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Old 12-30-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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Any recommendations for staying in a hostel for the first time?

I'm mainly doing this to save money, but to also meet new people.
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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Watch the movie "Hostel"?
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Be friendly obviously, hangout in the common areas and chat with people. I've met a lot of unique characters in Hostels. Don't set your expectations too high. Hostels vary greatly in creature comforts and overall conditions. Most have free wifi though.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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The last hostel I stayed in was in Sydney. It was adequate, but is not something that I'd like to do again; I would do it again, though, if I couldn't afford anything else. Now, perhaps I felt this way because I was at a "youth hostel," so the crowd was younger and rowdier. Maybe hostels geared towards older people are better.

Otherwise, I second what @The Right Side_TX wrote above.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:01 AM
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No recommendations at all. If you're staying in a hostel, you're obviously social. Just go with it. And pick a good hostel. Have fun! Hostels are the best.
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Old 12-30-2015, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Assuming you are in a shared room:

Pack your stuff in a way that you know where your important valuables/docs are and you don't have to dig through all your stuff to find what you need. Also bring ear plugs, eye covers, bathroom slippers, etc if those will make you more comfortable. Find out their policies on towel rental and breakfast just so youre prepared. That's about it...I guess keep expectations on the lower side lol. Hopefully you read reviews!
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Be a decent human being.

A hostel is a social place. Make friends.
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:06 PM
 
Location: NYC, CHI, UK
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Any recommendations for staying in a hostel for the first time?

I'm mainly doing this to save money, but to also meet new people.
Check out sites such as Hostelworld. You will find out what each hostel has to offer in terms of amenities and rooms types. Some will offer free breakfast and free towels, while some don't. Almost all will have free Wi-fi. Hang out in the common area to meet people. Do some inquiries as many hostels have planned social gatherings and pub crawls. Lots offer walking tours. These are great ways to meet other travelers.
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