Honestly, life could have been so easy travelling the world for years if we could – but unfortunately, our bank account would go empty in a matter of days, lol! Travelling costs money, which means, your dream of flying from one country to another all the time just isn’t viable. Everything from your flights, accommodation, insurance to the food and travel within each destination will set you back for a few hundred dollars at least.
Many people travelling around the world have negative views on staying in hostels, whereas in reality, they are the cheapest way to travel the world in your budget. However, these are some of the things that you should know before you book a hostel.
Do research on your location
Major cities and tourist destinations around the world are overrun with hostels – which means, they compete with each other. Unfortunately for lowly travellers, the people who run these hostels know what their potential customers want from their hostels. They can say anything to rent out their places so it is important for you to do proper research on your location where you want to stay.
Keep safety in your mind
Every time you leave your bag or suitcase at the hostel, you are always worried about the safety of your belongings. You need to do your level’s best to ensure that your belongings are kept safe. Whenever you book a hostel, make sure that it’s in a safe neighborhood and take numerous combination padlocks on your travels. It would be a great idea to label your luggage with your name, address, and contact details. For your security benefit, do click a picture of your luggage before you leave so you can show it to the officials in case your stuff gets stolen.
Keep yourself updated with check-in and check-out timings
Hostels are not like 5-star hotels! They don’t have 24 hrs, concierges or receptionists. So, it is important to ensure that you are very well aware of the check-in and check-out timings as they may not agree with your itinerary. If you know that your overnight flight will be arriving in the early hours of the morning, it would be a great idea to contact the hostel to see if they can make arrangements to check you in and the same goes for the check-out timings.
Each hostel is different
One of the best things about the hostels is that all of them are different, and have their own vibe. Most hostels around the world try to offer their social scene to their guests and often house their own bar or game rooms to accommodate them. You will able to get a vibe by visiting their website.
Therefore, hostels are the cheapest ways to travel the world but you need to know how to choose the right one for you.