I have the exact same story in Amsterdam. I just hated the room I was allocated, the bunk was a top bunk which I don't like and to top it off, the staff were rude to me if I wanted to change rooms. I just said duck this and left.For me it was at a hostel in Perth the penny dropped. I would have been... 30ish.
I was like looking around the place thinking "I am too old for this sh*t" and checked out, and check into a hotel down the road.
By the time you get to a certain age, you won't really be meeting anyone anyway most of the time - varying by location and type, so why bother.
That sounds like heaps of fun dude. Awesome way to bounce back after a break up.Depends on your personality as well.
I was 45 and met tons of people in Central America. Plenty of hook ups too. Over twenty or so in just over 3 months. Varying ages, but mostly early 20's a few 30's and one in her 40's.
And that was actively trying not to be creepy or actively hit on chicks, because I was still pretty devo about my own situation. The whole trip was supposed to the traditional couple trip to South America with my GF of 5 years, but she broke up with me a few months out from us going, and I just decided 'screw it, I'm doing this solo'.
Sorta bounced from messaging her via dodgy hostel wifi, getting my phone confiscated to stop me messaging my ex, beer pong and the usual card games and hostel story-telling.
It's just kind of hard to avoid in that environment. People travelling are generally always looking to hook up, or open to it.
That sounds like heaps of fun dude. Awesome way to bounce back after a break up.
Interesting topic. I think the more remote (off the beaten path) you go the older you can be if that makes sense.
Seen all ages in them. I don't think your age is ever a problem, more your behaviour.
I think it depends on the hostel too. Theres a few I know of in London, that when I was 23 and was there I was in the older 10%. When I went to a different one when I was 27 I was considered young. And theres 1 I stayed at that had tons of people from all age groups.For sure. While you're gonna get the 'creepy older dude at the hostel' looks/ vibe pretty often in a lot of hostels, I am ashamed to say that on occasion I've had one too many, forgotten my age, and actually been that dude (hitting a dancefloor with a beer funnel in one hand and a girl half my age on the other like I'm at Uni again, and not some 46 year old dude).
You've gotta stay classy and never forget your age.
I think it depends on the hostel too. Theres a few I know of in London, that when I was 23 and was there I was in the older 10%. When I went to a different one when I was 27 I was considered young. And theres 1 I stayed at that had tons of people from all age groups.
Can only speak for Europe and SEA, but bigger hostels (especially chain ones) usually have more of a party vibe, and thus are more likely to attract a younger crowd. Met tons of mid-late 20's travellers at smaller places, and a smattering of 30-somethings too.
Wouldn't stay solely at backpacker places for longer trips personally, think it's good to break things up with an occasional hotel stay. Even as a younger traveller (went to SEA at 19, Europe two years back at 23), some additional privacy and time away from partying/drinking every so often was nice.
Did it when I was 24 and loved it. Struggled when I was 26. I'm 28 now and couldn't bear the thought of it.
Everybody is different. But I'm personally 'past' the backpacker phase of my life.
When you say you struggled at 26 with it was that just because you wanted some peace and quiet? Or you felt out of place?
For me it was the feeling out of place. If you're a middle aged bloke in a hostel, and you don't know who the creepy old dude at the hostel is...