Last year Vice published a scandalous article (do they publish any other type of article?) on the sinful life of hostel guests and staff. Most of it is a gross exaggeration, but about halfway through the author comments ‘There’s more to hostels than sex, of course.‘
I couldn’t agree more, but it got me thinking (always dangerous) about a few ways that staying in hostels while you travel could actually improve your sex life…
5 Ways Hostel Life Will Significantly Improve Your Sex Life
1. You’ll be more confident around others
In hostels, there’s no point pretending to be anyone other than yourself. Other guests and staff will see you in your pyjamas, know what your deepest fears are after too many glasses of wine and possibly even taste your disastrous attempts at cooking.
The sooner you accept this, and begin to just be yourself amongst strangers, the more confident you will be. And I don’t know if you know, but confidence is bloody sexy.
2. You’ll learn by example
Anyone who has had to lay in a bottom bunk and listen to moaning from the creaking top bunk above will tell you that it’s not enjoyable. It’s really not enjoyable at all.
But, the ridiculousness of it all is also quite hilarious and if you find yourself laughing inside at the awkward pillow-talk and porn-star moans of the couple above, well you’ll definitely learn what not to do next time you get your turn.
Top Tip: Download Audible or Spotify so you can throw in those headphones at the worst of moments…
3. You won’t let alcohol get in the way of having a good time
We’ve all been there. You know; when you’ve had a few too many shots and you just can’t… perform. Hostel drinking games and bar crawls can do serious damage to your liver, but after a few weeks of this you’ll soon start to understand your alcohol tolerance levels.
And trust me, future hook ups will appreciate that you know when to stop drinking in order to function properly.
4. You’ll ‘learn’ from different cultures
My parents won’t want to read this. But a few years ago I was making out with a French guest I’d met at Safestay Hostel, after our first date in Soho.
He recently told me that he’d found it hilarious that at the time I’d stopped trying to French kiss him and told him very seriously (I blame the wine) that I had no idea what I was doing with my tongue (again, I blame the wine). Moral of the story: I learnt what to do with my tongue.
Photo by Nathan Walker
5. Sneaking around adds to the fun
I grew up on an island where almost everyone knows almost everyone else, and I vividly remember the days of hiding on the beach to make out with my first boyfriend so that no one would see us and tell my dad.
And that dangerous ‘we might get caught‘ element is another way that hostel life will significantly improve your sex life. Unless you want to get caught, in which case just remember that you might enjoy exhibitionism but the rest of us usually just want a good night’s sleep…
Photo by Korney Violin
Quick note: All of this obviously only applies where consent is involved. I’m a lot less light-hearted and far more serious about the fact that ‘no’ always means ‘no’.
And if you’re looking for a bit more romance, you might prefer clicking the banner below and reading about my top ten reasons for dating a boy who loves hostels…
Lots of love,
Cover photo by Nathan Walker.