What Kind of a Hosteller Are You?
From the staunch traditionalist packing little more than a change of underwear and a few ZigZag papers to the tricked-out 'flashpacker' (an obnoxious buzz word in the industry) carting a laptop, iPod and wheely luggage - as a hostel manager I see these people, and all types in between, every day. Each faces challenges adapting his or her travelling style to hostel life.
1. What I look for in a hostel bathroom is
a) a tree to hide behind, a small shovel and some good-sized leaves.
b) a cold toilet bowl to drunkenly press my head against at the end of the night.
c) state-of-the-art lighting, as well as outlets for my razor and flat iron.
2. After settling into my dorm bed, the last thought I have before I fall asleep is
a) I hope no one steals my walking stick
b) Where am I?
c) Why did I buy full snowboarding gear when I'm not going anywhere near a mountain?
3. In order to get to know other travellers, I
a) get a didge and drum circle going on the lawn.
b) start a game of strip poker.
c) tell them I'll Skype them sometime.
4. A hostel kitchen should
a) supply free ramen.
b) have a shooter girl.
c) be near a good sushi place.
5. For an evening's entertainment, I
a) play some hacky sack, then chill.
b) make a beer bong out of a soap dispenser.
c) webcam myself Facebooking my friends, then upload it to YouTube.
6. My favourite staff member at the hostel is
a) the desk girl with local connections.
b) the housekeeper who emptied the garbage can next to my bed.
c) whoever can fix the problem with the wireless.
If you mostly answered 'a,' you're definitely old school. My words of wisdom to you: patchouli is not a substitute for deodorant.
If you mostly answered 'c,' you're a fancy-pants hosteller. My words of wisdom to you: a laptop won't make out with you at the end of the night.
If you mostly answered 'b,' you're, well, me. My words of wisdom to me: nothing good happens after 2 AM.