23rd October 2016

PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST HOSTEL EXPERIENCE!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (however affiliate links may be used, including Amazon Associates, which mean I earn commissions on purchases at no extra cost to you) and all thoughts are my own.

Copenhagen Hostel Generator Common Area and Recpetion
Copenhagen Hostel Generator Dorm Sleeping Area
Ljubljana Slovenia Zeppelin Hostel Common Area Fun

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 Few House Rules

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?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own.
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