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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW STAYING IN A HOSTEL
Did you know some hostels have swimming pools, and some used to be jumbo jets?
Hostelworld has more than just backpackers hostels. You can also choose from a great range of unique local accommodation: riads in Morocco, eco lodges in South America or Ryokans in Japan.
Hostels have private accommodation as well as dormitories
Most hostels now offer private rooms, and sometimes they even have en-suite bathrooms and TVs.
Unlike hotels, many hostels offer free Wi-Fi
Hotels often add on extra costs for Wi-Fi, but many hostels offer it as complimentary for guests.
Save time on booking city tours and tickets
Some hostels have tour desks that sell tickets for public transport, the city’s top tours and more.
The price usually includes your breakfast
Like some hotels, many hostels include breakfast in the price
Some hostels even have swimming pools and saunas
Lots of them have in-house food options
Many hostels have their own restaurants, cafes and bars.
TOP TIPS FOR BACKPACKING ALONE
Check out our tips to make that trip much more enjoyable
Are you about to set off on your backpacking travels all on your lonesome? Feeling a bit daunted about backpacking alone?
Hang out in the communal areas
Hostels often have common room areas that make it easier to find other travellers. Some hostels even have board games, pool, or table football that mean you can invite fellow travellers to a game or two.
Cook in the communal kitchens as much as possible
As food is one of the world’s most popular topics of conversation, cook your meals in the kitchen and ask other people what they like cooking on the road.
Stay in smaller dorms
They may be that little bit more expensive than the larger dorms, but by staying in a smaller dorm it makes it far easier to get to know your roommates
Volunteer at festivals and special events
What's going on in your next destination when you're there? Is there a festival you're going to catch? Better still, is there a way you can get involved?
Go out, drink and be merry!
Most of us tend to get a lot more talkative after a few drinks, so ask others in the hostel whether they’d like to join you for a few beers or ask your hostel about pub crawls in the area.
Go on organised tours
Find information about tours from your hostel. Walking tours are perfect because they give you plenty of time in between stops to chat to fellow backpackers.
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