10 People You’re Bound To Meet In A Backpacker Hostel – Which One Are You?


When you first hit the road everybody you meet seems interesting and different in their own little way, however after some time you begin to notice an unmistakable pattern forming in the ‘types’ of people you see lurking around the world’s hostels.

Hostels for one are pretty abnormal places. It’s essentially an area for travelers to gather from all over the planet to cook on a crappy stove, chug cheap local alcohol, laugh at their cultural differences, share questionable travel advice and tell complete strangers about their amazing adventures. I simply cannot think of any other place that promotes the coming together of such a diverse crowd of people.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of backpacking around the world, I’m sure you would’ve run into one of my 10 people you’re bound to meet in a backpacker hostel…


1. The Australian


Whether you’re on a completely deserted island, a tiny farming village in the middle of Africa or the most remote surfing town somewhere in Asia, you’ll always find an Australian chatting up a storm or trying to organise some type of drinking activity.

2. The Musician

They’re pretty much only annoying if they suck, but I mean really, who goes and tries to learn Wonderwall in a hostels common area? The only thing worse would be to learn the world’s longest drum solo in the hostel’s tiny little kitchen.

3. The First-Time Traveler
first time traveler

Wide eyed and fresh out of high-school. This hyperactive little conversationalist is actually amazed that he/she just met an Australian. “Oh my god! You’re Australian? That’s sooooooooooo cool!

4. The Drunk Chickdrunk chick

The drunk chick usually travels solo because none of her actual friends would let her chug litres ofย alcohol at the bar and flash her boobs for free tequila shots. Well most friends.

5. The Early Riser
drunk chick (1)

The only places you seem to see these people are in bed at 3am when you’re stumbling home from a massive night out or in the hostel’s reception area during pre-drink time booking a tour for the following day. “Are you coming out for a drink tonight?” “No, sorry, I’m off for a 18 hour hiking tour at 4.30am and I have to get up an hour beforehand to do 120,000 squats.”

6. The Old Man
old man

This guy is clearly the oldest man by a few decades. He almost seems to live in the hostel and has made a habit of making sure he’s asleep on the top bunk with the lights off by 10pm sharp.

7. The Girl With a Boyfriend

Does she actually have a boyfriend or is she simply sick of being hit on by every single man within a 100 metre radius. Who knows?

8. The Sleeper

9am asleep. 12noon asleep. 4pm asleep. These people don’t actually do anything other than sleep. They literally jumped on a plane to see what other beds were like in different countries. Don’t get me wrong, I love sleep, but some people act as if they just downed a years supply of Xanax.

9. The Traveler That Never Went Home
Traveler that never went home (1)

Having decided to miss their return flight home, they’ve now been traveling for 5 straight years. Looking slightly weathered, their backpacker binge drinking lifestyle has finally started to catch up with them, but they can’t bare the thought of returning to the ‘real world’.

10. The Party Animalparty animalBeer pong every single night without a fail. This person can only stomach one meal per day, they don’t care if they’re seen in the same clothes for a week straight, as long as the hostel’s bar is still serving alcohol they’ll keep trying to convince you that drinking a shot of gin at breakfast is a good idea.

Did I leave anyone out?

Let me know in the comments section below

– Jarrod

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  1. magduska

    Very funny and true ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ve met 10/10 during my travels, my favorite are the australians and party animals hahah

  2. Nicely done, Jarod! I few more staples are: The hippie, the non-bather, the person that never wants to pay the regular price for anything, the creepy guy that ends up with the room to himself and stinky feet guy that finds his shoes evicted to the hallway in the middle of the night!

    • Jarrod

      Haha yes! I could say I’ve definitely been at least one of those in your hostel ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Carissa

    The bastard that steals the one possession that allows you to continue on with your travels–passport thief! But those people get the boot in the middle of the night, not what hostels are about, BUDDY!

    Great article ๐Ÿ™‚ miss ya buddy

  4. Hahahaha, this cracked me up! I haven’t done too many hostels since I normally travel with my kids, but I can definitely see these people at the sites.

  5. This is too funny! I’ve never stayed in a hostel but I can see all of these being true!

  6. HAHAHAHA. Had a great time reading your post! This is exactly true. Maybe you forgot to add one – somebody who takes note of all these type of individuals: the blogger type. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hahah this was a great read! Spot on! Ive stayed in hundreds of hostels and they always seem to have “those” people who are always the same! Great post, glad I read it!

  8. Haha this post is pretty funny! We’ve never stayed in a hostel before so we wouldn’t know lol. Thanks for sharing such fun post!

  9. Ha Ha.. Very well observed.. Certainly met most of those..

  10. OMG! I love this post. I love backpacker hostels and yes, I do see people like this. Hm.. I could be the sleeper… I love sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Haha! Funny I have met lots of a “sleeper” type. This is true, though I only met some from this list, I too am excited to meet the rest.

  12. 10 out of 10, I met every species you described there hahahaha
    About me? From that list, probably I’ll be the sleeper, but it’s a type that doesn’t fit well when the others are party animals!

  13. The only times I’ve stayed in hostels, I had private rooms. However, for the sake of this post, I would be the early riser. The musician would be the one I would probably cling to.

  14. i never backpacked but like your list a lot. i would probably be the first time traveller obviously ๐Ÿ˜€
    it would be fun to meet all those people

  15. It is indeed a fascinating study and classification of people by their type. Yes, if you look at it, most if not all people we have met do tend to fall into one or the other of these types.

  16. Hilarious! I’ve personally never been brave enough to stay at a shared hostel, but I definitely need to do it at least once!

  17. This is a really funny observation. Did you make many friends? I must admit I’ve never stayed in a busy hostel room.

  18. Ha, I would definitely be the early riser! Great post, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jarrod how could you forget the Power Snorer?! Sometimes (but not always) the same as the Old Man. They’re the WORST ๐Ÿ˜‰ Very funny post!

  20. Very entertaining post! It is funny the types of people you run into on adventures! Oh and I have to ask. What is all over the Party Animal? LOL

  21. Fun post. Love the Old Man. Not sure I’m any of these tho.

  22. Mmmmm, not sure where I’d fit in here – probably the early riser.

  23. So true! Great observations haha. I have met almost every single one of these people.

  24. Haha! Love this! You can add the Lonely Planners, who worship LP Guides, the hardcore backpacker, who jumps between motorbiking and hitchhiking (nothing in between), keep their grid on couchsurfing or free hostel accommodation in exchange of work. More or less they have long beard or super tan skin <3

  25. Ha ha I love this post! I think we can all relate! Well done. But worse than the constant sleeper is a constant sleeper who is a constant snorer!

  26. Hahaha. I met 10/10! They all fun to talk with! Though I can’t really find myself in the list. Have to think; maybe something in between the two to three points. Hehe.

  27. I guess I am be the early riser but I ‘d like to be the one who missed the flight back home, ha haa

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