Hostel tips for your peace of mind:

  1. Safety locker: choose the hostel that provides safety lockers, and whereby the locker allows you to lock it using your own padlocks.
  2. 24 hour security / reception: again security, whilst backpacking is a fun way to meet new people: you can never be too careful with security in mind, having security staff should you need anything is a peace of mind.
  3. Earplugs: shared accommodation means snoring, etc, etc.
  4. Bring extra amenities toiletries: some hostel don’t provide these.
  5. Review the hostel reviews: google the hostel before you book, compare the reviews, learn from others from their experience.
  6. Booking: if you plan to stay in a place for a long time: it is wise to just make a booking for one or two days initially, spend a day to inspect the area, see if everything suits then book for long term. Otherwise, spend the next day looking for suitable hostel / area.
  7. Female only or mix dorm?  for female backpacker it would be wise to choose a female only dorm. Whilst mix dorm could also be fun, an all female room is strongly suggested.

Female travelers: please be extra careful and vigilant in your trips. I would suggest to travel with another female companion or groups.

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