Review: The Generator Hostel, London

By |November 19th, 2015|

It’s a tucked away, but once you find it its as though you’re transported to another place entirely.

Admittedly the weather most likely made a huge difference in my case. Stepping and and out if a grey and damp London, into a warm, bright and very welcoming hostel was just what the Dr ordered.

The Generator Hostel […]

10 steps to becoming a better dorm buddy

By |November 12th, 2015|

So this weekend I’m all set to stay in a dorm room, as I visit the Generator hostel in London for the very first time (review to follow next week).

As much as I love dorm rooms, I already know what parts of the dorm experience I might not enjoy, and what type of fellow dorm […]

ClinkNOORD – A new kind of social travel experience

By |September 29th, 2015|

Confession –> Before last week I had never visited Amsterdam before.

That’s terrible I know, but to be honest I’d always foreseen that I would likely end up visiting as part of a stag do.  Never did I really envisage that I’d explore the city as a backpacker.

I obviously understand that people do choose to backpack around Europe and visit […]

Hostel Life: 5 dorm mates I wouldn’t wish on anyone

By |May 6th, 2015|

I can laugh about these experiences now, and I’m sure that in another place at another time, these people were great people, but as dorm mates at that exact place at that precise time they were a nightmare! No less than 5 individuals who caused a night without any kind of sleep.  They make for […]

Hostel Life Dilemmas

By |December 23rd, 2014|

So last year I covered dorm room dilemmas, but now, some 12 months later (sorry about the wait), I think its finally time to cover off some of the other dilemmas you may be faced with when staying in a hostel.  This extends from the booking process all the way through to checking out.  As […]

Hostel Review: Clink 78 – Kings Cross, London

By |August 28th, 2014|

Staying in a hostel for the night, when I live in the same city?  … yep, guilty.  But with good reason.

So to a couple of weeks ago, where I had a party  to attend out in the northern regions of zone 5.  As I live in zone 6, you may not think this an issue, […]

Hostel life: Top or bottom bunk?

By |August 7th, 2014|

Are you a Top Bunk W*nker?

Excuse the profanity, I wouldn’t normally use such a crude opening line to a post, but having just returned from the cinema and having seen the new Inbetweeners movie trailer, my backpacking instincts tell me that ‘Top Bunk W*anker’ is a phase you’re going to have to get used to […]

Dorm Room Dilemma’s

By |October 17th, 2013|

Say what you see.  This post is simply going to investigate those tough and awkward situations that often rear their fugly heads when sharing a hostel dorm room with a bunch of strangers.  Hostel life hey, never a dull moment.


1.  Who and at what point is it safe to turn the light off.

a)  You’re closest […]

Creating the ultimate hostel bunk bed

By |September 29th, 2011|

Staying in hostels is an excellent way of saving money on the road, the trouble is, sometimes they dont provide the most comfortable nights rest.  There are any number of things that could keep you up at night during your stay in a hostel …

Loud roommates going to bed later than you
Roommates who snore
Creaky beds
Smelly room
Outrageous heat
People […]

Things you don’t want from your hostel dorm room

By |September 6th, 2011|

All true and all horrific, if not a little funny looking back. This is an almost comprehensive list of all types of things I did not want from my hostel dorm rooms, but got, whilst on my travels around the globe. Lovely!
What you don’t want to see in a dorm room
• Roommate who sleeps naked […]