Anyone who has been backpacking Europe before will tell you that the best way to do it on a budget is to stay in hostels. Hostels are big places where lots of backpackers and travelers group together and sleep in rooms with dormitory beds. I have a few tips to share to help you get the most out of your stay in a hostel, so let’s get to it.
Bring Along Your Own Towel & Sheets
A great way to benefit from hostels is to actually bring along your own travel sheets and towel. You may be thinking, ‘But don’t they provide me with those things?’. Indeed, they do! However most hostels will charge you a couple of Euros to rent sheets and a towel. You can save yourself this fee by bringing along your own!
Cooking In The Kitchen
Any good hostel in Europe will give you access to a kitchen where you can get your cook on. This benefits you in a number of ways. First, it is fantastic for those travelling on a budget. Buying food from the local markets and the supermarket will always be cheaper then eating out at a restaurant. Secondly, this is an excellent way to meet new people in the hostel. You will rarely be the only one cooking, so share a few drinks and have a few laughs and enjoy cooking with some other backpackers!
Making Use Of The Backpacker’s Library
I like to call it the ‘Backpacker’s Library’, it is essentially a book exchange shelf (at least 60% of hostels will have one), and it’s the best spot to trade your novel for another to keep you entertained on those long and boring bus and train trips. If you do take a book, remember to leave one behind. If everyone just takes and takes and no-one is putting books back it ruins the entire experience and process. For fun, why not write a message in the front of your book for the next backpacker?
Those are just a few of my tips to get the most out of your hostel stay, if you’re planning a big trip to Europe then check out this post – it’s a super post and will help you with every planning aspect of your trip.