26th of April 2016. That’s the date Copenhagen took my hostel-staying virginity.
Maybe like you, I’ve always had reservations about hostels. The whole concept of sharing a room with strangers made me uneasy, and paying the extra money to stay in a private hotel room has always made more sense for the sake of comfort and security.
Well, I decided to break that train of thought. I’m traveling solo (for the first time) to Copenhagen with a tight budget, and after hearing so many good things about hostels like the fun/social vibe and lower costs, I thought it was time to try one out.
After catching an excellent deal of just £16 for the night, Generator in Copenhagen was going to be my first hostel experience.
Dealing with my own concerns
Can you relate to any of the concerns I’ve mentioned below? Let me know in the comments.
As with most first timers, my main concern was the prospect of sleeping in a room with 6-7 strangers. In fact, my whole family was concerned about the entire thing; their idea of a hostel is a dingy, broken down place where you’re sleeping in a room of murderers and thieves. (A little dramatic, I know.)
After checking out the positive reviews and nice photos of Generator’s hostels, and watching and reading tips from so many travellers, I’m looking at it with a more optimistic point of view.
Firstly, there’s a higher likelihood of something happening to me on the streets than in the hostel itself, and most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to make some new friends. It’s all a matter of perspective!
No matter how hard I try to avoid taking valuables, I’m inevitably going to be traveling with my phone, wallet, passport, iPad and a few other important bits. Considering I’m used to locking these possessions away in a hotel room and knowing they’re safe, it’s a weird feeling to be on edge about my security.
I’ve brushed this concern aside because I’ll be locking my stuff away in a locker overnight, and carrying my backpack with me during the day. Besides, the same way I’m concerned about my stuff being stolen, I’m sure there will be others in the room feeling the same.
As long as you don’t leave stuff out in the open or flash expensive items to the world, you’ll be fine.
Cleanliness & hygiene
Cleanliness is a big one for me, and fortunately Generator in Copenhagen seems to be good in that sense — I’ll let you guys know in my upcoming review. The TripAdvisor reviews look promising, and I can tell you that based on first impressions, the hostel is kept in good condition.
Whether you’re visiting a hotel or a hostel, the most you can do here is check reviews and hope it’ll be ok!
What’s the worst that could happen?
I’ve settled most of my concerns and apart from the idea of travelling alone, I’m actually looking forward to my first solo experience at a hostel.