The race to get home..

It was the morning of Tuesday 17th of March. I was on my way from Bristol – Southampton to meet an engineer who was installing a new streaming service for our brewery.

This had been a scheduled meeting with myself & my boss.

My boss rang me the day before to let me know he would be self isolating as the COVID-19 situation was escalating & he would be able to come.

He let me know if I don’t feel comfortable taking public transport to not worry about it. At this point I wasn’t to fussed. The trains were already fairly empty from people already being asked to work from home where possible.

Its a 3hour journey from Bristol-Southampton thank to track work & rail replacement buses.

Half way through my journey I received 2 texts almost simultaneously from my Brother Dan & bro in law Sammy. TheY informed me that the Australian government urged all Australians abroad to come home now or risk being stranded/ cut off. I instantly rang my boss to explain the situation. He told me if I have to go, to just go! Although I knew ultimately it was my decision I just wanted to get his thoughts on the situation. He said if I need to turn back around now & head to the airport tonight or tomorrow to just do it.

I knew I had to act fast. I decided to carry on with my journey & meet the engineer out of respect as we had already rescheduled once. I spent the other half of the trip searching for flights from UK – Australia. I wasn’t surprised to see the flights were fairly reasonable priced considering the situation. Well the situation changed quickly , I guess I wasn’t the only Australian who got a text from their family about the news. Within 15 minutes of me searching for flights they had gone up £200.

I decided to go for Royal Brunei airline as it was a great value flight & also one of the shortest journeys. Flight was £750 1 way, Heathrow to Melbourne.

Flight booked. Shit is real! I’m heading back to Australia only 7 weeks of me returning back to UK. It’s a bit surreal.

I called Chloe immediately, she was shocked but understood. I returned home & started packing, I had less than 24 hours to pack up my life & get to the airport. Chloe was heading to London the following morning so it worked out well, her parents also live next to Heathrow. We were not even out of Bristol when I received a call from a London number, who could this be I thought.

It was a flight attendant from Royal Brunei, he let me know that I would not be able to board my flight due to new restrictions placed in that country. I was shocked, this was my worst fear. Before booking with Royal Brunei I looked at travel restrictions, a lot of airports were restricting customers even transitioning through their airport.

Although I went into panic mode, I thanked him for calling me & letting me know as soon as he did. Considering the amount of interruption and uncertainty in the travel industry going on I didn’t expect this kind of service.

I looked at the time, it was 11:30pm in Australia, I needed to let my family know that I am not allowed to board.

After calling all immediate family members with no answer, I finally got an answer from Aunty Megs. She told me she would try my sister Jessy, the only one without a mobile. She was able to get through to her landline & connect me with Sam!

Due to the short notice of these unexpected travel plans I didn’t have the funds to just fork out on another long haul flight.

I had rang the Australian embassy in London for advice, they were shocked that Royal Brunei were doing these restrictions & had not heard about them yet. Their advice was to book another commercial airline.

I managed to get a flight from London- Switzerland – Singapore – Sydney – Albury. FOUR flights and over 48 hours later I arrived home.

When I was checking in at Heathrow, I was told only Europeans were currently allowed to transit through Switzerland since I had an Australian passport I would not be able to board. Because I was a UK resident I was allowed to board! Phew!

The layover in Zurich was short, the flight was full of uncertain Italians trying to get back to Europe as all flights to Italy were being cancelled.

I knew the restrictions to transit through Singapore were changing fast, at the point of me boarding, no passenger that had recently visited France, Italy, Germany & Spain were allowed to transit. Another sigh of relief thank goodness I had not been there recently. Unfortunately for quite a few Australians were refused boarding to Singapore.

The flight from Switzerland to Singapore is a 12 hour journey, I knew potentially their could be new laws by the time I land. I knew UK was next on the list of restrictions. Thankfully it had not been on the list of countries yet!

Due to the restrictions, the flight was fairly empty and I was able to have a sleep.

I left at a time where UK prime mister Boris was giving vague guidelines on the British pubs. He recommended people avoid pubs, although had not yet shut them. When he announced this customers were cancelling their bookings in droves & takings were instantly down. Job losses were imminent. My employer City Pub Group PLC, would obviously have to scale back the business in order to survive. I said I would be more than happy to go back to bar tending, cleaning , dish washing through this time of uncertainly.

I also told my boss I am happy to take unpaid leave until everything settles. Of which was granted. This meant my job was secure.

I’d received this in writing promptly from my boss. This was reassuring as I had worked really hard the last 4 years to get to the position I was in. I could breathe a sigh of relief & continue my journey to Australia.

The day I arrived, it was announces pubs were closing in the UK. This was huge, its like ripping the heart out of the UK. Their culture, their life, my job, my way of life. I understand why. It still doesn’t make it any more shocking to me. An industry I grew up in, shut down with a few hours warning..

I knew Australia was heading that way..

Total cost to get home $3600.

I’m glad I acted fast, as of today there is no possible way to get from UK – Australia.


Written on day #4 of quarantine.

Budapest 2019

Boss shouted us to Budapest since we performing so well. Good times

Lily Allen- Brussels, Belgium

How to get cast on Coach Trip – Jimmy’s Tips


Original Bristol Post article

A brand new season of Coach Trip has been announced and producers are looking for a new group of outgoing and adventurous Brits to take part.

The reality TV programme’s ratings success has meant the series has been renewed and now 12 Yard productions want people from Bristol to sign up and represent the South West.

To secure a spot on Brendan’s iconic coach you have to be lucky though. Last year, 15,000 people applied to be a contestant on the current season – they only needed between 70 and 80 tourists.

So, to be in with a chance for a trip of a lifetime you can follow my top tips on getting in.

My top tips on applying to Coach Trip

Flexibility – With the trip now going for 40 days, you’re going to have to start sucking up to your boss now to get that kind of time off. The better your availability the bigger chance of getting on the coach. There’s nothing more the producers and tourist’s hate more is when people get there and then next week say they have to go back to the UK for work.

The audition – They only invite select few to an audition, so make sure your application is fully filled out, include interesting things about yourself and include a few clear photos. If you do get an audition it will be a group one first so don’t be boring – you’ve got to stand out. Listen to what everyone has to say and try to be as upbeat and confident as possible.

Don’t be afraid to apply as a solo traveller – If you don’t have a friend that’s as passionate about travelling as you, apply solo! I applied solo and was matched with an amazing girl called Jodie. We are on day 11 without a yellow card and I’ve met a new friend for life.

Be single – Brendan loves it when his tourist find love on his coach, be single and ready to mingle with other tourists. You spend almost 20 hours a day with these people, you never know what you’ll find. There’s more love on this series than any other.

Don’t be afraid to apply with your mum or dad – Although the series is now aimed at a younger audience they’ll still throw a few oldies in. Hannah and her mum Helen are doing well this season.

Don’t worry if you haven’t travelled before – They really mix the coach up with first timers to pro travellers.

Just be yourself – Don’t try and be like anyone that you’ve seen on the show before, they like original people.

Be prepared for a trip of a lifetime – The crew treat you really well and you’re fed extremely well with the accommodation every night often being five or four Star!

Tips for staying on the coach. 
  • To stay on Brendan’s coach you’ve got to remain popular. Be nice to everyone, even if you cant stand someone learn to be two faced and deal with them.
  • Be prepared for long days.  6am call times , with cameras in your face from breakfast all the way through to around 10-11pm.
  • Be prepared everything travelling comes with, the exhaustion, travel sickness, food poisoning, heat stroke.
  • I wouldn’t suggest any alcohol consumption. One tourist was hungover and people voted for him because he was sick and quiet the next day.
  • Be prepared for betrayal and people turning there backs on you.
  • Take the yellow card gracefully! Stay grateful and humble, theres nothing worse than looking ungrateful and spoilt when you get a yellow.
  • Don’t try and be like anyone that you’ve seen on the show before, just be yourself. They like original people.

Jodie was cast via Skype. I was invited to an audition in London after a phone interview.

Shaun & Troy applied last season but didn’t made the cut.

Pearl and Ruby got contacted directly to apply.

Be prepared for a trip of a lifetime! The crew treat you really well & you’re fed extremely well with the accommodation every night often being 5 or 4 Star!
Good luck!


To apply, email

Include your name, contact number and your nearest city.

Alternatively, you can send your information by post to: Coach Trip Applications, 12 Yard Productions, 1st Floor, 85 Newman Street, London , W1t3EX




Thank you Brendan! Love Jimmy

I was cast for season 17 of Coach Trip on E4 in the UK. For me this was a huge life achievement. A whopping 15,000 Brits applied to be apart of this amazingly fun show. Before I applied I had never actually seen the show. I don’t own a TV and all I knew about it is that it was a travel show. Sounds dreamy. I went right ahead and applied.

Having never seen the show before meant I had never heard of Brendan Sheerin, one of the most famous faces in the UK, a British gem. Brendan has hosted the show since 2003. He is so dedicated to this series he said he would never do any other program, even though he has been approached before.

Although I hadn’t heard of him before I was genuinely excited to be going on an adventure with probably one of the most well travelled people in the world. Brendan now 58 has explored the world over.

I enjoyed every moment I had with Brendan, He is the funnest most sassiest kind man I’ve ever met.  He is also the most inspiring celebrity I’ve met. His attitude & excitement towards travel was contagious. I’ve always asked myself if I will ever stop travelling, wondering if I will hit a certain age and just settle. Brendan reassured me that maybe the free spirit adventurous nature we both share may just last a life time. I’m so grateful for every day I got to spend with Brendan. I would have loved to last the whole trip, although I am proud of how far I made it.

Theres a lot of chat on that coach that will never make it to the final cut, Brendan would fill us in with amazing and interesting facts and stories about places we were travelling to or through. These fuelled my spirit and got me so excited on all the possibilities and adventures to be had in this life, Theres just so much to learn about the world. The amount of knowledge this man has is truly inspiring.

I also had the privilege to get to know Brendan on a personal level. He took time to tell me a lot about his life and past loves, I would share my stories and struggles I’ve had in my life with my sexuality. It was almost like a counselling session, I felt so comfortable opening up to Brendan.

Coach Trip Road to Tenerife has honestly been the most amazing life experience I’ve ever had. I’m so grateful for the whole experience and its even better that it was captured. I’ll look back on these memories my whole life.

Watching back the series I got to see a whole new side to Brendan, his commentary,  and attitude towards the tourist’s is not only hilarious, I also found it heart warming. I only hope I am as fun, positive & as beautiful as Brendan when I’m his age.

You’ve bought so much joy to people over the years bringing smiles to millions & you’ve inspired me like no other person I’ve met before. Where do I see myself in 20 years? Hopefully guiding fun loving tourists around the world!

I’m sure its not the last time I’ll see Brendan. Brendan is originally from Leeds, England & now lives in Malaga in Spain.

Coach Trip Road To Tenerife continues without me Mon-Fri at 7.30pm on E4

Coach trip road to tenerife Jimmy

Lining up for our next activity on the Road To Tenerife with our legendary host Brendan



Coach Trip day 4 – Santander, Spain

Day 4 on the epic road to Tenerife & we got to go fly boarding, something that was very high on my bucket list! I couldn’t believe my luck. It was so so much fun. It is quite hard to master. It requires the perfect amount of balance and concentration. It’s safe to say I absolutely smashed it. There was no stopping me, I got so high & I even managed to do a back flip!

Day 4 we also got to go on an Assault course. Something I’d never done before. It turns out the course was higher than it looked with my partner Jodie having a meltdown up there having to be rescued by the park manager. I am scared of heights but seeing how fearful Jodie was in front of me put me at ease.

Day 4 also saw the shock yellow card to Nathan & Cory. Their flirting with the girls was getting on some tourists nerves.




Coach Trip Day 3 – Bilbao, Spain

Day 3 on the coach & after milking some sheep Brendan has blown the budget on a boat party! Day 3 also saw the arrivals of two of my favourite girls, Blonde bombshell’s Pearl & Ruby Day from east London.

I guess you could say I got a little excited with the two new arrivals on the coach and got caught up in the moment. I noticed Brendan was hanging to the side so I decided to twerk on him. I’m not sure whether he liked it but was definitely one of my finest TV moments.

The Boat wasn’t all fun though, It was a rough ride with almost everyone getting some sort of sea sickness! The mixture of booze, excitement and having won the swimming race made me feel very nauseous. Poor Jodie copped it the worst.



Jimmy coach trip

Coach Trip Road to Tenerife originals day 3


Coach Trip Day 1- Biarritz, France

Biarritz, is an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s Basque coast, it has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s. It’s also a major surfing destination, with long sandy beaches and surf schools.

Today was the first day we all met. Jodie was unsure of me at first thanks to my massive beard and I thought if we don’t get along we aint going to last a day on the coach.

It was an amazing first day.

Coach Trip Road To Tenerife Bristol Post Interview


Paddle Boarding on the south of France


Sliding into the first episode like.


The start of many new friendships

Road To Tenerife

First vote of the Season.

Jimmy & Jodie Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

Jimmy & Jodie Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

Coach Trip road to Tenerife originals

Coach Trip Road to Tenerife original cast

Coach Trip Road To tenerife

Jimmy Ladgrove on Coach Trip

Coach Trip – Road to Tenerife C4 Interview

Secrets out, The reality road trip heads to Tenerife! Under the watchful eye of tour guide Brendan the legend, I was 1 of the very lucky few out of the 15,000 applicants to gain a spot on Brendans legendary coach. 14 new hot tourists kick off an epic 40-day tour. There’s just one catch – the least popular people get voted off.

Coach Trip Road To Tenerife trailer

My interview with The Bristol Post


I’ve set a new coach trip record with my bff Jodie Carnall , you’ll have to tune in to see all the drama & absolute lols! This season there’s a very interesting vote twist which changes the course of the game. You can expect more romance in this series than any other with legendary Love Island producer Laura Woolf on board the coach.

This time, there will be six pairings who know each other, plus two solo travellers, Jodie and myself. We will all be competing to stay in the competition.

Coach Trip road to Tenerife originals

Coach Trip Road to Tenerife original cast

It all kicks off in Biarritz in the south of France E4 Mon 08 Jan, 7.30pm


Jimmy is a solo traveller. He is 26 and living in Bristol. Originally from Australia, Jimmy had always dreamt of travelling the world. He has spent the last 8 years backpacking around the USA and the UK, and now wants to travel around Europe! Sounds like the coach is the right place for him to be. He loves his 12 inch beard and hasn’t shaved for 3 years. His essential item on the coach will be his beard oil.

How would you describe yourself?

I’d describe my personality as cheeky, adventurous, fun, a little bit wild, and a bit whacky sometimes.

Are you a worldly traveller?

Yeah, I’d definitely describe myself as worldly. I have done a lot of travelling in the past 8 years, around Australia, North America, the UK and quite a bit of Europe, so I guess I’d see myself as a pro traveller.

Do you have any bad habits?

One of my worst habits is just not having the ability to sit still. I’m bored easily and always looking for my next adventure. I sort of can’t stay in the same place for a long time without having to wander off and see somewhere new.

Would you like a holiday romance?

So I am single. I’ve been single for 4 years, and I am looking. I identify as pansexual, which means I’m open to pretty much anyone so means I’m attracted to all people, and gender is irrelevant. So I’m really looking forward to potentially meeting someone on the Coach Trip.

What would you like to get out of the trip?

The one thing I’d like to come away with from this coach trip is just to see new places that I haven’t seen before. I’m really hoping I can stay on there for as long as possible so I can see as much of Europe as possible.

What are people’s first impressions of you?

Peoples first impressions of me when they meet me are like “Woah, beard!” Basically I just hear “beard”. Sometimes not even a hello, just “beard” or “Gandalf” some people shout at me

What kind of person would you like to be paired up with on the coach?

When it comes to who I’m gonna be paired up with, I’m really open to anything but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t mind if it was someone I felt a connection with and maybe something blossomed on the trip. Who knows? Anything’s possible.

What kind of person would you least like to travel with?

I can’t stand when people are late. That’s probably my number one.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

I do have a fear of heights. I have been trying to conquer that fear. I’ve been on the world’s tallest drop, thinking that would calm my fear of heights. That’s when I’m completely out of my comfort zone – when I’m up in high places.

Have you ever had a brush with fame?

Yeah, I met a lot of famous people when working in Hollywood. I also won a competition to have a date with Kim Kardashian, which was seven years ago, when I was a student. I’ve also challenged Bear Grylls at a game of AUSSIE pong, and was Katy Perry’s server for the night once.

Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

The Queen is a massive fan of Coach Trip and has palace staff tape it so she NEVER misses an episode


Road to Tenerife

Jimmy & Brendan from Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

Coach Trip road to Tenerife

Jimmy & Jodie from Coach trip #teamjj

#teamjj Jimmy & Jodie

Jimmy Ladgrove & Jodie Carnall on Coach Trip – Road to Tenerife

Jimmy & Jodie Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

Jimmy & Jodie Coach Trip Road to Tenerife

Coach Trip Day 1- Biarritz, France

Coach Trip Day 2 – San Sebastian, Spain

Coach Trip Day 3 – Bilbao, Spain

Coach Trip day 4 – Santander, Spain

Coach Trip Day 5 – Gijion, Spain

Coach Trip day 6 – Asturias hills, Spain

Coach Trip Day 7 – La Coruña, Spain

Coach Trip Day 8 – Santiago De Compostela

Coach Trip Day 9 – Vigo, Spain

Coach Trip Day 10 – Melgaco, Portugal

Budapest, Hungary

I spent 6 nights in Budapest, Hungary’s capital. Budapest has to be the most beautiful city in Europe I’ve ever been to.

Posted by James Reginald Ladgrove on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Australian working in the UK? Be sure to Apply for this!

If you are living and working in the UK be sure to apply for a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) It is free of charge! be careful of websites who try and charge you for it!

A valid European Health Insurance Card gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, in many cases, for free. For example, in some countries, patients are expected to directly contribute a percentage towards the cost of their state-provided treatment. This is known as a patient co-payment. If you receive treatment under this type of healthcare system, you are expected to pay the same co-payment charge as a patient from that country

Please Note: The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. It is also not valid on cruises.

It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

If you are Australian, you will have to apply by post and send a copy of your UK visa. The website claims the turnaround time is 21 days & you will receive your card within 10 days of your claim being processed. Its handy to note you can still travel with out it, if you end up needing treatment you can request a certificate from the hospital you are at.

It is similar to the Medicare Reciprocal Health Care Agreements in Australia. Only it covers more countries!

Oktoberfest, Munich 2016

Visiting Munich for one of Europe’s largest festivals was an absolute dream come true! Since I was 18 I had dreamed of going. It has been on my bucket list, and it was so nice to tick it off at the ripe age of 25. It certainly didn’t disappoint! The 18 day festival attracts over 6 million visitors from all around the world!

It is like an adults disneyland! There are over 10 massive tents representing all the different breweries. Each tents fit around 10 thousand people in each.

The atmosphere is incredible. Although the weather wasn’t the best when we were there. The crowds still poured in. I attended Monday-Wednesday. I felt that this would be enough time. If you go on the weekend you can be waiting up to 6 hours to get into a tent. A lot of people start queuing around 9am just to secure a table!

I was lucky as I was meeting my best friend there. Brooke was also meeting some of her friends also , so before we knew it there were about 8 of us.

Beers are served in the steins which fit around 2 pints in each. They are around 10-11euros and you are suppose to tip around 1euro to the server.

Each tent has live music going all day well into the night, playing a variety of german Oktoberfest classics as well as some known english songs. The tents are free to get into.

Outside the tents there are rides, loads of amazing german food stalls, tobacco stalls, gift shops ect. Nowhere really takes card so you’ve got to be carrying cash on you.

People come from all round the world and a ready to have a good time. Everyone is in good spirits, and I would absolutely return again. I think its a good idea to get a group of friends and make a day of it. I do think 3-4 days is enough for this , although a lot of people stay for a week or more. I guess it depends on how far you are traveling from.I caught a bus from Prague to Munich.

Thinking go going? Here are some tips.

Book in advance!! Some people book their accommodation a year in advance! Munich is an expensive city to live in and the prices of up for this festival. Air b&b was cheaper for us then a hostel dorm!

Use rome to rio website to see the cheapest route there. Flights to Munich go right up, It was cheaper for me to fly to Prague and spend a few nights there and then catch a bus!

IF you make it to the festival pace yourself, some of the german beer is quite high alcohol volume. You will be day drinking and may be exhausted by 8pm!

UPFEST 2016 Bristol

upfest logogs

Upfest is Europes largest Street Art and Graffiti Festival. In 2016 over 700 artists registered their interest for a spot in the festival. 300 are chosen. It is held in Bedminster which is south of the river. About a 15 minute walk from the centre of Bristol.

It’s my favourite festival in Bristol, It runs for 3 days is at the end of July. The artists basically paint over the whole street, from humungous landmark Buildings such as the Tobacco factory , to shop shutters. It’s great as you get to watch the artists live. It’s a great atmosphere and there is loads of street vendors,  selling all sorts of tasty treats and merch. As well as great live music

UPfest 2016 , Bristol England from james ladgrove on Vimeo.







The truth about Hostels

I think hostels get a bad rap. It may just be the name, I remember working at Blockbuster Video as a young teenager when this R 18+ horror movie was released called Hostel, it freaked me out. When travelling the  biggest expense other than maybe airfares is accommodation. Depending on your length of travel and budget, you may be interested in a luxurious room with all the amenities, spa bar and room service. I myself personally didn’t quit my job and travel to the other side of the world to relax and indulge myself in this way. I do choose to slum it in some ways but not all. It’s all about finding the right balance. I am not made of money , I didn’t come from money,  I did however earn all my money. How I choose to spend it is up to me. I don’t see the value at all in forking out large sums of money for a nice room that I won’t actually be spending much time in. I choose hostels as they offer all I need at a very good price and location. Often I just want a place I can put my bags, take a nap, charge my phone & have a shower. If you don’t like the idea of sharing a room with what are yes , complete strangers. You could perhaps opt in for private room. They are a lot more expensive, but are still a lot more affordable then hotels.
Location. The truth is, more often then not, hostels are located in really great areas. Often all they are is very old run down hotels that are now ineligible of any kind of star rating.  For example in San Francisco I was staying at a hostel next to the 5 star hilton. The location was absolutely amazing. Sure my suitcase didn’t fit in the elevator but Yolo, the wifi was fast.
Although I am overall very Pro Hostel. They ain’t all good. Thanks to a lot of the booking websites it is now very easy to divide the good from the damn right ugly. The booking website have a rating system that allows you to view honest opinions from recent guest. They rate everything from the staff, cleanliness to location & wifi speed. The websites only allow you to rate after staying there, so you know they are legit views.
Tips: If you are planning on visiting a place in peak season, such as NYE, summer or perhaps there is a major festival happening there. I do recommend on booking well in advance where possible. other then that my suggestion is not to book in advance at all. More times then not I have got a last minute deal from the night before. A lot of the hostels palm off there unsold rooms to various websites that go on to slash the price often 50% off or more. This is great if you are a spontaneous traveller.
Super Tip! If travelling off-peak. (think English Winter) go ahead and book that 10-15 mixed dorm. It will be bargain price & chances are you could be the only one in there. This has actually happened to me! In Birmingham and Cardiff, Wales. I got a room for 10 pounds and I was the only one in there. I saved some serious mola. Hola!
Cheeky tip. If its the weekend and your in a city where you know you are going to go out. Book the cheapest room, lock up all of your stuff, get out on the town, get your boogie on & chances are you won’t be sleeping at all or will end up in someone else’s house. Often a lot comfier then the hostel beds. 😉
Beware;  Be  careful of the extra cost associated with your room. Perhaps they don’t offer complimentary towels. Maybe the Wifi ain’t free. Maybe the checkout time is 7am. Always read the fine print or you it might cost you as much as a night at the Hilton around the corner.
My favourite thing about hostels is of course the people you meet! When your renting out a bed in a 10 bed dorm, if my maths is correct theres a potential that you are able to make 9 new friends! You meet people from all over the world, if your plans are often flexi like mine, it can be fun to tag along and get some ideas from your fellow dorm buddies. With 10 beds in a room there is the obvious downside of potential snorers, or people that stank, or chat on their phone, come home at random times, alarm clocks with 5 min snooze intivals.



Hostels also put on a various range of events if you are lucky! from crawls to pasta nights. When I was in paris my hostel put on a cheese and wine tasting night for free. I vomited it all up in my dorm ensuite later that night.