The 5 things that annoy me about dorms.
Dorms are a big part of the whole backpacking experience and I have made some great friends with my fellow roomies in the past. But last night was one of my worst nights in recent experiences. I had just spent 5 nights in one of South America’s biggest party hostels and had actually managed to get a decent amount of sleep. However at my next destination I decided I would stay in a chilled out hostel and recuperate from all the partying I had done.
I arrived at my new hostel and it was set around a tranquil patio area. No loud music, and not a game of beer pong in sight. Brilliant I thought. I decided to get into bed and read for a while at around 10.30. One guy was already a sleep, snoring his head off. Later a couple came to bed. But they decided that they would n’t go to sleep, they insisted on smooching and telling each other how much they loved each other. A while later a group of around 5 came into the room, all went straight to bed. It was now time for me to get my head down. However someone had left their lamp on illuminating the whole room. The snorer was then accompanied by a friend and they seemed to have a snore off. It was time for the ear plugs! Things went from bad to worst when another couple arrived at around midnight. They had just checked in a thought this would be a good time to turn on all the lights and unpack their backpacks. It got worse when they decided they needed a shower before they went to bed. The snore off continued all night and I guess I got about 4 hours sleep in the end. So much for a chilled hostel!
It got me thinking about what else annoys me about dorms.
Here are my top 5 annoying things about dorms.
1) People who come in drunk and turn on all the lights at 3am
I get drunk all the time and have my fair share of late nights, but I do not feel the need to have a conversation at the top of my voice with my fellow revelers. I can also seem to find my bed, get undressed and get into bed with out turning on the lights!
2) Messy room mates.
Most of the time dorm space is squeezed to the maximum. There is little space to put your belongings but I always try to be considerate and utilize my space fairly. One thing that really hacks me off is when people decide to unpack their entire worldly belongings and scatter them across to the whole room. The result of this is a bizarre game of hopscotch every time you enter or leave the room. In my experience it is the girls who are the worst offenders.
3) Not having anywhere to charge your stuff.
Every backpacker has at least 3 electrical items that need constant charging. I am travelling with 2 cameras, a phone, a laptop, a tablet, a razor and a toothbrush. I find it truly frustrating when a dorm has only one electrical socket. This always seems to be monopolized by the person whose bed is nearest to the socket, resulting in some pretty stealthy tactics to win the prized socket. If only there were 2!
4) Couples in dorms.
I know every backpacker is on a tight budget and we are always looking to save a pound or two. But I just can not understand why couples sleep in dorms. If I traveled with a girlfriend I would n’t even consider it. It really hacks me off when couples sleep in the same bunk, smooch and flirt with each other all night. I am sure if I brought a girl back to the dorm they would have something to say about it. The phrase “GET A ROOM” has never been more relevant.
I know snoring is treated as a medical condition and the person can not help their nocturnal noises, but its pretty damn annoying to fellow dorm mates. Ear plugs can contain the worst and I always have mine handy just encase. But when you have a group of snorers or one exceptionally loud one it can get a bit too much. Some of the methods I have tried have been shaking their bed or chucking water over them. One of the most effective I have witnessed was a pillow thrown full pelt at the guilty sleeper’s head.
So there are my 5 most annoying things about dorms. What are yours?