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