Hostels- What I need to know

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.


60 Days to Go!




4 thoughts on “Hostels- What I need to know

  1. You’re worrying about it too much! As long as you’ve checked out the reviews for the place being clean, in a safe neighbourhood, and the pictures looking half-decent you’ll be absolutely fine.
    I’ve stayed at hostels across America and Europe and they’re the BEST! The most important thing is to be social – go hang out in the common area or join the pub crawl/social event – that way you’ll meet people to chill with during your trip, or just for the evening. The best part of travelling is meeting new people from different walks of life and hostels are a great place to get started. And don’t be intimidated by a group – if you see a group of people looking like they’re having a great time don’t be afraid to initiate a conversation. The majority of people staying in hostels are super friendly and welcoming.
    If you’re worried about the showers just make sure you pack some flip flops but again don’t stress about it!
    Noise levels depend on the hostel and night of the week. It takes a while to get used to so if you’re only there a couple of nights you might find them quite restless, but after a while you get used to people coming and going and sleep through it.
    Hide valuables, use lockers or lock your suitcase/backpack when you’re not in the room. I’m generally very trusting with my belongings but I wouldn’t recommend that approach haha.
    Have a great trip. Check out my blog and let me know if you want any advice! West coast America = loveee.

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