Finding a hostel in London for 20 bucks a night is no easy task, especially if you’re trying to find a nice one. Most run in the range of 40 dollars a night. In big cities like this, I actually recommend using couchsurfing.org. I’ve used it in the U.S. (which I’ll talk about another time) and I really loved it.
But, this tip is not about finding cheap hostels in London, nor about figuring out where to stay, it’s about knowing about your hostel.
We were very positively surprised to learn that our hostel had cleaning. They would change our bedding and things every day which is pretty rare in a hostel. Everything was clean and shiny and nice. There was also a tube station very close by.
And, I realized just how close it was one morning and that is the essence of this tip.
One morning, I woke up painfully early and started to get ready for the day. It wouldn’t have been so painful, except that I had a bit of a hangover and we had gotten back quite late the night (or morning) before. But, I wasn’t ready to waste the day; I wanted to explore. If you know me, you know that relaxing always comes second to exploring on my vacations.
Anyway, bleary eyed and groggy, I made my way to the communal showers. The one closest to our dorm was actually a private shower/bathroom. I didn’t have to wait, and I would actually have full privacy. Lucky me. I stripped down while the water warmed up and realized that I didn’t have a towel. Nothing the old shake-dry couldn’t cure, but an inconvenience nonetheless.
The door of the shower was glass, not the frosted kind, but the see through kind. I was beginning to understand why this had to be a private bathroom. It was about this time that I was beginning to really wake up and that’s when I noticed the window in the bathroom.
The window without a curtain. From the shower, I looked out the window and saw all of the passenger’s on the train platform below. At least they could only see my shoulders, I guessed. Well, I hoped. But then, I glanced to the side and realized I could see completely into someone’s apartment.
The television was off, and no one was inside, but if they were they definitely could have seen me in all my glory. I hoped they weren’t home, but I didn’t want to risk it.
My shower was finished, and I did my best to dress as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, my nakedness was left un-spotted and I learned a valuable lesson: look around before you get naked.
Bottom Line: Get to know your hostel and...
Look around before you strip down.