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The word budget can have negative connotations, especially when referring to accommodation. The place where you rest your head after a long day of traveling needs to be, at the very least, somewhere clean and comfortable. However, there is no need to spend large sums of money on expensive accommodation when you stay in Melbourne when this could be happily used elsewhere in your travels.

For the lone traveler especially, the cost of a hotel room in Melbourne can easily blow your budget in an instant. Even if you don’t use the added extras such as room service, mini bar, in room TV and internet, the rack rate alone can cost you more than your food for the week. For this reason, it is a good idea to look into budget hostels in Melbourne.

If you are willing to share a dorm room with a few other people, you can dramatically reduce your accommodation costs. This means you will be sleeping in a bunk bed and sharing a bathroom with around 8 other people. At Habitat HQ the dorm rooms accommodate from 4 to 10 guests. It can get a bit messy with everyone’s things around, but overall hostels are kept very clean and through regular maintenance, can be just as enjoyable, if not more, than staying in a hotel.

For those traveling on a particularly tight budget, one of the great advantages of budget hostels in Melbourne, are the communal kitchens. If you are staying in a hotel, you are forced to eat out for most meals, where as, when staying in a hostel, you are able to use the kitchen facilities. Not only is this a great way to save money, it’s often nice to have a ‘home cooked meal’.

Hostel kitchens are equipped with all of the cooking utensils you need. So all you need to do is go down to the local supermarket, and grab what you need for your meal. Another great advantage of this communal space is sharing with others. As a hostel is a multicultural arena, you can find yourself eating and exchanging recipes of people from all over the world!

So for more than a clean place to rest your tired body after a day of touring, check out the hostels in your next city for a true travelers experience.