5 People You’ll Meet in Every Hostel
13 Sep 2017 Travel
5 People You’re going to meet in every hostel
We love travel - who doesn’t? We love that everywhere is different and you will meet an exotic mix of people from all over the world as you wind your own path of adventures. Well… mostly everyone is different. It’s a backpacker cliche, but there are a few characters that you’re bound to meet in every hostel.
We all know who we’re talking about here. There’s always someone who’s been EVERYWHERE and is counting countries, then there’s the person who let their friend book the trip and isn’t quite sure where they’ve already visited on their trip (or which country they’re in right now… “do they speak Swedish in Copenhagen?”). Then there’s the hostel enthusiast - who is having THE best time ever - has extended their stay - and still hasn’t left the hostel for the outside world. Happy Hour is their golden moment, and they just love hanging out in the common areas. And what about the guy who was asleep when you arrived, asleep when you got up, asleep when you came back, and asleep when you left? Then there are the Australians. You heard them before you saw them. Welcome to the Hostel World.
1. The Newbie
This is the first time away from home, and they are SO excited. Their puppy-like enthusiasm is actually pretty endearing - they don’t mind waiting at check-in half an hour, they think 5 hour bus journeys are exciting, and they're really grateful for the opportunity to see somewhere new. They have a lot of apps. And have done some research to make the most of everything. We all felt like this once. Loved meeting our bunk bed compadres and seeing new people at breakfast. Their joy at everything new and shiny is quite infectious, and you find yourself feeling bitter at not seeing abundant joy in a free map. Note: Many Australians also share this optimism - unless you’re on a beach or surfing - in which case it just doesn’t compare to 'back home’.
2. The Budget Traveller
This one is an expert on sniffing out all things free - whether it’s Happy Hour shots or activities taking place. They know which local shop has the cheapest take out beers, and will argue the cost of every bill (which of course they will never split). They have free apps with free deals, know the free days of all museums, and best of all - they live for a free breakfast buffet. (We know - we see the glee in their eyes as they enjoy their seconds!) What tastes better than free breakfast hey? Fair play - their shoestring budget means they’re going to have a lot more cash and a much longer trip than us go-with-the-flow types!!
3. The Know it All
This person is quite possibly a ‘citizen of the world’ - this will be the answer you get when you ask them where they’re from. They been to so many places they don’t really think of themselves as being from any place anymore - they have seen so much more than their local town. Without asking them, they will tell you how many countries they’ve been too, and some of the really cool things they’ve done in places that they pronounce with a ‘local’ accent. (It’s pronounced ‘Lao’ not ‘Laos’). Having said this, they have probably been here before and can give you some great recommendations of places to go from their world wide network of locals. The great thing about this person is they’re experienced at travel and will generally not get into a flap when things go wrong, or panic about getting to the airport early. Get them to Happy Hour to tell you some fun tales and you’ll find they’re actually pretty good company.
4. The Travel Blogger
These are split between the successful ones (unfriendly), and the ones just starting out who are still keen (friendly). The successful ones are kind of similar to the Know it All - except they’ve got their gig for free and they know how to travel ‘the best’. Years of sitting behind a laptop and powering up their many devices to make their social media posts has taught them the dark art of working and travelling simultaneously. It’s not for fun - it’s hard work. They say. Their lofty achievements and instagram magic has inspired a generation of new bloggers, who have no idea how much work it is to be successful! We tip our hat to them both and enjoy their blogs - probably more than trying to hang out with them in the bar as they’ll just be on their phone tweeting.
5. The Hostel Lifer
This person has been here way too long. They possibly stayed the maximum amount of time, left, then came back. It’s quite likely that they don’t know the city very well and have only been out a few times to get take out beers. It’s not worth asking them about attractions around town - but they’ll definitely know some gossip about other guests. They know all the staff (and their hook ups), how to get stuck change out of the drinks machine, which pool cues are best, which room has the best view, and what time to get a hot shower without waiting. They also possibly have a guitar and like to serenade in the garden. They can tell you some tales, if you gather round. They’re popular with guests and staff alike. At first.
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