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Whenever I’m feeling uncomfortable in a new situation, such as picking a new laundromat when mine shuts down due to bed bugs (oh, New York City..) or attending a cultural event, I scour the internet for any sort of unspoken “rules” I’m to follow. I like to know what’s expected of me, and what’s a massive “No” in terms of my words or actions. My life is essentially one giant match between trying to adhere to as many rules as possible while finding new ways to bend certain ones, sometimes with no rhyme or reason. When it came to staying in a hostel for the first time, there was an incredible amount of “important” questions I wanted to answer before I ever stepped foot…

One of the main “rites of passage” while traveling and living that backpacker life is staying in a hostel for the first time. It’s cheap, typically in a far better location than most hotels, and can be a place to make life-long friends, whether or not you intended to. As my travels have taken me to over twenty-one countries in the past few years, accommodations add up and hostels became a no-brainer. It was just a place to sleep after all, right? Suffering from excruciating social anxiety for as long as I can remember, the thought of plunging myself into an unfamiliar place with complete strangers and having to -gasp- actually interact with them was my personal nightmare. At thirteen, teachers would actually yell…

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