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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

Go home if you can! If you are travelling in your country of residence, go home and self-isolate there. If travel restrictions make this impossible, contact the relevant authorities for advise. ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

In places that I've felt to be a bit dodgier than usual I have done a few things: Sleep in shorts with a pocket and keep the key in my pocket. Thread the key onto a string and wear it around my neck. ...
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How to discover if a hostel is more a travel hostel or a party hostel?

I'm posting this as a representative of Hostelz.com. There definitely are some very different types of hostels, and it's always a shame when people end up in the wrong type of hostel for them. If ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

Personally I use the pillowcase method. Small torch, asthma inhaler, old phone I use as an alarm/music player (vibrate wakes me, doesn't wake anyone else, best ever), and locker key, all fit into a ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

How about using a motion alarm app such as this Android one. Then you either put the key inside the back cover if it will fit, or just tape it to the phone if it won't. If anyone tries to move or take ...
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How do I find hostels where I can safely store my documents while leaving the room?

This "feature" is called a "Security locker" or "In-room safe" (the latter usually being available in proper hotels, not hostels). You can filter based on that parameter on Hostelworld, for example: ...
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How to discover if a hostel is more a travel hostel or a party hostel?

I've found that reviews help, but also that on most hostel review sites, they'll mention ratings of 'atmosphere'. If that's a high rating, odds are good that it's a party hostel. Also if they ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

While I was Hostel hopping through Europe, I obtained an mp3 player arm band that was silly large (free too). It was big enough for me to put around my upper leg and hold on to my key and phone while ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

Put the key under your bed's leg, it will keep it safe, unless you're such a deep sleeper that someone could steal your bed without you noticing. That's what I do whenever I have to stay in an hotel ...
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Hostel scanned my credit card

The thing about my credit card: it has the credit card number and the CCV on the same side. Is that legally even allowed? Storing the CVV field after authorization (in any format, encrypted or not) ...
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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

traveler who is planning on staying in hostel dorms Make a different plan. Your question assumes that the hosteler simply will not change accommodation plans and will perform the self-isolation in a ...
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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

In NZ, (and I imagine Australia) you can't Police removed a traveler from a hostel yesterday and have forcibly quarantined her and she will deported at the end of the 14 days. There are now three ...
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Doing laundry in European hostels

In many but not all European hostels you can do laundry, the rest will know where you can find a place near where you can do it. The availability differs between countries, between different hosteling ...
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Is it possible to pay in advance for hostel booking?

Regarding Hostelworld their business model is not around getting payments for the hostels. They aren't a payment gateway. They are basically an hostel directory, with some sugar on it (they also ...
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Bad hostel, recourse?

In 2016, a bad online review with a lot of visibility is a big deal. Find a few high traffic websites (tripadvisor, google, facebook) and leave them not an angry rant, but a bad and polite review. ...
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What is the cheapest hostel in the world?

Many hotels in Japan, especially in large cities, will let you stay for JPY 1 (USD <0.01) under some conditions; typically if it's your birthday and you are over a certain age. For example this one ...
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Traveling to London, UK in July, how to find cheap accommodation?

You need the Youth Hostel Association: http://www.yha.org.uk/places-to-stay/london Central London beds from £15/person/night - not quite as cheap as you asked for but probably one of the cheapest ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

The best practice is not to store the key in the first place. EG use a combination lock! You can't lose a key you don't have. And as has been previously mentioned a lock will only keep out honest ...
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Is there an alternative to hostelworld?

If only the wiki were up to date. The big dog as you know is Hostelworld Group (including HostelWorld, Hostels.com, and HostelBookers). Because of network effects, being a major network does tend to ...
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Paying booking.com with a debit card instead of a credit card

Ask your bank, because they are the ones that declined the charge. Not all debit cards are authorized for online use, such as the ones my bank gives. So just because it looks like a credit card, it ...
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Required documentation for travelling to the United States from Canada?

Unfortunately, this is a misunderstanding. Working in a hostel constitutes employment, and you cannot come to the United States as a tourist to work. Even if you're not working for money, you're still ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

Another possibility would be to leave the key at the hostels reception desk (and ask them to give you a voucher). This way the key is stored in a different area than your room, and in the case that ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

If the key doesn't have a keyring, you could place it in a moneybelt, and wear the belt at night. You might want two belts, one for night and one for other valuables during the day.
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

In the scenario where you are only worried about a key you can tape the key to you foot or arm with plasters or surgical tape. Taped to your foot while you are in a sleeping bag would be a very ...
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Is there an alternative to hostelworld?

There are other ones mainly for hostels and others for all accommodation including hostels. Off the top of my head for hostels only (or mainly?) Hostels.com - Always hit it when Googling, but haven'...
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In Workaway, do you pay for the plane ticket, or does the host?

You haven't done much research... The Information for Workawayers page states: Remember though, Workaway.info is not an agency. We enable you to find placements. It is up to you to write yourself ...
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Is there an alternative to hostelworld?

I just compared Hostelworld to Booking.com with the filter set to hostels and found the same selection but with different ratings and enough of a difference to show me that it is not the same site. ...
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How do I find hostels where I can safely store my documents while leaving the room?

The word you are looking for is likely Locker. This is fairly common in most hostels and might not be announced on some booking sites. When the site does not mention lockers at all, you should use or ...
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Staying in Hostels in December in Europe

There are many hostels, each of the cities you mention have a few and likely more than one open through December. So select your hostel, based on what you find online, in a guide book or from people ...
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