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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

The joys of being backpacker usually involve having to share a dormroom with some of the most crazy and inconsiderate people on the planet.

I usually tend to put up with a lot before I say anything because

a) what do I really have to get up for tomorrow?

b) it is a hostel after all, and if you want total peace and quiet, thereĀ“s always a hotel.

At the same time, though, there are days when you dream about tieing them up and gagging them.

What are your worst roommate stories?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting samsara2

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At the same time, though, there are days when you dream about tieing them up and gagging them.
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Ooh, you are awful, but I like you

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Quoting samsara2

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At the same time, though, there are days when you dream about tieing them up and gagging them.
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Ooh, you are awful, but I like you

Not everyone wants to know about your fetishes, James!

Sorry - have never stayed in a hostel, but I'm sure there are lots of stories ready to be told...

Hey Ev, where are you now? ;)

[ Edit: Added a comment... ]

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Ok, the absolute worst one... two days after Christmas in Coromandel Town. We'd had a really nice Christmas dinner and party at the hostel two days before; got to know the other backpackers there a lot better than you usually do - was a good group, which was now starting to break up again as people were leaving. Just me and one other guy left in this six bed dorm.
Then, a group of locals (that is kiwis, though not from the immediately area), three men in their fifties, arrived at the hostel. They spent the evening drinking beer and telling loud stories. Think rednecks on a fishing expedition, and you've pictured them.

Both me and the other guy had gone to bed early-ish - around 23:00, I think, a very reasonable hour for this sleepy town with nothing much to do - as we both had a 07:00 bus heading out of the Coromandel the next morning.

At 01:00, the three guys entered the dorm and turned on the light, loudly discussing their plans for the following day. We groan, but given the obviously inebriated state these guys were in, neither of us felt particularly inclined to find out how they would react to being told to behave, so we both decide to turn around and wait it out.
At least they're in bed relatively swiftly.
Then, they start snoring. And not just regular snoring (which I was quite experienced in ignoring at that point), but snoring in the loud manner that only drunk 50+ year old men are capable of achieving. Three different snores, three different breathing rhythms to try and suppress awareness of. AAAARGH!

15 minutes later, there's a massive crash, followed by confused screaming - one of these guys had managed to trash about in drunken dreams wildly enough to fall out of the top bunk! The other backpacker guy can't help but to burst out laughing hysterically, and I'm not very far away from that either.

Somehow I managed to fall asleep after that. To only be woken up again at 05:00 by these three getting out of bed and loudly harassing each other and getting ready to go fishing, literally yelling to each other through the dorm. (Almost certainly waking up the next door dorms as well.)

It's that we had early busses and had to wake up quite early ourselves as well anyway, but otherwise I think at that point we'd have been ready to do murder. I've never quite as much understood why locals in hostels are the ultimate horror story as I did on that morning. Such complete contrast to backpackers for whom being considerate of others is a way of life! (And I say that also having experienced a ton of really inconsiderate backpackers!)

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 25, 2006 3:59 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

pretty similar story to the one above...

We were in a refugio up in the mountains in Chile. Just a small, very basic hut with wooden beds. There were four of us, no light so we all went to bed quite early.

At 4 AM I woke up suddenly, because of loud voices and strong flashlights. For some reason I thought it was the police first, but then I realized it was a bunch of boyscouts, arriving at the refugio in the middle of the night for some very strange reason (maybe they didn't want to pay the entrance fee to the national park?). They didn't shut up when they saw us in bed in there - no, they started taking pictures of each other, with flash of course, opening up beer cans, giggling like schoolgirls. We asked them politely to be quiet, and they actually stepped outside to finish their beer. But then they came back in, went to bed, and the four of them immediately started snoring, rigorously.

Worst thing was that I didn't even get the chance to wake up before them and make terrible noises with the cooking vessels and a metal spoon next to their ears. Because when I woke up (only reason I managed to get back to sleep at all was my earplugs and my thoughts of revenge) they were already out of there.

Very very strange.

//Susanna

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Worst room mates/travel companions as of yet: My class mates. We were sixteen/seventeen and lets say our school trip to the Czech Republic involved a lot of Czech beer, rum with a hint of coke, puke, sheets wet from pee and bad music because we had only one CD with four songs. My "favourite" idiots got so stoned they ran around naked in the snow and thought it was a great idea to have me join them. Then they locked the door from the inside leaving me out to freeze.

In the end one of them was sober enough to realise I would raise hell with the teachers and they let me in again, but was I ever glad to be rid of them two months later after graduation!

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

This is not necessarily a "worst roommate story" but thought it might kind of fit.

After being out on a Whitsunday Islands (Australia) sailboat for a few days, I checked back into a hostel in Airlie Beach fairly late in the afternoon. To my surprise the dorm room they put me in was empty and I had the room entirely to myself for the night.

The next morning I went out to take a shower, returning to my room with a towel around my waist. To my surprise, the room was no longer empty, in fact had an entire family from Sweden unpacking in it. Mom, dad, son and two daughters. At first, I was kind of pissed off about this, but they turned out to be hilarious and very kind people. They then somewhat adopted me into the family for the next few days and I was so glad I had met them.

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting john7buck

This is not necessarily a "worst roommate story" but thought it might kind of fit.

After being out on a Whitsunday Islands (Australia) sailboat for a few days, I checked back into a hostel in Airlie Beach fairly late in the afternoon. To my surprise the dorm room they put me in was empty and I had the room entirely to myself for the night.

The next morning I went out to take a shower, returning to my room with a towel around my waist. To my surprise, the room was no longer empty, in fact had an entire family from Sweden unpacking in it. Mom, dad, son and two daughters. At first, I was kind of pissed off about this, but they turned out to be hilarious and very kind people. They then somewhat adopted me into the family for the next few days and I was so glad I had met them.

I don't get it. What were you pissed about? About them being Swedish, or about them being roommates? Or about the two daughters?

  • confused*

//Susanna

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

I think he was p'd off cos he thought he had the whole room to himself???

10. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

FAr from "worst" room-mate but I did travel with a guy who used to sometimes shout and swear in his sleep! Then there's the snorers!

Stinky farts and stinky feet are pretty grim.