The Last Plane Home

S1 Eps 6 - Are Hostels Safe to Travel to

January 25, 2021 Guy Guyton Season 1 Episode 6
The Last Plane Home
S1 Eps 6 - Are Hostels Safe to Travel to
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In this episode, we speak with International Traveler and Beauty Company Owner,  Eliana Cardeno on staying in hostels while traveling. 

Eliana spent 20 months living, working, and traveling around South Korea for nearly two years before coming back to the states. She was so inspired by the culture that she started her own Korean Beauty company. 

When traveling internationally, Eliana is looking for the best value and travel hacks. She frequently uses hostels as part of her overall travel strategy. 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • What a hostel is
  • Why you should stay in a hostel and
  • How to research and pack for your stay

Looking for any of the items we talked about in the show? Check out this list of essential items for your next hostel stay. Make sure you get these well in advance of your trip so you don't pay 3x for them on your trip

Enjoy the episode but want to ask Eliana a question? You can reach her on IG @3liana_. She also hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Trapitos Al Aire that you can check out here or on any of the podcast players

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Until next time travelers, Peace!

Guy Guyton:

Hey there, and welcome to the last plane home podcast. We talk about all things travel and how to get there. We keep you up to date on the latest travel themes and what's going on outside of your own bubble. Today on the show we have international traveler Eliana accordion yo. Eliana has spent 20 months living working and traveling in South Korea for nearly two years before coming back to the States. She was so inspired by the culture that she started her own Korean beauty company. In this episode, Eliana and I will tell our stories about staying in hostels from planning to packing and some of the major do's and don'ts for when you're there. We'll explain what a hostel is, why you should stay there, and how to research the right one pack for your trip. Okay, travelers, I'm pumped. So let's get into the interview today. Hey, Eliana

Eliana Cordino:

Hi, Guy. How are you?

Guy Guyton:

I'm good. It's great to have you on the show today.

Eliana Cordino:

It's good to be here. You know, I was just thinking during the intro, like how interesting that you'd invite a woman to talk about hospitals. When I think if we were thinking in the past, when you think of hospitals and doing these kind of logic games, it's usually men who go for these types of accommodations. So super excited to be here and super excited to tell you about my experiences in hospitals and as a woman in a hospital. Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

I think that's right. I think that has been the trope for a while. And it's just not true. You know, when I first think about hostels, I think about that movie from the mid 2000s, where people are getting kidnapped and like, well, I'm just never gonna stay in a hostel.

Eliana Cordino:

Yes.

Guy Guyton:

And yes. And then when I did, and when I went to me, it was entirely different than anything I was to expect, you know, we had to set the stage right for what a hospital is,

Eliana Cordino:

we have to set the stage right? And your writing, saying that that movie really comes to mind because the first time I ever stayed in the hospital was actually in Peru and South America, which is not the type of place that you again, you think of when you think of hospitals, how and so it was extremely difficult for me to go ahead and do it. However, it was a friend of mine who owned the hospital. And so that I, I was able to sort of dip my feet into like the hospital world. And then it was just Asia and Europe,

Guy Guyton:

one on one experience and then just went for the home run

Eliana Cordino:

for the home run. Exactly.

Guy Guyton:

So maybe you could help us define or explain what what is a hostel?

Eliana Cordino:

Yeah, so I probably would say that a hospital is a lodging where a person or a group of people can rent a bed. It's usually a bunk bed in a dormitory. So it's usually share accommodations, and hostels very hostels vary in sizes hostel vary in the their experiences. So some hospitals have private rooms, for example, that you may be able to rent with yourself and your significant other. But then you have a shared bathroom. Most of the hospitals or the hostels that people know of are the ones that have shared dormitories that have between 468 1220 beds, they can either be mixed rooms, or rooms for Joe's guys, rooms for just girls, however, is more predominantly that you're going to both share a room and share a bathroom. So that's when you think of a hostel. It's a really cheap accommodation. But it's because you're sharing a room and a bathroom with other people.

Guy Guyton:

It's definitely the biggest change. And there's a lot of different things you have to think about when you're traveling from them from security, from preference from privacy. There's tons of benefits here, I think, though, but just some things to think through before you really jump in.

Eliana Cordino:

Agreed. Agreed. I think that you know, when you think about hospital, you have to think about you know, what is it that you're looking for? Are you traveling by yourself? Are you traveling with a group of friends? What is your budget? And what cities are you going to write? So I think a lot of it plays a role into what accommodation you're trying to find. And I will probably explain a little bit when we get into details about why For example, I chose to stay in hostels and the places that I chose to stay on. And then the ones where I didn't really have a choice because of price points, right. So it was extremely expensive. For example, just to give you a quick example, like in Tokyo, it's really, really expensive to rent a hotel. And I was going to have to really, I didn't really have any other choice other than stay in a hostel. And so yeah, so again, it varies like do you want to meet people? You want to not have like it's your budget, not very big. Do you want to go from city to city so you don't want to like constantly get expensive hotels? So things to think about when you're thinking of hostels? I think for me super important to tell people that it's not something negative. Yes, of course negative things can happen but that I think is like something that could happen with any other accommodation. It could be an air exactly that's just travel Airbnb or a hotel. So no I think it's, you know, it's very positive, it could be a really cool experience, and they're not dirty. So you have to sort of do your research. But we can get into that a little bit more.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I think that's a great point that you brought up around lying. You know, some of the reasons why you stay in a hostel. And one of the early one of the things I think people go jump to quickly, is the price point, its budget, you can do it, you know, it's affordable, you can get the most out of it. But when I travel with my group, our budget is pretty healthy. And we can afford the full thing with with hotels, not obviously, we're using status and points and travel hacks. But we still choose to go in hostels for certain situations, so maybe you can help break down, you know, what are some of the reasons for staying in a hostel? And I think maybe it's those two pillars of, you know, the budget reasons may, you know, perhaps versus, you know, the the things where you have a choice,

Eliana Cordino:

right, and yeah, so that's a really good point. So let's break it down into a couple of categories. So the first category is a budget. So what you were just talking about, so in from a budget perspective, let's say you are in your early 20s, or maybe in your early 30s, or you're saving you're trying to save money, or you're going to a city that it's extremely expensive, your best bet is to try to find a hospital, again, as a shared dormitory as a shared accommodation. So it's going to be cheaper for you to stay in a hostel, you know, it is extremely budget friendly. And it does give you the option of staying in different places at different cities. Again, if you don't have any points, if you don't have that much money, then it's a great option for you to to travel and again, be very budget friendly. So I'd say budget is the number one reason why people stay in hostels. The second reason is making friends if you are traveling alone, or even if you're traveling with a group of friends, like use them. hostels are a great way to make friends. hostels usually we'll have other travelers, usually young travelers, you know, when you get a little older, I think you want a little bit more comfort and you have now the budget options to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb. So what you're going to find in the hostels are most likely going to be either travelers who have been out on the road for a long time, young people who are looking to party get to know the city be adventurous, and hostels usually will have like a bar, or a common area. And again, you're sort of sharing a dormitory with people so allows you, it gives you the option to kind of get to know one another because you're sharing that space with people. So if you stay there for three, four or five days, it gives you the chance to like make friends, and sort of form these friendships. Some hospitals will usually even allow you to work in their hospitals for free stays. So again, if you want to be super, super budget friendly, you could work in their bar as a barback. As a bartender, you could work in the front desk, you could work as a cleaner and get free accommodations within the hospital. So very budget friendly, great way to make friends if you're traveling alone. For example, I traveled the Philippines by myself for 14 days, I was extremely scared, you know, you hear stories of the Philippines, I don't know the language. I kind of went in blindly. And but I stayed in hostels my entire trip. And halfway through my trip, I found actually through me three friends. One was from the Philippines. The other was a Chinese American, and another was an Australian American. And they came and traveled the rest of the Philippines with me. So without even planning to have people in my trip, I ended up making friends and traveling with them, which is really amazing. Because again, it really gave me that sense of comfort and, you know, friendship that I was hoping for. And I didn't really have because I was traveling by myself. So it was really nice. So I probably say that. So budget friendly, making friends. And probably the last category is just to and this doesn't happen in every city. But I probably say that if you want to make local friends, you could also stay in a hospital. And I say this because when you go to touristy areas within certain countries, their own people are going to travel to those cities to also enjoy that city. So let's say you're going to Portugal, for example, and you're going to Lisbon, perhaps people from Spain are going to come to Lisbon or other people from other areas of Portugal are going to come to Lisbon and they're going to stay in hostels. So you're going to get to meet locals, you're going to make more friends. So I probably say those categories are the reasons why you should choose to stay in a hostel.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I can't even express how powerful the bed benefit of building some of these friendships and relationships are. I tend to to steal energy from folks when I travel. I'm notorious for booking my flights. In and out, and then I'm very flexible. I don't set like a really hard and fast itinerary. And so many times when I travel, and I've met folks on the road, I changed my itinerary like entirely. Mm hmm. I will make friends, I will kind of figure out what they're doing. And if it sounds great, I might just hop on or, or go the other way around. And

Eliana Cordino:

that's another great category flexibility, right? Like, if you book a room for $12? Like, are you really gonna feel that bad? If you have to cancel that room for $12? Or are you gonna feel that but if you're gonna have to add another $10 to like, exactly. So again, the flexibility is another category like other than the ones that just talked about flexibility and the ability to be like, Alright, let's go to another city, or let's extend our trip, because you're gonna have that option. And when you have that many beds, they're most likely not going to be booked.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, unless you're traveling for an event like Carnival, or we went to Munich for Oktoberfest, and that was packed. Other than that, you can almost always find a bed in, maybe it makes sense to talk about the person we were talking about, in some instances, a $4 per night bed for just a solo in a very packed dormitory in some way. Maybe up to 30 or so dollars for a private room setup or something like that. And you get no frills. There's no you're not getting towels and shampoo bottles enable you to bring all that stuff yourself. But yeah, for $4 reservation, you might sometimes you put down $1 and that's it like now just figure something else out and go somewhere else. I love the flexibility of it.

Eliana Cordino:

Right? I will say though, it's not all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes you pay for what you know, you get from what you pay. You know, there was one instance in particular where I paid for a really cheap hostel. And the reason why I chose this hostel was because it said it was the only one it was the only hospital that had a beach view. So it was like in front of the beach and it was the only hospital every all the other ones were like resorts. I was like, Alright, I'm gonna get this hostel. I walked in there. And it was a shared dormitory with 25 people and two bathrooms. I was like, Oh my god, what did I get myself to? I that was the last. No, that was that last. But it was definitely one of those times where I was like, What am I doing? Like, I'm, I think it was like 29 at the time. I was like, What am I doing? I'm 29 I could probably afford something a little bit better. And it was the other hospitals were booked because it was a really popular destinations. So again, not always what is flies and rainbows. But I made a work. I survived. Was it pleasant? Not very pleasant. But it was an experience. And now I can look back and laugh at the scenario.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, flexibility goes both ways there right, you get benefits, but it's also you, you gotta be willing to work with with for situations thrown at you. Right.

Eliana Cordino:

So actually, let me ask you a question. How was it? Did you stay in a hostel and you went to Munich for Oktoberfest?

Guy Guyton:

We we did not to we we went to Europe. That trip. We were in Germany, Czech Republic. So we were in Prague, and we were in Amsterdam. So we did Amsterdam and Prague we had some hostels and we couldn't get into it for Oktoberfest. We we actually had there's three of us on this trip. And we found literally the only hotel reservation we get get and it was like a one bed and we all just like huddled up it was like

Eliana Cordino:

rainbows and butterflies in hotels either.

Guy Guyton:

No, it's not. It was super small and like the game was one they were super strange. Like here you one tower like, but we already packed for hostels, we already had her own stuff, luckily, but I gotta be super flexible.

Eliana Cordino:

You gotta be super flexible. I will say though, like, I really want to go to Munich. If it happens, I don't know Coronavirus, but it happens. I really want to go Oktoberfest this year. But I think I draw the line at staying in a hostel in Munich with all those drunk people. I don't know. I feel like I'm like, you know, like, we're supposed to be talking about how wonderful it is. But you have, again, think of the scenarios and think of what you're going to be. I'm not going I'm not planning on going by myself to October 1. If I was I would choose a hospital. However, I think and now this is the thing. We have Airbnb s which make things a little bit easier. When it comes to accommodations, before there was no option of staying on Airbnb or Airbnb wasn't as popular as it is now.

Guy Guyton:

I agree. I think the flexibility is so I mean, that's a good point about Oktoberfest. Everyone is drunk. You go into those tents. And everyone from the 12 year old, great, great grandson to the nine year old grandpa is in the same tent. It's such a cultural event. It's such a good situation. But everyone's drunk.

Eliana Cordino:

Exactly, exactly. Yeah. But again, you know, like you have to think about these things like in Japan, for example. So Japan is an extremely expensive city and the only really options that I have again, I went by myself to Tokyo was there for five days and So I have to really think about like, do I want to spend $400 a night for a hotel? Or do I want to go to a hospital where I can maybe meet people? And it was still like about 120 bucks a night. Wow. And it was, yeah, it was a four bedroom. One shared bathroom. It was a mixed dormitory. And again, you're thinking like $100 for a one little tiny bed with a close curtain? Yeah, right. Exactly. And you're like, what I'm paying like $100 like what's going on? So it obviously it was like, where it was in the city, it was a very centrally located, it was a really great hospital like, and they gave you breakfast, which is not very common for hospitals, right? Like in hotels, you get the accommodations with like the breakfast or the coffee or the towels, like you said, whereas in hostels, you have to think about that yourself. You think about like the the food yourself, you have to think about, like the towels and all those things, but but it was a really cool thing. I met some people. And again, it was the cheaper quote unquote, option for that city.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I think some hospitals can be more expensive, depending on the brand. Some hospitals are just notorious, or either like the travel, the entertainment, the partying the culture, they might have an awesome bar that it's one of the best bars in all the city and you want to stay there, there's so there's some factors, you should you should think about when you're when you're researching here, what did your What are some of your tips there?

Eliana Cordino:

Ya know, you bring up a really good point. And I was gonna say, this is a really great segue into, into how to research hospitals. And yeah, I mean, there are hospitals now that are notorious for all those things you mentioned for party and for their elegance for how great they are, I'd well. So the my number one research site is hospitals calm. And I swear by ratings, and I swear by stars read all of the ratings. And I read the ratings are like one star and five stars, because you can see the differences between the two, right? You don't always get the best sort of feedback from those sides. So you don't want to look at the middle ones. You want to look at the really, really like High Five Star ones and you want to look at the lower ones and try to figure out you know, what is it that you're trying to look for, like, are people who are saying like wine star like, Oh, they didn't give me a towel? Duh,

Guy Guyton:

right. They didn't know what to expect.

Eliana Cordino:

They didn't know what to expect. Exactly. So think of that, like read the ratings, read the reviews, look at the ratings. And then you have hospitals like mad monkey for example, mad monkey is super notorious across the world for Party and the best parties. Even if you don't stay at a hostel, go to mad monkey to party because you're gonna have a great time Okay, Coronavirus aside when Coronavirus is gone. If you go to a city that has a matter of Monkey, best parties are there as bars as people, young people, you're going to meet some amazing people. For example, when I was traveling to the Philippines, I ended up staying in the hospital because there was one hospital that was notorious for being one of the one of the most beautiful views where I was supposed to be going to the southern part of the Philippines. So this place when I when I googled like, what to do in the Philippines, it just kept popping up and popping up. And I'm like, well, but it's a hostel that have the most beautiful, beautiful hostels, I've stayed out, it was like, and it was really close to the whalewatch. The Well, the swimming with whales staying I was going to do so it was about 20 minutes away from that is a beautiful view. It was super, super inexpensive. Well, not super easy, but it's pretty inexpensive. And it was just a beautiful, beautiful place. So again, do your research, look at travel sites, hospitals comm is a great resources for is a great resource for looking for hospitals and think about what you want, right? And again, I mentioned at the beginning of the podcast, think about what is it that you're looking for? Are you looking for a private room? Are you looking for a mixed bedroom? Are you looking for a bedroom, that's females only, not all hospitals have that and you're going to be able to look at that when you visit the website. So you can look at the website and say like, okay, I want either a private bedroom with a shared bathroom or a private bedroom with a private bathroom or I want a four bed dormitory with a shared bathroom but only for females so you can pick and choose and again, that gives you flexibility within your travel arrangements. That doesn't make you as uncomfortable as let's say what happened to me 25 people in one bedroom mix both male and females and two bathrooms. So I guess those are probably my biggest tips. Look at their reviews, look at the ratings. Keep in mind what you're looking for, and be open to being flexible. Yeah, so look for price points. keep your options open, read the reviews, look at the ratings, and just really do your research. I'd probably say that's probably your best bet. doing your research and thinking about it in advance. Don't wait till you just get to a place just because you're not gonna have as many options and you don't know what you know what areas Going to be in. So with hospitals, I probably say thinking ahead as your best bet. But it will probably be an awesome experience overall,

Guy Guyton:

I couldn't agree more. And part of research is how we negotiate how we'll meet, folks. So some of the key things I look for when I'm researching is laundry. Because we don't pack a lot of clothes, we kind of wear, I mean, I basically wear the same shirt in four different colors. So I just need that wash. So that's one thing I consider too, is the how big the dormitory is, and versus how many people I'm traveling with. So I like to meet a few new people, but I don't want it to be a one versus 20 situation. So for example, when we had three of us traveling and picking hostels, we were really comfortable with the six people suites, because we are always half the vote. So if it came to the other thing to think about in hostels is the you're not alone. And so you have to be a good traveler, you have to be a good person. So there's rules, there's the hostel rules, and then there's kind of like the unspoken rules in the room itself, which should become Spoken like you should have a conversation on that right away. And the other thing you should think about is, do you want coed rooms? Do you want just male for me? Do you want just females for you? I think that's super important. A lot of hospitals will offer you know, different floors that have one set of rules, and then the next one will have a different so define your experience first, and then find the hospital that meets those needs. And hostelworld is something that other sites are really good at the filters and searchability. So right, you can really define what you want, correct?

Eliana Cordino:

Absolutely. I think you you made a really good point. I mean, I love that you say that, you know, these unspoken rules, because you would hope that they are these unspoken rules. But I've heard, thankfully, nothing that that has ever happened to me. But I've definitely heard like really just bad stories of people like having sex on the top bunk or the bottom bunk. Lane. Yeah, exactly. Don't do that. Just be mindfully know. Like, if you're gonna find someone, maybe go to their hotel room hope, I mean, let's hope they fingers crossed that they have a hotel room, go to their hotel room, like, you know, try to be mindful of the fact there other people around you and that, you know, they're, you know, they want to have a good experience. And it's tough. It's really tough. But you also have to take into consideration if you're choosing a place like mad monkey, for example, right? It's a party hostel, you're gonna get the party, you're gonna get the fun, you're gonna get the craziness. But you may get the other not so good stuff, right?

Unknown:

You get when you sign

Eliana Cordino:

up for you get what you sign up for. So that's kind of what you said, you know, think of your priorities, make a list and choose sort of choose your hospital based on those on that on those priorities.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I know folks who like to travel who like to sleep with a noise machine, like to be on their phone for hours after quiet hours. And you're gonna do that simple things right? Turn your brightness all the way down. If you need to be on your phone, bring headphones. Right? And maybe this is a good thing. We started with two what are some of the items are How should I go about packing or planning or staying in a hostel?

Eliana Cordino:

Yeah, no, yeah. Yeah, it's, it's a tricky thing. It's a tricky thing. Because obviously, you don't want to over pack you also want to bring essential so I will tell you that because I've traveled so much in hospitals, I now sleep with earplugs and I now sleep with an IMS gone, which is really tricky, right? Like, if you're dating somebody, they're like, what are you doing? Oh, but I don't always sleep with earplugs in but it's really easy for me to sleep with earplugs in because I've gotten so used to them. So I'd say I definitely would say your plugs are extremely essential. And I mask is super essential. Again, you don't know who's going to have their computers on you don't know who's going to have their phones on, you don't know who's going to be coming in and out of the room. Even if you go to bed early. You can sort of control that. It's just going to happen regardless, people get up to go to the bathroom a lot sometimes snore. Again, things that are out of your control. So what can you control is the things that you do for yourself. So I say earplugs, I mask sandals for the shower please sandals for a shower. And if you can other sandals to walk around in?

Guy Guyton:

That's a good point. I don't know do your hotel. You have your own room in a hostel? Yeah, almost never have your own bathroom unless you're specifically looking for that private room setup, which is the minority I would say.

Eliana Cordino:

Exactly. It is the minority. Yeah, I'm a towel. And don't bring a large towel, bring those towels and you can find them on Amazon. I found the like $12 that dry, like instantly, almost. So they're super lightweight. They carry very easily and they dry out really fast. They're like microfiber, something I can remember but you can look them up on Amazon. They're great.

Guy Guyton:

That is one of my just travel staples. I have that towel with me anytime I go anywhere and it started from hostels and now it's going on a hike, because they sort of come in different sizes to it's just a perfect thing to quick quick.

Eliana Cordino:

Yep, definitely travel sizes. toiletries that bring you toiletries. Again not a make a hotel, you're not going to get toiletries, you're not going to get a robe, you're not going to get a towel. I don't travel with a rope, it's not really necessary, a towel will do just fine. But yeah, so toiletries, your flip flops your sandal, and adapter if you're going out of the country. So that's just over even if you're going to a hotel, bring an adapter, please. I have forgotten mine. And it's not fun. You either cannot find it or you cannot use what you brought, which is not very convenient at all. And then a padlock. So something to keep your either your passport and your cards or your entire bag secured. Again, you're sharing a room most likely with strangers. In the case like guy was talking about like if you have like other friends in your bedroom, then that's probably a little bit easier. But if like me, I was traveling by myself, I didn't have anybody to look after my stuff. You can usually rent lockers in your hostels, which I 100% recommend, or you can bring a little something for your suitcase, which again will help make you feel a little safer. So those are probably say our priorities in terms of like what you need to bring pack lightly. When I was traveling in hostels, I would usually bring like my backpacking backpack, like those really big backpacks you can carry in your back. suitcases are not that convenient when you're traveling in hostels to be honest with you, there's really no place to store them, they take up a lot of room, not super convenient. When you go to a hotel, obviously, you can lay them out anywhere, there are a lot more comfortable. But I say a really nice backpack. travel light if you can't, obviously, if you're going to cold please Well, you really can travel late, but try your best to travel light. And this is difficult for me to say because I am a skincare junkie, you know for a fact that I packed like 10 different skincare items. So it's been really difficult for me, but I have like travels sizes of everything I do for my face and for my skin. So for the ladies out there that are listening, find yourself reusable travel size little tubes that you can put your skincare in. And don't forget your skincare.

Guy Guyton:

so important. So important. Because it's like, Did you bring soap? Nope, that's fine. We'll figure it out.

Eliana Cordino:

They're not Yeah, it's open toothbrush. Yes, yes, yes, soap toothbrush. And for the lady's shampoo, conditioner, you know, all that good stuff, which gets a little annoying, but we make it work.

Guy Guyton:

I think those tubes are so crucial because you have a routine if you have like a beauty routine, whatever it is. And guys, I mean, I wash my face with the same product every morning and every night. And bringing your own. Even if I go to hotel, like bringing my own stuff, you your skin isn't gonna blow up, you're not gonna react poorly and things like that. So I think those tubes are super crucial. I that's just part of my travel routine too. And I think your point about the backpack is is underrated i when i do domestic travel, I have a suitcase almost all my flights. When I go if I'm planning on going a hospital, the backpack is a must. Because hostel usually anticipates me having to be flexible, I might not, I can get to a hospital, not like it and then change my location pretty quickly. Usually, if I'm in a city, the way I incorporate hostels is night one, and maybe two, I'll be in the hostel. And then night three on it's either Airbnb, and hotel, I'm only in the hostel to get a sense of the vibe of the city, meet some folks and kind of build some local tour guides. So having that backpack because I know I'm going to go to Milan and we usually do multiple countries on our trip. So I know that flexibility, so just bring it on. And that's something I can just lock down, I could throw it under my bunk and I bring like a zip tie dye type thing. That's a locking mechanism. I also recommend don't use locks with keys use combos, because where are you going to store the key at night and it gets lost, right? super awkward. Bring a combo lock, it makes the experience a lot easier, you know, being more flexible.

Eliana Cordino:

Mm hmm. For sure, for sure. That's a really good point. And it does, it does sort of force you to think about what you're going to bring because again, another fault of mine is I love shoes. Well when I travel with a backpack, I don't bring in as many shoes. So it definitely does sort of force you in a way to be very mindful of what you're going to bring. But uh, you're going to bring the essentials, which is really what's necessary. I feel like a lot of times we get lost in the idea of like, we're gonna do so many amazing things. But if you think about it, when you put on an outfit, you wear the outfit for the entire day. There's no going back home and changing and getting ready again like there's unless you're going to like a very nice hotel. You're going to have that outfit for most of the days. So again, being very mindful of what you're going to bring in Full of the fact that you're going to be sharing a bedroom with other people and sharing a bathroom with other people. So but that also brings us to the point of what not to pack. Right. So the big towels, the big expensive laptops, you know, if you have an iPad, it's probably best. If you don't have to bring your laptop, don't bring your laptop, don't bring any excessive, excessive jewelry, right? Again, where are you going to store it, don't draw attention to yourself or to your things, you don't really want to do that. The suitcases are extremely difficult to put away. Again, you're sharing a bunk bed, it's not like you're giving like a closet to put away your stuff, you're just given like a little space with like a little, sometimes a side table. Sometimes you don't even get a side table. So just be mindful of the space that you do have, you don't want to take up your entire bed, just for your things. Yeah, that's

Guy Guyton:

a great point, the more you bring, the less space you have for yourself. And as a as a photographer, and person who likes to bring all his tech here that part's a little hard for me, I do have a couple workarounds that I try to implement. But it's just better to not bring your high valuable things into that house Exactly. Things that you want to be want to be dread. Because you're either gonna leave it there, and you're gonna go in your day trip, and you're gonna feel really bad about it all day. And you're gonna be thinking about that sort of the cool thing you're doing. Or you're gonna be lugging around this heavy laptop on your trailer. Again doing the thing you don't want to do.

Eliana Cordino:

Well, I've learned my lesson so the same thing my first trip to a hospital in Peru, I bought a suit like a carry on like the Rolly carry ons. Oh, my God biggest mistake of my life. It was cobblestone streets. It was up hills, and getting to Machu Picchu. Oh, my God, oh my God, and nobody was there to be like, Hey, can I carry your suitcase for you? No, no, no, it was me by myself. No one else. It was a disaster. And again, I sit in the hospital very small. It was my friends, thankfully, was my friend's hospital. So he sorted for me. So in that sense, it was really easy. But if he hadn't been my friend, then it would have been a completely different story. So lesson learned. So guys, listen up, take notes,

Guy Guyton:

learn from our mistakes. Don't make them yourself.

Unknown:

Don't make him again, exactly.

Guy Guyton:

I think those are some awesome pro tips for how we can plan and pack and be prepared for our hospital trip. Hopefully, we removed any of the hesitation. And I know it's not all rainbows and cupcakes. But if you plan appropriately, I think it's an awesome thing to incorporate in your travel routines.

Eliana Cordino:

Absolutely. Yeah. And I would definitely tell people, even if you've never tried a hospital, try it at least once in your life, it would be a great experience. You're gonna get to meet some amazing people. I have friends now who I met in hospitals and continue to be my friends. And it really, even if it's not the best experience, quote, unquote, you're gonna have stories to tell for the rest of your life. Trust me. I mean, this could be another podcast, but I have stories upon stories of things that happened to me in hospitals. Well, it's very good. I've met amazing people have helped me a lot along the way. And not such good stories. But yeah, I really hope that these tips and some of this information that we gave you guys kind of give you the push to go stay in a hostel if you've never saved before. or stay in our hostels, if you have.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I definitely want to see some comments if we can get the next level in the next episode of just being the best and worst experiences lie on his head and hospitals.

Eliana Cordino:

Yeah, or hopefully your listeners will share some of their stories about their hospital experiences.

Guy Guyton:

I would love it. I want to hear you know, what do you care about when you're when you're shopping for a hospital? What's your priority? Do you stay there all the time? Do you love them? hate them did at once, definitely leave some comments there and let us know. So Eliana, if if the folks want to reach out how can they reach you?

Eliana Cordino:

Yes, thank you for giving me the space to tell you a little bit about me and my adventures. So if they want to find my personal Instagram, it's my name Eliana, but with a three in the front and an underscore at the end. So three Leanna underscore, I have a skincare company as well, which is called kiyomi beauty. And I have a podcast of my own, but it's in Spanish. So if any of your listeners are fluent in both English and Spanish, or if they want to learn Spanish and just listen to our podcast is that a people's alighted podcast? I'll send you the info so you can share with your friends with your listeners as well.

Guy Guyton:

So what does that what does the podcast mean? And what do you talk about?

Eliana Cordino:

Oh, yeah, so therapy doesn't light it means like, it literally translates into throwing your clothes into the air. And it's the same we use in Spanish for when you're Yeah, exactly. It's sort of like a saying we have for when you're either a gossipy or you're just talking without any boundaries and It's myself and my cousin. And we talk about all things women empowerment. We talk about relationships, we talk about entrepreneurship, we talk about things that happen in our daily lives. So we invite you all. And it's not just for women, even those for women empowerment. It's not just for women. We've touched upon topics like ghosting, and dating and dating apps. Again, not just for women, overall for everyone. So yeah, we definitely invite you guys to come and listen to our podcast, which is available in all the platforms as well.

Guy Guyton:

You know, having, having met you a couple years ago, and I'm so impressed with the person you are and everything you're doing and all your content and the beauty company as well. So please definitely go reach out. Say hi from the podcast and say that for me.

Eliana Cordino:

Thank you guys. Thanks for having me. This is exciting.

Guy Guyton:

Thanks for being on. Really appreciate it.

Eliana Cordino:

All righty. Bye, bye.

Guy Guyton:

Hey, travelers, that's our show for this week. We really appreciate Eliana for helping us understand what to expect when we're planning our next hospital trip. Feel free to reach out to her and give her some love from the show. We'll link all of her contact information in the show notes below. And hey, are you ready to plan your next hospital trip but want recommendations on what gear to bring? I've created a quick list of the key essentials for staying in hostels, gear that you've heard on the episode today. You can check that out the show notes below or check the link in my bio and have any questions about what you heard. DM me on Instagram at travel with guy or tweet me I travel with guy under free to ask any questions or just say hey, you can also read the transcript of this episode and more on our website travel with guy.com Okay, I'm getting out of here. Until next time travelers peace

Intro
What is a hostel
Why stay in a hostel
How can you research and find a hostel to stay at
How to pack for a hostel stay
Final thoughts