Staying in a hostel for the first time can be a daunting experience. We’ve all seen the movies right? Those that paint hostels as dark, scary and unsafe places? Don’t worry – this isn’t the reality of it at all. They are actually a great opportunity to meat new people, especially during solo traveller holidays.
There are, however, some things you need to be aware of before you book and arrive. Hostels differ to hotels, mostly in how the rooms are configured. Keep reading for important tips before your first hostel stay.
Types of Rooms
Rooms in hostels will vary greatly, but you can usually expect to find 2 options; private and shared. A private room will feel very similar to a hotel room, but you may share a bathroom. A shared room is, of course, shared with others. This can be single-sex or mixed, and can range from 4 people right up to 12, usually.
When staying in a hostel for the first time, it’s probably best to choose a private room if you cannot stand the thought of sharing. Although, you will meet some fantastic people by sharing, and you can select a small room of just 4. This is what I recommend if you want the true hostel experience.
Safety When Staying In a Hostel For the First Time
If you are sharing a room in a hostel, you need to be very vigilant with your things. You will be surrounded by strangers, and not everybody has good intentions. Here’s some tips to avoid pickpocketing or theft:
- Never leave your things unattended, even when you sleep
- Use good luggage with locks
- Try to carry minimal cash
An Experience Like No Other
Sharing a room with people from all walks of life, all on their own adventures is something everybody should do. It’s interesting, eye-opening, and something you don’t get from a hotel. You may just make friends for life, who knows?
Hostels also tend to be much more affordable, so there’s a financial benefit for doing so too. Shared rooms cost less than private ones, and the more you’re sharing with, the cheaper it will be. This is a great way to save on accommodation costs and spend more on making memories.