For my first time outside the UK (ever), I went visiting a friend in Den Haag. I picked this place deliberately as I've been hosteling before in the UK, so I was expecting an experience I'd never forget, and I got one.
The hostel staff, Dennis, Marcel and Younis, along with Amy and her colleagues and the other guests, were welcoming and kind. Even though I had problems throughout the week, they managed to take it in their stride and be as helpful as they possibly could.
It was an adventure being here, different people every day, a new country, a new environment, and a lot of people who I would consider calling friends now. I would come back here in a heartbeat.