After spending the last two months living in hostels I have seen some shit and met some weird people. Along with realising that snorting coke off your friends knee and not showering or changing clothes for at least 5 days is what some people call normal, hostels have taught me that the price of something doesn’t always indicate the quality.
Here are 10 types of people I have come across during my stays:
1. People who talk politics/have deep conversations in common areas
So awkward. So uncomfortable. It never ends well. From my experience one of the conversers is usually American.
I once sat through two middle-aged men who had only just met having a very heated discussion about capitalism. Surely there were better things to talk about.
2. Middle aged people who want to hang with the young-ens
The worst! Usually found in the common area ready to pounce on a young unsuspecting person. Also was probably an alternative person in their youth.
I know they mean well and are just trying to be friendly but it’s a bit hard to play Kings Cup with you around Gladys!
I always thought hostels had an age cut off…
3. Middle aged people who act like they’re in a hotel
Can often be found at reception threatening (in a loud voice) to go somewhere else if the bathrooms aren’t bleached that second.
These are the people who don’t want to admit to themselves that they cheaped out and went for a hostel over a hotel. By all means book a hostel but don’t go round demanding private bathrooms and laundry service or complain about noise. You’re in a hostel mate. Deal with it.
4. The person on their first overseas trip
If you can’t spot it from the big grin on their face or the maps/brochures in their hands, chances are they’ll let you know within the first 10 minutes. I’ve found they’re usually the first to suggest drinking too.
5. The person who goes to bed at 6pm
Probably also has earplugs in and the light off. I dare say I’ve been this person before but they’re bloody annoying when you have to tip toe around, whispering when in the room.
If you are this person you pray you’re roomies are somewhat respectful.
6. The person who doesn’t get our of bed till 2pm
I used to always question these people. Why go traveling to just stay in bed all day? But after two months of solid traveling I can relate. It’s tiring stuff being a lady of leisure… Or they’re just wildly hung over!
7. The person who has been living there a questionable amount of time
Not likely to admit it straight up but eventually it all comes out when you realise they know everything about the hostel and its surrounding amenities.
8. The chatterbox
Ready to go the moment you step in the room. “How was your day?” “What did you do?” “Where are you from again?”
I know they’re just being friendly too but if you don’t particularly like them it turns the room into a hazard zone.
9. The person with poor hygiene
There’s always one person in the room who seems to have brought, along with their bags, a quite ghastly odour.
As mentioned at the top, I once stayed at a hostel for a week and on the second night this bloke came in dropped off his H&M plastic “luggage” bag and left. In the morning when I woke up he was in bed fully dressed with his shoes on the floor. It became a pattern; wake up, put shoes on, go out for the night, come home, take shoes off, go to bed, repeat. He literally did not change so much as a sock. The room REEKED!
10. The ‘invisible’ person
They are the last person in the room at night and the first one up in the morning. You know they are there form the bag and bed sheets getting moved around. Who are they? What are they doing the whole day? Why so mysterious?
Half the fun of staying in hostels is the people you meet. I’ve met some great people and some absolute shockers! It’s just your luck of the draw.
But hey, that’s just my opinion.