Dorm rooms are fantastic for travellers. Not only are they cheap accommodation but they are a great place to meet people too. So how do you feel about staying in a hostel dorm room and sharing your space with complete strangers?
Sounds a bit daunting, if you’ve not tried it before. Not to mention all those hostel horror movies. Which I daren’t watch because I would probably never sleep in a hostel ever again!!
The best bit about dorm room is that you meet like-minded travellers almost as soon as you set foot in the room. And within 5 minutes, it’s the usual. ‘Where are you from? When did you arrive? Where are you going next?’
But hey nothing wrong with that to start the conversation. And pretty soon, you’re off exploring your new destination together, more than likely searching for food and drink!
‘the cheaper the accommodation, the more money you have to spend on experiences and adventures’
I don’t think I would have been able to travel to as many places over the last 8 years if I stayed in hotels all the time. For me, the cheaper the accommodation, the more money you have to spend on experiences and adventures in that country you are visiting.
Dorm rooms can cost as little $5, depending where in the world you are travelling. Even the more expensive countries, staying in a dorm room will make quite a difference to your budget.
So what is a hostel dorm room?
Dorm rooms come in all shapes and size. There are the cute 4 bed ones and then the massive 20 plus rooms. Most hostels opt for bunk beds as these simply take up less space but you might find the odd smaller one that has single beds. Are you a top or bottom bunk person? I have to admit both have their benefits but normally I opt for the bottom.
So that’s the logistics. Are you curious what it is really like? Check out my list of top 15 things you might encounter whilst staying in a hostel dorm room. And let me say, even though I have experienced all but one of these, none of them would stop me from booking a dorm room.
top 15 things you might experience Staying in a hostel dorm room
‘in the middle of the night. ‘I love you, I love you’, followed by some mmm noises’
2. Sleep talkers
3. Hostel Dorm room power
4. Late arrivals
5. Early leavers
6. Plastic bag rustlers
‘Most drunken travellers staying in a hostel dorm room try to be quiet but normally fail.’
7. Drunken dorm mates
8. Mobile phone glow
9. Hostel Locker challenge
‘the dorm room resembles the Arctic as someone has turned the air con down low’
10. temperature control – Too hot or too cold
11. Seeing things you don’t want to see in the dorm
12. Hearing things you don’t want to hear
‘if you’re going to have your underwear on show I guess it’s good for it to be clean.’
13. is iT a hostel Dorm room or is it a laundry room?
14. Questionable bedding
15. Treating the Dorm room like your own personal room
Becky’s Tip – A little bit of tidiness is always appreciated by your fellow travellers
Have you experienced staying in a hostel dorm room? Did you encounter any or these or maybe something I have missed off? Tell me about in the comments below