Being a female solo traveler, can be one of the best experiences of your life, and no, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve been traveling solo since 2012, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Among other things, it allows you to explore the world at your own pace, make your own decisions, and discover new cultures.
But let’s be serious for a little bit, safety and certain comforts are crucial aspects to consider when traveling alone. One of the most important factors to consider when planning your trip is what are the qualities of a good hostel . So, if you’re wondering how to choose the best, here are some tips to help you select the perfect hostel for your adventure.
- Do Your Research in Advance:
Before booking a hostel, research and compare several options at your destination. Use booking websites like Hostelworld (for this one, I’ve got a discount… OF COURSE, I want my discount on Hostelworld!) to read reviews from other female travelers and check safety ratings.
- Opt for a Safe Location:
The hostel’s location is crucial. It’s definitely one of the main qualities of a good hostel. Choose a hostel located in a central, well-lit area of the city if possible. It’s advisable to be close to public transportation and tourist attractions to facilitate your mobility and access. Of course, this depends on the city or town you’re visiting, but if you’re not familiar with the area or it’s your first time, it’s always better to pay a bit more and stay in a central location just in case.
- Hostel Security:
Make sure the hostel is at least reasonably secure. We’re not talking about hotels with 24/7 cameras and security staff. What you should pay attention to is whether they have women-only rooms or if the mixed ones are spacious. Ensure they have lockers and preferably 24-hour reception. However, I firmly believe that in hostels, the security of your belongings should be personal. Don’t leave anything to chance.
- Shared or Private Rooms:
Consider whether you prefer a shared or private room. One key factor when wondering how to choose a hostel is to think about the type of room you prefer. Shared rooms are more budget-friendly and provide an opportunity to meet other travelers, while private rooms offer more privacy and security.
- Other Travelers’ Reviews:
Reading reviews from other female travelers is essential to understand the experiences of people who have stayed at the hostel. Pay attention to cleanliness, ambiance, staff friendliness, and safety mentioned in the reviews.
- Responsible Socializing:
If you want to meet other female travelers, it’s better to choose a hostel that organizes activities, parties, shared dinners, walking tours, or themed nights. Always exercise caution and responsibility in your social interactions.
- Keep Copies of Your Bookings:
Every time you make a reservation, send a message through the website, etc., take screenshots. These are your backup in case of any issues. Again, leave nothing to chance; make sure you’re in control of everything you can be.
- My Golden Rule: Trust Your Instincts:
Lastly, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right or safe at the hostel you’ve chosen, don’t hesitate to look for another option. Your safety and well-being come first. That’s why it’s always a good idea to stay in an area with several options where you can easily leave a place that makes you uncomfortable.
I hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to me.
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