One of the best things about staying at a HI USA hostel is the fact that you get to meet and interact with people you may not have paid much mind to out in the ”real world”. You just never know who you might befriend while hanging out in the hostel common room, or while you’re out on one of the hostel’s volunteer-led tours, or over a community dinner cooked in the kitchen. And if you’re an experienced hosteller, you may come to realize that there are certain characters who seem to be a constant feature no matter where in the country (or the world) you’re hostelling. They are the first-timers, the seasoned pros, the partiers, and they appear in many different forms as wonderful future-friends. Read on to find out more about the types of travelers you’re likely to meet at HI USA hostels, and find out what kind of hosteller you are.
The Seasoned Solo Traveler
This person has been around the proverbial block when it comes to traveling on her own and she has plenty of good and crazy stories about the places she has been. The Seasoned Solo Traveler is equally comfortable doing stuff on her own or hanging out with other people. You can also count on her when it comes to great insider knowledge, like how to make the most of the hostel’s free breakfast, or how to set up your bunk for maximum comfort and pseudo-privacy. She also tends to be extra prepared in case you need a Band-Aid, batteries or maybe even an extra pair of shower flip flops.
The First Time Solo Traveler
This is who the Seasoned Solo Traveler was when she first started out. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the first timer probably has way too much packed into her itinerary and backpack. She may be a little shy at first, but once she comes out of her shell you’ll hear a lot of stories about her home town (that is until she’s traveled to enough new places that her stories become about those cities), and her enthusiasm makes her an ideal hostel buddy.
The Prepared Backpacker
Down-to-the-minute itinerary? Check. Supply of maps and brochures? Check. Charged smart phone and camera? Check. Checklist? Check. You will most likely see the Prepared Backpacker first thing in the morning when the kitchen opens up, and later on in the evening when he’s returned from a day packed with activities and sight-seeing. You’ll be surprised at how much he managed to get done in one day, and will think about joining him on the next day’s adventure, if you can get up on time.
Regardless of whether it’s his first time or hundredth time hostelling, the Go-With-the-Flow-Er’s life motto is just that: go with the flow of wherever he happens to be. His daily plans pretty much depend on who he runs into at breakfast, though they tend to change a lot because he’s always saying yes! The Go-With-the-Flow-Er is also the one who’ll decide to stay an extra night on the fly just because he’s having such a great time, and hasn’t yet booked a ticket to his next destination anyway.
The Mature Traveler
This is an older-than-the-average-backpacker who travelled in his or her youth and now has the time and resources to hit the road again. The Mature Traveler is full of wisdom and awesome stories about seeing the world before smart phones and Google Maps, which makes him an excellent source of inspiration and entertainment over a communal dinner. Like the Prepared Backpacker, the Mature Traveler enjoys cramming lots of great things, including a hostel activity or two, into his trip.
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