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Hostel Living: Dating and Avoiding Being Homeless

So I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hostel experience.  It’s like living in a big shared apartment with a bunch of random people.  You live together, cook together and pair up and explore cool places together.  If you’re young and single it’s a great way to get an easy date with someone and you can just go off and do whatever:  hike, surf, parasail, etc, etc, etc.  Hostels negotiate pretty cheap deals with tour operators, etc, etc so if you’re broke (in college or just bound by a slave wage from the day gig) you can explore the world pretty cheap at $30 a night or so for a shared dorm room to about $80 a night for a private room.

If you’re prospectively homeless and are a socialite of sorts get a room in a hostel and take a cheap paying dayjob to foot the bills (or join the hostel staff) and you can just mingle and make friends, dates or potential clients and just have unlimited fun adventures.

Food?  Shoot, because of the diversity and everyone cooking together I’ve been snarfing swedish meatballs, Thai food, European style noodles, etc, etc, etc.  This is Day 3 here for me and the total cost to me for meals?  $20.00.  Everyone always cooks more food than they can eat so they wind up sharing with everyone and people refuse to take your money when you offer to give them to chip in, lol.

As for the types of people I’ve met, during my time here I’ve met tons of 20-somethings, 30-somethings and 40-somethings:  kids still in college, stressed out workers, traveling couples on their great world adventure.  And yes, I have collected a ton of numbers, FBs, LinkedIns and Twitters and now have friends around the world I can always hit up in later years for additional adventures.

Tonight’s adventure:  Karaoke Bar with my new found friends hailing from around the globe.  #winning

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  — William Shakespeare  #quote

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Maui Spring Break 2014: North Shore Maui Hostel

So for this adventure I decided to give hostel traveling a try.  I had never gone through a hostel before as my normal traveling companions would consider it “roughing” it but since I’m traveling alone I thought, “hey, why not?”

Hostel traveling is COOL.  If you’re into chill laid back communal living hostels are your thing.

You meet and live with people in a dorm like environment.  You cook meals together and you meet like minded folks to try out different activities.  This particular hostel has van service and rental services or partnerships for just about any adventure you want be it surfing, snorkeling, etc.

Hostels are ideal for low budget travelers.  This one ran about $30 a night and with shuttle service wherever you can skip the car rental if you don’t mind waiting for vans.  Meals? Because you cook together I just chipped in 5 bucks into the pot and got 3 meals out of it snarfing down pancakes and fruit for breakfast, swedish meatballs and rice for lunch and Thai food for dinner.

But that frees you up to converse with other travelers from around the globe.  Today alone I met guys from the Mainland destressing from the day job and co-eds on Spring Break from Europe.  I’ve learned a few words in Germand and Dutch.  Most importantly I’ve met potentially lifelong friends who you can always keep in touch with on FB or SMS or if you’re into business contacts — LinkedIn.  That’s something you don’t normally get going the hotel route as you normally just keep to your own.