Being a good Hostel guest
A quick guide
Hostels are a people lottery. You throw yourself into a room with strangers, and either they're awesome or they're sacks of shits. And that's that. But here's the question: Do you want to be awesome or the sack of shit? If you strive to be awesome I've gathered a couple of tips!
Most hostel guests are social creatures - they will ask where you're from, learn a swear word or two in your language, and maybe even ask you out for a beer. But then there's the ones who don't socialize, and there's also those who didn't really realize what they went into.
In Vienna there was a guest, who kept telling everyone to shut off their phones. Almost like he was waiting for someone to "make the mistake", he was locked and loaded. Don't be that guy. It's okay that people use their phones when others are sleeping. Bring a sleeping mask if that little light is a problem.
- If you're on your phone or laptop, reduce the brightness of the screen
- Use headphones or mute your device (d'uh!)
- If you come home, do not turn on the lights. Instead use the flashlight/screen on your phone or an actual flashlight.
Also, take out the clothes and toiletteries you need in the morning, the day before. This way you avoid making a lot of hazzle in the morning as you go through your stuff.
Oh, the horror! I think this one speaks for itself. Do not snooze your alarm over and over. It's very, very disrespectful to the other guests.
It's okay to set an alarm. But get up when it rings!
You are not forbidden, and everyone knows this is the risk you bear when you book a hostel. But we ask you to consider it.