Hostel Etiquette You Need to Know
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Published by TOP4 Team
Staying in a room with a stranger is an exciting experience. There are a lot of things that may happen during your stay. It can be a start of a lifelong friendship or it can add stress to you. To avoid troubles during your stay in a hostel, here are some of the etiquette you should keep in mind.
Don’t treat shared bathrooms like a spa.
Imagine you’re standing in a corridor for over 20 minutes waiting for your turn to use the bathroom, and then people starting to join the queue, and after what it seems like an eternity, finally someone steps out of the cubicle. But when it’s your turn to shower, you discovered that the water is barely a trickle. This incident is one of the common pictures you can see in a hostel. So, if you’re staying in a hostel, you should always keep in mind that you don’t own the bathroom. Try to take a bath as fast as you can so you don’t cause so much trouble to others who also want to use the shower. But if you don’t want to trouble yourself and enjoy the bath, try to take a bath outside the rush hours of early morning and late evenings to avoid queuing.
Don’t stay up too late.
A small sound can become annoying to someone if it disturbed them, especially their sleep. If you want to stay up late, avoid making noise or constant leaping off the bed. But when it comes to nocturnal noise and you’re sharing a room with someone who snores, you can use earplugs to help you sleep peacefully. But if you’re the one who is known for breathing a tad heavily, try to doze off in your less snore-prone position.
Ask before you hit the light.
Hostels are packed with exhausted travelers so the light switch might become a common source of tension. There are people who want to sleep while their lights are on while others want to turn it off. So, when staying in a hostel, you should first ask your roommate on what he/she prefers. Try to negotiate about the lights and don’t just decide by yourself. Also, this can be a starting conversation for you and your roommate to get to know each other.