For somone that has only really stayed in a hostel when I was 12 which, may I add, was on a school trip with all of my friends, hostels are somewhat unfamiliar territory for me.
I feel like I have read all I need to know about what a good hostel has and how much an average one costs but for me these aren’t the important questions because I was recommended the hostel I am staying at by a friend of a friend. I was told everyone gets free pancakes in the morning and I’m not gonna lie, it was a given when I saw ‘unlimited pancakes.’ Yum!
The questions/ concerns I have are more about the type of people that are there and if there is a hostel ‘etiquette’ that I should be aware of. As a 12 year old with teachers to tell me off if I did something wrong I was fairly comfortable in knowing what and where I needed to be but, I highly doubt I’ll have Mrs Jay telling me off if I put my bag in the wrong place in LA.
Something that REALLY worries me is this ‘foot fungus’ that I see bouncing about the internet when I google ‘hostels.’ Are people really that unhygienic ? I cannot stand feet in any capacity so anybody leaving their gross foot germs in the shower makes me feel a little bit queasy. Please will someone put me at ease and tell me its not that bad ’cause right now I have an image of loads of germs crawling up my feet. (Like that mucus advert) Bleh.
Another thing is noise, are people rowdy or respectful? I’m in an all female dorm but I doubt this will make any difference and I’m still definitely taking ear plugs. I know I snore but I can’t deal with other people snoring (ironic I know.) I feel this is something I’m going to have to get used to if I plan on going more places and staying in more hostels.
Overall I’m quite looking forward to experiencing the ‘hostel’ way of life, I think by going to an American one first I it will be a nice calm one to ease me into it. (Or not.) We shall see, I think like everyone that travels alone, its the unknown that’s most unnerving; Am I going to meet people? Will people like me? But, I managed at uni, I managed at school and I managed at work so I always think if I’m friendly enough and respect people and they respect me, what’s not to like? I’m going with no preconceptions and whether that is naive or not I’ll let you know when I get there!
For anyone interested I’m staying with HostelWorld in LA, it’s right by Hollywood Boulevard which is handy.
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