Youth hostels, backpackers and campsites

@maximax8 (28247)
United Kingdom
July 28, 2011 10:27am CST
Sometimes it is great to stay in a dorm in a youth hostel or a backpacker. Then the traveler will get the chance to meet other travelers from other countries. Some backpacker hostels are in simply amazing locations. It is very good if they have bike hire and one youth hostel I stayed in Australia at had canoes for hire. I took a canoe down the river and it was funny trying to get off to get it again. In New Zealand I found some campsites for walkers with stunning coastal views. Camping in a tent is the cheapest form of accommodation. I recommend dorms in youth and backpacker hostels for travelers on a budget. These days due to having two young kids I stay in guest houses. Have you stayed in any youth hostels or backpacker hostels? If so what did you think about them? Have you ever stayed somewhere that had a fantastic view?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
28 Jul 11
When I travelled across the USA and then the UK, I stayed in loads of backpacker hostels. They were awesome places as like you say, you get to meet all sorts of people from all over the world who have amazing stories to tell. A lot of them have been to the places where you are going next and can give you tips on certain areas, you can hook up with people to travel with and even make new friends. We kept bumping into the same people along the way too. We saw one girl from Sydney at three different hostels. The first was in Yosemite Valley, California, the second I cannot remember, but then we saw her again a month later in New York! The hostels in the USA were so cheap and most were very comfortable. In the UK, they were not so cheap, but still cheaper than any other hotels. Some of the best views that I have had have been when I have been camping at waterfront camp grounds. We have an island near us where you can camp right on the beach and seeing as you can only get there by boat, it is pretty peaceful at night.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
I am really glad to hear that you liked staying in backpacker hostels in the USA and the UK. It is funny when I bump into the same people again and again. A Welsh couple were on my flight from London to LA. Then I saw them again in Hawaii a few weeks later. Amazingly I saw them again in Melbourne six months later. Going from Sydney to Cairns I met the same people heading up that way again and again. It is a shame youth hostels in my home country, the United Kingdom, are so pricey. I found it affordable to stay in dorms in American youth hostels. I really love the sound of the waterfront campsite that you describe. Going be able to get there by boat is very special indeed.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
29 Jul 11
Wow, that is pretty incredible that you bumped into the same people in a different part of the world! Even private rooms in some backpackers were very affordable and not much more than the dorm prices in America. Their hotels there were really cheap as well compared to here. We did get quite a shock when we got to London and had to call on some Londoners that my mother had befriended years before when they were travelling in Australia. They were kind enough to put us up for for free the week that we were in town and showed us around too.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
For me it is not good when we are in that age we can't do that because my father don't like to it that's why I don't feel the time involve to it.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
It was a shame that your father didn't allow you to go to stay in youth hostels and backpacker hostels. One of the other responses rightly talks about private room being available in some hostels. So maybe you could stay at a backpacker hostel in the future.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
28 Jul 11
Youth hostels are amazing as each one is different. Some are very basic with dorms while others are more like a hotel with 2 or 4 bed rooms which would be quite suitable for families. I have stayed in so many hostels over the years and can truthfully say that I haven't found a bad one yet. It goes without saying that youth hostels are not just for youths but for all ages. For me, the location or views are secondary. First attraction is the type of people you meet in hostels. They are all unpretentious, fun loving, friendly people, without fail!
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
Thank you for mentioning youth hostels and backpackers can be suitable for all ages. I like it when they offer a family room. The 4 and 6 bed rooms seem to be quiet compared ton the 10 and 12 bed dorm I found in my younger days. I stayed in a backpackers hostel in New Zealand and it was in a busy location. I real value was the international guests and the one day trip to a mountain plus a national park. It took me to Smugglers Cove and it was a lovely day.
@Porcospino (17848)
• Denmark
28 Jul 11
I stayed in youth hotels in Riga and in Vilnius. The room in Vilnius was great, it was a large room and we even had a balcony. The were a lot of backpackers from around the world and I loved the international atmosphere. The only bad thing was the bathroom. There was only one shower and one toilet in the entire hostel so we spent a lot of time waiting in line. The hostel in Riga was much smaller and there was a nice common room with internet access, tv, video and books. We met some of the other backpackers in that room and I got to know almost everyone because the hostel was so small. Some years ago one of my friends and I went camping. We found a camp site very close to the view and the view was amazing. Every morning I went swimming in the sea, the water was quite cold, but it but still a nice way to start the day. I have also stayed in a hotel in a Danish city called Haderslev. There was a lake close to the hotel and the area was very beautiful.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
My disabled son was 13 months old when we visited Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. I am pleased that you liked your room in Vilnius and I think a large room is great to have if it ever happens. It was a shame that there was only one shower for all those guests. Waiting in line for so long wasted much time. I think it was excellent that you met many other travelers from other countries. I really like your detail about the camping that you did.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
28 Jul 11
that sounds great. if i was younger i would definitely consider it. i love canoeing!
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
I stayed in a youth hostel in the bush near to Sydney. With another backpacker I went canoeing and it was very exiting. It was fine weather to go out there but then strong wind and rain came. So the stormy weather came on very quickly.
• Canada
28 Jul 11
I stayed in a hostel/youth hostel in Marseille, and I found it was actually extremely nice for the price and for the location. While we didn't get to meet any other youth, it was a great experience and I would most likely do it again. I've heard some places aren't that nice but I guess all you need to do is research like we did to find a nice place. I really look forward to staying at another youth hostel when I start to travel again. We didn't stay in one that had great views - it was a view of a row of buildings in Marseile, but we did have great access to the old port.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 11
The youth hostel or backpackers hostel in Marseille sounds lovely and it was great that the price was right. I hope that in the future you will find other superb youth hostels to stay in.
2 Aug 11
Hostels are not really my kind of thing to be honest. I hate having to share facilities and could never sleep in a shared dorm. I know you can get private rooms in some hostels but, I have found hotels cheap enough with private facilities that I prefer to pay for those! I am also not that keen on camping either - I once again hate shared shower blocks and only like camping the luxury way! Lol
@youless (91498)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Jul 11
It is good that the youth hostels are available because it can really save a lot and it is good for the young people to have a travel. Because living can be a big budget in a travel. When I traveled to Yunnan with my friend. We lived in the youth hostels and I liked it. In fact I don't have a high requirement for the living. After all, most of the time I will be out. If it can provide me hot water to have a shower and a bed, it will be good enough for me. But it is very interesting that at that time when we stayed in that youth hostel, we also saw an old man who lived there. It is a little weird:) I love China
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
29 Jul 11
When I was travelling in southeast asia in December I stayed in plenty of backpackers places and youth hostels. For me, these are the best places to stay - I met so many fellow travellers, because you are living in such close proximity. By meeting these people, I made some friends that I am sure I will keep for life, and I was able to have some great experiences with them on my trip. Apart from that, they are also the cheapest places to stay! So I would definitely recommend youth hostels.