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5 types of people you'll meet in a hostel

5 types of people you'll meet in a hostel

They’re an okay bunch.


By Jess Wilkinson and YHA

There are people that hear the word ‘travel’ and start throwing around phrases like ‘luxury’, ‘room service’, ‘valet parking’, ‘no bed bugs’ and we say to those people, SNOOZE! … Except for the bed bug part, we’re right there with them on that.

And then there’s the fun people like you. You’re the type of person who is ready for adventure, is open-minded and who embraces culture and diversity. Aren’t you? Don’t be creeped out about how much we know about you. Just roll with it.

Backpacking and hostelling is right up your alley. As all hostels have their individual personality and quirkiness, so too do the nomads travelling through. With the help of our friends at YHA, we’ve character profiled (we learned that from Law and Order) the five types of people you’ll likely meet in a hostel.


1. The Penny Pincher

While most people stay in hostels because they’re travelling on the cheap, the Penny Pincher takes saving money to a whole new level. You’ll find them scanning the noticeboard for free activities, rummaging lost property for a new pair of sunnies or shoving pastries and bread rolls into the unreasonably large pockets of their cargo pants at the breakfast buffet. Why they are wearing cargo pants in 2017 is a question for another time.


2. The Muso

This person is an essential in any hostel. Why? Because they can always serenade you with an acoustic version of Wonderwall, and they’re also a walking guide on where the best gigs are in town. Stick with this guy and you’re in for a trip filled with cheap beer and great music.


3. The Long-termer

Oh, the long-termer. Bless ‘em. They came to Australia and just didn’t know how to leave. This one knows all the staff by name, is happy to give you the guided tour and practically works at the hostel. They also may or may not be the very confusing person who was personally welcoming you when you arrived. Great for insider knowledge and can tell you where the tastiest burgers, cheapest beers and coolest things to do are. They’re probs also never going leave the hostel.


4. The Travel Blogger

This person has somehow managed to turn their passion for travel into a paid gig. Resist the urge to hate them – they’re just living the absolute dream while you’re still unsure what to do with your life. Whatever. Let it go. Whether it's blogging, photography or being a social media ~guru~, the Travel Blogger makes their living on the go. It's actually their JOB to travel. Congrats guys, you have found the actual key to happiness.


5. The Friend For Life

The experiences people have while travelling can bond them together like nothing else. Maybe it's the adventurous spirit in the air, that 'out of your comfort zone' feeling, or the fact that you're sleeping within metres of each other every single night and even though you can feel them breathing on you, it’s still kind of nice. In every hostel there's going to be that one person you stick with. Cherish them. Love them. These ones are the keepers.

The original version of this article appears on YHA

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