When staying at a hostel in a new country, make sure to take part in the activities they offer. It will really make the world of a difference. If you are hung-over from the previous night, try not to sleep through breakfast because free breakfasts in hostels are usually the most exciting part of the day when people are excitedly talking about their plans for the rest of the day, or to discuss their fun night before. You can really learn a lot from just showing up. It will also give you a chance to organize the day’s sightseeing and see if the other people are headed to the same places as you. Maybe then you can share a cab or negotiate a discount price at an attraction because you are now in a larger group. Always remember to ask questions. People are so inclined to talk about themselves, but asking a few well thought of questions can get others to open up and start chatting with you. People also love to give tips about the places they have already traveled to, and that can help you navigate your way around the important places to see. You can even ask people for ideas or listen to their stories about funny things that happened to them while they were on the road.
Plenty of hostels will have kitchens where you can cook your own meals. Take advantage of this because it will save you money, and is a great way to meet new people. You can share recipes and discuss what you are cooking, or even reminisce about the foods you miss from home. Try cooking a little extra to share. Sharing is caring; everybody loves free things, especially a traveler with only a little bit of money, so offer leftovers, snacks, or clothes you no longer need (in good condition of course), books, music, etc. It will surely make someone’s day. You may just find other’s sharing with you when you need it most. Kindness makes the world go round. Go express and share it with others today.