Hostel Courtesy 101

How not to be a jerk when sharing limited space with several humans.

1. Quiet time is midnight. Period.

Some people have to be up for flights at 5am. Some people haven’t slept comfortably in 48 hours due to traveling long distances. Some people feel ill or are stressed out and overwhelmed.

2. Lights off between 10pm and 9am.

I still don’t understand why this is a thing or that it even has to be said? Last time I checked, every smartphone is equipped with a flashlight. Don’t be the punk who drunkenly turns on the lights at 4am and wakes the entire dorm room with your antics. It’s not cute and it is certainly disrespectful.

3. Anticipate your needs.

Which includes packing your bag the night before. Going out for the night? Heck yeah you are! I hope you drink ALL the drinks (responsibly, of course) and shake your booty to endless beats and meet some humans worthy of a journal entry.

4. Please don’t sound the alarm twenty different times.

I’ll be the first to admit I am a snoozer. I love justifying ten more minutes of semi-restful sleep if it means not having to face the day. That is, from the comfort of my own home.

5. Don’t be an asshole.

If you’re offended by this, you should equally be offended by the towel that smells like it’s been secured in a cold, dank dungeon for 200 years and hung to “dry” from the rail of a bunk.

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