12 Tips to Surviving Hostel Life10:22 AM on Fri 04 Jul 2014

Ok so Hostel Life can be quite the adjustment. We leave the comforts of our home to travel to a new and exciting destination! There are a few reasons why we choose to stay in hostels when backpacking - they are cheap, social and usually right in the heart of where you want to be. 

Some of us spend just a few nights in each hostel... travelling from city to city, or country to country. Whilst many of us choose to place ourselves in the one place for a few months to really experience the country. We look for work. We attempt to look for a House. And we spend all of our money on alcohol. In the end - the hostel becomes our home... and that's the way we like it. 

Either way, we asked our Base Blogger Katie for her 10 Tips to Surviving Hostel Life...

1. Train your Nose to turn bad smells into good smells

This is a hard skill to obtain - but it is possible! Grab yourself a 'How To' Book and start training - it will make your hostel experience a hell of a lot more enjoyable! Bye Bye Smelly Feet... Hello Vanilla Rose. 

2. Make Friends with the Hostel Staff

Hostel Staff have the key to everything... Soaps, Bath Towels, Internet! You get the idea. 

3. Make the most of Free Stuff

Most hostels will offer Free Activities and Nightly Meal & Drink Specials. Familiarise yourself with these and make the most of them. Plan your weekly eating and drinking schedule on the backpacker specials in your area. Thursday? $7 Pizza & Beer Night... done! 

4.    Take the Stairs

Most of us get fat when moving into a hostel... it's a fact. A 2 minute noodle & goon diet accomponied by a lack of sleep does not do the belly any good. Accept it. Stop making fake promises to join a gym. Ignore the Lift. Take the Stairs. 

5. Find a Washing Buddy

Simple. Find a Friend. Ask that friend if they would like to save money. Naturally, they will reply YES (if they don't... don't let it get you down. You are better than that anyway). Wash your stuff togethor... not only is this method a fantastic time saver, but a great bonding opportunity!

6. Keep Watch Over the Free Food Shelf

You'd be surprised what you can find on the free food shelf of your hostel. This morning I found... wait for it... an entire tin of Dinosaur Spagetti! It required a can opener. I could not find one (I assume this is why the can was left behind in the first place). But not to worry... I used a knife. The result? Free Spagetti! 

7.  Get Creative

'Where are you from?' Get used to it...you'll begin to dread the question. You'll begin to dread each time a new person moves into your dorm (or home away from home) for just a few nights. Don't hate it, get creative. My tip? Make up imaginary answers! 

8. Plan Ahead

Ok so you've found yourself a job and you've convinced yourself that finding a house is the way to go. Forget it. Just bite the bullet and accept the fact that you are never leaving the hostel. Ask for a Weekly Rate and settle into the long termers room - just do it. 

9.  Befriend Locals

For an unknown and bizarre reason, some locals tend to hang out in backpacker bars. Befriend these people (even if they disgust you). These people will acknowledge YOUR financial situation as a hostel dweller and ensure that you are well aware of THEIR financial situation as a person with their own bathroom. Drinks shall be bought for you. 

10.     Take Naps

Say good bye to a good night's sleep. Say good bye to a predictable sleeping pattern. From the moment you move into the hostel your sleeping schedule will consist solely of naps. Afternoons are my personal fav... most travellers are out exploring at this time! 

11. Embrace Goon

Goon is your friend. It will make you happy. Mix it up with some tropical juice and lemonade and you've got yourself a Goon Cocktail! 

12.    Invest in Extra Strong Deoderant

Forgot to shower? Not to fear! Your extra strong spray is here! 

Written by: Katie Tobias

Tags: Funny , Travel Tips


Priyam Patel: 09:36 PM, Fri 24 Apr 2015
Truly hostels are the best place to live when planning for a travel and especially when you are backpacker traveler. As these hostels are cheap and according to your requirements. Also, it is not possible to take a costly hotel room for backpackers for every single trip.

Suinl Jain: 10:50 PM, Tue 21 Jul 2015
Really hostel life is so enjoyable and remarkable in every students life ,because in this time period we meet many other students and makes many friends in hostels.Thanks for sharing the 12 Tips to Surviving Hostel Life.

Sunil Jain: 11:09 PM, Fri 02 Oct 2015
Great survival tips on hostel live! If you survive hostel lives, you will become a better human being to face the future. These are very important tips you given here. Surviving hostel is possible, I realized it after living in a hostel for four year happily, I was too scared before. http://hostelsinindore.com/boys-hostel-in-indore.php

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