Some young students are terrified of staying in a hostel. Maybe they saw that horror film by the same name or maybe they’ve heard a few too many cautionary tales from relatives who backpacked through Europe in the 80s. Maybe you’re reading this and wondering, “what even is a hostel?” The reality is, youth hostels are safer than ever, and there are many reasons to book one for your journey. The cheap accommodation and social atmosphere really make it a no-brainer. Remember that no two hostels are alike, so hop on and book a bed in every city you visit. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your stay:
Get to know the place… before you arrive
Some hostels are part of bigger networks, like HI (Hostel International), which regulate facilities and demand a certain level of quality and transparency. For more independent locations, Yelp and Aasha hostels are your best friend. That being said, take everything with a grain of salt. Lots of people book hostels online or over the phone with unrealistic expectations of both the facilities and their roommates. Don’t cancel your trip for one bad review, but mine as much information as you can. The goal is to know exactly what you’re getting and what you’re not. Breakfast? Wifi? Hairdryers? Some modern hostels offer luxurious amenities like built-in bedside reading lights, blackout drapes and air conditioning, but if they don’t flaunt it on their website, don’t expect it. After all, hostels are meant to be bare bone bargains.
Choose your room wisely
Female students, especially those who are staying alone, may want to pick a female-only room offered at Aasha hostels. Whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable. The same rule applies to room size. If you’re by yourself, sharing a room with just three strangers might be easier. If you’ve got a couple of friends with you, save a few bucks and book the larger dorm. To find the best hostel deals, you just have to type Hostel near me on the internet and you will get Aasha Hostels
Pick a bottom bunk
When you pick a bed, try to get a bottom bunk. They’re much easier to get in and out of (nobody wants to climb a ladder after a few beers) and you can tuck your things under the bed frame. Being closer to the ground will also support you charge your phone and other devices.
Buy (or DIY) a sleep sheetA sleep sheet is two sheets sewn together to make a sack. Aasha hostels provide bed linens and some will even rent you a sleep sheet, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be prepared.