Staying in cheap hostels is essential for many people who want to explore the world. Some hostels aren’t known for their safety though, and some people have been unfortunate enough to have their belongings stolen. This is how to make sure you keep your belongings safe when staying in a hostel.
Bring A Padlock
Make sure you only book a hostel that comes with lockers. They don’t tend to come with locks on though, and to ensure your belongings are protected as you explore the city you should bring a padlock.
It won’t take up much room in your bag and can be the difference between coming home with your belongings or not. The best type of padlock to buy is those with number combinations, that way you won’t have to worry about losing the key while you’re out being an adventurer.
If you’re traveling with a friend, then make sure to split your valuable belongings between you. Maybe take it in turns to hold on to your passports so that one person isn’t burdened with making sure you can all go back home. Bags with extra compartments are perfect for putting passports in because they can take longer to rifle through for a thief, which means they’ll target someone else.
Under Your Pillow
During the night, make sure to sleep with your phone either under your pillow or in a pocket on your body. This is particularly important when you’re staying in a room with lots of people. You should also make sure you padlock your bag at night and keep all of your clothes inside.
In general, staying in a hostel is safe, but being extra careful will prevent someone from stealing your stuff and ruining your trip.
Arriving at the airport after being away from home for a significant amount of time can be quite emotional, especially if you know there is someone special waiting for you on the other side of those sliding doors, and there’s no equivalent to landing in your hometown and knowing someone out there has been waiting for your return all this time.
Never Liked That Couch Anyway
Dogs are adorable, and there is a reason we refer to them as man’s best friend – they love us unconditionally and will risk their own lives to make sure we are safe.
For this reason, we let a lot of things slide. We let go that tiring training period where dogs relieve themselves around the house, and you need to watch your every step. This sign is yet another example of dog shenanigans, but all in all, it’s just good to be home.
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
This grandpa is always the romantic, looking for unique ways to surprise his special lady. He always puts 100% into his surprises, as can be seen from the photo below.
He practically built a portable bar and attached a sign to it reading “National Margarita Day.” The man really went all out to make his wife’s return a fun and memorable one, so all that’s left to say is we hope we’ll get that too some day!
With F.R.I.E.N.D.S Like These
Those who have not seen one of the most well-known TV shows to ever air will not understand the humor behind this quirky sign.
But to be completely fair, if you have not watched Friends, missing out on the joke is no one’s fault but your own. Even the guy in the picture holding the sign, has his cultural references locked down, so sit down and wait for reruns, it won’t be a problem to find episodes to watch.
Trust No One
We are going to place our bets on the fact this woman did not get the memo that some things should not be announced to the entire world.
Considering the fact she just outed her friend by holding up a sign that reads, in capital letters, “congratulation on completing rehab,” it is best to take into account that she should most likely not be trusted with personal information. That way, next time you need a ride, maybe it’d be best not to share where you’re coming back from.
Nothing But The Truth
If the guy were not all smiles, we would be worried for the poor man about to get off the plane, expect to be welcomed with the warm embrace of his beloved girlfriend.
Holding a threatening sign with the words “guy who knocked up my sister,” our guess is that the minute the guy spotted his girl’s brother and read his sign, the man turned in his step and ran back inside until he thought the coast was clear.
Says It All
Some smiles could melt your heart, just as the ecstatic one featured on the face of this little girl. It is clear she wanted nothing more than to welcome her mom with a sign she made especially for this long-awaited moment – the moment of her return.
In most cases it is the thought that counts, meaning that even if the sign didn’t come out as beautiful as she intended, at least she had the best intentions. However, in her case, the unreadable sign is even better.
Perhaps there should be a rule in every household stating that from a certain age, kids should leave the house. This guy had certainly overstayed his visit, although it was nice of him to come pick up his parents from the airport when they asked.
On the other hand, we seriously doubt this is what his old folks had in mind when they asked him to make the gesture, having to walk off the plane to their adult son in his grown-up onesie.
Love Is Gender Blind
As mentioned before, it is hard to think of the right, appropriate and sensitive words to say when attacking a matter as sensitive of going under a knife to change one’s gender.
Going through with such a major decision many people do not understand is hard enough as it is, not to mention accepting who you are as a person first and foremost. Therefore, it is best to take it easy and understand this adjustment is something everyone is going to have to get used to.
Wanted – Alive
Christmas is the most magical time of the year – one that is meant to be celebrated with the people you love and keep close to your heart.
Santa is known for providing kids with presents if they have been nice all year long, but for adults, the holiday has more to do with having a big, festive feast and appreciating your family and friends. The duo in the picture below missed each other so much, they thought the best way to greet them would be to show their true faces.
Hate That I Love You
Love can be expressed in many ways, and more often than not, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Since the pain of going away and having to part with the people you love can be too much to bear for some, they choose to shy away from their feelings and express a strong exterior.
Even to the extent of pretending not to care, just so their vulnerability isn’t shown. The guy in the picture took things a bit too far writing this sign, but love works in mysterious ways.
More Than Friends
Tom had no idea that while he was gathering his things from the plane and preparing for his long-awaited arrival home, his friend would be waiting at the arrival hall with a huge sign to embarrass him.
No, this was not a sweet marriage proposal, nor did this guy plan on spending the rest of his life with the friend he was picking up from the airport, but just a cruel joke that Tom will most likely like to avenge in the future.
Know What You Want
Dressed up like he came straight out of a Men In Black sequel, the guy in the picture threw on extra shades to add a mysterious appeal to him.
Something tells us this is not the first time he has pulled a stunt like this, but if we are right, that just goes to show that he succeeded the previous times in scoring a beautiful foreign woman. Or maybe, just maybe, this sign was a joke intended for his wife who was making her way over.
Adopt, Don’t Shop
It is pretty shocking to think that these three are related since they look absolutely nothing alike! Still, they must all have a similar mischievous mind, since they came up with this idea for a welcome home sign as they made their way toward the airport to pick up their parents.
With hair like the girl’s, the parents should not have expected less than a crazy, bold welcome that is both funny and expresses how much they have been missed.
While some people crave attention and constantly need to be acknowledged and in the limelight, others would much rather remain low key and not have their personal business displayed in front of the entire world.
Mokie (is that name missing an N’ by any chance?) is the latter – a notion that seems to have been ignored by his friends. Printing out a huge picture of his face in the least flattering manner probably felt like a good idea at the time, but maybe not so much when he landed.
All For You
For those of you who are not aware, Imodium is a medication used to treat sudden diarrhea. It is especially known among travelers, as many of them use it to slow down gut movement.
Imodium essentially decreases the number of bowel movements, so by holding up this sign for all to see, the person was shaming poor Sarah, who wanted nothing more than to be back home with a little peace of mind and be worry-free.
Put The U In Cute
Honesty is the best policy, so why try to come up with witty signs that are filled with puns when you can simply state what has been on your mind?
Although having a well thought of sign that rhymes or has a hidden message is highly appreciated and makes it seem as though people have seriously put in the time and effort, something as adorable as the sign below passes off just as successfully as other ones.
Some people do not even want to be responsible for their own kids, let alone someone else’s. This man wrestled with the idea of raising his girlfriend Anna’s kids and could not come to a decision.
Anna left for a business trip still not knowing if he was going to commit to being a father. He decided to not only pick her up from the airport but to give his answer via a sign letting her know, “I’ll raise it as my own.”
Rapid Weight Loss
This army wife was worried that her husband would not recognize her, as her pregnancy changed her body. There is no doubt though, after a long time being away in the desert, fighting for freedom, without the comforts of home, that the man of the house does not care what she looks like.
It is possible she is just fishing for compliments. Also, in much bigger news, he has never seen his “mini-me!” No matter what, it is sure to be a tearful, moving reunion.
This family has its roots in Scotland and Ireland, but nobody thinks much of it except for Douglas. He is always going on and on about kilts and the family crest.
While deep down the family loves his fervor for history, they like to poke fun at how into genealogy he is. So when it came time to pick him up from the airport, they figured they would put their family crest to use and refer to him in an old-world way: “Douglas of the clan McGregor.”
There are many ways of referring to the people you love, especially when getting your creative juices flowing as you put together a sign meant to announce how glad you are to have them back.
Calling someone a “noisy, pale-faced lady” is probably not the first thing that would come to mind, but perhaps that is this girl’s nickname toward her best friend. There is a reason they call them inside jokes – but that doesn’t stop those on the outside from guessing!
This Isn’t A Grocery
Puting the “grave” in “gravy,” this woman might need to get her glasses checked because it is highly doubtful this is what she intended on printing out when welcoming the firm’s biggest client, who was traveling overseas for a business meeting.
Although we got a good kick out of it, we hope there were no horrible consequences that followed this sign, and that she did not lose her job over what could have easily been confused for a typo. Next time use a better dictionary.
But Who’s Counting
This woman has been waiting forever for her man to come home from Afghanistan. Instead of waiting what seems to be an interminable amount of time, she instead set up a countdown calendar, where she could tear up the day’s count at the end of each lonesome evening.
That way, she could get the stress of missing her man out, as well as keep track when the 113 days finally arrived. Right after she tore up the last piece of paper, she rushed to the airport with this sign.
This man was always made fun of by his friends for being what has been sometimes called a question talker. What is a question talker? Someone who does exactly what we just did: uses rhetorical questions but to an extreme degree.
What did he decide to do when Taylor and Steven arrived at the airport? He made this sign, poking fun at the fact that he always speaks in questions. He gives the camera a knowing smirk through the hole he cut in the sign. Thumbs up.
Two’s Better Than One
This woman put together this sign to pick up her best friends in the world. What she should have anticipated is how many pairs of men would come up to her, saying, “I think you’re looking for us,” with a dumb smile on their faces.
This did not deter her, as she had many single friends to try to pass these guys off onto. When her best friends arrived, it was a bit of an ironic moment, as their 15-hour flight was not kind to the “hottest guys.”
Living Up To The Label
Being a ditzy person is not something many people are proud of, but this girl and her friend take it as a compliment. They are also very clumsy people, who always end up with bruises from bumping into things and dropping phones into lavatories.
When the duo was separated, this girl wondered how she could greet her friend with an inside joke. Strange how this so-called “idiot” came up with a very clever idea for a sign. We hope that she spelled “idiot” like that on purpose.
A Nerd Ventures Out
This arcane sign refers to World Of Warcraft, a popular video game that is stereotypically played by nerds in their mothers’ basements.
There is no exception here, as this guy went to meet a pal who he met online during gameplay. Since it is rare that geeks of this caliber walk the daylight, and because he had never met his warlock pal in real life, he decided to make a sign that truly spoke to the soul of the computer game player.
Man On A Mission
A man with a dream, and one that is not afraid to chase it. We want to believe this sign was a joke since no man who respects women would walk around carrying a sign like this, but the look on his face suggests otherwise.
Perhaps this was a part of a nasty prank that was a result of him losing a bet, or maybe he was simply waiting for a mob of angry feminists to head his way and give him a piece of their mind.
Bouncing With Excitement
This proud father was most likely waiting for his son, who recently started college on a basketball scholarship. He thinks so highly of him that he thought of the best possible way to welcome him back home during his first semester break.
Holding up a sign that reads the name of his idol while growing up. It is easy to imagine the look on the face of passersby who anticipated welcoming basketball legend Michael Jordan, only to find the man’s son.
No Place Like Home
Having one’s significant other away for so long causes people to do crazy things. You count the hours, days, weeks, and months until they are back, plan all the fun things you would do together and think of imaginative and creative ways to make up for lost time.
The woman in the picture below was waiting for this moment for what felt like forever, and there was only one thing on her mind when she thought of what the two of them would do.
The Thought That Counts
The sign reading “Welcome home son, it’s okay to be gay” could either be a prank – meaning the dad in the picture thought it would be hilarious to call out his son at the airport for his preferences – or a genuine sign.
When it comes to matters of orientation, it is sometimes hard to say the right thing or be politically correct, especially for those who are from a different generation and were not brought up as accepting of those who are different as we are today.
You Will Live In Happiness Too
Someone call Willy Wonka; it looks like one of his Oompa Loompas is loose and greeting his pals at the airport. With a name like Chocolate Johnny, it is no wonder Mr. Wonka was willing to let one of his little friends out for a curbside greeting.
Do you think this guy also inspects the candy at the airport to ensure that Wonka products are highly visible and of the highest quality? Hopefully, this is not his only trip outside the factory.
Dad’s Back On The Clock
Kaden might not have the best pen control, but he is thankful that his dad is back. Now that dad is back to take care of his mother so he can go back to his life.
Presumably, of smearing food all over his face, crawling from one side of the house to the other, and putting toys in his mouth. A weekend of keeping mom in check was enough to make anyone crave a good bowl of mashed fruit.
Daddy’s Girl Has No Patience
With a face like that, how could you ever get mad at this slightly pushy young girl? She knows that having daddy back home means that when mommy says no, she can try to sneak in a yes from him.
She had a great time at home with mommy, but enough is enough: it is time that daddy came back. Watching sports with mommy is not nearly as fun because daddy allows her to eat junk food instead of boring carrots and dip.
You’ve Got Some Explaining To Do
Britney and Simon have an understanding of w hich their relationship is built (probably): selfie sticks are the devil’s tool and make you look like an idiot.
All it took was a weekend away for Simon before Britney stumbled on the exact device which was forbidden from their home. We can only imagine their conversation on his arrival went something like this: “I can explain. They are just so practical.” “Good, you can practically take pictures by yourself now.”
Oooo That Smell
Imagine you saw this sign in the airport after your ten-hour flight to Europe and you had sat next to one of these fetishists. Are you concerned with his or her enjoyment level of the little toot you let out during takeoff?
How large of a group of fart fetishists were around you? Did they all enjoy it? Did they begin a talking heads-style panel to discuss the pros and cons of your flatulence in the back of the plane?
Take A Seat, We Have Some News
“Hey Matt, we have some news for you since you’ve been away.” Fortunately, the news these guys are presenting to Matt does not actually require sitting down, unless you collapse to the floor in extreme happiness.
Matt can now prepare for life as an uncle which means spending as much money as he can on trips to the ice cream shop. He must learn that every good uncle takes his niece or nephew to get ice cream.
It Feels Like The First Time
Try to look at this picture and not smile as wide as this baby girl. Based on the American flag bow, flag, and color coordinated sign, we can infer that she is the daughter of a soldier.
She has probably heard so much about this mysterious “Daddy” that mommy always talks about. The time has finally come for her to lay eyes on that man half responsible for her creation and will be responsible for intimidating all future boyfriends.
Say Hello To Hollywood
Eric Stonestreet has spent the eight years working on one of television’s most well-received sitcoms, Modern Family. During a press event in Australia, one fan came prepared to greet his favorite actor.
The man had the ambition to make the sign, hoping to induce some laughs with his work. Stonestreet decided to play along and give the man what he wanted by holding the sign. Now that he has his picture, he can return home a happy man.
Far From Falling Far From Tree
The saying “the apple did not fall from the tree” refers to a child that is very similar to his or her child. This brings up an interesting question: did they plan this in advance?
The only alternative is that they always carry an apple or tree with their respective selves in case the moment arises. The mother must get fed up with keeping such a large piece of construction paper folded up in her purse.
Kicking this welcome off with a funny start, the guy photographed below sure had a lot of faith in his sister who announced a few months prior to her return that she intends on going to a third world country to travel on her own.
“Oh great, you somehow survived,” reads the signs he made especially for this occasion, but all in all she seems to take his humor lightheadedly and has no problem having a joke being made at her expense.
Get To The Point
Relationships are built on honesty. Honesty can come in many forms including being upfront. This couple wasted no time in directing how to go about their reunion.
The only option is an immediate smooch. What happens if this instruction is not followed? Predictably, it ends in a side eye and a long and silent car ride only broken by an edible apology and a bouquet of flowers. We can only hope that the arriving party will follow directions.
No Commander? Go Commando
Being away from your kids is something that is hard for every mother. In fact, being aware from anyone you love long enough can make you miss them dearly!
However, returning to a welcome sign reading “we are out of underwear and we don’t even have any on” could cushion the blow.
Darth Vader might be the Dark Lord of the Sith, but more importantly, he is Luke Skywalker’s father. This guy was clearly feeling the Star Wars vibes when he purchased this suit ahead of time.
He planned on picking up his daughter from the airport with the hilarious sign reading, “Rebecca, I am your father.” Clearly, Rebecca was embarrassed by his costume, which is why she had her face blurred when her dad insisted on posting this photo onto social media.
They say the apple does not fall far from the tree, which would explain the sign reading “hi mom, only we would do this,” insinuating that she should have predicted the people carrying the huge, disproportionate sign would be – who else? – Her very own flesh and blood.
We seriously doubt the woman landing expected anything else from her kids, having raised them and knowing exactly what they are capable of. Still, the enormity of this sign just goes to show how much they missed her.
Zero To Hero
At first glance, they might not look like a usual pair, since the woman looks much younger than the man by her side. However, let us not be quick to jump to conclusions based on physical appearance.
After all, it seems like the two are aware of the fact many people might be whispering about their differences, especially when reading the welcome home sign the woman wrote for her husband. It reads: “running out of money, have you seen my sugar daddy?”
It does not matter where you are from, it does not matter where you have been. As long as you are together, that is all that counts. This particular family is especially glad to have their mom back at home, and their signs express just that.
Of course, there is always that slight chance the signs were written as a joke, to try and embarrass the woman of the house as she was entering the arrival hall. If so, mission complete!
Grinning With Glee
Sometimes you can’t help what your family name is, no matter how embarrassing it may be, but sometimes your friends think it’s funnier to distort your last name into something similar, but far more hilarious.
Dan knew his friends had made the arrangements for his trip to visit them, but he hadn’t realized just what they’d told the chauffeur services his last name was, and he couldn’t help but be exasperated by their childish pranks. Even so, he cracked a small grin upon reading the sign the second time.
When your loved one has been deployed for any period of time, there’s nothing more exciting than their return. Even so, Officer Neal’s partner couldn’t help but order him around if she knew it was for both of their benefits.
When Officer Neal finally made his way through the arrival gate, the only thing that brought a bigger smile to his face than seeing that sign was having a chance to finally kiss his girlfriend after so many months away.
A Presence He Has Not Sensed Since…
These stormtroopers haven’t seen their commander for ages, as he’s been traversing the galaxy searching for rebels. A visit was long overdue, and these stormtroopers are thrilled that they have Lord Vader all to themselves!
Now, some people say he’s more machine now than man, twisted, and evil. In a nutshell, he’s a sith lord and this is what you get. However, for these stormtroopers, he’s much more than just another sith lord — he’s their sith lord.
Hopefully She Doesn’t Read English Too Well!
Fathers are really great and we owe them for bringing us to this world, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything they do. Sure, they’re happy he went on a little holiday, but slightly less so that this trip was undertaken so he could pick up his mail-order bride.
Doubtlessly, this man’s children would rather him go and meet a partner out in the real world, even if they aren’t too thrilled he’s dating again in the first place.
Who Are You?
While one wife was certain that this would be the most perfect and cute sign to finally welcome her husband back home, maybe she should have at least called him out by name.
People will generally spot their name written big on a sign you’re holding before they can make out your face, and there might be a lot of sweet thangs walking around in the airport that will come if beckoned by a sign calling them out by name.
When Daddy Knows You’re Special
While there’s nothing quite like the Nashville airport’s famous carpet design to welcome you back home, there’s also nothing quite like having your father waiting to pick you up.
When you got a father like this who just gets what it’s like to have perfectly fabulous eyebrows, though, you know you have something special. This is pretty much the best compliment you can get from anyone, but her daddy was waiting until she got home to tell her face to face.
You’ve Been Warned…
It’s not completely legible because not all of the words on the right are visible, but apparently it says that these two children will run over you to hug their grandmother, who should be there any minute.
Grandma will be stoked that her two grandchildren have grown up and are finally big enough to do some serious damage if you get in their way. She’s been grooming them for peewee football, and it looks like it’s about time for these two to try out.
Welcome Home, Daddy!
These two kids must have some pretty great parents, judging by the cuteness factor. Mom made sure that the kids came to greet their father in adorable matching outfits, holding signs. It’s uncertain exactly what this means…did she quit her job and needs assistance?
Maybe they’re divorced and she’s owed alimony? Most likely, though, she’s just sick of raising two kids by herself without her husband by her side to help raise them together. Either way, the biggest question is what Daddy thought when he saw this!
Room for Just One More
While this is far from standard practice in airports around the world, the driver needs to make a living, too, and what better way to make an extra buck than add an extra passenger?
You might say this is completely unfair to passenger number 1, but Alice actually got an incredible deal. She was offered a far cheaper fare than she could have ever gotten using a regular cab company, so she can’t really complain if her driver picks up another person to drive around.
Although it’s uncertain what the true story behind this airport sign is, it’s very likely that Ayo Ma is someone’s real name. Ayo, meaning joy, is a common name of the Yoruba people, who live in Nigeria and Benin, and Ma may just happens to be her last name.
But then again, if you’re not in the know, “Ayo ma!” is a very informal but not impolite interjection that a young man might use to grab the attention of an attractive woman.
This sign isn’t just a funny reference to an awesome kids’ movie, but also a really sweet message from a mother to her girl! In Finding Nemo, a father clownfish seeks to find his missing clownfish son the whole movie, while in this picture a mother has finally found her daughter — both of whom are human, of course.
What’s cute is that both mother and daughter happen to be wearing colors that correspond with what Dori and Nemo are wearing in the sign!
Way to Embarrass Mom
This unique bond between a mother and her son is something to see, indeed. Somehow, no matter how stupid or embarrassing the things he does are, she’s able to forgive, get past it, and stand by his side.
And in record time, this picture proves! Unless, of course, she hadn’t just come from the slammer like the sign indicates. Let’s hope that’s the reason because this mom looks too sweet of a lady to go to jail!
Embarrassing Mom Alert
The first time a child travels on their own is often a momentous occasion for a parent. There’s something about them being gone that fills a house with emptiness.
This mother knew that the moment her baby came back from his one week trip to San Diego, she was going to smother him with love and embarrassment. That’s what moms do, after all, remind the world that you fear your son won’t remember you after one week away, even though he’s your baby.
Tropical Northwest Paradise
This dad wanted to make mom feel a little more excited about coming home to dreary Seattle, so he concocted a plan with his young sons to pretend that mom was just starting her vacation when she got home.
He planned to have everything organized for her, so she would be relaxed, but there was one missing piece. Then it hit him; pretend they’re in Florida! The boys donned their best Hawaiian shirts and made a Welcome to Florida sign.
Ugly Holiday Outfit
When your family has finally agreed to come to visit you for the holidays, there’s only one way to make them regret that decision before they even leave the airport.
Everyone in this family is known for being a holiday Grinch, so this young man decided to throw it in their faces by putting on an entire suit dedicated to the holiday season. Despite rolling their eyes, they had to admit it was a jolly sight to see.
The Last Time
Usually, it is considered a fun task, having to drive all the way to the airport, because while the drive could be long and tiring, the reward of having the person you love back in your arms is the best feeling in the world.
This girl, however, begs to differ, a notion she felt was important to stress to the person she was picking up. She could have written any sign she wanted, but eventually decided to go ahead with this.
Serve And Protect
The sign clearly reads: “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy but my name’s Harper and I’m your baby!”
After being deployed for so long, Harper’s father could no longer wait until the time would come and he could finally hold his baby in his arms and be reunited with his wife and family. Being a soldier and serving his nation is a duty the man fulfills every day with pride, but still, some moments are too priceless to explain.