People Person – HOSCARs Finalists 2023

You know what every solo traveller loves? Making new friends on the road. Hostels are the ultimate spots to connect with a bunch of like-minded, adventure-hungry backpackers. You’ve voted for your top five hostels up for the People Person award. And here’s the kicker: you also get to decide who takes home the prize! So, go ahead and cast your vote for the hostel that gives you all the friendship feels.


Hostel da Vila, Ilhabela – Brazil

Looking for a hostel in the heart of the rainforest? Hostel da Vila isn’t just a place to crash, but a party haven for solo travellers looking for a unique and unforgettable experience. With weekly events such as “boteco” and live music, to monthly themed parties like the Floresta Sounds, there’s always a reason to let loose while meeting more friends than you could ever imagine. The hostel’s rainforest location and proximity to the historical city centre provide an energetic atmosphere that’s hard to resist. Head to Hostel de Vila to enjoy the slackline, 20m water slide, skate mini ramp, and yoga and tai chi classes. If you’re feeling brave, why not get inked at the on-site tattoo studio? Whatever your vibe, Hostel da Vila is a must-visit for solo travellers who want to meet people from around the world.

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Green Haven Hostel, Ubatuba – Brazil

Green Haven Hostel is the ultimate getaway for solo travellers looking to ditch the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. This cosy spot offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, with exclusive parties, thrilling activities, and gobsmacking natural beauty at every turn. Get ready to dive into the action with boat trips, trails and waterfalls in the stunning Atlantic Forest. Feeling daring? Why not try extreme sports that will get your adrenaline pumping and the friendships flowing. With 102 beaches in the Brazilian Surf Capital, you’re guaranteed to have days filled with sun, sand, and sooo many new friends.

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Mayan Monkey Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas – Mexico

Ready to meet your new besties at Mayan Monkey Los Cabos? Their natural vibes and chill atmosphere will have you feeling right at home and ready to connect with other solo travellers. Start your day with FREE yoga and exercise classes, then dive into group activities such as smoothie-making and Mexican cooking. Feeling adventurous? Take a hiking tour to the Cerro of Vigia where you can soak up some nature and make unforgettable memories with your new crew. And when the sun goes down? The party heats up with game nights, Latin dance classes, live music, and weekly themed parties. Mayan Monkey is all about bringing people together, and they’ve got the social media campaigns to prove it. Check out their hashtag #StayShareSocialize to see what solo travellers around the world are saying about their amazing experiences at this hostel. So come stay, share, and socialize with Mayan Monkey Los Cabos, it’s their mission statement and they’re totally living up to it.

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Ostello Bello Napoli, Naples -Italy

Ostello Bello is the ultimate home away from home, where anyone from any background can feel welcomed and connected. With locations across 7 Italian cities, this chain has seen it all, from bonds being made to meeting the most fascinating travellers. Here, everyone is welcome. Experience a continuous cultural exchange from a real-life social network. Ostello Bello isn’t just a place to sleep, it’s a showcase for people’s talents and aspirations, with a variety of events including music festivals, art exhibitions, book presentations, and illustration markets. Safety and inclusivity are top priorities, and staff are trained to handle any issues related to gender identity, ethnicity, or ideology. Guests are encouraged to express themselves and can expect genuine local experiences and a 100% Italian vibe. With the musical instruments, free coworking areas, karaoke, speed dating, and even the opportunity to get a tattoo, there is never a dull moment at Ostello Bello.

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Lagarto na Banana, Pipa – Brazil

Lagarto na Banana isn’t just any old hostel in the Northeast of Brazil – it’s a solo travel community, a family, and a proper vibe. People come from all over the world to experience the love, connection, and friendship that permeates through the hostel’s walls. Wake up with free morning yoga classes, and spend your afternoons doing whatever your heart desires – dance classes, jam sessions, cooking workshops, the list goes on. The hostel also hosts daily vegetarian dinners cooked by its amazing staff and guests. If you really want to experience the hostel at its best, head to their annual anniversary festival where ex-guests and volunteers come back to celebrate life on a beautiful island for 2-3 days. Nominated as a People Person Hostel in 2022 – Lagarto na Banana is a place that really knows how to connect solo travellers from all over the world.

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