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21. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 4y

Quoting rowanstorey

How do hostels work? It seems that they are more economical if one shares with other, but what if you are going alone? Do you then end up in a room with total strangers? Suppose that would be an interesting way to meet new people...

Hostels have private rooms and dorm rooms. Private rooms you pay for the room, so you could by yourself occupy a twin or double (and sometimes hostels will have a cheaper single room). Dorm rooms you'll share with anywhere from 1 to 20 total strangers, though most dorm rooms in Australia will contain 4 or 6 beds (usually bunk beds). Most hostels have male and female dorms, but mixed dorms are seen quite a bit as well, particularly in smaller hostels. Besides the room, you'll also share bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities. Should be pretty self-explanatory, but especially in the kitchen, be sure to swiftly clean up after yourself, so the next person can use the (sometimes rather scarce) pans and cutlery.

Common dorm room etiquette is to make your bed when you arrive (so you don't need to do that in the middle of the night and wake up everyone), and to have a small flashlight with you if going to bed late (so you don't need to turn on the big light and wake up everyone), though there's enough newbies who haven't yet picked up on things like that that you can expect to be woken up every so often anyway. In general, if you notice someone already lying in bed (could be during the middle of the day even; timezones...), attempt common courtesy. (Oh, and for the love of all that's good in the world, don't spray deodorant in the dorm!) :) Almost all dorms will have lockers (bring your own padlock) so you can put away valuables for the night or when going to the bathroom.

In the big cities where there's lots of bright-eyed fellow backpackers just-off-the-plane you can expect to indeed get to talking to your dorm mates and do things together, but in general the hostel's lounge (and kitchen!) will be a better place to meet up with others, and you'll only head to your dorm to actually sleep.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Dec-2011, at 11:38 by Sander ]

22. Posted by rowanstorey (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Hi Sander

Wow, thanks for the in-depth answer! Not knowing how the system worked was really getting to me, but it sounds like it's going to be an awesome awesome adventure!

How difficult is it to get a casual job? I've lived and worked in the UK on a gap year in 2004 and then again this year from March to July. I found it was a lot trickier this last time than when I went in 2004. I have mostly hotel work experience - bar, waitering, etc. I'm a keen gardener and have made over a few gardens here in South Africa too.

Thanks again!

Rowan

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24. Posted by Muzza32 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Hi all

Welcome to Melbourne.....Party life...you will find it in every corner of Melbourne......

Getting your accomodation sorted will be a good idea....Atleast for the first week and i am
sure you will find everyone here very friendly and they should be able to help you all out in
finding some acco and also casual jobs.....

I lived in melbourne for 4 years and now living in sydney.....Melbourne is much more relaxed
than sydney.....Sydney is too busy a life style....But again every place has its ups and downs...

Sydney has an amazing party life too.....

Solo travelling is great....Best bit of adivse is to stay at hostels, so you get to meet others and
gather you own group and also when your in a group everything becomes cheaper.....

I have been travelling for a long time and have seen a few countries and did it all as a solo traveller....

Next trip of mine is the first trip with a partner (My wife)......

Drop a line if you require any help from here....Will do my best to help you all out.....

For your information...i am not right now in the country.....On deloyment (navy)

Have fun...you will enjoy ur time in Australia....

Muzza

25. Posted by Muzza32 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Hi all

Welcome to Melbourne.....Party life...you will find it in every corner of Melbourne......

Getting your accomodation sorted will be a good idea....Atleast for the first week and i am
sure you will find everyone here very friendly and they should be able to help you all out in
finding some acco and also casual jobs.....

I lived in melbourne for 4 years and now living in sydney.....Melbourne is much more relaxed
than sydney.....Sydney is too busy a life style....But again every place has its ups and downs...

Sydney has an amazing party life too.....

Solo travelling is great....Best bit of adivse is to stay at hostels, so you get to meet others and
gather you own group and also when your in a group everything becomes cheaper.....

I have been travelling for a long time and have seen a few countries and did it all as a solo traveller....

Next trip of mine is the first trip with a partner (My wife)......

Drop a line if you require any help from here....Will do my best to help you all out.....

For your information...i am not right now in the country.....On deloyment (navy)

Have fun...you will enjoy ur time in Australia....

Muzza

26. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

Hi Muzza great information there, sounds like I will have a great time. Getting rather excited now, starting inmelbourne as lots of people have advised that.

How hard is it to get jobs in melbourne, after bar/waitressing jobs?

27. Posted by Muzza32 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Hi angie

Hot chicks...easy....Hot guys...easy again....

LOL.....

Its been a long time since i have been in that field....But its not that hard as long as you are willing to do odd timings and less pay....

Mainly the backpackers will accomodate people in odd jobs and you always get more information from the people you will meet at the hostels....

Melbourne is know for its diverse culture and food.....Plenty of places around looking for people.....Make sure you have the right working visa (its easy that way)...if not its a bit difficult in getting cash in hands jobs...

Hope this helps....

28. Posted by mylesclarke (Budding Member 57 posts) 4y

hey just a comment did u no if u want to work in bars you need to do an rsa bar course jus wunderin cuz if any 1 noes any trustworhy sites then let me no tarr

29. Posted by emjem (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

I love I found this! I am a 22 year old Canadian girl that is traveling to Melbourne solo on the 5th of January! I've got a couple weeks until my flight, and I was wondering if any of you guys wanted to meet up at some point if you needed a traveling companion. I know a lot of people have been mentioning they are going around March, but for the possibility that some are arriving sooner, let me know! I am so excited to get out and explore, I just had to do it -- even on my own. Let me know!

30. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

aww dam wish you was travelling later as really want to meet up with people starting inmelbourne in march then work my way uothe east coast. but be great to keep in cobntact if your gonna be anywhere around the same time travelling solo aswell x