How to Make the Most Out of a Stay in a Hostel

For budget travelers, hostels are fantastic. They offer you a chance to stay in a shared dorm with your fellow travelers for much less than it would cost to get a hotel room. They also offer kitchens and common areas, where you can cook and socialize. The best hostels are more than just places to stay, they also host events and get-togethers to break the ice and help travelers make friends. So, while you are staying in a hostel how can you make the most of what it has to offer? Here are some tips for making the most out of your hostel stay and getting the best bang for your buck.

Making the Most Out of Your Hostel Stay: Dorm-type accommodation
Dorm-type accommodation

Making the Most Out of Your Hostel Stay

Get to Know Your Roommates

When you check in, say hello to the people who are sleeping in the bunks around you. Ask them about where they are from and where they have been travelling. Being social and getting to know everyone around you is one of the best parts of staying in a hostel. Your new friends might invite you out for a fun activity or join you for dinner, making your travel experience even more fun. Sometimes your best memories of a place aren’t the things you saw while you were there, but the people you met.

Roommates from China in Boston USA
Roommates from China in Boston: Photo on Flickr by Scott Teresi / CC BY-SA 2.0

Use the Kitchen

Most hostels have a kitchen for communal use – so make sure that you take advantage of this and use it! When you are able to cook a few meals for yourself in the kitchen it will be much less expensive than eating in a restaurant every night. Plus, you can invite others to join you in cooking a big shared meal, which can be a great way to get to know your fellow travelers.

Clean Hostel Kitchen in Motueka, New Zealand
Clean Hostel Kitchen in Motueka, New Zealand: Photo on Flickr by Gino / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Ask the Staff for Advice

The staff in most hostels are usually very helpful and friendly and they will be able to offer you great tips on places to go and things to do in the local area – so much such that you ask them! They can also give you information on transport, tips for keeping safe, local festivals and traditions and much more. They are a valuable source of information to tap into when you are staying in a hostel.

Making the Most Out of Your Hostel Stay

Join in the Activities

In many hostels there will be group activities such as movie nights, pizza parties and sometimes even cooking classes, walking tours or group expeditions to nearby attractions. It’s worth it to join in these activities because they are usually a fun budget option and a great way to make friends. To find out if a hostel hosts activities before you stay you can check their website or call ahead and ask.

These are just a few of the ways on making the most out of your hostel stay on your next budget travel adventure.

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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