The ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 3

After you found you perfect hostel here and you’ve alreasy learned here how to survive in a dorm and here about the lounge it’s time to go on…

There will be a time, when you have to visit the bathroom and the shower. They differ from hostel to hostel as well. But basicly they’re all alright as far as I could experience. They serve the purpose, but keep in mind that you are sharing them with other people. Hence, it might be not so clean and well-provided like your bathroom at home. But that’s no promblem for you, isn’t it? With the following tips you will be prepared:

My ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 3: WC and shower

Tip 10: Check first!

After you moved in you should immediately check bathroom and shower. I am not talking about the cleanliness but rather about to see how the land lies. In case of “emergency” you know what to expect. Just take a look around. Is there enough space to change clothes and to store in a dry place while showering? Is there toiletpaper and soad or do you have to take it with you?

Tip 11: Don’t shower in the rush hours!

Take your shower when nobody else does. That’s usually in the early morning or late at night. There are no queues in front of the shower cabinet, no idletime and not this unpleasent feeling to hurry, because others already wait outside.

Tip 12: The Hostel shower is no spa

Anyway, it shouldn’t take you too long – with due honors to your hygienic. The Hostel shower is not the rigt place for excessive washing rituals. Five to ten minutes maximum is a good benchmark. This applies particularly for showers with a limited contingent of warm water. You certainly don’t want be the person who consumes the last hot water.

Tip 13: Take your valuables with you!

In any case, you should take your objects of value, if there are no lockers. A small waterproof bag will protect them. This has nothing to do with paranoia. If you once had to procure your passport, money, credit cards, etc. again, you certainly don’t want to do it a second time.

Tip 14: Shower with Flip Flops!

If the shower is not soooo clean, flip flops can be very useful. A little extra tip, they are also ideal as projectiles for snoring roommates.

Tip 15: Stick to the toilet rules!

If there’s a sign which says: “do not throw toilet paper in the toilets” be sure, that it’s there for a reason. Calm down, there will be a small container for the toilet paper in every toilet. Not only your roommates, especially the staff will thank you. Also other signs should be obeyed. Oh, and queueing is of course required!

Actually, it’s pretty easy, as always. Respect your roommates and behave like you wish it from other people. In Part 4, finally, let’s take a look in the kitchen.




The ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 2

After you found your perfect hostel here and already know how to get along in a dorm, we are going to the lounge now.

My Ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 2: In The Lounge

Every hostel has a place, where guests can hang out together – a cozy lounge, a beautiful roof top, maybe a bar. No matter what it is, here you have the great chance to connect with some people and maybe find some future travel mates.

Tip 5: Don’t Be Shy, Talk To People!

In the ages of smartphones digital network stuff most of the guests will stare at their smartphone, laptops or tablets instead of sharing their interesting stories of travel adventures and experiences. It’s a real pity. My experience shows me, that many of them are just hiding behind their electronic device. So they don’t have to start a conversation by themselves. Don’t be shy! Talk to the people, ask questions about their trips, if they have already been to the places you like to go. Or if they can recommend something. You’ll be pretty surprised, because most of the people will be really happy for the possibility to tell your their story. And never take it personal, if someone doesn’t want to talk to you. Maybe he or she is really busy or doesn’t speak so good English. No worries, tomorrow there will be new people.

Tip 6: Join The Activities!

Many hostels offer some cool activities, most of the free, like excursions or meals. Don’t miss the opportunity and join it. Not only that you get to know the other guests better, also you will learn about the country and people. Sometimes spontaneous parties or a Beer Pong Tournament starts, to name just two examples. No matter what: Join and have fun!

Tip 7: Leave Your Footprints!

I never have been to a hostel which had no guestbook. Explore a little and write something down to leave your footprints.

Tip 8: Take A Look In The Bookshelf!

In most hostels there are bookshelves, where the guests can leave the books, the have already read and take another one. Rummage a little and pick a book besides your usual reading habits – a book that you never would have bought. Perhaps you will discover indeed a title that you read already wanted to read for ages. When you leave a book, w rite something nice on the first page – make the next owner smile.

Tip 9: Ask The Staff!

You have no clue what you are doing this day? Ask the stuff. They’ll give you hints and tips besides standard tourist tours and sights. You can ask about some places, which they don’t like or never would recommend to anyone. Or which places the would like to go but never made it until now. Don’t forget to tell about your experiences. To make friends with the staff will help you to make the best of your time there.

Look forward to part 3, we will have a shower and visit the bathroom.

Over to you: Which activities did you join in a hostel? How do you connect with people and start a conversation?


The ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 1

After you found your perfect hostel here I now present you:

My ultimate Hostel-Survivalguide Part 1: In the Dorm

“A hostel is just like a hotel, you’re share the room with other people“

I don’t know, where I read this sentence, but I don’t totally agree. In a hostel there are some special rules. But if you follow my tips you can enjoy a great time with a lot of cool people. We start in the dorm:

Tip 1: Take care that you sleep well!

Luckily I have a deep sleep and that is perfect. In a dorm there is many fluctuation – people are coming and leaving constantly all the time, maybe there’s a snorrer in the room. You can have bad luck and and end up with loud party people in a dorm. If you are a light sleeper use some earplugs and a sleeping mask.

Tip 2: Don’t try to be quiet!

I am the loudest person in the world when I try to be quiet. Not kidding – I hit my foot, I drop things or other misfortunes happen. If you are the same like me, try this: Don’t try to be quiet, move normally as you were the only person in this room. Even if someone is sleeping, this person knows exactly that he is sharing the room with other people. No one should be that sensitive or he’s in the wrong place. And if you’re accidentally a little louder: stay cool, smile, excuse yourself briefly and the matter has been settled. Others will do like you, so don’t worry.

Tip 3: A headlamp is about the most massively useful thing!

Yeah, I know, Douglas Adams said it is a towel. But in a hostel you shouldn’t go without a headlamp. When you enter the dorm in the dark, you can navigate sure-footed to your bed without turn on the ceiling lighting and you can read in your bed. It’s always good to have a headlamp with you anyway. Talking about useful things. Take also a lock with you! While many hostels have lockers or lockable compartments, but just as many have lockers that can only be secured with your own lock.

Tip 4: Below is always better in a hostel!

Regardless where you prefer to lie in other situations… in a hostel takes effect: If possible, grab the bottom bed in the bunk bed. Why? Quite simple, so you do not have to sleep in the top bunk! First of all it is not that easy to come up there, especially in the dark (without a headlamp ->Tip 3) and after a few beers it is certainly not getting easier. Sometimes there is not even a ladder. There is often no storage space for your things like a water bottle, your smartphone, etc. If someone comes into the room in the middle of the night and turns on the light, it will directly shine on you. In the bottom bed on the other hand you can put your stuff on the floor next to you and also build a visual cover with a towel. Hey, Mr Adams was also right!

In Part 2 we go in the lounge. I have some tips for you to spend a great time here.

Over to you: Where do you prefer to sleep? Top or bottom? What do you do against troublemakers in the Dorm? What are your essential gadgets?