If you’ve been following my blog then you will know that I am a big, big fan of a Hostel. In fact, did you read my article recently about why I prefer staying in Hostels to Hotels?
If not then I’ll just tell you the main things that I love about staying in Hostels. One of those things is obviously the price, and the other thing is the social side of it. I’ve been lucky enough to make so many amazing friends right out of my Hostel dorm, and that’s the reason that I’ll continue to stay in Hostels even when I have the money to be a high-flying Hotel gal.
Even though they’re normally a really great time, every now and then you will be stuck in a room with someone who you want to high five… in the face… with a chair. You fight with everything you have not to high five said person in the face with a chair, as that’s not something you’ve done before and you don’t really want to start doing it now, but the bigger the dick, the stronger the urge gets.
while Hostel etiquette is really just to be a good and mindful person, I’ll run you through a couple of ways you can avoid being the bane of your Hostels life.
Don’t steal food
Great, you’re there for your Lads weekend and you’re drunk and you just really want that pizza that is left in the fridge and don’t feel like it’s the worst thing you can do to something. But c’mon dude, think about it. Your lads weekend is over as quick as it started, and then you’re going to return home and get on the old earning to buy whatever food you want, but the person whose pizza you just stole may have been travelling for a long time and can’t afford these luxuries very often.
If it’s not yours, don’t take it.
Don’t hog the fans
I stayed in a Hostel in Budapest during the Summer where this girl kept turning all of the fans to face her throughout the night. The aircon wasn’t working so the Hostel had provided each room with a billion fans to make up for it, but this gal decided that she was the only one who deserved the sweet release of cold air whizzing past you every now and then. If you’ve been to Eastern Europe during the Summer then you know how hot it gets, and you know what torture that would be in the night.
Let’s just say every morning the girl would wake up looking alright, whilst the rest of us would wake up as sweaty messes, barely able to peel ourselves from the bed that we’d melted to in the night. It was a quick dash to be one of the first to shower.
Be aware of sleepers
For every person that has decided that their phone call, chat, music playing or whatever is more important than someone sleeping – you Sir, are an absolute twat! Basically, if you wouldn’t go home to your Mum’s and make a racket when she is sleeping then don’t do it in a dorm room.
And if you would happily do that to your Mum, then you go and give your old dear a hug and say sorry for being a selfish fuckwit!
Remember which bed is yours
Nobody wants to get woken up by someone falling into their bed. And I also don’t want to roll in to my dorm at god knows what time in the morning, drunk after a night out and find that my bed has been taken and not know where to go instead.
Move it or lose it buddie!
Don’t look down your nose at anyone
You’re all in the same dorm room, paying the same amount. I don’t give a shit who you are or where you come from – keep your snootiness away from me please.
Atleast attempt to join in with everyone
The best thing about Hostels is generally the camaraderie of it all. It’s the drinking games, the pub crawls, the socials, the cinema nights. There is something for everyone whether you are a drinker or if you can’t stand the sight of alcohol it doesn’t matter. Don’t segregate yourself from the fun.
Obviously in some cases you’re literally only crashing out in that dorm for a couple of hours before an early morning flight and don’t want to socialise. In that case, lock yourself away my friend, that’s totally acceptable!
Keep the sex out of the dorm room
We’ve all been in that situation where we’re just about to drift off to sleep and them KABAM, there it is… sex noises. It’s awkward as fuck and nobody knows what to do about it. If you wanna get down and jiggy in the dorm room then do it in the day when everyone is out. In the evening there is always the showers, the laundry rooms and sometimes even cupboards that you can find that haven’t been unlocked.
Think of your bunkmates, and also think of yourself too. Do you really want to have to make awkward conversation with a massive group of people that had to listen to you bang the night before?
The likelihood of staying in a Hostel is that someone will do something that annoys you. One or more of these rules may well be broken during your stay, but try your best to take it on the chin and not overreact. Remember that you’re paying minimal and staying in a room with loads of other people in it. If you’re one of those people that need everything to be perfect then you either need to pay extra to stay in your own private room, or just stay in a Hotel.
What do you think about my ideas on how not to be a dickhead in a Hostel?
Have you ever had any bad encounters? What do you hate most that people do in a Hostel? Tell me in the comments below!