The soft chatter combines with the clinking of beer bottles, creating a soothing atmosphere. All of the different accents intertwine with one another, creating a melody unlike anything ever heard in your hometown. Everyone has a different story, comes from a different country, and has a unique reason why they’ve ended up in the same place you have.
Staying in a hostel is one of the greatest parts about traveling. Not only do you meet people from around the world, but you make travel companions that you end up spending a majority of your time with. Strangers become best friends in a matter of days, and before you know it, you’re walking around a new city pointing out ridiculous things that you otherwise would have only been able to snicker at by yourself.
Personalities mesh together as you learn something about yourself you otherwise wouldn’t have. You learn that you can sleep in the same room as 20 strangers, and come to appreciate the free breakfasts that sometimes come with a hostel. You soon realize how many different personality types appear at the hostel, and wonder what you seem like to a complete stranger. As you sit around the common area, you look around, wondering what type of people you will soon become friends with.
Here are the 20 types of people you’ll meet at a hostel.
1. The Beautiful Foreign Girls and Guys
They don’t speak your language, but their accent is captivating. They stand there in the sunlight, which is reflected perfectly off of their beautiful skin. They look like they’re keeping some sort of secret, one that you’re not sure you want to figure out or not. They look wonderful every single day, and you wonder how they roll out of bed looking just as beautiful as they did when you first saw them. You hope they’re in the same room as you, but then you wonder if you’d be able to enjoy yourself as much with them always around you.
They look around the room, observing everyone in sight. You straighten your back and put on your best expression, but end up looking like a third grader with braces and a crooked smile. Did they notice you? As of right now, you hope not.
2. Two Traveling Girls
These girls are never apart. They talk about inside jokes from high school that you could never come to understand. They also make fun of each other in a way that makes no sense, but is still hilarious. They are very easy going and loving meeting new people. When you make friends with one of them, you automatically make friends with the other one. They’re very entertaining together, and you’re glad you found friends such as these.
You wonder if they ever fight. Maybe they do, but maybe you’re there to distract them.
3. Two Traveling Boys
They’re the perfect match for the two traveling girls. Somehow, the four of them get along so well, without even having to try. These two boys work together, and spend a lot of their time either talking about work or drinking foreign beer. Maybe they both have a rap duo, which they use to impress the ladies, or maybe the two of them like drinking fancy whiskey drinks on an expensive rooftop bar. Either way, they’ll easily become your best friends.
4. The Jewelry Maker
They’re there one day and gone the next. They have an entire kit of supplies where they make such intricate jewelry you never thought possible with such simple tools. You want to buy all of their jewelry and support them, however, know you won’t be able to eat if you do.
They sit at the table in the main part of the hostel, either talking a lot or sitting quietly. They’re always making something and always managing to multitask.
When you ask them about their jewelry, they start taking out every single thing and showing them to you. You then feel bad because you might not buy any. Instead, you admire the beautiful creation they spent so long working on, “ooh-ing” and “ah-ing” at the right moments. Their creations are truly beautiful, and you wish you had that talent. It then gets awkward when they ask you if you want to buy any of their jewelry. Instead, you clumsily stand up and say you have to go to the bathroom.
5. The Guy Wearing a Crop Top
He’s hilarious and loves showing his beautifully crafted stomach. He may only wear said crop top once, however, he will then always be Crop Top Guy. He is always making friends, and you wonder if there is something magical about wearing a crop top that helps you make these friends.
You catch his eye at the wrong moment, maybe when he was just talking about why he wears a crop top. He winks, and you feel uncomfortable. You turn your attention to the girl sitting next to you, admiring her complex tattoos of something you can’t make out. Maybe it tells a story.
6. The Hippie Girl
Her tattoos are so captivating, you lose yourself for a moment. She’s always writing in her journal and wearing interesting jewelry. She might even have a hula hoop. You want to be friends with her, but you also love admiring her from afar. She always looks like she’s lost in some intelligent thought, which is usually followed by her picking up her pen and writing in her journal. You want to read her journal, but are afraid that you might be in there as the creep who can’t stop staring.
She’s very laid back and easy going. She’s always going with the flow and eating ridiculously delicious looking dishes. Why can’t you cook like that?
7. The Crowd
It may be a huge crowd of Germans or some other nationality. However, there will always be a large group of friends traveling together. They take up an entire section of the living room, drinking craft beer and speaking in a language other than your own.
When you first see them, you instantly become jealous, thinking they’ve all just met each other and have quickly become such great friends. Then you realize that, no, they’ve all known each other for quite some time. Their boisterous laughter is carried all the way down the hallway and into the kitchen. You like that they’re having so much fun, but you also want to be included.
8. The Liver
They’ve been here longer than anyone else. They tell you how they came here months ago, fell in love with the place, and never left. They’re not running away, just staying put. They can tell you where all of the cheap restaurants are, and also know every single one of the staff by name. They’ve considered working at the hostel, but decided against it. They’re always in the common area. You wonder if they ever sleep or leave the hostel.
9. The Quiet One
They keep to themselves, mainly observing. You observe them observing. They’re friendly, but they don’t have many friends. They like to do things on their own, on their own schedule, without anyone telling them what to do or how they should do it. They sip their beer and type on their laptop.
If they’re in your room, you notice they come and go as quietly as the housekeepers. You never see them arrive and you never see them leave. You think you saw them sleeping in their bed once because of the misshaped bump under their covers, but again, you can never be too sure.
10. The Guitar Dude
He’s always singing and always playing guitar. Whether it’s by himself or with a group of people, his fingers are always picking at the strings, creating new tunes to impress the newcomers at the hostel.
He’s either amazing or pretends to be. If he’s amazing, you’re immediately mesmerized by his soft melodic tunes. If he pretends to be, you’ve been here long enough to know his tricks, and are actually impressed at how, despite this, he makes friends rather quickly. You now think of getting a guitar.
11. The American Frat Dude
It’s 8 a.m., you’re hungover, he’s hungover, but he’s still playing EDM music out of the pocket of his pants, pumping his fist into the air like he’s at a rave. Stop it, please, you think as you try to flip a pancake at the free breakfast. The steady bump from the music reminds you of how many tequila shots you took last night. If you puke, you’re blaming it on him.
He’s loud and loves talking about things that don’t make any sense. He’s always looking to play beer pong or flip cup, and loves being drunk. It’s always spring break for him.
12. The Couple
They’re quiet but friendly. You invite them out to dinner, but they’d rather it be just them two. They’ll hang out with you during the day, but at night, they escape into their own world.
They might have a private room or they might not. If they’re in a shared room, they are always respectable and sleep in their own beds. You want to get to know them more, but you know it’s a bit impossible. They’re always happy and always holding hands, smiling at each other, and looking at a map, planning their next adventure.
13. The Old Person
You wonder how old this person actually is. Are they in their 40s? 60s? Do they have wrinkles and gray streaks poking out through their dark brown hair? You stare at them for too long, trying to gauge their real age.
They’ve never left their traveling youth. You admire that they’re still willing to share a room with complete strangers, but also cringe, hoping that by the time you’re that age, you’re sleeping in air conditioned hotel rooms with your spouse. They’re a bit strange and are always smoking a cigarette. You have a lot of questions you want to ask them, but are afraid of the answers.
14. The Australian
He’s friends with everyone. He knows everyone. He knows more people than The Liver. He has a lot of amazing stories, and his stories about Australia make you want to go there (unless you’re currently there). It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of the woods in Canada, there will be an Australian. They love to travel and meet people, and are incredibly good at doing so.
15. The Family
The screaming baby wakes you up at 5 in the morning. You can hear it from down the hallway. Maybe the parents are young, or maybe they want their child to get the hostel experience from a young age, but you also wonder why they would bring their baby to this dirty, loud environment (of course, this solely depends on what type of hostel you’re in).
When you see the baby, you immediately swear that it’s the cutest baby ever. If their kids are older, then they’re the cutest kids you’ve ever seen. The family is gorgeous and adventurous, and you promise yourself that you will be like them one day.
16. The Master Chef
They take up the entire kitchen with their seasoned meat, sautéed vegetables, and red wine. They create concoctions that you’ve only seen on TV, and wonder if they’re famous. They say they have no idea what they’re doing, but when they ask you to try their creation to see if it “needs more salt,” your tastebuds break down and start doing flips.
You tell them you’ll pay them for a plate, and they agree. When you get your large, heaping portion, you sneak away, hoping they won’t see how much you’ve taken.
17. The Slob
They think that they have at least a few foot radius in front of their bed that’s “theirs.” It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of the room, if they want to put their crusty, dirty laundry there, then they will. They sleep with food and cups on their bed. You curiously start watching them, making sure they actually shower when they say they do. They don’t.
18. The Solo One
They’ve traveled there by themselves, but are never alone. They make friends instantly, and are not afraid of anything. They love traveling, and have been on the road for months at a time. They know the ins and outs of travel, and what to do and what not to do. They’re great at budget traveling, and you both click immediately.
19. The Travel Writer
You may end up in a story online somewhere, which you may or may not find (depending on if you get their business card or not). They’re always observing and researching the city they’re in, knowing they’re going to have to write about it for their audience. They absolutely love what they’re doing. They may be busy writing a lot of the time, and they may disappear for a day or two, but this is what they do for a living.
20. The Question Mark
They don’t fit into any of these categories. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s someone else. They walk into the hostel and immediately grab your attention. Who are you, you think to yourself as you watch them check in. They have a certain air about them that makes you question who you are as a person. You want to talk to them. You get up to talk to them as they walk away. You hope your chance isn’t over.
Do you fit into any of these categories? I know I’m a few of them!
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