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No matter where in the world you want to go on holidays, it is likely there will be a budget hostel accommodation option, helping you stick to your budget. Travellers to Victoria will find a range of backpacker hostels in Melbourne.

More than cheap rooms, backpackers hostels help you soak up the local culture of the place you're visiting. In a city, like Melbourne, hostels are centrally located. And by providing a place to bed down, often in communal accommodation, backpackers hostels can become meeting places for people from all over the world.

Although generally pretty spartan, budget hostel accommodation can save travellers a lot of money over traditional hotel lodging. Backpackers hostel guests pay for a bed, but will likely have to share other amenities, such as kitchen space and bathrooms. However, the advantages are many.

These advantages include:

  • Low-cost lodging. Although very basic by design, the backpacker’s hostels are available in almost all of the world’s cities, including plenty of budget accommodation in Melbourne.

  • Cultural exchange. In a multicultural city like Melbourne, staying in budget hostel accommodation is a great place to meet people from other countries. Since backpackers hostels are typically set up dorm-style, there's a lot of interaction between guests, which is great for learning more about different cultures and countries.

  • Planned activities. Many Melbourne hostels, as well as budget accommodation in other cities, offer a whole host of activities, including outdoor adventures and tours. This is also a great way to get to learn more about a culture and to see the sights, while meeting people from other countries.

The hostel system has been around for decades and is particularly strong in Europe. Younger travellers to Australia find backpackers hostels a cost-effective option, with many visitors to Melbourne and other cities choosing budget hostel accommodation.

There are a few points of caution guests should know before booking in to a hostel, even in a safe city like Melbourne. With a little common sense, however, they can be easily overcome.

  • Curfews. When booking a Melbourne hostel, or anywhere, ask whether the backpackers has a curfew. Some do to keep noise levels down.

  • Daytime lockouts. If these are planned at a backpackers hostel, they present a great opportunity for sightseeing and day trips. Again, ask when making your booking, but this should not be a concern when checking into most budget hostel accommodation options.

  • Shared accommodations. This can be one of the biggest negatives for guests looking for budget hostel accommodation. Privacy is hard to come-by in dormitory-style rooms, but Melbourne backpackers mostly offer private rooms if sharing is a concern. In any case, try a dorm at least once, if only for a little adventure.

  • Theft. This can happen anywhere, not only in budget hostel accommodation. Whenever you travel, it's a good idea to leave valuables at home or at least keep them with you at all times.

The hostel system, particularly in Melbourne, is a great way for young travellers to see the world without having to break the bank. Found in almost every country in the world, the hostel network provides much more than cheap rooms for travellers.