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Youth hostel and the likes, should have AGE Limits

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Looking at my 1st youth hostel experience in AUGUST 2007,
I expressed this nasty and a bit fascist idea of having age limits in Youth hostels. The thought was provoke by encounters with this old American guy who lives in the hostel (CHINA). He waits for tired travellers arriving and zooms in to deliver his monologues about how everthing in the world is negative... attempts to bore everyone to death or atleast ruin their vacation.

You probably encounter some people who are this old man. How old is old? Don't ask me. I just know when I see one. Recently, I met someone really smart and very old, almost 80, I guess. And as the day goes by, the guest house is turning into a home for the elderly. They are now the majority and everyday we the young people of the planet have to wake up to the sound of their debate on how RELIGIONS are evil and that AMERICA is a mass murderer Vol.6, and PHILOSOPHY... at first it was interesting to listen to their brilliance. But as the days goes by, it strikes me a plain expression of insanity and boredom. I feel pathetic, because I can't afford to stay elsewhere.

Its beginning to annoy me... especially, if you are watching a DVD of a film as easy to comrehend as the DEVIL WEARS PRADA, and yet you have someone making comments and explanations about every scene.

then you have the free internet issue. SINCE, they live here, they use it everyday to access dating websites. THAT is why i don't ever use dating websites. You may never know the person you are dealing with is 77 years old living in a hostel. So we had to wait for hours to practice our religions, like FACEBOOK.COM

In fairness that guy seem nice. But if they form a group and start talking about the same topics with so much passion, they can be very stressful. Especially if you have a brain that holds a lot of matter.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I strongly disagree. I've been staying in hostels since I was 18 and I am 29 now. The only youth hostels that have strict age restrictions are the HI/YHA hostels in Bavaria, Germany and I absolutely hate that. Just 3 weeks ago that rule meant for me either: shelling out 70 EUR for a room in a hotel, cycling 20 km in the middle of the night through the wind and rain to the next camping site or spending the night at the train station along with a bunch of winos. The youth hostel was 10 min of walking from the train station, but they didn't let me in since I was a single traveller above 26.

You'll be 80 one day too and if you still like to travel then wouldn't you like to have the option of staying at a hostel?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2008, at 8:24 AM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

LOL! you are 29 and you can't get in? That's funny.

I just wish I won't have to live in a hostel when I am 80.

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

you can't afford a better place?
maybe the old people also not !
so all of you are in the same situation,short on money.
if you can't stand this old people anymore look for another hostel.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Don't you find some young people irritating too? I find that I like a fair spread of both old and young in a hostel. In fact I probably avoid more 'yoof oriented' hostels because I don't want to be surrounded by lager-swilling twerps all the time.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting magykal1

Don't you find some young people irritating too? I find that I like a fair spread of both old and young in a hostel. In fact I probably avoid more 'yoof oriented' hostels because I don't want to be surrounded by lager-swilling twerps all the time.

Shagging in the bunk above you at that...

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I tend to agree with those who have disagreed. Honestly, I have never stayed in a hostel so I can't comment (truthfully about the shagging, though others have). But, having stayed in both top-end and shithole hotels, you will find the same irritating people. I'm 54 and find the loud, pontificating 20-something probably as annoying as you have found these people. Different cultures - different ways of running establishments... Limiting age won't fix a thing.

FACEBOOK.COM as a religion??? Now that made me laugh! Wow!

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

LOL! you are 29 and you can't get in? That's funny.

Actually I don't find it funny.

I am 33. In europe I stay well clear of YHI and places that but age restrictions on. I also stay clear of permanent residence type hostels where ever possible.

The term youth hostel these days makes me shiver, I never did like it. Travelers Hostel would be more like it.

From west to east europe I found the youth 18-22 to be seriously annoying, from drunken stumblings at 4am to bunk bed shagging. No thanks.

I have seen and met strange old people too, mainly the type who seem to be living in the hostel. Yet also have met youth doing the same.

At 29 or any age I would have serious problems with any hostel refusing me entry for the night. For those party hostels I am please to see they now advertise themselves as such. So those wanting to avoid can, and those looking for a party can enter. But to refuse a traveller based on their age??

So old men in hostels chatting to young girls on dating sites, personally I have never seen this in a hostel. But then again I usually don't spend my days watching others by a hostel computer. In cyber cafe's it's a different story, you can't miss some. Though I will say I have seen more girls in the cyber chatting to old men at home than the other way around.

I once and still am thinking of running a hostel. It will have no age restrictions. It would have a limit on the length of time someone can stay, with options. And a no shagging in dorms rule.

I also hope by 80 I will still be able to travel, and yes go to a place where there are other travelers to socially interact with them and enjoy travel as a whole

Oh yea and the facebook religion thing, I am with isadora on that one

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2008, at 7:59 PM by outcast ]

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

I love the age variety in hostels. (The international youth hostel federation didn't drop "youth" from its new name (hostelling international) without a reason!) My favorite hostels have always been those where you'll see anything from the usual 20-something backpackers to families with young children to the spry 70+ year olds who give me hope that when I'm that age, I can still be part of this whole scene. Some of the most interesting conversations I've had in hostels have been with some of these people.
Boo! to the idea of age limits! (And boo! to Bavaria hostels, which I've had to stay away from as well.) :'(

There's narrow-minded people of any age to be find lots of places; don't let one bad experience cloud your judgment.

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

LOL! you are 29 and you can't get in? That's funny.

Oh yea and the facebook religion thing, I am with isadora on that one

That is suppose to be a funny statement in a supposedly funny thread.
But it won't be funny for everyone.

Today, we had to wake again with the sound of a philosophical debate, which can actually be interesting, if you don't feel like sleeping til noon and especially if you are bored as hell.

I was just wondering if other travellers had the same annoying experience.

10. Posted by writergrrl (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

I bet the irritating 80yo was also an irritating 20 yo. I've stayed in hostels but use them more for sleeping rather than meeting people. I crash. Get up. Get out. I travel to meet locals and experience new culture--not hang out at hostels (but that's me). Sure, once in a while it’s fun to chat about experiences but I’d rather be making new ones than talking about the old ones.

As far as an age limit--bleech. How about a personality test instead? :D