A Woman’s Guide to Hostel Travel

What you need to know when planning your first stay in a hostel. How to stay safe during hostel travel.

When you’re traveling sometimes the last thing you want to spend money on is your accommodations. Cutting costs on where you’re staying, especially when you know you won’t spend much time there, can allow for traveling longer or more frequently. It can also allow you to splurge on something more important. This is one of the reasons why hostel travel is so popular and a great alternative.

On top of being an affordable option, hostel travel is also a great way to meet other travelers and even get to see more of the local side of the city. Consider staying in a hostel next time you and your travel buddy plan a trip.

If you haven’t given it a try before there are a few things you should know before you take your first hostel travel adventure.

Start With Booking The Right Hostel

Booking the right hostel can make or break your experience. Don’t book the first one you see. Make sure to do your research. First thing is location. How close is it to public transportation and the places to see. Second, is it a safe location. Do research on the neighborhoods in a city and where you should stay. Safety can also include if a place has locked storage and if it matters to you, single sex dorm rooms.

Finally, you’ll want to get a feel for the environment. Does it have a bar and people tend to party late into the night? Or is it a cozy spot with early quiet hours. Both are great but it depends on what you want to experience on your travels. A great way to figure this out is reading the reviews for the spot and do a quick Google search.

Be A Good Roommate

The last thing you want in a hostel is an annoying roommate. So you want to make sure to do your best not to be one. A few things to be aware of are being courteous of sound and light in the dorm room. You might miss that someone is napping in the corner so you don’t want to barge in loudly at any point of the day. Also, don’t turn on the light at night and instead use your phone or a headlamp.

We know you don’t want to get up and move yet but snoozing your alarm in a dorm setting is not okay. Also, avoid bringing anything smelly into the room. That means food and also spraying perfume.

In the bathrooms, do your best to keep the lines short. If it’s a busy time take as quick of a shower as you can and don’t hog the mirror.

Come Prepared

When planning a hostel travel trip you need to bring a few more things than when you’re staying in a hotel or even most Airbnbs. First, bring things that will help you sleep. Pack earplugs and an eye mask.

A portable charger can make or break your phone situation since you might not have an outlet right next to your bed. For security, pack your own lock. Unfortunately, some people do steal things at hostels and even just locking your bag can deter them.

Bringing along a sarong is a great all purpose trick. You can use it as a towel, a blanket, a sheet, or to be more discreet when changing. A travel towel is also good to squeeze into your bag since some hostels charge for towels and they aren’t always a good quality.

Meeting Other Travelers in Your Hostel

Hostel travel is a great way to meet others on the road. If you’re traveling solo and want to meet people considering booking places that have social spaces. This can be an active living space, communal meals, or a hostel bar.

Get yourself a little out of your comfort zone and start up a conversation with someone. Odds are they’re looking to meet people too.

Staying Safe in Hostel Travel

Above all, you want to be sure to feel comfortable during your stay. Consider a female only dorm and if you stay in a co-ed dorm introduce yourself to the other women in the room. If for some reason, there is a person who makes your uncomfortable, no matter for what reason. Go to the front desk and ask to be switched. It doesn’t have to be a big deal but it will make you feel better during your stay.

Get comfortable and explore the amenities. You’ll have a better time over all during your hostel travels.

Another great way to stay safe while traveling is finding the perfect travel buddy. Keep an eye out for our upcoming travel buddy app.What you need to know when planning your first stay in a hostel. How to stay safe during hostel travel.