I am currently living in Australia where I have been for the last 2 years, I initially came out here travelling but have since gained employment and sponsorship.
I have just purchased a super cheap return airfare to head back to the UK end of August. I have 1 month before having to fly back to Oz. I have decided I want to vist a few places in europe, nothing major as in trying to see everything, but I would like to go somewhere I can meet people an have a good time as well as see a few sights an experience a bit of culture.
I find it easy travelling in australia and would not think twice about going and booking into a hostel on my own as it is gauranteed I will immediately meet people I can go out and have a drink with! i would just like to know how travelling round europe compares? How are the hostels in Europe? what sort of people do you meet?
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has done both and how they compare, not the sights/nature/culture etc, as obviously australia is vastly different to europe, but just the over all backpacking experience....
Overall backpacking in Europe is similar. I've not been in Oz, but I've booked myself into hostels in Europe plenty of times. Sometimes I found people to hang out with, sometimes I didn't. But then I am not the the kind who goes out for drinks at all. I dig art and day excursions and sometimes I find other single travellers I click with, but if it doesn't happen I am happy enough to go off on my own.
I think you meet the same kind of people in hostels in Europe as you'd in Oz, only thing would be that there are more families (especially in the HI/YHA hostels) and less people on a Working Holiday visa looking for jobs.
I would recommend that you check yourself into hostels that are known "party hostels", places that have their own bars and are known for being a bit noisy. With the instant friendship that is common in hostels all over the world you shouldn't have a problem finding drinking partners there.
I haven't really stayed in hostels in Australia (although I live here).
But as for hostels in Europe, you may not be "guaranteed" to meet people to drink with, but you'd quite likely do so. When I travelled Europe I'd say the hostels mainly had Australian/Canadian/British/US/Irish/NZ people, and a few French/Italian/Swiss/Scandinavian/Spanish....almost in that order too (ie. a lot of Aussies!) Most common age would be early-mid 20's, and many like a drink!
I didn't see any families except in the couple of YHA hostels I visited.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2009, at 21:10 by Erik85 ]
Cheers for that...
Ive been looking about on the net as you say t_maia I will look for hostels that are known "Party Hostels" , I know its all not about the partying but Ive become rather acustemed to the odd drink stayin in hostels in Oz for the past 2 years!haha...
thanks for the advice,,
Australia is a lot smaller than Europe and everything is contained, pretty much, on one island. It is just so laid back compared to Europe. I mean you take off in Perth, travel for 5 hours or so - and when you land it's all pretty much the same, apart from the backdrop. In Europe - over 5 hours, you could fly across 15 countries all speaking a different language. That's the bit I love.... The diversity.
When you talk "Europe" do you mean Eastern, Western, or both?? Big difference in just about everything, from scenery to cost.
Sounds like a great trip ahead.