Hostel Survival for Beginners: 5 Keys to a Good Hostel Experience When Traveling Abroad

Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or trekking to another city in America, your travels, preferences or budget might require you to stay in a hostel. If hostel life is new terrain for you, let us help to navigate these foreign waters with honest hostel tips and tricks for newbies.

Hostel activities with a bunch of new people, sketchy bathroom conditions, shared dorms and community kitchens… there are a lot of rumors and myths about hostel life. Anyone who has stayed in a hostel probably remembers how funny they felt in this new environment.

If you’ve not yet ventured into a hostel but are planning to, here are some tips for a first-time hostel stay to ensure your hostel experience is happy, not horrendous.

Here are our top 5 essential hostel tips and tricks.