It was pouring, we stepped off the bus with no place booked. This hotel looked fun and inside we loved the wacky stone walls, wooden spiral staircases and the back basement room whose window touched the forest.
But come the time to switch the light off and go to sleep it all felt different. First the sounds of large bugs and insects thrashing against the interior walls. This put Hilary into a panic especially when one evil looking monster flew straight into her face.
Then it was Roger’s time to get unnerved. With the forest eerily lit from an upstairs room, the view out of the window looked like a giant aquarium full of aquatic plants – it was as if we were sleeping under water; open the window and we would drown.
Thank goodness we had only booked for one night. The next morning we paid up and left and are now just down the road in a family-run hotel that’s the same cost but so much better.
So our advice for middle aged gap year travellers is to unashamedly move on if you are not comfortable anywhere. And to help, at a new hostel/hotel where you haven’t been able to do any prior online research, only commit initially to just one night.
This is one of our occasional tips for middle aged gap year travellers. To see the others, click below on the link – Travel Tips