a break from the hostel dorm

When we travel, most often than not, there will be days that we prefer staying in the hostel lazily rocking our knees and watch the time pass by…

Do I hear signs of aging? EF YOU!

I guess, with the speed rate of our lives as urban slaves, we are starting to appreciate the simple luxuries and the art of doing nothing. And the place you stay or the bed you sleep-in plays a big role of making this senile activity a success!

Recently, we came across Roomorama, an accommodation portal where you can book properties from all over. What we love about it is the fact that they have units/apartments that are not too touristy and therefore, you would feel at home. Like a marriage between a house and hotel where you can experience the familiar local ambiance with the comforts and amenities of checking-in. In short, a short-term accommodation with first class luxury minus the hawking and ripping vendors looking at you as if you are a walking ATM.

One of the site’s features we found really helpful was the in-house customer service team available around the clock. Yes, they are real human being working and attending to you when you need help and they are not just an automated email reply that will merely tell you “your problem is simple, these are the steps, do it yourself you imbecile traveler!”  Oh yes, we have encountered these obnoxious “customer service” strategy several times in the past!

We were surprised when they actually sent us an email after few days of not hearing from a property owner, and they actually gave them a nudge. Pretty efficient.

We tried browsing around the site and tried searching properties in cities we are looking at visiting next. We kept our search filter within our budget of US$ 50 and we found these:

Seoul, South Korea at US$ 40

Lima, Peru at US$ 35

Marrakesh, Morocco at US$ 40

Nairobi, Kenya at US$ 50

Cebu, Philippines at US$ 50

So now you pretty much know our bucket list. I found these gems and they are all within our accommodation budget when we travel, and these are not just cramped bed spaces in steamy hostels–They are units that usually come with at least a queen size bed, living room, kitchen and private bath. That’s minus the disgusting hair on the shower floor for crying out loud.

OK! Just to clarify, we started as backpackers staying in hostels and we still are staying in them so to speak, because we enjoy mixed dorms (wink!). We may sound a bit contradicting when we say we love the hostel culture and hate the squirmy shared bathrooms, but at times that we just have go treat ourselves with a well deserved privacy. That is because we believe that there would be moments that we should have a good break from the world and pamper ourselves for our hard work back home.