Hostels

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    Aug 17, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    How many of y'all have used hostels while traveling? I took my first trip abroad this summer, and I went alone. I went to Mexico and visited Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, and Oaxaca. I stayed in hostels in each city.

    Even if I had had the money to book nice hotels for my trip, I think hosteling would have still been a better experience for a solo traveler. I easily met friends in each city I went to.

    My worst experience, though, was at the one I stayed at in Mexico City. I had to use the bathroom one morning, but afterwards, I saw there was no toilet paper in the stall. I made sure no one else was in the bathroom, and I crept into the next stall. No toilet paper. Checked next stall, and its roll was empty as well. Looked for paper towels, there were none. So typical of Mexico.

    So there was a towel someone had left behind hanging over one of the showers. I jumped in the shower and washed off, then dried off. I was extremely annoyed. The bathrooms were falling apart, the employees were less than friendly, and it was the most expensive hostel I stayed at. #nowyouknow
  • Hunter9

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    Aug 17, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    I've stayed in hostels in Europe, North America and South America... obviously they're not just cheap but a great way to meet people. I did however have a pretty shitty experience this past spring in Nuremberg, Germany where a guy had massive coughing fits about every 20 minutes all throughout the night. I don't think I slept more than two hours that night. Not fun.
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    Aug 17, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    Hunter9 saidI've stayed in hostels in Europe, North America and South America... obviously they're not just cheap but a great way to meet people. I did however have a pretty shitty experience this past spring in Nuremberg, Germany where a guy had massive coughing fits about every 20 minutes all throughout the night. I don't think I slept more than two hours that night. Not fun.


    I never had troubles with my hostel-mates waking me up, but one time I was trying to go to sleep and this guy's phone kept going off. He was awake and texting, so I just poked my head up and asked him to put it on silent. He complied, instead of getting an attitude, thank god.

    Snoring can be a huge problem in shared rooms though.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    Hostels can be a fun, economical option . . . I remember a very nice hostel in Florence called Villa Cammerata . . . . they even had Tuborg Gold on ice . . .
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    I've never had any problems at hostels and I've met amazing people from all over the world.

    In one case, in San Diego, there was this totally smoking hot guy from Germany who was going to SF to meet up with his gf who was flying into SFO from Frankfurt. He was going to drive the PCH up and invited me to come along. I cancelled my flight and drove up with him. We are friends to this day.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:26 AM GMT

    I always stay at hostels when I travel. The hostels in Germany are the best. They all have clean and comfortable rooms. An all-you-can-eat breakfast is always included. Many even have inexpensive dinner available. That's one of the reasons why I keep going back to Germany every summer.


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    Aug 18, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm terrified of hostels.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    As well you should be.
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    Aug 18, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    Alan, nice!

    I have had mostly positive experiences. Stick with those that are registered somehow (for instance, in the US, you know you'll get a certain standard of quality with a Hostelling International (HI) hostel.

    One notable experience was bicycling around Cape Cod. I stayed the first night in a Provincetown hostel, which was nothing special, but then spent the next night at Martha's Vineyard, which had an HI hostel. The facility was pretty nice, but within five minutes of my arrival, three guys (all cute, but straight) invited me to go out with them to Oak Bluffs. We went out and had a great time (A couple of us even risked skinny-dipping in Nantucket Sound). All in all much fun.

    Another time my (now ex) boyfriend and I were bicycling down the California coast and stayed at a hostel in Santa Cruz. It happened to be Thanksgiving day and we'd just had a minor argument about whether we should go and get food before the stores closed or check in at the hostel and drop off our gear. I favored checking in at the hostel. Good choice, as when we arrived they were setting out an amazing Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey and all the sides.

    I had a bad experience bicycling down the coast at my first stop in an unregistered hostel near Forks, WA. The guy running the place seriously seemed a little bit crazy and flipped out when I used a small amount of butter (which was apparently not shared food) instead of margarine (which was).

    Same trip I stayed in Seaside, OR, and met a guy who was on a bicycle trip in the opposite direction. His intention was to bike from Chile to Alaska, and he'd started the previous year but had to stop in Las Vegas, so this year he was bicycling from Las Vegas. Very impressive!

    There's another HI hostel near here in Point Reyes that I get up to at least once a year. It's awesome because it's way up in the woods and attracts a more mature crowd. Almost feels like a spiritual retreat instead of a hostel.
  • Montague

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    Aug 18, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    I hear that the movie Hostel is based on a true story.

  • Aug 18, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    I've only stayed at a hostel once while travelling alone. I made acquantences with my roommates, with whom I tooled around the city. I would do it again.
  • kew1

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    Aug 18, 2013 6:51 AM GMT
    I've used them in Australia & South Africa. The biggest problem was snorers (I didn't know it was possible for someone to snore when sleeping face down).
    If I'd been staying in hotels I suspect I wouldn't have spoken to anyone for a week .In hostels most people are travelling alone or in pairs so are more chatty and open to going out as a group. The best was in Knysna, no-one wanted to leave , especially before the weekend - the owners were shutting the hostel & renting a house at the beach for a 2 day party,taking everyone with them.
    Others have been so quiet that I had a 5 bed cabin with pool to myself.
    The kitchens aren't always that clean , & use the office safe for valuables .
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    Aug 18, 2013 7:12 AM GMT
    I stayed at a couple of hostels in my earlier years, early 20s. (In Las Vegas 2005, NYC 2005 and Paris in 2006). The accommodations were fine and cheap, you'll meet different people/students traveling all over. One time when I got back to my hostel in Vegas, there was this one naked dude in the shower walking out! He was like **Sorry, I needed to take a shower, hope you don't mind. Lol, He was cute and I got sorta REd! The hostel in NYC was around Chelsea area, it was all right! The one in Paris, small, tiny, I met many US students as well as Euro students staying overnight! It was kinda boring though!
  • Amelorn

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    Aug 19, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    I've been in a couple, but I am decidedly a hotel man. Give me a club lounge, a private bathroom, and Bvlgari amenities any day.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 19, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
    Hostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!


    Please describe!
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:54 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!


    I had returned home from the club at around 3am, still drunk, and checked Grindr while I was in bed before falling asleep. I'm from a small town in Oklahoma so when I was in Guadalajara (population 4million) and getting messages like crazy, it was exciting for me.

    I noticed a guy was less than 50ft away, then looked over and saw a Mexican guy on his phone in bed. I just said what his screen name was out loud, and he said 'Yeah'. Without asking I just walked over, got in his bed, and started making out with him. We had sex in the shower.

    He wasn't super hot, but he wasn't ugly, and it was the idea of doing it in a hostel while everyone else was sleeping that made it sexy.
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    Aug 20, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidHostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!


    Please describe!



    Awww hell no! Too many victorian queens on here just waiting to judge and berate someone for having relations with a man out of wedlock!
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    Aug 20, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
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    NJDewd said
    Scruffypup saidHostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!


    Please describe!



    Awww hell no! Too many victorian queens on here just waiting to judge and berate someone for having relations with a man out of wedlock!


    C'mon. If I told mine, then you can tell yours!
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Awww hell no! Too many victorian queens on here just waiting to judge and berate someone for having relations with a man out of wedlock!


    You weren't married!

    Shock-the-Queen.jpg

    (The truth is, she banged like a shithouse door when the plague is in town. I doubt anything sexual would have shocked her.)
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    Philibuster saidI'm terrified of hostels.


    Seriously? Better stay home then, and play bridge with your old maid aunt. Nothing bad will happen to you when you stay close to home. Maybe Bingo night would be another choice?

    Hostels can be a riot, especially if you're a poor student, biking around Europe with your buddies. The shared showers provide you with a golden opportunity to get to know the men you're staying with. And what looks better than a newly bathed man up against a shower wall - with water cascading over both of you..........and an audience?
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
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    Philibuster saidI'm terrified of hostels.


    Hostels can be a riot, especially if you're a poor student, biking around Europe with your buddies. The shared showers provide you with a golden opportunity to get to know the men you're staying with. And what looks better than a newly bathed man up against a shower wall - with water cascading over both of you..........and an audience?


    Eh...I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this never even crossed my mind...

    Way to turn something totally wholesome into something pervy...
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
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    Jockbod48 said
    Philibuster saidI'm terrified of hostels.


    Hostels can be a riot, especially if you're a poor student, biking around Europe with your buddies. The shared showers provide you with a golden opportunity to get to know the men you're staying with. And what looks better than a newly bathed man up against a shower wall - with water cascading over both of you..........and an audience?


    Eh...I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this never even crossed my mind...

    Way to turn something totally wholesome into something pervy...


    Save your sermon for somebody else. I've traveled through 123 countries - and had a ball. What is good, clean, healthy fun to most of us is our business. We don't need some little old lady wagging her finger at us saying, "Tsk, Tsk now boys! Shame, Shame!"
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    Aug 20, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said
    Philibuster saidI'm terrified of hostels.


    Seriously? Better stay home then, and play bridge with your old maid aunt. Nothing bad will happen to you when you stay close to home. Maybe Bingo night would be another choice?

    Hostels can be a riot, especially if you're a poor student, biking around Europe with your buddies. The shared showers provide you with a golden opportunity to get to know the men you're staying with. And what looks better than a newly bathed man up against a shower wall - with water cascading over both of you..........and an audience?


    I stayed in hostels in 4 different Mexican cities and our showers were never open like that. They were in a communal bathroom, but each shower had its own stall with a door.

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    Scruffypup saidHostel Sex can be AMAZING! If you could see the dude I hooked up with in Venice!


    I had returned home from the club at around 3am, still drunk, and checked Grindr while I was in bed before falling asleep. I'm from a small town in Oklahoma so when I was in Guadalajara (population 4million) and getting messages like crazy, it was exciting for me.

    I noticed a guy was less than 50ft away, then looked over and saw a Mexican guy on his phone in bed. I just said what his screen name was out loud, and he said 'Yeah'. Without asking I just walked over, got in his bed, and started making out with him. We had sex in the shower.

    He wasn't super hot, but he wasn't ugly, and it was the idea of doing it in a hostel while everyone else was sleeping that made it sexy.


    Was the sex awesome and mind-blowing!?!?


    Not really, but I was also kind of drunk so I don't remember the details, just that we both got off.