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Travelling in Europe compared to Australia?

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1. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 7y

Hello everyone,

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....



2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

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.

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

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 ]

4. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 7y

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,,

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

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.