Staying in Youth Hostels is not necessarily just for the young set! I have stayed in many hostels, both within Australia and overseas and whilst the age group is generally between 18 -30, it is not uncommon to see older independent travellers and families checking in.
My husband and I backpacked through Europe and the UK with our two children, then aged 6 and 8, staying at hostels all the way. We found them to be cheap, conveniently located and as there was four of us, often we could book out a four bedded dorm.
The benefits of staying at a YHA are many including:
- Clean, safe, fun and affordable
- Well located and generally close to public transport
- Fully equipped kitchens where you can store food and cook
- Blankets & pillows are provided, you just need to bring your own sleeping sheet
- Information sharing amongst fellow travellers.
If you are considering staying in hostels make sure you get yourself a YHA membership. There are different types of membership packages starting from as low as $32.00 and whether you are an independent global traveller or a family wanting a cheap holiday around Australia, there are some great savings and discounts to be had.
YHA members get great discounts on everything from food, clothing and tours to language courses, guidebooks and travel gear. Make the most of it by getting your card well before you leave, that way you can save on all the things you need for your trip.
For more information on the YHA experience or to become a member, visit YHA online at
For more information on travel options for women and families visit www.adventurouswomen.com.au