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If you have ever been to a hostel, you know that you encounter some strange characters within its quarters. Maybe it’s silent European dude that never says a word, or the loud-mouth party girl who wakes you up at 3am. You never know what kind of people you’ll meet at your hostel. It is bound to be an adventure!
Here are the Ten People You’ll Meet at Your Hostel.
The Bohemian Beauty
This girl is “backpacking around the globe” for an entire year and looks like a total babe while doing it. You are not only awestruck by her courage, but the way she looks completely flawless without makeup or hair products. Most likely you will be too afraid to approach her, which is okay, because she is an independent, kick-ass chick anyway. She don’t need no man or no hairbrush.
Make no mistake, this guy lives at the hostel. He’s the same dude serving up drinks every night at the bar and hanging out with travelers a decade younger than him. He is easy to spot because he is the only white dude that has dreadlocks naturally. He will probably be your (and everybody else’s) best friend, but good luck trying to find him on Facebook. He prefers to stay “disconnected”.
The Inconsiderate Bro
When you meet The Inconsiderate Bro, you will know right away, because he will be surrounded by about six other dudes wearing tank tops and holding buckets of alcohol. He’s loud, he’s proud, and he wants everyone to know that he’s here to party. Fortunate for you, you will only see him between the hours of 4pm and 4am (if you can make it that long), because the rest of the time he will be sleeping off his hangover.
The Party Girl
The Party Girl likes to hang out with the other Party Girls and Inconsiderate Bros, because above all she is here to get turntttt. Didn’t you know that it is just more fun to get drunk in another country? No judgement to her though, because she looks like a total dime 100% of the time. It’s okay to secretly admit that you want to be like her- popular and flawless- but you can’t seem to keep up. Blame your parents for giving birth to a lightweight.
The New Best Friend
Of all the people you’ll meet at your hostel, this girl is the first person to actually talk to you. Naturally, she instantly becomes your new BFF. She’s down-to-earth, friendly, and you guys even have a few things in common. She’s who you go to when you need to borrow shampoo or don’t know where to buy batteries. You end up spending most of your trip with her, even though you were supposed to be “ridin’ solo”. After 4 days you add each other on Facebook, tagging each other in a million photos. Back home, you maybe message each other a few times but ultimately drift apart because of the time difference.
At first glance, this guy looks like the man of your dreams. He’s sexy, nice, and knows how to make you laugh. He calls you sweetie and asks to hold your hand on the beach. If you were back home you know he would be way out of your league, but you go for it anyway. You think you are in love until you see him doing the same thing to another girl at the hostel. And another. And another. Welp, it was fun while it lasted.
Let’s be real, The Imposter is probably you. You have no idea what you are doing but you will NEVER admit it. You spend a good chunk of time Googling things as you go along and getting completely lost. You constantly question what possessed you to go travel on your own. Are you crazy?! At least you don’t think anyone can tell that you are barely keeping it together. Just go read your guides books in the corner until you figure it out.
The Coolest Old Guy You’ll Ever Meet
This guy is a grade-A badass. He doesn’t say much but when you get him to talk, you find out how cool he actually is. Whether it’s living out of a van in Scotland, starting his own non-profit in Nepal, or learning to give bamboo tattoos, this guy has done it all. Now he is the owner of the hostel you are staying at and can hang with the best of them.
You swear this girl never leaves the dorm. You wonder if she is lonely or the complete opposite. You try to get to know her but it seems like she just wants to do her own thing. Besides reading a book by the pool and Skyping her boyfriend back home, you’re not sure what she does. Eventually you just let her be until she snaps at you to hang up your wet towel in the bathroom. Then you just hate her guts for no good reason.
The Local Who Can Hang
The Local Who Can Hang works at the hostel and lives in the tourist town you are visiting. Instead of going home at the end of the day, he hangs out with the travelers drinking beer and showing off his skills. This may be the only “local” some of these travelers talk to, but it’s enough for them to conclude that the local people are “pretty cool”. You wonder if he actually enjoys hanging out with the party kids or secretly loathes them. Either way, you kind of want to be him.
Maybe you’ll become an expat.