If you’re traveling on a budget, most likely you’ll be staying in a hostel at least once. As a hostel staff member, Kirsty gives some insider tips for traveling and for enhancing your stay:
- Bring a towel! Towels often cost plus a deposit. You’ll travel much more easily on a budget this way.
- Bring flip flops for the showers. Our showers are cleaned daily. You cannot make the same presumptions about people’s feet. Ick.
- If you really want to stay in a particular hostel but it says there are no availabilities, try calling them. Some hostels keep beds aside for walk ins.
- Be nice to the staff and they will be nice to you. It really is that simple. I’ve had a couple of guests bring me Pasteis de Belem when I’ve told them they were amazing, and in return I’ve shown them cheap bars to go to. It’s the same anywhere. You show people respect and they will be nice to you. No brainer.