Travel Nightmares Of A Compulsive Backpacker
People who travel on budget swear by the backpacking style of exploring the world. Budget travel usually involves staying in youth hostels, which means sacrificing your notions of privacy, solitude and me-time. True, backpacking is exciting, social, truck loads of fun and the best way to meet some amazing people from across the globe. But it also has a downside to it.
We can count 6 for you:
1. DORM STYLE BEDS
Bunk beds can be quite annoying to a person who worships the idea of sound sleep. To cut down on their expenses, youth hostels use bunk beds to accomodate 5-6 people in one room. It can be fun initially, as you get to meet new people, but if you are caught among a group of snorers, loud talkers or weird romantic couple; then only god save you.
From the bed sheets to curtains to the towels in the bathroom; backpacker’s hostels reek of cheapness. You buy cheap food from outside and cook your food in the hostel kitchen using cook wear that has been acquired from cheap local markets around town. With so much cheapness around, you really start believing that world indeed is a cheap place to live in.
3. COMMON BATHROOMS
If you are a hygiene freak, then backpacking can be quite frightening. Most youth hostels provide shared bathroom facilities. And as guests you are required to take care of their upkeep. But after a hard days travel who cares about going phenyl and mop? Shelling out few extra pounds can give you access to a private bathroom. But then you are on a budget and you have better things to spend your money on than bathrooms. So in short, learn to adjust.
4. REPEATED CONVERSATIONS
Where are you from? Where are you headed? How many countries have you travelled to? For how long are you going to stay here? You have been asked those questions a million times before and the only way to put an end to it is by opening the strings of your wallet and moving to a chicer and more private resort.
5. REQUIRED TO STAY SOCIAL ALL THE TIME
If you are a recluse and love spending time with self, then living in a youth hostel can be quite a nightmare. The constant movement and chattering of people will leave you with no peace. And to top it, if you decide to skip the group party or chat session, which is commonplace in every youth hostel, it will not be long before you are branded aloof, standoffish, cold and anti-social. You don’t want that!
6. FLEETING FRIENDS
You meet people, you talk and by the time you start warming up to them, it is already time for them to leave. Yes in this age of internet it is easy to stay connected but with time exchange of mails is bound to fade away. Saying goodbyes to those whom you have struck a cod with is the hardest part. But always remember, you have a journey of your own to continue with and there are so many more unknown faces waiting to discover you on the other side of the globe.