Hostels are amazing – they give you the chance to meet other travelers, share life experiences, and save a buck while you’re on the road. But while sharing your temporary home with strangers can be awesome, there are always a few who make the experience less than pleasant. Here are 10 horrible hostel guests and it’s a sad fact that your next hostel will probably have at least one of them. Oh, if only you could afford a hotel…
The dirty hostel-goer is one of the worst. Maybe this guy hasn’t showered in over a week, making your room smell like the inside of a gym shoe. Maybe he decided to spread the contents of his backpack across the shared room, making it impossible for you to cross from one side to the other. Or maybe he refuses to wash his dishes in the kitchen, leaving a crusty frying pan and plates heaped high with grime in the sink for someone else to take care of.
Traveling often lands you in a country where you don’t speak the language, but many of us at least make an effort to learn a few key phrases. But there are those who will continue to speak their own mother tongue, ignoring the fact that it may be isolating others and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the place you are staying.
It may not be her fault, but the person in bed 2B that sounds like she is using a chainsaw is now your worst enemy. Earplugs only go so far, and she seriously has a health problem that needs to be checked out.
The whole point of a hostel is the shared room, meaning that you don’t have the privacy you might like for certain…activities. But this doesn’t stop some hostel guests from getting it on, with no regard for the other nine people trying to sleep in the same room – often in the same bunk bed. Believe me, you’re not nearly as subtle as you think you are.
Hostels are public spaces, and even if you lock up your valuables, there’s always the chance that somebody is going to decide to take a look through your things. The most common thieves are of the food variety – “borrowing” various items from the kitchen for their own enjoyment. There’s nothing worse than coming back and finding your delicious leftovers gone, or, even worse, your beer.
Hostels are always a good time, and most guests are usually up for some social time, but there is always one or two who take it too far. They’re the ones who are still going at 5 a.m. in the common area, keeping everyone else awake before ending the night by puking all over the bathroom and leaving it for somebody else to clean up.
These guys are glued to their computer screens, oblivious to the socializing and exploring going on around them. Basically, they’ve traveled halfway across the world to Skype their friends from home on a sketchy connection and check Facebook until their battery runs out.
This hostel guest is probably a long-termer, and maybe hasn’t paid in a while. He “cleans” around the hostel in exchange for his inability to pay rent, but you haven’t seen him lift so much as a sponge in days. Basically, he’s getting a free ride while you’re shelling out $25 a night, and it’s a bum deal.
This guy has been in town for 48 hours, and is pretty sure he knows absolutely everything there is to know about the area. He’ll tell you about it, completely unprovoked, whether you want him to or not, and there’s no getting him to stop. Even though you’d much rather get your info from the trained locals at the front desk, this guy thinks he has all of the answers.
And the worst one of all….seriously, why is there one of these at every hostel in the world? Somebody has brought along their guitar, or ukulele, or harmonica, or freaking bongos and will bring them out every night to play the same Oasis song over and over, until everyone either leaves or smashes the instrument out of frustration. Guitar guy has no clue that he is unwelcome, and will strum away until he leaves.
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