Do travel writers make good guests when they stay in hostels? This article from a Let’s Go travel writer says NO.
Why Hostels Hate Travel Writers (Or What Not to Do in a Hostel)
Writers are a hostel's worst client—a claim I am personally living, deeply and pungently, as I milk my temporary home for all the patience and possibilities it has to offer. Here's how not to make friends at a hostel.
According to the author, travel writers will:
- Eat up all the nutella at the complementary breakfast buffet. I mean all of it.
- Complain about the Wi-Fi all the f-ing time
- Never go out at night with those chummy bands of "hostel friends," like you're supposed to at a friendly, community-building hostel.
- Pester the barely bilingual staff to do things like translate websites into English, call local businesses for more information, and pretty-please write down, "What hours are you open on what days during the winter and summer seasons?" in the native language, for future reference on the road.
- Furtively take notes in their little black notebooks all the time. Sometimes after sneakily ducking into the far corners of the shower stalls for inspection.
- Leave ink marks and mulberry stains (or juice from whatever their particular "writing fuel" happens to be) on the sheets.
- Ruin the hostel's sexy, prime-real-estate front entrance on the hottest, most hopping "bar street" in town by trundling in and out the door at 1am on a Saturday night in their huge green fleece jacket, pajama pants, sunglasses, and hostel slippers to buy a liter of water and Gummyvites from the pharmacy across the street.
- Do weird things in front of the other guests, like talk to the seagulls and imitate their croaky craw-craw-caw-caw-caw-caaaw!-bird laughs when they're bored of writing.
- Take up to four cold showers a day on "writing days" for "inspiration."
10. And last, after all that, they'll pack up, say a sentimental goodbye, and write a mediocre review of the hostel in their book, snarking at how there's a Spartan breakfast spread, spotty Wi-Fi, noisy nightlife, receptionists who don't speak English, moldy showers, and a line for the showers every morning, but eh, it's still a nice place to stay regardless.
Does this sound like the travel writers who have stayed in your hostel?
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