One of the fun things when travelling around on your own with very little money is staying in hostel dorm rooms.
My current room in Chiang Mai has 6 beds, well sort of beds. There’s a raised platform with six mattresses on, separated by some interesting MDF frames with curtains hanging from them for a little privacy. It’s alright and there is an interesting carousel of people coming and going. Different ages, nationalities (all female in this room, but in Bangkok and Koh Tao I stayed in mixed dorms).
I think I’ve manged not to annoy people too much. I mean no-one has told me that I’ve pissed them off and some have stayed in touch. I’ve tried to keep all my crap roughly in one place, use my headphones whilst listening to the radio or watching something. I haven’t had any smelly food or anything. I think I’m probably doing ok.
There do seem to be some unspoken rules though:
When you meet someone you have to ask the following questions:
- Where are you from?
- How long have you been travelling?
- Where have you been and where are you going next?
If you remember to you might also ask their name, but that seems to bee coming half way through a conversation most of the time in an ‘Oh, I’m Ellie by the way!’ ‘Yeah! I’m….’