1)Say hi to everyone. Literally everyone one you cross paths with. Hostels are a melting pot of personalities and you can make some great friends. The people that you chat to will probably end up being the people you explore your destination with and get drunk with on nights out. You might even travel to other destinations with them and become lifelong friends…… who knows! If you’re travelling on your own this is a pretty essential skill to have if you want to have a fun time!
2)Invite everyone out. So it’s likely you’re hostel is going to have organised nights out which everyone is invited to, these are great! However if you’re going on a night or day out with a few people, invite others out from your hostel, you never know what great personalities you’ll meet that just need to be nudged out of their shell.
3)Buy a Padlock. Buy one and keep it with ya. Most hostels have lockers or cabinets in your rooms to store stuff in but they’ll charge you for a padlock. Get your own and you have peace of mind J
4)Get to know the staff. Some hostels you visit are made great by the staff that work there! If you get to know them they’ll help you get the most out of the city and are a great laugh on nights out! Plus, you might get free drinks from the hostel bar 😉
5)Double check if there’s a curfew. On a night out make sure you don’t get locked out! I did this once in Laos and had to scale a fence with some friends which we broke by accident. Safe to say the hostel owner wasn’t a happy chap!
6)Go on hostel nights out! Quite often these include a lot of free drink and entry into clubs. They’ll take you to places that you wouldn’t have found on your own and are a great opportunity to chat to anyone you haven’t yet had the chance to!
7)Cook your own food! Fair enough, in some countries like Thailand and Laos it’s so cheap to eat out that it’s probably not worth your time preparing your own food. However, in more expensive European cities it’s definitely worth your time and will save you money. Go to a local shop and buy anything. Most hostels have a decent kitchen and you’ll be amazed at what recipes you can come up with!
8)Sister hostels. Arrive at a hostel and there’s no space? Often one hostel is linked to many other ones that might have space! It’s usually the case that they’re just around the corner and some of these connected hostels will come together on nights out to double up on the fun!