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1. Posted by adamsa (Budding Member, 38 posts) 5 Jun '07 23:20

so im a bit of a stickler for a little privacy and semi quiet sleep. everyones saying that its a bad idea to book the single rooms in hostels because ill never meet anyone. i was kind of hoping id meet people in the common areas/bars whilst being able to enjoy my own room for sleep.

im going to be travelling all europe in july and id hate to have made a bad decision in these regards..

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 6 Jun '07 01:48

Well, it is true that meeting people is easier when you sleep in a dorm, but it's not impossible of course. And after a while you get bored of those dorm stories as well.
And isn't travelling about experiencing the country, it's people etc etc instead of meeting other travellers?

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru, 1696 posts) 6 Jun '07 02:18

Quoting Utrecht

And isn't travelling about experiencing the country, it's people etc etc instead of meeting other travellers?

I'd say its those things as well as meeting other travellers, not instead.

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member, 1342 posts) 6 Jun '07 03:04

Quoting adamsa

so im a bit of a stickler for a little privacy and semi quiet sleep. everyones saying that its a bad idea to book the single rooms in hostels because ill never meet anyone. i was kind of hoping id meet people in the common areas/bars whilst being able to enjoy my own room for sleep.

im going to be travelling all europe in july and id hate to have made a bad decision in these regards..

the only downside is you pay more for single rooms, but it's never a bad idea to want more privacy. i tend to book single rooms as well when i travel - if there aren't any available, the four-bed room is the most i'd settle for. it's all very well interacting with people, but i still value my privacy and i don't see why i have to give it up when i travel.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 6 Jun '07 04:02

Quoting Clarabell

Quoting Utrecht

And isn't travelling about experiencing the country, it's people etc etc instead of meeting other travellers?

I'd say its those things as well as meeting other travellers, not instead.

You are right of course, but if I had to choose.....;)

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3534 posts) 6 Jun '07 04:16

I think it's nice to have a mixture of both single rooms and dorms. It's good to meet other people but sometimes you do want to do your own thing - you don't have to be meeting people all the time and as Utrecht said you do get fed up of the same old dorm tales and telling people the same old stories about your route etc. By the end of 3 months in Australia I was totally fed up of dorms and treated myself to single rooms quite a lot.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru, 1276 posts) 6 Jun '07 04:17

I will just say that single rooms are normally more expensive as far as I've found...

8. Posted by adamsa (Budding Member, 38 posts) 6 Jun '07 08:23

theyre definitely more expensive but still cheaper than a hotel.. if i was going for any longer than a month i dont think i could do it this way again. i can always change my reservations i guess if i decide otherwise

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4278 posts) 6 Jun '07 09:33

Whenever I had the budget for it, I stuck to single rooms. Zero chance of snoring in the room == happy me.
Meeting people is what the lounge is for. (Of course, that only really works in Australia/New Zealand, where hostels have good lounges that people actually want to spend time in; Europe sucks in that regard. (Or at least the handful of European hostels I stayed at do.))

10. Posted by AdamH77 (Budding Member, 41 posts) 6 Jun '07 12:40

Personally i'd recommend investing in a good pair of earplugs and a dorm. It kind of depends on the hostel as to whether theres a good common area that everyone hangs in, but the dorms you'll pretty much always meet someone.