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WHAT I DISCOVERED STAYING AT BACKPACKERS AND HOSTELS

You don’t have to be an international tourist to stay at backpackers or consider a backpacking holiday anywhere in Australia. As someone who has travelled around the world, if I am not staying in a luxury hotel, the only other accommodation I would choose is a backpackers.

If you have ever travelled for any amount of time, especially for work where someone is paying for a hotel room, you will know that the place where you feel the most alone during your whole journey is when you are in your room.

I like to travel. I have travelled a lot. I have been across most of Asia and just about all of Latin America. Some of that travel has been on holidays with a date, some of it has been as an executive, as a remote worker and writer and I also tried staying at backpackers only to find out I wish I had discovered them earlier.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT BACKPACKERS

Most backpackers offer individual rooms as well as offering rooms where you share with others. Now, for someone who is not used to sleeping in the same room as other people, it doesn’t feel right. The reality is the complete opposite. It’s not that you simply sleep in a room, you do a lot of other things and that gives you plenty of time to talk to other people, meet other people and find out things to do and people to do them with.

YOU NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE TRAVELLING

There is something amazing about travelling alone. You don’t have a schedule and arrangements to keep with other people. You don’t have to negotiate what time you are having breakfast. You can do what you want when you want. Once I started travelling alone I realised it was one of the best ways, for me, to travel.

What I really enjoy about staying at backpackers is not the savings. It is the fact that I have an instant group of people who are friendly to get to know on tap. It’s just the way it is when staying at backpackers. I have stayed in backpackers around the world and around Australia and they are all the same.

What is the message I am trying to get across here? Don’t let the fear of being alone or the trouble of making arrangements with others get in the way of seeing Australia (or the world for that matter). Know you can do it alone, go it alone and you will meet all the people you want.

The best thing about most backpackers is the fact that you can come and go as you please. Need a change of people to socialise with? Simply change backpackers. Feel like you want to sleep in privacy because you’ve met someone? Simply get a room on your own.

Backpackers are the fastest and easiest ways to make lots of casual friends and have fun without any hassles. You are a part of the group the moment you walk in the door. I am sharing this as my experience over many years of travelling.

It doesn’t matter what age you are either, it’s not all about twenty-somethings getting drunk, trust me. Some of my best friends today are people I met when staying at backpackers and hostels around the world and around Australia.

Backpackers are a social network on tap.

 


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Jake Taylor
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Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.