FIRST TIME STAYING IN A HOSTEL? HERE’S WHO YOU CAN EXPECT TO MEET…
One of the best things about hostels is that you never know who you’ll meet. Brimming with an eclectic mix of budding travellers from all around the world, prepare yourself for the 18 types of people you can expect to meet when hostel-hopping…
This was written for the sole entertainment of our readers (with huge exaggerations). We love everyone who stays with us...
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1) GAP ‘YAH’ POSHIE
They’ll either be in a private room or in a shared dorm with some of their equally-as-annoying ‘Gap Yah Poshie’ mates. They probably went to a private/grammar school in Surrey or Buckinghamshire - and they don’t worry too much about saving euros because they can always rely on their ‘emergency’ account daddy set up for them.
2) THE BLOGGER
The person who constantly asks you to take photos of them posing next to something. They’re ALWAYS on their phone, laptop or Ipad updating something, writing gold or working from a hostel bed. You think they’re a normal person until they tell you they’re a blogger, you look them up and they have 11.6k followers on Instagram.
3) THE PARTY ANIMAL
They’re travelling with one purpose in mind. PARTYING. They go out every night, come in drunk at 3am, make noises and turn the lights on in your dorm. Need we say more?
4) THE INTROVERT
They keep themselves to themselves and don’t really talk to anyone. You don’t know whether they’re just shy or don’t like you. The Introverts are also nocturnal and stay up at night on their laptops. They’re also the first ones up to use the bathroom before anyone else to ensure they avoid awkward encounters with other human life.
5) THE CREEP
You’ll usually find The Creep cooped up at the hostel bar every day boring the staff about their life story and downing pints. The Creep is perhaps the worst person to share a dorm with: he’s twice the age of everyone else, stares, smells and asks annoying/weird questions. He (usually male) practically lives in the hostel.
6) THE GIRLY GIRLS
They travel in two’s and have come to a foreign city to have girly ‘vaycay’. They also take up most of the dorm room as they’ve decided to bring their whole wardrobe. Expect makeup, straighteners, heels and sequined crop tops EVERYWHERE. And loud screeching giggles.
7) MIDDLE-AGED STAG AND HENS
They’re loud. They’re old. They’re drunk. And they don’t care what anyone else thinks.
8) THE MESS
The person who loses their passport, gets lost on a night out, catches the wrong bus, doesn't budget and needs to borrow money. They’re liabilities and have NO idea how to handle life out on the road.
9) THE ONE WHO'S 'FINDING THEMSELVES'
The spiritual ones who think travelling will help them ‘find themselves’. They feel lost and want to know who they are. They think going to another country will fix all their problems. And it probably will (for a while)! Then they find romance with another traveller, adventure with them until things go wrong and they lose themselves all over again.
10) THE 'TRAVEL WHENEVER THEY CAN' BECAUSE THEY HAVE A JOB
They’ve been to uni, they’ve done the whole gap year thing. Now 4 years on they’re stuck in a mediocre city job and use bank holidays and annual leave to see as much of the world as they can. They’re usually complaining about how hard life is to 18 year olds.
And on that topic...
11) THE ‘LADS ON TOUR’
You’ll find them in Magaluf or Zante in hideous matching T-shirts. They travel in packs, letting loose on an epic holiday before selling their soul and a lifetime of debt to an average university. They probably won’t remember half their trip due to extreme alcohol consumption. And it’s likely that they have a competition going for who can sleep with the most girls.
12) THE FULL-TIME TRAVELLER
They've been travelling solo for about 5 months. At first you think they’re really cool and experienced. Then you realise they think they’re better than everyone else because they have been out on the road longest. The ultimate show off - but in actual fact, they do have some great tips and recommendations to steal so it’s worth being friends with them temporarily.
13) THE CHILLED ONE
The chilled one is up for anything, will willingly settle for the worst bunk, goes with the flow, always rational, doesn’t give a toss about much - but can't handle early wake-ups and deprivation of food. Food is their fuel and keeps them being so chill.
14) THE VEGAN
The one who lets you know they’re vegan before they tell you their name. They become complicated to befriend; you have to consider vegan options whenever you go out for meals. You’ll always refer to them as your ‘vegan friend’.
15) THE ANNOYING COUPLE
They do everything together. Except go the bathroom. They probably met while travelling and over-advertise their travels together on Facebook.
16) THE SCHOOL GROUP
Walk anywhere in the hostel and you can't seem to get away from that one school group who unfortunately happen to be there at the same time as you. There's about 20 of them, along with a few teachers and take up ALL the room wherever they go (all carrying backpacks bigger than themselves).
17) THE INSTAGRAM-WHORE
They take pictures of EVERYTHING - or at least someone else takes snaps of them. From every meal to every monument to every river (and posts 5 pics a day). With the aim to make their friends back at home jealous and to show the world how wonderful their life is. Their one desire is for their Insta feed to boast a beautiful aesthetic - for example, as they try to look 'cool' standing in front of some mediocre street art in a try-hard outfit. They don't even have that many followers - and their battery is always dying (which they can't handle). They also NON-STOP snapchat and annoy all their travel buddies with a phone camera constantly in their faces.
18) THE GRANDMA
You're the one who organised, booked and planned the whole trip. You made the itinerary, you look after everyone's passports as well as ensuring that your friends get home safely. You like to be in bed by 10pm latest - and can sometimes get a bit flustered when things don't go to your schedule. You have spares of everything (and always carry a First Aid Kit), plus everyone relies on you for everything if you don't want them to. You can also be bossy.