Hostels And Budget Accommodation 10 Tips For Survival

Hostels And Budget Accommodation 10 Tips For Survival

Budget travel would not be complete without the​ budget accommodation that we require to​ keep us in​ the​ lifestyle to​ which we have become accustomed. the​ places we either love or​ hate, where we meet our new travelling mates, old friends from back home, clubbing buddies, future partners, flatmates and​ in​ some cases our future spouse. By spending less on our beds we hope to​ spend more on experiencing the​ local culture. in​ the​ following paragraphs there are a​ few suggestions to​ make that budget bed all the​ more bearable.

The quality of​ a​ youth hostel is​ not necessarily measured by the​ creature comforts it​ provides, such as​ high pressure hot showers or​ cable TV, but more by the​ people, the​ staff and​ fellow travellers that make your time there, however short, more memorable. Anyone who has spent an​ extended amount of​ time living in​ close quarters with other human beings will understand the​ physical and​ mental adjustments that come with it. You find out just how tolerant you really are and​ work out new ways to​ make it​ survivable.

You may have shared a​ bedroom with a​ sibling as​ a​ child but that does not really compare to​ sharing with possibly, for​ the​ first time, the​ opposite sex and​ from two or​ three people up to​ 20 or​ more. Most travellers just beginning their travels would be shocked and​ horrified at​ the​ thought of​ dressing and​ undressing in​ front of​ an​ audience let alone putting up with all the​ assorted habits of​ a​ diverse range of​ roommates. But after a​ few months on the​ road however it​ all becomes second nature.

Now, there has been a​ real renaissance in​ the​ European hostel industry recently with owners realising there is​ no longer a​ benefit in​ providing substandard type accommodation. the​ backpackers will vote with their feet and​ now thanks to​ the​ internet with their fingers to​ inform the​ rest of​ the​ world to​ avoid the​ place like the​ plague. Occasionally though you will find a​ bunch of​ individuals willing to​ tough it​ out in​ cramped rooms, less than sanitary bathrooms, and​ downright scary kitchens purely for​ the​ social atmosphere. They like who they are sharing with.

A single sex dorm is​ usually the​ first choice for​ many first timers, but don’t be fooled. Even those you would consider to​ maintain a​ reasonable standard of​ communal etiquette can turn out practically feral, girls included.

Tip one, keep an​ open mind on sharing. Small dorms are preferable over large ones even if​ they are more expensive. You get to​ know who you are sharing with pretty quickly and​ roommates are potential gold mines for​ additional travel information. Sharing with guys can also be a​ bonus. They usually know where all the​ fun is​ going on.

Here’s tip two. for​ those trying to​ maintain any kind of​ privacy hanging a​ sarong or​ large towel from the​ bunk above as​ a​ curtain is​ one option, provided you are on the​ bottom. the​ sarong is​ definitely preferable as​ it​ is​ light to​ carry. and​ if​ you only take a​ tiny travel towel that sprint to​ the​ bathroom for​ a​ shower is​ made a​ little easier if​ you can wear the​ sarong as​ a​ wraparound. it​ also doubles as​ shower curtain in​ some places. it​ is​ a​ very versatile piece of​ material.

Wearing flip-flops in​ the​ shower is​ another prime tip. Most places will ensure the​ showers are cleaned at​ least once a​ day but when you consider the​ high numbers of​ people using them as​ well coming from all over the​ world there is​ a​ risk eventually of​ coming into contact with a​ foot fungus. Not particularly fun nor easy to​ get rid of. the​ flip-flops keep your feet off the​ floor and​ hopefully further away from any risk of​ catching some fungal nasty.

Tip four is​ for​ those who are light sleepers or​ become homicidal axe wielding maniacs at​ the​ sound of​ ear drum splitting snorers- ear plugs. Brilliant on long haul flights as​ well these things may just save your sanity if​ the​ guy in​ the​ bunk above sounds like a​ chainsaw on full throttle at​ 4 in​ the​ morning.

Tip five is​ to​ carry some kind of​ a​ pocket knife. in​ this age of​ tightened airport security this may sound like the​ wrong advice but if​ it​ stored in​ your pack that is​ checked into the​ hold it​ should be ok. Some hostels have kitchen facilities but may lack in​ some vital utensils. Tin openers invariably never work, sharp knives aren’t, and​ sometimes even something as​ simple as​ a​ teaspoon may be non existent. a​ pocket knife with a​ decent blade length and​ can opener is​ invaluable.

Tip six is​ to​ make use of​ the​ safety deposit boxes where you are staying. Ok, not every roommate is​ a​ thief. We would like to​ believe all our fellow travellers are just like us, out to​ see the​ world, make new friends, experience new cultures and​ customs, find new horizons and​ for​ the​ majority that is​ correct. Nearly everyone you will come into contact with will have a​ similar attitude to​ travel as​ you and​ would never cheat a​ fellow backpacker. However there is​ a​ minority out there that can make it​ unpleasant for​ the​ rest of​ us. if​ you are staying somewhere with a​ pretty transient clientele, people arriving and​ leaving every five minutes put all the​ important stuff behind reception for​ peace of​ mind. it​ also makes sense when going out. Only take what you’re going to​ spend. Most places have safety boxes for​ free or​ a​ small fee.

Tip seven is​ to​ take your own padlock. Some places have lockers but rent out the​ padlocks. You may also want to​ consider some kind of​ backpack chain to​ secure the​ pack to​ the​ bunk if​ there is​ no locker and​ you don’t trust where you are staying. There are some fishing-net like chains specifically designed for​ packs available, fairly lightweight and​ they fit over your entire pack or​ case. Just don’t lose the​ keys.

Tip eight sounds strange but take a​ bungee cord. This is​ an​ elastic rope that can extend out to​ make a​ clothesline or​ curtain rail. Great if​ you have to​ do hand washing and​ can’t get to​ a​ dryer. it​ only needs to​ be about 1 metre long and​ preferably with clips or​ hooks at​ either end.

Tip nine is​ to​ take a​ sleep sheet and​ a​ pillow case. Most places provide linen now for​ an​ additional charge or​ even included in​ the​ price but where this isn’t available it​ is​ handy to​ have a​ sleep sheet. Some stores sell sleep sheets already made that are treated to​ prevent bed bugs or​ you can easily make your own by stitching a​ double sheet down one side. Smaller and​ lighter than carrying a​ sleeping bag and​ easier to​ wash, it​ is​ ideal for​ travel in​ the​ summer through hot destinations. a​ pillow case can be useful for​ making a​ pillow by stuffing it​ with clothes if​ there isn’t one and​ can even make do as​ an​ emergency towel.

Tip ten is​ to​ accept those differences. Hostels come in​ all shapes, sizes and​ styles. There can be good and​ bad hostels in​ large and​ small destinations. a​ large and​ popular hostel in​ the​ city may have less atmosphere than a​ tiny pension in​ a​ remote village. You may find the​ bar, party crowd and​ DJ downstairs impossible to​ leave after a​ week. You could also discover the​ cool Aussie, South African and​ Canadian guys you’ve been sharing a​ room with for​ a​ month want to​ go see the​ pyramids in​ September when you want to​ go and​ they have transport. You may even learn your roommate has more questionable personal habits than your own. All of​ these experience serve to​ teach us more about ourselves.

My last point is​ not a​ tip but the​ eleventh commandment, thou shalt not have any noisy plastic shopping bag of​ any sort in​ your backpack. Even the​ most mild mannered, easy going and​ placid individual will be itching to​ heave a​ meat cleaver between the​ ears of​ someone rummaging inside their plastic bags, especially if​ it​ is​ at​ 5am in​ the​ morning and​ all they can hear is​ the​ demented rustling of​ the​ plastic. if​ you must insist on having the​ wretched thing at​ least drag the​ pack into the​ hallway to​ find what you are looking for​ and​ leave your roommates to​ sleep in​ peace. They will thank you for​ it.

Keep these in​ mind and​ whatever you discover through your hostelling experiences, about yourself and​ the​ rest of​ your fellow travellers, the​ good and​ the​ not so good, they will all remain an​ unforgettable part of​ your travelling adventures.

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