. If you didn’t buy it, then it isn’t yours. It’s as simple as that. Each hostel guest is expected to buy his own stuff from food to whatnots, so be content with what you have.
8. Don’t hog the shower.
This is also self-explanatory. You’ll be sharing the hostel bathroom with 10 or more persons. Observe courtesy and limit your bath time to a maximum of 10 minutes. A hostel bathroom is no place to take an extended shower.
Always keep these tips in mind when you’re traveling because you’ll never know when these may come in handy.