You’ve been working your butt off for this trip, and once the travelling starts, the fun is just beginning - as are the all-nighters! But if you're not the type who can back up night after night and survive on 20-minute naps every two days, at least your room will probably be deserted during party time so you can get your beauty sleep. Dance all night or paint the town red by day and immediately crash - hostels are great for both your inner party animal and inner grandma.
Once you step out for the day, it's all fun and games until your FOMO kicks in and you want to check your socials. One moment you think you've hit the jackpot and connected to a free network in the middle of town - then BOOM, you need a password, or BOOM, the connection is life-threateningly poor. Luckily all YHAs have Wi-Fi, so you need only keep your addiction at bay until you step through our doors and can post the fire Insta you took that day. But remember, the most important thing to do is to call home and let your parents, best friend or bae know you're still breathing.
Whether it's an acoustic guitar or a ukelele, chances are you've stumbled across someone in a common area looking to serenade the hostel with an Oasis cover or 20. You'd be surprised at how relaxing it is to kick back with a drink on a rooftop or swanky lounge area and chat to people, with the ambience of some live music. But if you prefer not to be around these John Mayer types, you should probably seek alternative entertainment - or pack earplugs.
Not everyone is a nomad musician with questionable talent. Contrary to what films like Taken and Wolf Creek would have you believe, the world is full of amazing people everywhere you travel. A hostel is the perfect place to meet them - like-minded travellers from all corners of the world, also looking for a sightseeing or barhopping buddy. Better still, if you're ever in a flap, there will always be a helpful soul around a hostel to get you through.
J-Lo famously said in 2016 that she Ain't Your Mama, and neither are we. Far away from fabric softener and Mum's magic ability to dissolve the scariest stains...you'll have to take on the washing solo. Look, you CAN wear a few things multiple times but that doesn't mean it's okay to wear the same T-shirt for three weeks straight - the people sleeping in close proximity to you won't thank you for that. All YHAs are kitted out with fab washing facilities, so no excuses, stinky. Same goes for dishes!
Amidst the good, bad and weird times, travelling is guaranteed to provide you with some of the best memories you'll ever make. Between the laughs, the fuzzy nights out and random interactions, you'll have new stories every day - and you'll have an avid audience in every hostel common area or multi-share ever.
Home time will arrive faster than you ever imagined. The sadness and drowning-like feelings of impending responsibilities will be having you want to do it all over again. And we'll be right here waiting for you when you do.