Being a backpacker means that you will often go to great lengths to save money on your travels. To this end, you may find yourself sharing things like public transportation and dormitories with other travellers. While you don’t need to become friends with everyone you meet, there is a certain etiquette that is a good idea to adopt.
In this post, we will take a look at some things you can do to be considerate to your fellow traveller.
Don’t be that guy/girl in the dorm
You probably already know what we are talking about when we say that guy. This is the guy (or girl) that has his stuff strewn all over the room. He comes in late every night (not an offence in itself) and proceeds to turn lights on and to make a bunch of racket while rifling through his bag looking for his ipod. He’ll then put his headphones on, but the music will be loud enough that everyone in the room can hear it. When he does fall asleep, you can be sure he will be snoring loud enough to make the walls shake. Oh, and he doesn’t shower, either. You may think this profile is an exaggeration, but I can assure you, there are plenty of people like this that make their way into hostels around the world.
Take care of your personal hygiene
If you notice flys landing on you and if everyone is keeping their distance, you might want to hit the shower! This seems like a no-brainer, but hey, you may become immune to your own scent and not even realize it. I tend to shower twice a day when I am travelling. This doesn’t mean I am using 200 gallons of water each time, either. Rinse, turn the water off, soap up, rinse off. Pretty simple, really. Of course, you will want to pack a decent deodorant as well. This is one of the easiest ways to be considerate to your fellow traveller
Don’t be a mooch
I have spent time in some hostel dorms where it seems like every other minute someone is asking to borrow or use something. This is ok if it’s every once and a while, but if you are more or less dependent on fellow travelers, you will find it hard to make friends. Take care of your business. If anything, put yourself in a position where you can help out a stranger.
Have any tips of your own when it comes to backpacking etiquette? Please share in the comments section below.