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Why I prefer hostels

by Sherrie

There’s so many different accommodation types around the world. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great since we all have somewhere to sleep and a roof over our heads while travelling.

Some may prefer all-inclusive resorts. Some may prefer crashing at random strangers’ houses. Some may prefer setting up camp at a designated camping site in a national park.

Each to their own, right?

I’ve stayed at numerous types of accommodation in the last couple of years, and while I’ve loved them all, I have found myself preferring hostels.


It’s the sense of belonging I get when I stay at a hostel. Mingling with like-minded travellers. The fantastic vibe which is not found/felt at other types of accommodation. Cheap meal deals – yes, I am a cheapskate when it comes to food while on the move 😉

Most important of all, you save a lot more money!

The first time I stayed at a hostel was in Brisbane back in late 2003. I was invited to a 21st and I needed somewhere to sleep and it had to be near the party venue. Tinbillys – now known as Base Brisbane Uptown (wow, how times have changed!) – provided a positive experience and I recommended it to many people who were looking for a cheap place to stay. I’ve stayed there numerous times since then, and I would definitely go back there in a heartbeat. It’s only across the road from Roma Street Station (otherwise known as Brisbane Transit Centre), which connects you to the train and bus network in Brisbane and across Queensland.

I’ve stayed at Nomads All Nations, Back of Chapel and King Street Backpackers – all in Melbourne and comes highly recommended. I’ve also stayed at The Maze Backpackers Sydney – although, I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s only good for an overnight stay.

However, I would say that the majority of my favourite hostels are in Europe because they really do embrace the backpackers/hostel culture.

Here’s some links to excellent advice about hostels:

How to Pick a Good Hostel – Nomadic Matt

Hostel Etiquette – Nomadic Matt

Gomio – Hostels & Social Travel

Pros & Cons of Hostels – Are They Good For Families? yTravel

There’s so many advices & recommendations for hostels on the Internet – only a quick Google click away 😉

I book the majority of my accommodation on Booking.com and HostelWorld.

I’d love to read your thoughts about this 🙂

Happy hostelling!

S x

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