I lived in a hostel for 30 days and survived: part 2. Man buns and skinny dipping

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I lived in a hostel for 30 days and survived: part 2. Man buns and skinny dipping

Listening to acoustic guitar while being surrounded by 20 somethings, I’m immediately thinking, “Will this be a 30 day stereotypes ridden trip?”

I’ve already spotted several people that I’m categorizing and judging.

There’s a kid I’ll call Detroit. He’s oozing with that 20 something desire to let everyone know just how wise he is. He’s somehow able to drop a philosophy quote every third sentence. Oh, are we going to the bar? “The famous philopher Nietzsche said, that alcohol is the spirits for our soul and emotional self”. This guy wants to learn to speak German, so that he can read Immanuel Kant in its original language. I loathe him immediately. 

There’s also Man Bun, who well, has a man bun and tribal tattoos. Including the traditional Thai one done with bamboo. I actually get to like man bun after a while but wow so stereotypical.

There’s several other people all hanging around the pool, and even though I’m stodgy, boring and judgmental I actually wind up having a great time. Being around people all drinking, on a travel high and intent on fun It’s easy to have good times.  We wind up partying in that pool until the wee hours in the morning. Skinny dipping and doing cannon balls into a pitch black pool while in Bali is something I’d definitely recommend doing. (I do think we might have annoyed the hell out of people who had to get up at 5am though for a boat ride to Gillie T. Sorry)

Sleeping is something that’s hard to do if  you’re a light sleeper in a hostel (seriously ear plugs are now on my travel essentials list, and not just ear plugs. Industrial strength construction ones will be living in my suitcase from now on.)

If you’re super introverted it can be hard, and you’ll wind up hiding in your air conditioned room during the day. If you want to be more of the party person bring a small cheap waterproof portable speaker (I’m throwing in my bag next time)


It’s an interesting mix of people I’ve met here.

  • The French people who only speak speak with each other.
  • The 20 something girls finding themselves.
  • The guy who has traveled for far too long. He is so weary of traveling but is afraid of stopping.
  • The tall Dutch girls, who are amazing. Actually I’ve found everyone I’ve met from the Netherlands super friendly. They are my new favourite people.
  • 18 year olds on their first trip ever with mommy and daddy’s credit card.
  • The backpacks so many backpacks. I’m one of the only people with a wheely suitcase.
  • The vegan yoga teacher barista.
  • The topless stripper party girl.
  • The English. So many people from the UK here. I’ve learned that Essex is the New Jersey of England.
  • Germans! They really are much more personable than the movie stereotypes.
  • Lonely planet guide readers
  • The moped accident one
  • The guy who is way too old to be staying in a hostel. (That’s technically me too!)
  • The stinky guy.

If you are prone to loneliness, booking a few days in a hostel is a great way to meet a lot of people and make new friends. There are so many stories to tell and so many journeys that people are on. You cannot help making new friends. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

2017-02-28T21:17:45+00:00

About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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