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I've done a few long-termish mostly solo trips now, and you hear about communities like Couchsurfing and Warm Showers (for cyclists). However I also really enjoy staying in hostels. Oddly, there aren't really forum communities on the hostel sites.

It's really quite disappointing when you reach a new hostel only to find it almost empty, when there's a busy fun one down the road.

Are there online resources or communities to find who is going to be at hostel X on a certain date, so you can try and meet up with other travellers?

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Many people use couchsurfing's groups for this exact purpose!

I'm in the Georgia and Tbilisi groups and I would say the larger part of the traffic in both groups is travellers wanting to meet up with other travellers at their destination.

Note that you must join each group you wish to read, which of course means you also need to be a member of couchsurfing. (You do not have to be a "verified" member, so you don't have to pay any money.)

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There are plenty of online sources where solo travelers can find a travel partner. One of them is https://www.couchsurfing.org

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Yeah that was mentioned in my question... –  Mark Mayo Oct 29 at 22:21

It is not directly related to your question but the www.hostelworld.com website is pretty good at judging hostels' atmosphere. I just sort the hostels according to rates and choose the one that is not too expensive. It also helps to read some of the reviews themselves.

I chose the hostel that way when I was in Lisbon and I was mainly sitting inside for the whole day talking with the people and barely seeing the city :)

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I've heard very good things about a certain hostel in Lisbon... –  Mark Mayo Mar 1 '12 at 9:13
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If it's the same one than you can have a dinner in a home atmosphere there. –  mithy Mar 1 '12 at 10:50

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