5 Tips for Staying in a Hostel

Hostels are places where you can rent a bed, often a bunkbed, to spend a night, in dormitory style accommodations. You may have 3 others in your room or you may have 9 others in your room. These lodgings are very common outside of the United States and are beginning to gain some popularity here. They make traveling on a budget much more practical, and some have even become destinations themselves. But if you are staying in a hostel, especially if it is your first time, here are 5 things to keep in mind.


  1. Do Your Research – What part of town is this hostel in? Are the sleeping arrangements co-ed or single sex? Is this an independent hostel or is it part of a chain (and thus regulated for quality). Make sure you understand where you will be staying, or you could wind up in a very uncomfortable situation. Also, see what amenities are included; do you get Wi-Fi? Breakfast? When can you check in, and when do you need to be out?
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