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Shared dorms - Hostels, advice needed

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1. Posted by joyzerelly (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

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Can anyone recommend a good hostel in Golden Coast? Also, I've never stayed in a hostel before, is it hideous to stay in a shared dorm with people you don't know? Will my stuff be ransacked?? Or is it the ideal way to meet people? HELP!!

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Asking is your stuff going to be ransacked is like asking are you going to die of lung cancer from smoking. Is it possible that it may happen? Yes it is. Is it likely to happen? No it is not. I've travelled very extensively to all areas of the world except Africa and haven't been ransacked at any hostel as yet nor have I had anything more than a can of deodorant stolen off of me from fellow travellers.

It is an ideal way to meet travellers, an ideal way to save money for the better things on your trip and an ideal way to see things that you otherwise would not be able to with the money you save on accommodation.

Don't live life thinking of all the bad that is going to happen, live life thinking about all the great times you are going to be having on your trip and the great people you will meet at some of the hostels.

Having said all this, I always do take precautions when staying in dorms. I have a small padlock which fits nicely between the conjoining zippers on my backpack to make for a tight lock. This allows my backpack to be secured without having the appearance of having stuff to hide like those people who are overly cautious and take those mesh nets to cover their whole backpack. Put your best criminal imagination together and think what you would be looking for to pick easy or worthwhile targets to steal peoples belongings. Too much security says to a potential thief you have stuff of value to hide, a little bit of security says you are a sensible person taking commonsense precautions but probably don't have anything to hide, no security at all says you are foolish and probably don't have anything of major value worth stealing but you are an easy target to steal from due to your lack of security.

You will be fine. In 3rd world places or South East Asia I prefer to stay in cheap hotels seeing they are very cheap, but in Australia where accommodation is very pricey I would always look to stay in a hostel.

3. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y

I agree, when i first got to Australia, i was forever unpacking and re-packing my stuff. but the most i ever had stolen off me was my sunglasses, and they only cost $12AUD, i have left everything from my passport to the book im reading out on my bed, and it was still their when i got back.

4. Posted by bevsmith (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Unless you want to run out of money in a period of weeks rather than months you dont have too much choice, i loved been in dorms the bigger the better and you get to make some great friends this way. As for hostels check out websites like hostel and search the hostels on the web as they dont always put there cheapest dorms on hostel world and hostel bookers ect.