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What to Know When Staying in a Hostel

What to Know When Staying in a Hostel

What to Know When Staying in a Hostel

If you’ve been traveling the world for quite some time now, chances are you’re probably familiar with the concept of staying in a hostel instead of going for a standard hotel. Going for a hostel is definitely something you should consider if you have any of the following:


A tight budget
A need to make new friends
A desire to experience traveling in a whole new perspective
All of the above


However, while staying in a hostel may be a great way to travel, the fact remains that you might run into guests that will cause your temper to flare a bit. Ideally, it would definitely be amazing if hostels can segregate guests into rooms based on what they want to do at night, whether they intend to go out for a night of drinking or sleep in so they can wake up early the next day. While getting a good night’s sleep or some freedom in a hostel is something that everyone wants, you have to accept that privacy is what you exchange for a bargain when you stay at a hostel.


How to NOT be rude when staying in a hostel

Whether you’re the type to go out at night when traveling, or you’re keen on sleeping early to get up before the sun does to maximize your trip, here are some dos and don’ts that you should keep in mind when staying at a hostel:


1. Don’t bring plastic bags

When travelling abroad, you’ll most likely pack your toiletries into a plastic bag to keep everything else in your suitcase dry. But that  move can prove to be much more rude than you’d expect, especially from 2:00 to 6:00 AM. The loud sound of crumpling plastic generally isn’t welcome at such ungodly hours. If you’re staying in a hostel, keep your toiletries and other items that you usually keep in a plastic bag in a drawstring bag instead.


2. Keep your phone on silent

Nothing can ruin the mood of the other people staying in the same room you are more than a ringtone blaring in the middle of the night, especially if the call isn’t as important as the noise your phone is making says it is. Staying in a hostel means you’ll have to keep your phone on silent mode as much as much as possible. You don’t want to be known as that annoying guy who keeps everyone from getting a good night’s sleep because of his phone.


3. Take the bottom bunk

In order to keep things nice and quiet, take the bottom bunk if you’re a night owl or if you have strange sleeping habits. Being close to the ground will keep any chance of causing a ruckus to a minimum, especially because there’s no risk of you falling off the bed and crashing to the floor.


4. Travel with a headlamp

Compared to relying on the backlight of your phone to see what you’re scrolling through, having a small headlamp won’t disturb anyone else in your room because they’re designed to put out a certain amount of light that’s not too harsh or too dim.


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