Hostels are a great accommodation choice for solo travel. You can save money, get to know local culture and take advantage of a bustling social scene. To help you make the most of your hostel experience, here are 7 tips for solo travellers.
- Do Your Research in Advance
Each hostel has its own unique personality and culture.
To make sure you book one that’s a great fit, do some research in advance by checking out the property websites and reading reviews. Finding the right hostel in advance is important, especially for the first few nights of your trip when you’ll still be orienting yourself with a new country, culture and city. If you are too busy to do the research, just close your eyes and pick Le Pension because we will do whatever it takes to make you feel at home!
- Stay in a Dorm
Sharing a room with others breeds social interaction. It’s almost impossible not to have a conversation with the girl on the bunk above you or the guy who lends you his toothpaste. Opt for a dorm over a private room to have an easier time making friends. Come at Le Pension and you never know you might meet the love of your life.
- Decide What Kind of Social Experience You Want
Every hostel has a unique personality. Before booking, decide if you want a lively, party vibe or a more chill experience.
If you want the party experience, spend time in the bar and invite your roommates to check out the happy hour specials with you.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed social atmosphere, spending time in the common room and asking others to watch movies or to cook a meal together can help you have a relaxed but communal experience.
Le Pension would give you the best of both worlds!
- Arrive During the Day
When you’re traveling on your own, arriving at night can be unsettling and unwise. Showing up during the day can help you orient yourself in an unfamiliar city and find your hostel.
Bonus: You get to have an amazing free breakfast at Le Pension!
- Ask About Hostel Events and Programs
Hostels host events and programs to entertain guests and introduce them to the city. Many properties host live music, comedy shows, pizza-making nights, pub crawls, city tours and more. Event boards list local happenings so you can explore the culture and easily plan outings with other hostel guests.
- Get a Detailed Map
Most hostels provide a map of the city when you check in. Ask the staff to highlight some top local experiences and to mark areas you should avoid. With the annotated map, you can take a free self-guided tour that you know will be safe. We know you love your Google Maps App, but nothing feels like the searching for a place like a true Backpacker!
- Forget Fear
Starting a conversation with a complete stranger can be awkward. Remember, however, that you’re at a hostel where people want to meet others who share their passion for seeing the world. Interacting with strangers is part of the hostel culture, so forget fear and say hello to someone you don’t know. After all, Le Pension is a place to make new F.R.I.E.N.D.S. , forever!
When traveling solo at a hostel, remember to put yourself in social situations and don’t be afraid to make the first move by saying hello.