My Hostel Routine-
As I have mentioned before, staying in hostels can be a great resource to utilize when traveling and many of them have excellent facilities (you can find hostels on sites like Hostelworld and Booking.com). When staying at a hostel, these are the things I do to try to get the most out of my stay:
Obviously the first thing I need to do when I get to a hostel is check in. Before I get there I need to know the check in times, as they can vary a bit from place to place, and I need to make sure to have my appropriate ID (usually passport) and method of payment with me. I also need to know how to get there, which I find out either through the booking website, the hostel website, by using Citymapper or Google Maps. When checking in I also usually ask for local recommendations for things to see, do, eat, and drink. I will also ask about things like towel rental and the WiFi password.
Once I get my room key I go to my room to get myself set up. If necessary I make my bed, as some hostel beds are pre-made by the staff, while others just have clean sheets sitting on the bed (also, while most hostels include sheets in their price, some charge an extra fee and make you “rent” the sheets). Then separate anything I will need at night, like my toiletry bag, a bottle of water, and phone charger, and set them aside in my locker. This eliminates the need for me to turn on the lights (and wake up and annoy anyone who may be sleeping in the room), and allows me to get right to bed when I get back.
Once I am at the hostel, I will introduce myself to my roommates, and will also usually go into the hostel common area and introduce myself to a few people there. As a natural introvert this was incredibly hard for me to start doing, but it has allowed me to hear some interesting stories and meet some cool people. I will also check to see if there are any hostel events that will be happening during my time there.
Go out and explore-
Many hostels are well located, and usually the main reason I am staying in a hostel is to see a new city. Once I am all checked in and all set up I love to go see and experience a new place! Sometimes I will even go with some of the people I have just introduced myself to and we go out and explore.
Other hostel tips-
Be quiet when people are sleeping. Don't be the person having a loud conversation at 3am or the person ruffling through plastic bags at 5am (packing cubes tend to be more convenient anyway!).
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