Traveling brings people together, and you might have a lot in common even though they come from all over the world. Maybe some young travelers saw that horror film (thanks, Eli Roth) before they backpacked or maybe they’re wondering, what a hostel is, but today youth hostels are safer than ever, and the cheap accommodation really make it a no-brainer. If you’re heading out anytime soon, you’ll most likely be planning on spending some time in hostels, and the prospect of them can be daunting, which is why this article covers what you need to know about what to expect from them.
If you’ve booked your first hostel, perhaps you are a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time outside of the country, but well done that you’ve decided to forego the traditional route. Hostels are a cheap way to lodge with like-minded travelers, as they usually feature social life and rooms with baths and some are even luxurious. Party hostels are becoming popular, yet they tend to be more than drinking, although that may set the tone.
Hostels are the best part, the worst part, and the most ridiculous part of a trip, so you should know that twenty bed dorms are dorms with twenty beds, so it’s your chance to make some friends. If you are unsure, then not to worry, because in this kind of hostel happy hour happens more than once a day, even if you’re just getting in from a bit of an explore. You are probably skeptical if you’ve heard the tales about tiny bunks and toilets shared, about what could a hostel stay possibly offer, apart from a less depressing bank statement?
Actually, you will have the best time provided you know the proper etiquette, as there isn’t a guidebook for this and it isn’t bestowed onto you by hostel workers. Hostels are fab if you stay with girls your age, especially if they’d been there before, as you will surely appreciate the kitsch DDR-era design and easily get over the occasional wait to the bathroom. If you want to get the most out of your stay there are some things you ought to know before you arrive, especially because, while some facilities are regulated and have a level of transparency, for others you will need help.
Just let go of the fear of staying in hostels. Lots of people book online with unrealistic expectations, so don’t cancel your trip for a bad review, as the goal is to know what you’re getting: Breakfast? Hairdryer? Luxurious amenities? Bedside reading lights? Air conditioning? If you are having a day where you just want to have a beer, we hope you were clever enough to have chosen a hostel with a pool or a roof terrace by the sea.
You will be making friends and enjoying the atmosphere, even though you’re only here for a night and probably don’t want to be bothered, so don’t assume anything: suggest lunch together, and you’ll meet some of the most interesting people.