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Know when to walk away, know when to run

Rob, who will be joining me for part of my trek, and who is about to experience backpacking for the first time, had this to say to me:

"I suppose if i stay in a shitty hostel at first, the rest should seem good by comparison?"

[maniacal laughter, which abates to a sardonic chuckle]
Sadly, no. It works more like this:

* The maximum starting amount of Hostel Tolerance Points (HTP) you have is 20. (He will have 20, my past experiences leave me with 10.)

* For each night you stay in a hostel, you lose 1 HTP. This is due to watching your stuff like a hawk, dealing with bastard staff, and the like.

* Catastophic events such as having your belongings stolen or being evicted unfairly costs 3 HTP.

* For each night you get laid in a hostel, you gain 2 HTP. (This is why James is at about 40 HTP.)

* For each day you stay out of a hostel you gain 0 HTP. This is because you gain 1 for not being there, but lose 1 for being isolated in a hotel without other travellers to commune with (i.e. no +2 HTP).

* For each 4 week block you spend back home, you gain 1 HTP. (This is why I am back to 10.)

* When you drop below 0 hostel points, you go frikking mad.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Good to see you're getting back on traveling path! Is Rob firing up a blog somewheres? What's his itinerary?

I like this hostel scale :)
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
hahaha brilliant.

-- Dave C.
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
Stay safe and stay sane! Try not to get locked in any toilets this time around, ok? K
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