I was never exposed to life in hostels or dorms as this was my first travel experience outside India on a shoestring budget and I was looking at every possible avenue to minimise my cost.
All research led me to one conclusion…live in hostels / dorms / guest houses. I had no clue as to what to expect. I am no hostel veteran but my experience has been great and nothing much to regret during my last 4 months in S.E.Asia. I have been put up in some amazing dorms with mouth watering breakfasts while there were other places where I would count every second to sunrise for me to vanish.
Personally for me, I have had rather very few tough experiences. I normally do my research before entering a new city / town and would have a basic idea of the price point and what to expect.
My research began with CouchSurfing, Hostel World, Airbnb, Booking.com and Agoda. This was for S.E.Asia and it more or less gave me the entire spectrum of available properties, price and the reviews. There were options of giant dorm rooms with one shared bathroom for far too many people, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Those are just the cheapest rooms available; if you are willing to pay a few extra dollars, you can often upgrade to a smaller dorm or end up even in a private room! The choice depends on the traveller. Do you value your privacy and a good night’s sleep or can you hack it with a loud snorer and sometimes a room full of strange characters? There can be really shady places; this can be filtered from the reviews.
The stay for me has been a great experience with the highlight being the opportunity to meet other travellers, enjoy their stories as well their wild adventures and experience the youthful vibe. I always met up with someone who has travelled more and gave me good insights on the non-touristy places. We might end up having a companion for the next leg of the journey. All this depends upon the person you are. I enjoyed the company of other travellers as it gave me the opportunity to understand different cultures and background of other travellers.
On the flip side, I hated it when we have to seem friendly and upbeat always. People are social creatures, but it is also good to have some ‘alone’ time to unwind and relax.
Sometimes the journey of a lifetime begins with a single step. In my case the inception for the journey of a lifetime began with a solo trip. The preparation for
Warrier's Trail is a crazy dream of a simple guy that was inspired by a desire to travel, meeting people, see places and live life full of uncertainty.
The dream is to travel 40 countries, in over 500 odd days in 5 regions (S.E.Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe & Africa)
A journey of exploration!