Volcano view from Secret Garden Cotopaxi

What is The Secret Garden Cotopaxi?

Hostels get a bad reputation with most people relying on an often incorrect stereotype of sweaty dorm rooms and rowdy residents who wouldn’t be out of place on an episode of “Bad Brits Abroad”. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth at Cotopaxi’s “The Secret Garden Hostel“.

Dubbed “the best hostel in South America”, The Secret Garden is located less than 2 hours from the capital and is the perfect balance between a hiking hot-spot and a relaxing sanctuary. The main building has an almost ski-lodge feel to it with a cosy fire, big communal dining table and 5 very friendly dogs who often come hiking with you – be sure to get to the sofas early for the best cuddle opportunities!

One of the very few similarities to traditional hostels that The Secret Garden Cotopaxi bares is the fact that you will meet some amazing travellers from all over the world. The hostel really encourages people to mingle with super comfy sofas around the fire to relax in, a huge dining table for everyone and friendly volunteers who lead you on all of your treks.

New Zealand is a very long way for us Brits to travel to, so while Hobbiton still remains on my bucket list, The Secret Garden Cotopaxi might quench your wanderlust slightly as it is famed for it’s “hobbit homes”. I didn’t get to see inside them but love the idea of staying inside one – if they are available during your visit – book them!

Despite the hobbit homes, friendly puppies and amazing food, the real draw to The Secret Garden Cotopaxi is the incredible view of Cotopaxi Volcano on a clear day!

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But How Much Does It Cost?

For 2018, The Secret Garden has a 3 day / 2 night package deal which you simply can’t miss out on! During my visit in April 2018, the package cost $88 (USD) per person but now appears to have increased to $95 for the basic rooms.

The package includes:

  • Of course, your accommodation for both nights
  • Three meals per day, plus snacks, unlimited bananas/banana bread, tea, coffee and drinking water
  • A 2 hour trek on the afternoon of your arrival to two gorgeous waterfalls
  • An approximately 6 hour long trek to the peak of the extinct Pasochoa volcano on day 2
  • Free use of the jacuzzi/sunroom – which has an impressive view of Cotopaxi volcano on a clear day!
  • Private shuttle to the Secret Garden Cotopaxi which departs from the sister hostel in Quito each day

Essentially, the only things you will have to pay for is your transport to leave the property (which they will help you arrange), any alcohol/other drinks you may want and additional tours that you want to complete on your spare day (although the hostel is the perfect place to chill out, so you’re not obliged to partake in any extra activities) – perfecto!

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Day One – Arrival and Waterfall Hike

At 10am, two shuttle buses left the Secret Garden Quito filled with travellers awaiting a chance to spy one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Two hours later, we were pulling into the gorgeous Secret Garden Cotopaxi – easily recognisable on the drive by the hobbit hole accommodation with brightly coloured doors!

After getting settled into our rooms (I booked an 8-10 bed dorm room but ended up in a small 2 bed room which I had to myself for one night – result!), I had a quick explore of the area (read: took some pictures of the hobbit houses and made friends with the onsite llamas and alpacas).

We were then treated to a hearty stew for lunch. The best thing about the food at Cotopaxi is that it seems to be never ending. There’s always a second or third portion available, so fill your boots and tell yourself that all of the hiking will balance it out…

At 2pm, we chucked on our wellington boots (provided by the hostel) and headed out with our guide for the afternoon (Lorenzo) to hunt for some waterfalls. The 2 hour hike was actually more strenuous than I was expecting! This is mainly because I am a very clumsy human who shouldn’t be allowed on slippery rocks… despite Lorenzo’s guidance while hopping to a rock on the opposite side of a river, I still managed to fall and gain a rather large purple bruise on my backside – oops!

If you bring your swimsuit, you are able to enter the last waterfall, but given the chilly 5 degrees water temperature, I decided against it. The screams of the girls who were much braver than I were entertaining however…

Before we knew it, we were back at the hostel and treated to huge snack platters of crisps, cucumber and carrot sticks with an amazing garlic/hummus dip – nom! All hikes should be followed with snacks by the fire in my opinion!

Of course, the evening was filled with good chat, card games and a great dinner before retiring to bed before another day of hiking.

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Day Two – Pasochoa Volcano Summit

I woke up early (travelling across 6 time zones in 3 months really messes with your sleeping pattern) and was one of the first to excitedly realise it was a clear morning and the view of Cotopaxi volcano was GLORIOUS! Slowly, more people emerged donning their cameras and gawping in awe.

After a great breakfast of pancakes, we began our second hike to the summit of Pasochoa! If there’s one thing we learnt on this day, it’s that you shouldn’t trust the weather…. despite the very bright and clear morning, we were treated to a lot of fog and rain just as we reached the summit!

When the fog isn’t rolling past, the views are gorgeous (although somewhat reminiscent of the English countryside – ha!). The walk is looooong and I think we may have got slightly lost during the process – this is one of the fun parts of the staff being continually rotating volunteers rather than permanent staff!

Given the fact that the walk is so long, you should be properly acclimatised before trying to complete it – that will be easy if you’ve come from Quito! While we were panting, the hostel dogs showed us how it’s done, happily running along the trail with us (even a tiny Dachshund with little legs)!

If you aren’t a fan of hiking, this is probably an activity you should miss… but don’t worry, there are other activities you can choose from (albeit they come at an extra cost).

Despite the fact that we stopped at the summit to eat sandwiches and banana bread, we were treated to a soup lunch on our return too – I wasn’t lying when I said you would be well fed on these three days! After such a long hike, we spent the afternoon chilling out in the cosy lodge before snacks/dinner. As the lodge doesn’t have WiFi (to some unprepared traveller’s disgust), it means you really do have to integrate and chat with others.

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Day Three – Hiking Cotopaxi Volcano!

On day three, a group of us opted to hike to the refugio/glacier of the Cotopaxi Volcano for a cost of $30. Don’t feel pressured to buy another tour however, lots of people used day three to chill – three days of hiking is pretty intense after all!

If you don’t want to do more hiking but want to enter the Cotopaxi National Park, you could opt for a gorgeous horse riding adventure instead.

The hike is fairly short but is tough on your lungs due to the altitude. You are driven part way up the volcano to the main car park before beginning the hike. There are two routes that you can take, a longer but easier zig-zag path and a shorter very steep straight uphill hike. Both will take around 2-3 hours to complete, so we opted for the easier route on the way up and the steeper route on the way down!

Make sure you wrap up warm with lots of layers. It’s very windy up there, so you will get cold when you’re standing still and lots of layers means you can strip off when you start getting warm from hiking.

Once it started snowing and we reached the glacier, the path became pretty slippery (of course, I fell flat on my arse again, yay). It was the first time I had ever hiked on an active volcano/hiked to a glacier, so it was pretty exciting!

You can of course hike to the summit of the volcano, but it’s expensive to do with a guide and you will require proper equipment to hike through the snow – the refugio was good enough for me! Make sure you try the hot chocolate in the and get your passport stamped in the refugio!

You will have the option to mountain bike down from the car park to the main road for an additional $10. I opted out of this as I had already done some mountain biking in South America (“Death Road”, I’m looking at you) and I didn’t fancy being out in the snow for longer than necessary!

Unfortunately, returning to the lodge and eating lunch signalled the end of our time at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi… if I had more time, I could have definitely stayed! As there was a big group of us who were all heading to Latacunga, we arranged a private shuttle to take us directly to our respective hostels for $40 ($5 per person) which is only slightly more expensive than taking bus but is so much easier.

All in all, it was a perfect three days filled with great scenery, amazing people, lots of food and a few more bruises than I anticipated. I couldn’t recommend this hostel enough!

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I never do hotel reviews; namely because I don’t think a hotel is what makes your trip. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule where your accommodation is really the crux of your trip – I’m thinking glass igloos in Finland and luxury safari lodges in the Serengeti!

Because of that, I don’t splash out on hotels and the two things that I really look for during the booking process are a) good location and b) cleanliness. I’m an easy to please sorta girl!

So, you might be wondering why I’ve decided to write about a chain restaurant? Well, the Marriott group have excelled themselves with the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel. Primarily because the location is so unusual, but also the AH-MAZING food.

Location

suite_bi_level_bed_6291Photo Credit: Photo of room with stadium view is taken from the Renaissance Toronto Downtown website

This hotel is located partly INSIDE the Roger’s Centre (home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team) which is pretty unique in itself.

The window in my parent’s room looked into the stadium – so if you’re an avid baseball fan, you’d be able to catch all of the action from the comfort of your bedroom!

Myself and my sister had a somewhat less appealing view of a railway line from our window – so if you’re not into baseball and want fantastic window views, this may not be the hotel for you. Although, maybe don’t disregard it so quickly, it has a lot more to offer!

If you’ve ever been to Toronto, you’ll know that The Roger’s Centre is directly next to the CN Tower, so this hotel is a great for a lot of the tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Aquarium, Steamhouse Brewery etc.

Given that the the hotel is close to the waterfront and Toronto is a large city, depending on the time you have and your walking capabilities, you may need to get a taxi to some of the more Northern tourist attractions such as Casa Lomas.

Rooms

IMG_3870 v2.JPGIMG_3866 v2.JPGThe combination of modern decor, high levels of cleanliness, ample space and all the amenities you could need make for a very comfortable stay.

My absolute favourite thing about the rooms were the beds. Those things were so damn comfy – if I could have packed the pillows, duvet and mattress in my case, I definitely would have!

Restaurant

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Now, this is where the review gets really good (and not because of the small Starbucks inside the hotel – however, that was convenient). The hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant called Arriba inside and the food is out of this world (mainly at breakfast).

Most people have heard me say that hotel breakfasts are, in many cases, overrated (and I still stand by that statement). however, Arriba really pulls all of the stops out in the morning. It’s not the cheapest breakfast in the world, but the money is well worth it when the food is so good that you go to bed excited to wake up and eat!

My favourite breakfast was the banana bread french toast stuffed with bacon cream cheese with sliced banana, bacon crumbles, fresh berries, toasted almonds and maple syrup (it would be rude not to have maple syrup whilst in Canada after all!)

We did also eat in Arriba one evening and the dinner menu was much smaller than the breakfast selection but the food was great regardless!

Overall

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Yes, it’s a chain hotel. Yes, hotel’s don’t make your entire experience while travelling. Still, would I recommend this hotel to a friend? Most definitely. If you’re interested in booking this hotel, be sure to check out prices here!

Have you ever been to Toronto, what is your favourite hotel?

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Now this is a blog post that I have had FAR too much fun researching. To the point where I had a dream that I won the lottery, rented a castle for a month and surprised my friends and family by flying them out on a weekly rota to come and live with me (I’ve since day-dreamed about this idea multiple times and have bought more lottery tickets than I care to admit).

So without further ado, here are 10 castles that you might be able to rent for cheaper than a hotel!

1) The Medieval Keep & The Pavillion (France)

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  • Location: La Flocellière, Pays de la Loire, France
  • Bedrooms: 5 (Medieval Keep) & 6 (The Pavillion)
  • Sleeps: 10 (Medieval Keep) & 10 (The Pavillion)
  • Bathrooms: 3 (Medieval Keep) & 5 (The Pavillion)
  • Avg. price per night: £412 (Medieval Keep) & £366 (The Pavillion)
  • How to book: AirBnb (The Medieval Keep) and AirBnb (The Pavillion)

This is the particular castle that I dreamt about. I mean, does it get any better than this? There appear to be two properties on the grounds that you can rent (one being The Medieval Keep and the other being The Pavillion). A grand total of 20 people can therefore stay in the 2 properties for a combined £778 per night – an incredible £39 per person!

If the exterior wasn’t grand enough, I am absolutely in love with the curved painted blue ceiling in one of the bedrooms in the Medieval Keep!

Now I need to stop dreaming about eating croissants in the French sunshine and look up some more castles….

2) The Castle With a View… And A Pool (Italy)

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  • Location: Venturina Terme, Toscana, Italy
  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Avg. price per night: £1384
  • How to book: AirBnb

Slightly pricier than the first option but at £77 per person per night (providing you have 16 guests), it’s still cheaper than many hotels! This castle appears to be mainly used as a wedding venue and up to 90 guests can attend! Make sure you check out the photos on the AirBnB link, there’s some amazing views from this property! There’s an added bonus with this castle… a pool!

3) Château de Barnay (France)

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  • Location: Saint Martin de Lixy, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Avg. price per night: £115
  • How to book: AirBnb

Okay, so you don’t have THAT many people that you want to enjoy your castle experience with (I felt slightly intimidated at the thought of 90 venue guests on the castle above!). Round up 7 of your nearest and dearest and head to South Burgundy to enjoy this little treat.

This castle has a much more modern interior which is great if old buildings can spook you out a bit (I am included in this category).

The stand out feature of this property HAS to be the price! You could pay £115 for a hotel room for one person, let alone a castle for 7 people! At an amazing £17 per person per night, I don’t know what’s stopping you!

4) La Serenella West Wing (Italy)

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  • Location: San Pietro In Cariano, Veneto, Italy
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Avg. price per night: £458
  • How to book: AirBnb

Okay, so it might not technially be a castle, but it’s a pretty swanky villa and I feel like it has the credentials to be on this list.

I mean have you seen that interior? And the exterior? And the gardens? I feel like this property is Perfection (with a capital “P”). And if you really feel like splashing out, the owners can organise a private jet at an extra cost – now THAT is what you call fancy!

You might think that a property this big would in the middle of nowhere, but you couldn’t be more wrong! The villa is a 15 minute drive from Verona and 25 minutes from  Lake Garda, this sounds like the perfect Summer retreat! And all for £32 per person!

5) Bernstein Castle (Austria)

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  • Location: Bernstein im Burgenland, Burgenland, Austria
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Avg. price per night: £120
  • How to book: AirBnb

The ultimate romantic retreat. Who wouldn’t want to watch the sunset over the Austrian countryside with their (arguably) better half? Sign me up immediately! I found hotels very expensive when I stayed in Salzburg, so this whole castle for £60 per person is an incredible deal!

RELATED: Thinking about spending a lot of time in Austria? Salzburg is a 3 hour 45 minute drive away – you can read my top things to do in Salzburg here

6) Cumbrian Castle (England)

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  • Location: Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
  • Bedrooms: 10 (whole castle) or 1 (Private Room)
  • Sleeps: 16 (whole castle) or 2 (Private Room)
  • Bathrooms: 8 (whole castle) or 1 (Private Room)
  • Avg. price per night: £6303 (whole castle) or £160 (Private Room)
  • How to book: AirBnb (whole castle) or AirBnB (Private Room)

Okay, this castle is expensive if you want to rent the whole thing (a whopping £394 per person per night), however there is a great alternative to just rent one room for £80 per person! Damn you England for being so expensive!

Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and an hour’s drive from The Lake District, this is the perfect setting to enjoy the countryside.

RELATED: I visited an English Castle recently! Read all about my time at Arundel Castle here

7) The Bright Pink Castle (Poland)Bright Pink Castle PolandPoland Castle Interior

  • Location: Warmatowice Sienkiewiczowskie, Dolnyslask, Poland
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5 
  • Avg. price per night: £229
  • How to book: AirBnb

Whilst it may not look like your stereotypical castle, this style building always reminds me of Eastern Europe and I absolutely love it – it’s bright pink for gods sake! Another bonus is that the AirBnB host can arrange for dinner to be cooked/served to you and your guests for an amazing 10 EUR per person! Result!

The castle is located 60km west of Wroclaw and is close to highway A4 connecting Germany with south Poland. Given the location, £24 per person is an absolute steal for this beauty!

8) The Uber Modern Castle (Croatia)

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  • Location: Grožnjan, Istarska županija, Croatia
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5 
  • Avg. price per night: £384
  • How to book: AirBnb

Now I’m not sure if I completely agree that this is a castle (yes, it has a big turret, but I think that’s about it), but it’s listed as a “castle”  on AirBnB, so the owners clearly want you to believe this notion! According to the listing, the property has been reconstructed from the 500 original ruins.

I couldn’t not include it because I feel in love with the property! Set on a hillside in Istria (Croatia), for the amazing price of £48 per person, you get a beautiful “castle” with an amazing pool looking out over Istria. And the interior is gorgeously modern!

9) The Iconic Building of The Island (Greece)

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  • Location: Alónnisos, Thessalia Sterea Ellada, Greece
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Avg. price per night: £142
  • How to book: AirBnb

This cute little fortification/windmill structure is located on the island of Milo in Greece. “Milo” means “windmill” in Greek, so this is the most iconic building on the island! A recent crowdfunding exercise has renovated the property to the gorgeousness that we see today! It’s an absolute steal at £24 per person!

This sentence on the listing makes me VERY excited – “We do recommend renting a scooter or a car (rental available at the island) so you can be free to follow your own schedule and reach the more remote places, where true natural beauty awaits to be discovered”.

10) Manorbier Castle (Wales)

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  • Location: Manorbier, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Avg. price per night: £600
  • How to book: AirBnb

Located on the Pembrokeshire Coastline, you can expect long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, picturesque villages and plenty of country pubs! You just need to pray that the UK weather holds out! This huge castle can be yours for just £50 per person!

11) Chateau Bouffereille (France)

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  • Location: Le Temple-sur-Lot, Aquitaine, France
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Avg. price per night: £773
  • How to book: AirBnb

It would be wrong not to finish on a French castle, because the French definitely excel in this area! I mean look at that entrance! And it could all be yours for £65 per person!

12) Bonus – UK Castles You Can rent A Room In!

Maybe you don’t need a whole castle to yourself, in which case Historic UK have a great list of all the castles in the UK that you can rent a room in!

The Boring Bit

It goes without saying that any listings shown on AirBnB are likely to fluctuate in prices throughout the year. I have used the average price shown at the date of writing this article (October 2016), however I imagine prices could be a bit steeper in Summer!

Please also note that AirBnB have various additional costs such as service charges and extra person surcharges. Please research the properties fully before making any bookings.

The “per person” cost also shown above is only applicable where the property is booked to it’s full capacity.

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The photos above are from various hostels that I have stayed in, however all photos are taken from Hostel World and credit is given to the original authors… apparently I make too much mess to keep a hostel photo-worthy!

Last year I took my first solo trip and therefore experienced my first proper hostel experience (prior to this, I’d stayed in private rooms in hostels with friends). So, for anyone that’s a newbie on the scene like I was, this is your ultimate guide to what you can expect!

RELATED POST: Why I love solo travel! 

Firstly, How To Find Your Perfect Hostel?

There are plenty of different types of hostel to choose from (as with hotels).

If you’re travelling style is to move from one party to the next, then a party hostel is where you will be happiest! Whilst party travelling isn’t my style, I’ve heard pretty mental things about Retox in Budapest.

If you want to stay in a cosy hostel where everyone socialises in the social area and has a chilled out vibe (my favourite), look for a smaller hostel. My favourites are the ones run by ex-backpackers, they know exactly what you will need! The Zeppelin Hostel in Ljubljana is perfect for this.

If you want a hostel that feels more like a hotel, try a large hostel. I stayed in the Generator Hostel in Copenhagen in a private room with friends and it felt just like being in a hotel! My friend referred to it as a “posh-tel”. The same goes for Safestay Edinburgh.

My favourite website to find hostels is Hostel World, make sure you read all of the reviews from fellow travellers to make sure your needs will be adequately met.

What To Pack 

Staying in a hostel is very different to hotel and that starts with the things you need to bring!

  • A Padlock – I’m not ashamed to admit it, I made the ultimate rookie error on my first hostel experience – I forgot a padlock. Luckily, the hostel had a bunch spare that I could use for a small fee. This obviously wasn’t the strongest or most secure padlock but I was in a lovely little hostel and didn’t feel like my stuff was unsafe in the locker.
  • Flip flops – Flip flops will become your best friends in communal showers. You don’t want to get foot fungus from showering where so many people have already planted their dirty feet! Short of a) demanding the area be deep cleaned before every shower you have or b) not showering at all (that’s one way to not make friends in a hostel), flip flops are the only option!
  • Towels – This isn’t a five star resort, don’t expect animal sculptures on your bed made out of towels every night you arrive back at your room. In fact, don’t expect a towel at all. Once that towel is safely packed, you also then need to remember to actually take it to the shower from your dorm room! I did have to rescue a traumatised Belgian girl who had got into the shower without remembering to pick up her towel… I think I’m safe in saying she probably didn’t make that mistake again.
  • Ear plugs – I’m not a fan (I’m sure my ear holes are smaller than the average human, those plugs just don’t co-operate with me), but if you struggle sleeping, I’d recommend ear plugs! You never know what kinds of snorers will be in your dorm!
  • Toiletries – As well as the towels, make sure you always bring your own toiletries, you won’t be getting any freebies! And remember to pick them up when you leave the shower, or someone will be quick to snap them up! Don’t fret though, normally the hostels have a big box of toiletries that have been left behind. If there’s something you’re desperately in need of, you could be in luck!
  • Sanitary Items – You might also want to pack some tissues and hand sanitiser – the best hostels will always make sure the toilets are well-stocked but you might be caught out!

A Few House Rules

  • Ditch The Introvert Side To You – I get nervous in a lot of situations, I am by no means the most confident person in the world. But if you’re going to make the most of your time in a hostel, don’t let nerves get to you. You get that booty into the common room and chat to people, I guarantee you are bound to make life-long friends.
  • Staying Up Late – This won’t really be an issue if you’re in a party hostel, but if you are in a quiet hostel, be a bit considerate when you come fumbling back into your room late at night. But by all means, go on that pub crawl, have the time of your life, you’re only young once.
  • Early Mornings – On the other hand, you don’t want to be the person bashing through their bags early in the morning. This was me once and I haven’t yet forgiven myself for it! I was in a top bunk and accidentally dropped my TINY locker key to the floor at 7am in the dark and I had to be on a tour at 8am. At first, I thought it was in the bunk below me, so had to sneakily rummage through a guy’s bed while he slept. He woke up and helped me (without asking too many questions). Big shout out to that guy – you’re a legend.
  • Don’t Be a Snob – If you will only settle for 5 star luxury accommodation, it’s probably best to steer clear of hostels. If you come in with the wrong attitude, you’re destined not to like it.
  • Clean Up After Yourself – A number of hostels have a communal kitchen area, and a lot offer a free breakfast each morning. Usually it’s a “do it yourself” breakfast – make sure you clear away all of your used cutlery/crockery – nobody wants to be cleaning up after you!
  • Have The Time of Your Life – You love travelling, you’re surrounded by other people that love travelling. Everyone has the common mentality to have the time of their life. Yes, I have plenty of friends and family that I could travel with, but pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and meeting new people from all over the world will be an experience you never regret!

Now, this isn’t a complete bible on how to act/pack when staying in a hostel. But it can be a pretty daunting prospect (I know plenty of people who swear they will never do it!), so hopefully this post helps somewhat!

Have you ever stayed in a hostel, what was your first experience like?

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