Hostels make it incredibly easy to make new friends.
It helps that the kind of person who stays in a hostel is probably interested in socializing. Sure, you might just be there because you’re a cheapskate and not interested in shelling out the extra 10-20 euros an AirBnB might cost you. You might hate people and ignore everyone else in the lounge. But you’ll probably have a hard time getting the rest of the lounge to ignore you back.
I’ve stayed in a few hostels in the UK and Ireland at this point, and while each have distinct characteristics, all have made a point of fostering interactions between residents. Some are better than others, yes. One particular hostel that shines on creating friends is Sky Backpackers in Dublin.
The hostel has a huge lounge and kitchen area, which facilitates hanging out. It also has nightly specials, like nachos on Wednesday and ice cream come Monday.
I love it here. It was nice to get back after a half-day in airports and on airplanes. I miss Edinburgh – like, a lot – but I love Dublin, too.
After all, it only took me a few moments to find a friend to hunt down Murphy’s ice cream with me. And after that, it barely took a second before I had plans to go to the beach with an Australian-American family the next day.
Plus, this place has the best bunk beds.