This is where the most friendships are made because you’re living in close quarters and, if you don’t talk, things are going to be awkward. You need to become savvy at judging the situation, some people will love you being full on and being instant best friends. While others will be scared by this approach, especially as you have to sleep in the same room later. Just a friendly hello and quick question should give you all the indicators you need.
Sign up to social events
Hostels are a hub of activity , there’s always some event or outing you can sign up to. Check the hostel notice boards and ask at reception. All the big chain hostel will have some sort of bar crawl or free walking tour to get people mixing and socializing. These events are a great way to meet people and there will be plenty of others there by themselves.
Talk first and Ask questions
The good thing about meeting people in hostels is that you already have something in common. You could open the conversation by saying, ‘Cool hostel, hey?’ Or, ‘Done anything fun today?’ Or, ‘Know anywhere cool to go tonight?’ It’s easy. Those three phrases could make you lots of friends.
Look out for signals: if they’ve got a particular football shirt on ask them about that. Or if they’ve got a nice camera, just ask if they’re big on photography. The conversation will quickly move on so it doesn’t matter what you say. As other travellers see you chatting to someone it’s obvious you didn’t come with they’ll join in too. Before you know it you’ll have a whole crew to hang out with.
Cook your way to friendship
Many hostels have kitchens where you can cook your own meals, so take advantage of this. Not only will it save you money on eating out, but also it’s a great way of meeting other people. You can talk about the food you’re cooking, share recipes or even reminisce about the foods you miss from home. If possible, aim to cook a little more than you plan to eat so you can share it around with other people in the kitchen or common areas.
Chat to the staff
It’s not always about your fellow travellers; often the most interesting people to talk to are the staff members themselves. That girl on reception or that guy behind the bar are here because they love the city and they decided to make it their home, so they should share great wealth. Ask them for their favourite places to have dinner, or if they know of a secret beach nearby that hardly anyone goes to. They may even introduce you to other people who live in the area, or others staying at the hostel too.