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Get ready for an epic 3200km road trip through South Africa that passes along the Garden Route, covering deserts, sand dunes, wildlife, buzzing cities, traditional villages, romantic coves, heavenly beaches, rugged coastline and adrenaline-fuelled thrills. We’ve called on the expertise of someone who’s actually done the drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town, so you’ll get plenty of tips you won’t find anywhere else.

Expect plenty of stops along the way to gape at South Africa’s  stunning landscapes and experience unforgettable moments in this amazing country.

1. Johannesburg

The first stop on our Garden Route road trip is Johannesburg, and right now, the neighbourhood of Maboneng is trending. Buzzing with loads of cool cafés, galleries and boutiques, the crowd is young and stylish, with a flair for fashion and design. Check out the Curiocity Backpackers Hostel while you’re there.

Braamfontein should also be on your list. The Neighbourgoods Market is held here every Saturday, with a DJ, a rooftop terrace, mouth-watering food from around the world and a cool urban atmosphere.

Tip: Want to learn more about the country’s past? Then it’s worth taking a guided tour of the SOWETO township, stopping off at the Hector Pieterson Museum and the house where Nelson Mandela once lived.

2. Drakensberg

If you want to go hiking and experience nature, don’t miss out on the chance to spend a couple of days in the Drakensberg. The sheer scale of the scenery and the majestic mountains is awe-inspiring. Most hostels also offer tours of the Kingdom of Lesotho, with hikes to the Tugela Falls.

It’s also worth taking a hike through the Royal Natel National Park and staying a night or two at Karma Backpackers. The park boasts amazing viewpoints, waterfalls, natural pools and much, much more. The admission is a steal, at less than €2.50 a person.

Tip: Did you know that Lesotho boasts the highest pub in Africa? Take a 4×4 up through the legendary Sani Pass to be rewarded with a view that’s out of this world.

3. Coffee Bay

As you get closer to the coast, the landscape starts getting more wild and rugged. This part of KwaZulu-Natal isn’t known as the “wild coast” for nothing. Stunning Coffee Bay has rugged rock formations and cliffs, traditional round huts and heavenly coves.

Like many other backpackers, we ended up staying here longer than originally planned because it was just so beautiful. Make friends with other travellers at the Coffee Shack Hostel in front of the cosy bonfire with a cool Savanna Dry.

Don’t miss taking a hike to the “Hole in the Wall”, an extraordinary natural doorway in a rock formation in the ocean. Spend an evening with the locals, enjoying good food, music and dancing.

Tip: If you visit South Africa between June and October you’ll have a good chance of spotting dolphins and whales along the coast.

4. Chintsa

If it’s endless, wide sandy beaches you’re after, Chintsa is the perfect place to spend a day or two on the way from Johannesburg to Cape Town. This tranquil destination with lush subtropical vegetation and wild banana trees only has a population of 1800 people. We can’t think of a better place to chill out.

Tip: Rent a surfboard and wetsuit at the Buccaneers Backpackers hostel to catch a few waves.

5. Jeffreys Bay

Each year sees thousands of surf-junkies flock to Jeffreys Bay. The pros here especially like to surf the legendary 800 metre-long “super tube” waves. Jeffrey’s Bay also hosts the fantastic JBay Winter Fest, music festival.

Tip: Go sand boarding over epic dunes with Island Vibe Hostel.

6. Addo Elephant National Park

The first stop on our Garden Route itinerary for anyone who wants to see some South Africa’s legendary wildlife. You can see elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and hyenas at Addo Elephant National Park, a diverse wildlife conversation park situated close to Port Elizabeth – all without having to get out of the car.

Tip: Don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars to see the wildlife from a distance. You’ll get the best sightings in the early morning and late in the evening, usually at waterholes.

7. Tsitsikamma National Park

If you haven’t already fallen in love with South Africa by this point, you will be after visiting Tsitsikamma National Park. Fresh sea air, rugged cliffs, green hillsides and turquoise ocean waters are just some of the highlights.

A must-see is the incredible viewpoint that is a short 20-minute walk from the Storm River suspension bridge.

Tip: Don’t skip the Waterfall Trail, which takes 90 minutes each way.

8. Bloukrans Bridge

Consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Then don’t miss the chance to bungee-jump from the Bloukrans Bridge. Standing 216 metres above the valley floor, it’s the highest bridge in Africa. Standing on the edge of the platform, staring down into the deep ravine, is exhilarating.

9. Nature’s Valley

We headed from Bloukran’s Bridge to Nature’s Valley, where we spent a couple of nights in a safari tent. If you’re just looking to relax for a while, this is the place to do it.

10. Oudtshoorn

This is where the Garden Route start to head back inland, and before long you’ll reach “little Karoo”, a semi-desert wilderness that feels like the Australian Outback. Driving over the Robinson Pass with its countless twists and turns, is a real highlight. Also don’t miss out on the chance to visit one of the many ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn itself.

11. Mossel Bay

This town often gets called the “ugly duckling” of the Garden Route, but we beg to differ. Mossel Bay is a cool and laid-back town. Here, you can relax on the beach, stay in a converted train (Santos Express Train), enjoy good food and sip on delicious lattes.

Tip: Visit the Blue Shed Coffee Roastery for its great coffee and instagrammable exterior. Try the chocolate brownies. They’re heavenly.

12. De Hoop Nature Reserve

The sand dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve were without a doubt one of our favourite South African sights during our road trip along the Garden Route. They are located between Mossel Bay and Cape Agulhas nature reserve.

Tip: The area is one of the best places to whale watch from the shore. Catch a sighting while hiking on the “Whale Trail”.

13. Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa. Follow the road to a lighthouse and a small trail that leads to the “Foot of Africa” where two oceans meet.

Tip: Venture about 2km further and you’ll find old shipwrecks sitting in the sea, like the Meisho Maru38, which ran aground during a violent storm in November 1982.

14. Hermanus

Hermanus is an incredibly beautiful little town on the coast. Here you’ll find plenty of accommodation options, bars and restaurants, supermarkets and boutiques. Hermanus is considered the whale-watching capital of the world. Each year from June to December, southern right whales and humpbacks arrive from the Antarctic.

Tip: Take a couple of hours to hike along the Cliff Path Trail. It’s a lovely route that hugs the coastline.

15. Muizenberg

Muizenberg  was another one of our favourite places in South Africa. There’s not much there, apart from a supermarket, some surf schools, a couple of small restaurants and cafés, however, Muizenberg exudes charm. It’s key attractions are surfing and kitesurfing. You can rent out a board and a wetsuit for about €15-20 a day at Gary’s Surf School or Surf Emporium.

16. Chapman’s Peak Drive

Heading out from Muizenberg, you end up in Simon’s Town and the Cape of Good Hope. Don’t miss iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive. This scenic road is one of the most beautiful in the world and must-visit destination on the Garden Route. Hidden around every corner are views that will leave you breathless.

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Maybe you’ve already heard about Cape Town and how people fall in love straight away, both with the city itself and the people who live there. Maybe you’ve heard about the spectacular scenery and the breathtaking natural beauty this country has to offer. Cape Town is massive – and has become a key player on every traveller’s bucket list. To help you plan your trip properly we’ve put together a list of all the best things to do in Cape Town, stuff you can’t afford to miss out on. As well as telling you about the city’s traditional sights, we’ll give you a couple of Cape Town insider tips and let you know about some amazing highlights of the city that are sure to make your trip even more unforgettable.

1. Go up the Tafelberg and take in the views over the city

In first place is one of the most touristy sights of all – the Tafelberg. You can climb up it yourself or take the cable car up. If you’re reasonably fit, I would strongly recommend hiking up – believe me, the views on the way to the top are worth every single drop of sweat – they’re absolutely incredible! There are many different trails starting off from different points, with some of them more challenging than others. Because of this, it’s a good idea to look up the various options in advance. Going up takes about three hours, depending on the route you take. Of course, you’ve got to get down again too, but on the bright-side, if your legs are a bit tired and wobbly you can easily just take the cable car back down. One-way costs €12 and a return is about €21. If you’re a student you should go on a Friday if you can – you’ll pay just €5 for a single and about €9 for a return. When taking a trip to the Tafelsberg the weather is key, so make sure there isn’t too much low cloud, since it’ll stop you from seeing all that much from up there. Often the cable car doesn’t run at all if it’s too windy. However, when the sun’s out, there’s nothing like being up on the mountain.

2. Go on a free walking tour

A lot of cities offer free city tours, and now Cape Town is one of them! If you don’t want to go on an expensive city tour, they’re the perfect alternative. The tours run on a tipping-system, meaning you decide at the end how much it was worth. In Cape Town, you can choose between two history tours and a tour of the well-known and colourful Bo-Kaap district. There are several tours every day, all starting from the same point in the city centre. The tour guides are young, laid-back, funny and, of course, they’re locals. They have a load of interesting things to say about their native city, and you won’t find their tips in any travel guide, that’s for sure! Because of this, as well as getting a tour, you’ll get a glimpse into the life of a bona fide Cape-Tonian. Getting to know the city in this way is a real pleasure.

3. Treat yourself to a wine-tasting

Take it from us, you can’t leave Cape Town without doing a wine-tasting first. The city is surrounded by vineyards that seem like they go on for ever, like Franschhoek, Durbanville and Stellenbosch. I chose to go on the hop-on hop-off tour in Stellenbosch. It’s about a 40 drive from the city centre, and allows you see up to six vineyards in a day. You get picked up from where you’re staying and taken to each of the different vineyards. Then, at the end of the day, they leave you back again. It’s you who gets to decide where to stop off and do a tasting. If you’re not sure, ask your driver, they’ll be able to tell you exactly which type of wine is served at which vineyard. The whole thing will set you back about €22, with the individual wine tastings costing between  €2 and €5 on top of that. The drivers look after you the whole time and are really funny, cheerful and are constantly cracking jokes. You’re guaranteed to have a good time!

4. Conquer the Lion’s Head

More hiking already?! And there’s no way to get out of it this time, there’s no cable car. Still, it’s only an hour and a half each way, but the last part of the walk up is something else – it’s more of a climb than a hike and definitely not for the faint hearted, particularly if you’re not a fan of heights. But in the end you’ll  be rewarded for all that blood, sweat and tears – and what a reward! Unlike the Tafelberg, the Lion’s Head gives you a 360 degree view over Cape Town. The city looks absolutely stunning from up here. A lot of people take on the trail so they can watch the sunset. In Cape Town, watching the sun go down from up on the Lion’s head seems to be something of a tradition, especially at full moon. Oh, I almost forgot! Naturally, it’s the perfect place for your latest Instagram shot.

5. Gaze in wonder at boulder’s beach

Who doesn’t like penguins? In Cape Town you’ll have the chance to see a whole gaggle of these sweet little creatures on the beach. Boulder’s beach is in Simon’s Town, around a 45 minute drive from the middle of Cape Town. The beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park, meaning you have to pay a small admission fee of  €4. Watching the penguins here is a typical tourist attraction, so be prepared for the possibly of it getting a bit crowded. Despite this, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on Boulder’s Beach – just plan your visit as a stop off on your way to the Cape of Good Hope.

6. Take a trip to the Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point

When you’re planning a visit to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (both lying on the Cape Peninsula) you should set aside a whole day, since there are a few more worthwhile stops along the way. A lot of people think that the Cape of Good Hope is Africa’s most southerly point, but that’s not actually the case. The southernmost point, and the dividing line between the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, is Cape Agulhas. Still, a trip to the Cape of Good Hope is right up there on the to-do list of anyone who visit’s Cape Town. You’ll come across a lot of tourists here, especially in the summer months. Thankfully, the Cape Peninsula is covers a wide area, meaning the groups of tourists are well spread out. The Cape of Great Hope and Cape Point are in the Table Mountain National Park, so the same thing applies: take money with you for the admission.

7. Surf in Muizenberg

Muizenberg is a suburb of Cape Town and is also known as the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. So, if you want to learn how to surf, or brush up on your skills, this is the place to be! Oh, yeah! It’s also the place with the famous brightly-coloured beach huts (your Instagram-Feed will be pleased). The atmosphere here is so laid-back and carefree that time flies by, and before you know it, the sun’s already going down. You can easily spend the whole day at the beach, surfing and soaking up the sun. If you are just starting to surf, you should definitely put Muizenberg on your list: the waves here are likely to be perfect for beginners. So, get going and snap up the best waves!

8. Enjoy the unbelievable sunsets

You’ve probably cottoned on to this already: sunsets in Cape Town are magical. In fact, there are a number of places where you can go to take in breathtaking views. Lion’s Head and Signal Hill are just some of the places with absolutely stunning views over the city. It’s impossible to capture the amazing  colours in a photo, you’ve got to see them with your own eyes – IT IS INCREDIBLE! Nowhere else but in Cape Town can you see such stunningly beautiful sunsets. What’s more, you can sit and watch how the sun sinks into the sea from almost any beach. However, Clifton Beach is a particularly beautiful little spot, one that’s worth visiting – somewhere that really stirs up that romantic holiday feeling. Or channel your inner Leonardo DiCaprio/Zac Efron and enjoy these magical minutes with a drink in your hand in Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay. Here you can soak in the wonderful energy the city exudes, as the sun bathes the Lion’s Head and the 12 Apostles in a rose-tinted glow. You’ll never grow tired of these picture-postcard scenes, believe me.

9. Discover the local markets

There are a huge number of markets in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Visiting them (or at least one of them) is a must. Here you will find incredible street-food, local goods, live music plus an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. It gives you the feeling of being able to take a little bit of South African culture with you. The Nout Bay Weekend Market is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday and always has something going on. People either meander through the old market hall or sit on benches, enjoying the tasty delicacies – whether it’s sweet or savoury, there’s something for everyone here! I’d also recommend the Old Biscuit Mill, which sits in the heart of the Woodstock district. Every Saturday from 9 to 2 it hosts the Neighbourgoods Market, where you can find fresh natural products, fashion, art, jewellery, furniture  and much much more.

10. Check out some secluded beaches

If you’ve had enough of all the tourists and hubbub at Clifton Beach, you’ll be at home on Llandudno Beach. This is considered as a bit of an insider tip, as there are only small number of tourists mixing among the locals here. A lot of Cape Tonians come here to surf and enjoy the peace and quiet. There’s no point looking for cafés, restaurants or shops here, and this is one reason why not many tourists end up at Llandudno Beach. Here you can enjoy a day by the sea, far away from the tourist beaches, relaxing and soaking up the sun. I’d also recommend Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay (about 50km from Cape Town), which makes for a perfect day trip. The little beach is right by the harbour. It’s sheltered from the wind and the water here’s a bit warmer than at the beaches in the middle of Cape Town, as it’s not far from the Indian Ocean. At the weekend this picture-postcard town is a particular draw for native Cape Tonians.

11. Cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a scenic route carved into the cliffs  and one of the most spectacular roads in the world! There are lay-bys every hundred metres. You’ll need them too, since the views are incredible, just breathtakingly beautiful. You feel like you’re standing in front of a perfectly painted picture, or that you’re dreaming! You can’t get enough of the panoramic views. Unfortunately, this is by no means an insider tip, but still, you just have to go and see it! Tip: Round off your day-trip to the Cape Peninsula by heading along Chapman’s Peak Drive, it’ll take you back to the centre of Cape Town too!

12. Spend an Evening on Bree Street

The main nightlife strip in Cape Town is actually Long Street. It gets a bit chaotic there, especially on the first Thursday of the month, or simply “First Thursday”, leaving you fighting for a spot at one of the area’s many bars. Amongst the locals Bree Street is known as “the better Long Street”. There aren’t so many tourists here, making it especially popular with Cape Tonians – it’s a bit quieter and less hectic. Bree Street runs parallel to Long Street, meaning it’s only a stone’s throw away and well worth the visit. There you’ll find one of the best burger bars in the city (IYO Burger). There’s also Love thy Neighbour, where locals like to relax with a beer after a hard day’s work, as well as lots of modern cafés and La Paranda, where there’s genuinely always something going on. If you’re in Cape Town, it’s not to be missed. Tip: stop by the Honest Chocolate Café. It’s actually on Wale street, but it’s right round the corner (I promise). On top of endless amounts of chocolate in all its possible forms, there’s a gin bar out back. It’s so inconspicuous, a lot of people just walk right past this hidden gem.

13. Enjoy the culinary variety

When it comes to food, Cape Town is a city for connoisseurs. It has everything your heart could possibly desire, and it always tastes fantastic. South Africans love meat, and they’re brilliant at cooking it too. Still, there’s also a massive variety on offer for vegetarians and vegans. Here, a hot dinner, wine and a bottle of water for two people will set you back €20 tops. This makes eating out in Cape Town really affordable by European standards, so even if you’re on a tight budget, you won’t have to miss out on these culinary delights.

In the young and fashionable district of Observatory, it’s worth paying a visit to “The Woodlands Eatery”. It’s got tasty Italian and Mexican dishes on offer, as well as heavenly chocolate cake. For a tasty and nutritious breakfast, head to Scheckter’s RAW Gourmet in Sea Point. Nourish’d Café and Juicery in Kloof Street offers a great variety of vegan food to start off the day..

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The journey from Johannesburg and Cape Town is approximately 3200km (not taking into account the inevitable scenic detours along the way). Expect to be constantly pulling the car over to take photos and gape at the stunning scenery.

You could spend years exploring this extraordinary country. Deserts, sand dunes, wildlife, buzzing cities, traditional villages, romantic coves, heavenly beaches, rugged coastline and adrenaline-fuelled thrills – South Africa really does have it all.

These are our highlights from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

1. Johannesburg

Right now, the neighbourhood of Maboneng is trending. Buzzing with loads of cool cafés, galleries and boutiques, the crowd is young and stylish, with a flair for fashion and design. In Maboneng, we recommend the Curiocity Backpackers Hostel in Maboneng.

Braamfontein should also be on your list. The “neigbourgoods” market is held here every Saturday, with a DJ, a rooftop terrace, mouth-watering food from around the world and a cool urban atmosphere.

Tip: Want to learn more about the country’s past? Then it’s worth taking a guided tour of the SOWETO township, stopping off at the Hector Pieterson Museum and the house where Nelson Mandela once lived.

2. Drakensberg

If you want to go hiking and experience nature, don’t miss out on the chance to spend a couple of days in the Drakensberg. The sheer scale of the scenery and the majestic mountains is awe-inspiring. Most hostels also offer tours of the Kingdom of Lesotho, including a hike to the Tugela Falls.

It’s also worth taking a hike through the Royal Natel National Park and staying a night or two at Amphietheatre Backpackers. The park boasts amazing viewpoints, waterfalls, natural pools and much, much more. The admission is a steal, at less than €2.50 a person.

Tip: Did you know that Lesotho boasts the highest pub in Africa? Take a 4×4 up through the legendary Sani Pass to be rewarded with a view that’s out of this world.

3. Coffee Bay

As you get closer to the coast, the landscape starts getting more wild and rugged. This part of KwaZulu-Natal isn’t known as the “Wild Coast” for nothing. Stunning Coffee Bay has rugged rock formations and cliffs, blue ocean, traditional round huts and heavenly coves.

Like many other backpackers, we ended up staying here longer than originally planned because it was so beautiful. Make friends with other travellers at the Coffee Shack Hostel in front of the cosy bonfire with a cool Savanna Dry.

You can’t miss taking a hike to the “Hole on the Wall” or spending an evening with the locals, enjoying good food, music and dancing.

Tip: If you visit South Africa between June to October you’ll have a good chance of spotting dolphins and whales along the coast.

4. Chintsa

If it’s endless, wide sandy beaches you’re after, Chintsa is the place for you. This tranquil destination with lush subtropical vegetation, wild banana trees, and a beach covered with fine white sand only has a population of 1800.

Tip: Rent a surfboard and wetsuit at the Buccaneers Backpackers hostel and head to the sea to catch a few waves.

5. Jeffreys Bay

Each year sees thousands of surf-junkies flock to Jeffreys Bay. The pros here especially like to surf the legendary 800 metre-long “super tube” waves. Jeffrey’s Bay also hosts the fantastic JBay Winter Fest, music festival.

Tip: Go sand boarding over epic dunes with Island Vibe Hostel.

6. Addo Elephant National Park

Fancy taking a tour to see elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and hyenas, all from your own car? Then head to Addo Elephant National Park,  a diverse wildlife conversation park situated close to Port Elizabeth.

Tip: Don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars to see the wildlife from a distance. You’ll get the best sightings in the early morning and late in the evening, usually at waterholes.

7. Tsitsikamma National Park

If you haven’t already fallen in love with South Africa by this point, you will after visiting Tsitsikamma National Park. Fresh sea air, rugged cliffs, green hillsides, turquoise ocean waters are just some of the highlights.

A must-see is the incredible viewpoint just a short 20 minute-walk from the Storm River suspension bridge.

Tip: Don’t skip the Waterfall Trail, which takes 90 minutes each way.

8. Bloukrans Bridge

Consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Then don’t miss the chance to jump from the Bloukrans Bridge. Standing at 216 metres above the valley floor, it’s the highest in Africa. Standing on the edge of the platform, staring down into the deep ravine, is exhilarating.

9. Nature’s Valley

Heading out from Bloukran’s Bridge takes you to Nature’s Valley, where we spent a couple of nights in a safari tent. If you’re just looking to relax for a while, this is the place to do it.

10. Oudtshoorn

Heading away from the coast, you reach “little Karoo”, a semi-desert wilderness that feels like the Australian Outback. Driving over the Robinson Pass with its countless twists and turns, is a real highlight. Also don’t miss out on the chance to visit one of the many Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn itself.

Tip: Two baby giraffes, Shorty and Shiela, are being raised at the Chandlier Game Lodge. You can visit and bottle-feed them.

11. Mossel Bay

This town often gets called the “ugly duckling” of the Garden Route, but we beg to differ. Mossel Bay is a cool and laid-back town. Here, you can relax on the beach, stay in a converted train (Santos Express Train), enjoy good food and sip on delicious lattes.

Tip: Visit the Blue Shed Coffee Roastery for its great coffee and instagrammable exterior. Try the chocolate brownies. They’re heavenly.

12. De Hoop Nature Reserve

The sand dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve were without a doubt one of our South Africa highlights. They are located between Mossel Bay and Cape Agulhas nature reserve.

Tip: The area is one of the best places to whale watch from the shore. Catch a sighting while hiking on the “Whale Trail”.

13. Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa. Follow the road to a lighthouse and a small trail that leads to the “Foot of Africa” where two oceans meet.

Tip: Venture about 2km further and you’ll find old shipwrecks sitting in the sea, like the Meisho Maru38, which ran into a violent storm in November 1982.

14. Hermanus

Hermanus is an incredibly beautiful little town sitting on the coast. Here you’ll find plenty of accommodation, bars and restaurants, supermarkets and boutiques. Hermanus is considered the whale-watching capital of the world. Each year from June to December, southern right whales and humpbacks arrive from the Antarctic.

Tip: Take a couple of hours to hike along the Cliff Path Trail. It’s a lovely route that hugs the coastline.

15. Muizenberg

Muizenberg is without a doubt one of our favourite places in South Africa. There’s not much there, apart from a supermarket, some surf schools, a couple of small restaurants and cafés, however, Muizenberg exudes charm. It’s key attractions are surfing and kitesurfing. You can rent out a board and a wetsuit for about €15-20 a day at Gary’s Surf School or Surf Emporium.

16. Chapman’s Peak Drive

Heading out from Muizenberg, you end up in Simon’s Town and the Cape of Good Hope. Don’t miss iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive. This scenic road is one of the most beautiful in the world. Hidden around every corner are views that will leave you breathless.

17. Cape Town

We could probably write a whole novel about this unique, buzzing metropolis. Cape Town is as diverse as South Africa itself. We love the cool markets and cafés, varied cuisine and the colourful nightlife.

Climbing the up the Tafelberg from Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens was definitely one of our highlights, as was the Neighbourgoods market in Woostock. Don’t miss out on a trip to Lion’s Head to see the sunset from Signal Hill.

Tip: There are MyCiTi buses going in any direction at pre-scheduled times. The buses are modern and cheap.

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If you’re ready to cross Sydney off your bucket list, then we have some amazing hostels for you to try. No matter what type of person you are, from beach babes to chic city dwellers, Sydney has a hostel to suit your style. So get set for Instagrammable rooftops, designer bedrooms, and bars where the party never ends, as we bring you the best hostels in Sydney.

1. Bondi Backpackers

Fitness freaks, this hostel is for you. We’re talking yoga on the rooftop, free surfboard hire, your own session with a Personal Trainer and energetic walking tours from Bondi to Bronte Beach. Oh yes, this hostel is situated bang in front of Australia’s most iconic stretch of sand: Bondi Beach. Nowhere will make you feel like you’re #livingthedream quite like this recently refurbed hostel. The beachy vibes continue throughout with beautiful seaside style plus private and dorm rooms with views of the iconic beachfront. Namaste.

 Image 1 & 2: courtesy of Bondi Backpackers. Image 3: @sabeyyoga

Neighbourhood: Bondi

Address: 110 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Nearest Station: Bondi Junction

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2. The Pod Sydney

If Fashion is more your thing than fitness, then this is one of the best hostels in Sydney for you. If you’re familiar with the European-style ‘poshtels’, then you’re going to love this super stylish hostel. Tastefully furnished in monochrome colours (think 50 Shades of Grey – without the handcuffs), these dorms are the chicest ones you’ll find in Sydney. Newly-opened in 2017, The Pod features King Single mattresses, fluffy pillows and discreet privacy curtains in the dorm rooms. Plus there are free toiletries, a fully equipped kitchen and a stylish dining area.

 All images courtesy of The Pod Sydney

Neighbourhood: Haymarket

Address: 396 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Nearest Station: Museum & Central

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3. Wake up! Sydney Central

Party animals, this hostel is for you – but don’t stress if you also like a good night’s sleep too, as you can rest easy at Wake Up. Winner of the Sydney’s Most Popular Hostel in the 2018 Hoscar Awards, this hostel gets rave reviews and is housed in one of central Sydney’s most beautiful properties. The towering eight-story historic building is home to both dorms and private rooms, a stunning al fresco cafe serving single origins coffee and their very own licensed bar. Side Bar, which is in the basement of the same building, might also be why this is considered one of the best hostels in Sydney. It’s also the reason so many fun-seekers find it hard to leave! The party happens seven nights a week with DJs, free drink deals, pool comps, live music, free pizza, beer pong, you name it.

 Image 1: @saroa_8. Image 2: @ellistnhave. Image 3: courtesy of Wake Up! Sydney

Neighbourhood: Haymarket

Address: 509 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Nearest Station: Central

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4. Space Q Capsule Hotel

Space cadets, this hostel is for you. If you’re big on privacy, then you’ll love these self-contained ‘pod’ style beds. Each of the single and double bed capsules has a super futuristic style with their own flat screen TV, USB ports and air conditioning. The groups of pods come in male, female and mixed dorms, with matching male and female bathrooms. Plus you’ll enjoy the modern kitchen and living room if you don’t want to spend your time secluded in tech geek heaven. Make sure you do venture outside and discover the vibrant Chinatown district on your doorstep too. Among the best hostels in Sydney if you want a bit of extra privacy.

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Neighbourhood: Haymarket

Address: 752 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Nearest Station: Central Station

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5. Sydney Harbour YHA

Icon chasers, this hostel is for you. It’s also one of the best hostels in Sydney for location – with Sydney Harbour right on your doorstep. Apart from a good night’s sleep, you’ll get incredible views of the city’s biggest landmarks: the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You might want to spend all your time on the amazing rooftop terrace, snapping selfies with these bucket list beauties, but take a wander outside of the hostel and you’ll find yourself in one of Sydney’s most fascinating areas. Known as The Rocks, this is the city’s historic district that will transport you back into the colonial past.

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It’s totally okay to arrive at a destination with no itinerary. Actually, it’s probably better that way! Although some of us plan months in advance and have a strict to-do-list to tick off, others prefer to be more spontaneous! Sometimes, having no expectations leaves more room fun and more authentic discoveries. So, what do you do when you’re in a place you’ve never been before? How can you find the best things to do in a new city? We got you…

Whether you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path adventures or to hit up the classic tourist destinations, we’ve put together the ultimate guide for how to find awesome things to do while visiting a new city. Gone are the days when we had nothing but maps and guidebooks to rely on for travel tips, your phone is your friend, and you have endless information at your fingertips! Here’s how you can harness that information… You’re welcome!

Google Maps is your friend

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I must confess, I’m Google maps user rather than an Apple maps user. The predictability works really well for travelling.

When you first arrive in a new city, study a Google map of the area to get an idea of what’s around you. If you’re trying to find a place to eat, tap on the three horizontal lines in the search bar and hit “Explore”. This will take you to frequently reviewed places in that area that other users recommend, such as “best lunch” or “cheap eats”. Read what other travellers and locals have to say and save the location on the map so that you remember to check it out later!

If you know of something more specific that you want to do, for example ‘yoga’  or ‘art classes,’ then type this into the search bar and Google (being the savvy genius that it is) will map out a few studios near you that are open. Thank you magical Google bot!

Insider tips from hostel friends

Discovery Hostel – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, @whoisleeyogah

The beautiful thing about hostels is that you’ll be amongst travellers like you, who are also looking for things to do and places to explore. Chat with travellers in the common area or in your dorm room. It’s a surefire way to find new friends and gather insider tips from people who’ve been in your shoes. So strike up a convo at the hostel bar, rent a moped or a bike and go out and meet the world! That’s how I found a Beetle Fighting Competition in Thailand… yes, really! Next thing you know, you’ll be sharing all of your tips with the new person you meet at your next hostel!

Become an Instagram Queen

 Cliff Jumping, Mount Martha, Australia : @marinasmilestones

I don’t know about you, but I follow A TON of travel accounts on Instagram. Other than giving me all the ~wanderlust~ feels, it also inspires me to travel to new places or provides me with ideas for my ever-growing bucket list.

BBC Travel, National Geographic and, Lonely Planet usually post great ideas for where to go next, but following travel influencers, such as @heartmybackpack or @thisbatteredsuitcase, is super helpful for finding things to do at said place. Thanks to Instagram stories, travel bloggers can get real and show you what they’re doing in a new city. I would have never known about the Lanka Challenge if I didn’t follow @thelifeofjord. Now I can’t wait to do a tuk-tuk race throughout Sri Lanka!

Another tech-savvy way to use Instagram is to type the name of a specific city into the search bar. I know that’s broad, but it’s a great tool to find out if there’s an event going on or find popular places to check out. The city’s Discovery Story is usually helpful too (you can find that right underneath the search bar!)

If you’re looking for a specific activity, but don’t know where to start, search hashtags such as #SurfingInBali or #HawaiiWaterfalls to help you find specific gems. If a photo comes up that looks really rad, click on the geo-tag to locate where that person was shredding waves. Hella gnar dude!

Peruse Pinterest

Lunch Spot, Chiang Mai, Thailand : @marinasmilestones

If you’re a man reading this and thinking “Pinterest is for girls” — it’s not. Because guys, if you have Pinterest, you’re doing it right! The travel-friendly website is helpful in finding things to do because you can be super broad in the search bar and it will narrow down what you’re looking for using specific filters.

For example, if you search “Chiang Mai, Thailand” in Pinterest’s search bar, the first few things to pop up are “12 Amazing Things To Do In Chiang Mai”, “4 Perfect Days In Chiang Mai” and “10 Coffee Shops Not To Miss In Chiang Mai”. After clicking on a pin that catches your fancy, it will pull up a separate tab to the link where the article lives. It’s usually written by a travel blogger who’s been there, done that.

I find that this is the best way to discover off-the-beaten-path experiences and gather knowledge about the city (like how to get around, pricing, what to pack). If it weren’t for Pinterest, I would have never found Huay Tung Tao Lake, which is a hidden gem of a lunch spot right outside of Chiang Mai FYI!

P.S. Pinterest is also great for pre-trip planning (packing, places to stay, transportation, etc.). Check out our Pinterest here for wanderlust inspo!

Read Local Publications

 Fairy Pools, Noosa, Australia : @marinasmilestones

I’m a HUGE fan of following and reading local publications of the cities I travel to. You can usually find them if you type something specific into Google search like “things to do in Melbourne, Australia”.

Local publications and tourist boards will pop up in the search and they’re an AWESOME insider guide to the city! Combine these with Hostelworld’s blog (hi!) and you’ll free things to do, cheap places to eat, and even more specifically, where to find the best margarita in San Diego. Score!

Facebook Groups/Events

 Falls Music Festival, Australia : @marinasmilestones

Just when I thought that I wasn’t a big user of Facebook, I found a little hack that makes travelling way better. If you know that you’re going somewhere for a few weeks or more – say backpacking Southeast Asia – join a few travel groups on Facebook. For instance, I joined a Facebook group called Backpacking Southeast Asia Alone. It proved to be a gold mine for gathering tips from other travellers about where to go and what to do. You can do the same thing for any major city or region, such as Backpackers Sydney or Backpacking Europe.

Scan the posts to see what people are talking about or just write a comment to ask for suggestions like, “Hey what’s up, I’m travelling to Bali for the first time and was wondering if anyone has suggestions for cool experiences to do or see?” People love to share their tips, so you will get replies. You might even find a travel mate!

Another way to find things to do (thanks to Facebook) is to check out the “Explore” tab in the app. Click on “Events” and Facebook will filter all of the events happening in the area over the next few days. You might find a cool party, a local music festival or a maybe a cool food truck gathering. This is how I found out about a sand sculpting competition going on in South Florida!

Arriving in a new place with no itinerary may seem scary on the outside, but it’s a great way to discover things on your own whilst gaining local and using social media as a tool (rather than as a distraction). Don’t forget to share your discoveries with the world! It’s the best way for us travellers to connect. So geotag it and hashtag it because I could be searching #KitesurfingInMiami and find your awesome Instagram!

About the author:

Marina Nazario is a food and travel writer from America, currently living in the land Down Under. She’s passionate about meeting people, immersing herself in different cultures, and eating her way around the world. You can follow her misadventures on Twitter and her blog Marina’s Milestones.

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LONDON BABY! The city that has it all; Amazing history, beautiful architecture, top grub, awesome shopping, immersive exhibitions, charming parks and banging night life. But it’s so HUGE, where do you start, and most importantly, where do you stay?! To help you make the most of your trip we’ve put together a list of the very best hostels in London to bunk up after a busy day exploring the big, bright capital.

1. SoHostel

If you’re looking for somewhere right in the heart of the action, then you can’t go wrong with SoHostel. It’s one of the best hostels in London for shopaholics and theatre lovers, especially as it’s only a few minutes walk from the buzzing Oxford Street and the famous West End. Furnished with bright, contemporary décor with a fun feel, the hostel also boasts a spacious bar-lounge to relax, meet up with friends and make new ones! Also, SoHostel is proudly unique as all profits made go towards helping London’s homeless, so guests can sleep well knowing they’ve done a good deed and potentially helped someone turn their life around.

Neighbourhood: Soho

Address: 91 Dean Street

Nearest station: Oxford Circus Underground

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2. Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

If you want to sample Victorian London of old, step in time to Palmers Swiss cottage. Get a taste of stunning British architecture in this Victorian Grade II listed building, converted into a beautiful boutique hostel. Guests have described Palmers as a ‘spacious, lovely old mansionette’ with a distinctly Victorian English atmosphere and proper British charm.  The hostel is located only a few minutes from the tube and famous landmarks such as Abbey Road (the studio where many famous artists have recorded, including The Beatles) Camden market (great for all your London souvenirs) and Regent’s Park (amazing for a walk, jog or a look around London Zoo).

: @i__follow__rivers

Neighbourhood: Swiss Cottage

Address: 40 College Crescent

Nearest station: Swiss Cottage Underground

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3. Wombats London

A round of applause for the multi-award winning (voted Most Popular and Best Extra Large Hostel 2017) Wombat’s, which really does set the standard for the best hostels in London. Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews to see that most people are ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the awesome look and feel of the hostel, which is covered stylishly in old oak wood, making it oh so cosy. Grab a couple of bevies in the huge bar downstairs (complete with pool and table tennis tables) before a quick stroll into the buzzing nightlife of nearby swanky Shoreditch. Once you’ve stayed here, you’ll find it hard to discover a better hostel.

Neighbourhood: Whitechapel

Address: 7 Dock Street

Nearest station: Aldgate East Underground

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4. Park Villa

Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the heart of the old East End of London that is pushing for the gold in highest rated hostel in London. It’s no surprise to us that value for money, security, facilities and cleanliness ratings are all rated easily over 9. The hostel gets its name as it is a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house that has been lovingly restored to reflect its original character and charm. Cosy, comfy and convenient, you’ll feel right at home here.

Neighbourhood: Bow

Address: 51 Grove Road

Nearest station: Mile End underground station

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5. St Christopher’s Village

Widely renowned as one of the best party hostels in London, St Christopher’s have recently undergone a massive refurb, sprucing the place with over 200 new comfy beds and getting futuristic with a selection of pod style beds. Foodies will be in for a mouth-watering treat as Borough Market, one of biggest and best food markets in London, is just a few minutes’ walk away. Oh, and another bonus, downstairs you’ll find Belushi’s bar where as a hostel guest you’ll receive great drinks specials PLUS 25% off food. Winner!

Neighbourhood: Southwark

Address: 51 Grove Road

Nearest station: London Bridge underground station

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6. Clink 78

We are ‘guilty’ of having a soft spot for clink78! The Victorian building is a former courthouse where you can chillout in the courtroom either watching films on the big screen projector or just relax on the comfy reclining chairs. Should you stay, or should you go? STAY of course, as you can tell your friends you slept in the very place where famous rockers The Clash stood trial in 1978. You can even sleep in an authentic cell room if you fancy, or choose one of many spacious, colourful dorms. Also one of the best hostels in London if you’re heading in or out of the city via Kings Cross, which is just a 10 minute walk away.

Neighbourhood: King Cross

Address: 78 Kings Cross rd

Nearest station: King Cross

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7. Safestay London – Kensington Holland Park

Fancy staying in a mansion, in one of the capitals most desirable neighbourhoods, in the middle of one of London’s most beautiful parks? Safestay provides just that, so you will not be disappointed with your surroundings. The stunning building dates back to 1605 and has been stylishly refurbished to provide a very cosy and comfortable stay. If you love a good stroll around a nice park you are spoilt for choice with Kensington Gardens and Hyde park just around the corner. Notting Hill, with the famous Portobello Road, is also close by where you can check out one of London’s most famous markets.

Neighbourhood: Kensington

Address: Holland Walk

Nearest station: Kensington High Street

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8. Meininger Hyde Park

If you love a good museum, there’s no better spot! Step outside the hostel to find the world famous Natural History Museum directly opposite or walk just a few minutes down the road to discover the Science Museum. Set in the beautiful borrow of Kensington you also have Hyde Park and plenty of shopping, including the exclusive Harrods, very close by. Once you’re done with all that learning and shopping, kick back in the comfy lounge, at the bar or on the outdoor terrace.

Neighbourhood: Kensington

Address: Holland Walk

Nearest station: Kensington High Street

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9. Green Rooms

Would you consider yourself “artsy”? If you answered with a finger-painting or interpretive dance, this place is for you! It has been deliberately designed for creative types who are visiting the capital and is the perfect space to get your creative juices flowing whilst enjoying your London adventure. Green Rooms is unique among the best hostels in London because it’s also a place to work, collaborate and rehearse if you so wish. The building includes a top floor gallery, a great lobby bar with exhibitions and DJs at the weekend, plus local craft beers on tap.

 

Neighbourhood: Wood Green

Address: 13-27 Station Road

Nearest station: Wood Green Underground Station

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10. Safestay London – Elephant & Castle

This stylish 18th century Georgian building is perfectly located for you to enjoy all of London landmarks with ease. You are within 6 stops on the underground to must-see places such as the London Eye, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. After a busy day sight-seeing, chillax in the chic comfy lounge or outdoor terrace.

 

Neighbourhood: Elephant and Castle

Address: 144-152 Walworth Road

Nearest station: Elephant and Castle underground station

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Have you stayed in any of the best hostels in London? How do they compare to other cities in Europe? Let us know in the comments

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Budapest’s classic charm and architectural treasures make it a top destination for those looking to experience the best of Europe. The hot springs, hearty food, and the second longest river in Europe are just a few reasons travellers head to Budapest time and time again.  Like the city itself, the best hostels in Budapest are fun, lively and affordable to travellers. Think central locations, energetic party atmospheres, fancy private rooms and super stylish dorms.

So if you’re planning a trip to budaful Budapest and need somewhere awesome and affordable to stay, then keep reading for 10 of the best places to stay…

1. Pal’s Mini Hostel

You’ll find Pal’s Mini Hostel in Octagon Square, one of the most hip-happening spots in Budapest. The location couldn’t be more central, I mean, just look at this view! On the corner of Andrassy Avenue, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site no less), this adorable hostel lives within a 20 minute walk of the cities best attractions. For those crazy kids looking to get their groove on, Budapest’s party quarter is just a 5 minute walk away and with no curfew as well as friendly staff ready to help with expert local tips, you’ll be in safe hands at Pal’s!

Things look great from our point of VIEW! @martadventures

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Oktogon 3, 1066 Hungary

Nearest station: Oktogon

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2. Hostel One Basilica

Looking for the best hostels in Budapest to make your budget go further? Hostel Basilica One has the solution for you, offering a free home cooked dinner every single night! Yup, there’s no need to worry about those expensive meals out, eat at the hostel and save your dosh for more important things like beer, and… more beer! The hostel itself is spacious, modern and stylish – made by travellers, for travellers and perfect for revellers! At night, the friendly hostel staff turn into professional party people, starting drinking games and dishing out insider tips on the best nightclubs. If you like to move-it, move-it until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll be right at home at Hostel One Basilica.

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 3, 1065 Hungary

Nearest station: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky / Deák Ferenc Square

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3. Avenue Hostel

Avenue Hostel knows how to cater for all types of traveller, be they after luxury or budget! With dorm rooms ranging from 4-12 beds, and available for as little as £6 a night, we’re sure you’ll find somewhere clean and comfortable to lay your head. In the Standard and Deluxe rooms each bed comes with it’s own privacy curtain, locker, reading lamp and power point in the uniquely designed sleep pods. You’ll also find a fully equipped main kitchen and communal guest kitchens on almost every floor of the hostel so anyone wishing to cook up a storm!

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Oktogon 4, 1067 Hungary

Nearest station: Oktogon

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4. Wombats City Hostel Budapest

Wombats Hostel Budapest is a colourful cove of delights, right in the heart of the buzzy downtown. As well as spacious dorm rooms complete with private bathrooms, Wombats offers stylish private rooms and a whole heap of free treats! There’s a free welcome drink for all guests, free WiFi throughout, free city guidebooks, free luggage storage, free lockers in every room, free food in the guest kitchen AND free towels and linen… We bet you can’t say all that without getting out of breath! Starting to see why this is one of the best hostels in Budapest? If you’re still not convinced, maybe the onsite bar will change your mind.

Colourful Queen : @elnazfe

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Király u. 20, 1061 Hungary

Nearest station: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky / Deák Ferenc Square

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5. Maverick Hostel

Located inside a gorgeous historic building, Maverick Hostel is popular amongst travellers for it’s central location and proximity to iconic Budapest attractions. A stunning sight in itself, the hostel is housed in a beautiful, grand building and the inside is equally impressive! Staying in Maverick feels like staying in your own apartment with a kitchen on each floor. There are so many reasons this is one of the best hostels in Budapest, like free Hungarian wine and pálinka tasting nights, as well as regular social events scheduled to help you experience the local culture and meet other travellers.

Neighbourhood: District V

Address: Budapest, Ferenciek tere 2, 1051 Hungary

Nearest station: Astoria

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6. Flow Hostel

Flow Hostel enjoys fresh hippy vibes, with gorgeous, spacious communal areas and a bright, minimalist design. Namaste! The walls in the communal areas are filled with charming plant baskets just begging to be Instagrammed. In the rooms, each bed serves as a living unit complete with personal lockers, reading lights, shelves, and finished with privacy curtains. Flow also offers tours to Széchenyi Thermal Bath, as well as a pub crawl and bike rental for 10 euros. If you’re looking for the best hostels in Budapest, why not just go with the Flow?!

Neighbourhood: District IX

Address: Budapest, Gönczy Pál u. 2, 1093 Hungary

Nearest station: Fővám tér

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7. Grandio Party Hostel

All about the social vibe and notorious for riotous parties, Grandio Party Hostel says it all in the name… Think grand, think party, think hostel! With drinks served around the clock and a never-ending party, this hostel is THE place for meeting fellow travellers and letting loose! As well as the electric atmosphere, Grandio Party Hostel boasts an awesome courtyard with a grungy, forest-like flavour and it’s own bar serving ridiculously cheap drinks. Be warned, this hostel is super lively all the time, self-proclaiming ‘you can sleep when you’re dead so don’t expect to get any sleep here!’ Rock on.

New hostel friends and £2 wine : @lilymann

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Nagy Diófa u. 8, 1075 Hungary

Nearest station: Blaha Lujza

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8. Full Moon Hostel

The Full Moon Hostel sets itself apart amongst the best hostels in Budapest for its unbeatable design sensibilities – plus the the fact it offers rooms for all types of traveller. Dormitories, triple rooms, double rooms and even VIP double rooms, this place offers the comfort and style of a hotel with the social atmosphere and affordability of a hostel. Oh… and the building is simply wonderful; painted sky blue with white beam details.

This hostel BLUE me away! : @solliljagudmunds

Neighbourhood: District V

Address: Budapest, Szent István krt. 11, 1055 Hungary

Nearest station: West Railway Station

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9. Central Backpack King

Designed for backpackers and solo travellers, Central Backpack King is the ideal place to meet new people and to use as a base to explore the city. With a buzzing social atmosphere, this hostel places an emphasis on experiences and the golden age of backpacking (aka, before the Instagram tourists took over!) Offering way more than just a bed to crash in, Central Backpack King organises daily pub crawls and various shenanigans throughout the week to encourage guests to explore the city together.

Neighbourhood: District V

Address: Budapest, Október 6. u. 15, 1051 Hungary

Nearest station: Arany János utca

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10. Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica

Located on the main boulevard in the heart of the city, Adagio Hostel 2.0 Basilica is an adult playground with explosions of colour and funky decor throughout. Although not necessarily a party hostel, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of fun. It DOES mean that you can expect a comfortable and quiet night’s sleep, leaving you refreshed and well-rested to explore the city the next day. With the choice of dorm rooms or privates, this hostel has the right room for every type of traveller!

Neighbourhood: District VI

Address: Budapest, Andrássy út 2, 1061 Hungary

Nearest station: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky

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So there you have it, our recommendations for the best hostels in Budapest! Did we miss out your favourite? Let us know in the comments 

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If you think hostels are no longer an option once you’ve found your perfect match, think again! All the reasons you love staying in hostels on solo trips or with your friends – the fun vibes, the budget-friendly prices, the cool/interesting/quirky style – makes them great for couples as well. Yup, being in a relationship doesn’t have to mean you’re suddenly all boring and missing out on exciting (and inexpensive) adventures. So here are six great reasons why you should book a hostel for your next weekend away with the one you love!

Gorgeous private rooms

If no one has let you in on the secret yet, then here it is: hostels have private rooms and they’re amazing! Yup, we’re talking big comfy beds just made for two and a stylish space that’s all your own. If you never thought you could have a romantic weekend away in a hostel then you really need to take a look at the dreamy rooms below!

Did someone say chic city break? It’s hard not to fall in love with TOC Hostel Barcelona!

From Russia with love. Cute rooms for couples at Soul Kitchen in St Petersburg.

What a cosy colour scheme at United Backpackers in Melbourne @paulabzo

Better for your budget

If you’re travelling on a budget, then hostels are a no-brainer. Keep your costs low by staying in a dorm for a few nights and then you can #treatyoself to a private room every once in a while too – without leaving the premises! Plus, hostels have so many features to help you save your pennies on the road: we’re talking free breakfasts, free tours and activities, Happy Hour and kitchens so you can cook your own food!

Bunking up at 91 Loop Boutique Hostel Cape Town : @91loop

Cook up a storm in this beautiful kitchen at Wombat’s City Hostel London.

More fun than hotels

Hotel bars…. they’re renowned for being the last place anyone would actually want to hang out. Hostel bars, on the other hand, are all about FUN. From in-house cocktail gurus in Tokyo to rooftop DJs in Paris, you’re guaranteed a good time at your hostel bar. Plus, hostels are not all about the bars. Yes, we have pools too! Plus, you can play shuffleboard and petanque in Copenhagen, hang in a giant hammock in Colombia, and jump in a ball pit in Lisbon.

Party time at Casa Gracia hostel in Barcelona @isaespimo 

Feel like a real baller in Hub New Lisbon hostel’s ball pit!

Sexier than a private rental

Have you ever booked an Airbnb as a couple, only to discover on arrival that the bedding was a bit crappy? Or the bathroom was kinda icky? Or it just wasn’t as glam as you were expecting your precious time together to be? Nothing puts a dampener on the excitement of travelling together than discovering your pad doesn’t meet the mark – and then you’re stuck with it. Instead, turn up the heat on your weekend away (or round-the-world trip) with a private room you won’t actually want to leave. Check out these seriously ‘Do Not Disturb’ hostel rooms below.

Ooooh La La! You’ll never want to leave your room at Lisbon Calling Hostel

Cocomama Amsterdam will make you want to swing from the chandelier!

Did someone say canopy bed? Onas Hostel & Suites in Cordoba is perfect for couples travelling in Argentina

You’ll never get bored of each other

Travelling as a couple means you get to spend A LOT of quality time together. Sometimes, a little too much! Staying at hostels gives you opportunities to hang with other people so you can mix things up a little (and even make some new friends). Social spaces, such as bars, cafes and lounges, mean you’ll never have to stay just in your room. Plus, you can join in one of the tours, activities or parties organised by your hostel.

Making new friends in Nicaragua : @nakedtigerhostel

Always someone to hang with at La Brisa Loca hostel in Colombia’s Santa Marta

Hostels are awesome and unusual places to stay

If you’re a couple who love to stay somewhere a little more quirky or interesting than a hotel, then hostels are exactly what you need! From a treehouse in Turkey to Hobbit house in Chile, you’ll discover a world of amazing places to stay with hostels. Plus, once you start Instagramming that cool and unusual places you stay on your travels, everyone will have serious #relationshipgoals envy.

Did someone say mile high club? Jumbo Stay Stockholm : @filipshobot

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Where to stay in Amsterdam? Whether you’re in the Dutch capital to explore the city like a cycling god, or to sample the city’s unbeatable music scene, you’ll need the right kind of hostel for your trip. Would you prefer an eco-friendly den with indoor swings and a teepee? Or a hostel with its own smoke room complete with a piano, chess board and a friendly hippo? Here’s a rundown of the best hostels in Amsterdam to help you decide.

1. Lucky Lake Hostel

Lucky Lake Hostel is as quirky as they come with charming cabins and trailers transformed into plush hostel rooms! The perfect place to stay for anyone who loves the great outdoors, Lucky Lake Hostel boasts a beautiful lake for swimming, kayaking, sailing and scuba diving, go on – jump in! This adventure filled hostel is located 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam  in the beautiful Dutch countryside and is the perfect place for walking and cycling enthusiasts, offering bike rental at reception. With a huge outdoor communal kitchen AND free breakfast and Wi-Fi, Lucky Lake is the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam for anyone wanting to get back in touch with nature!

Address: Vinkenkade 75, 3645 AP Vinkeveen, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 93%
  • Price: £23/€26

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2. Ecomama 

An advocate of responsible travelling, one’s carbon footprint, and conscious living – (serious stuff you know!) – Ecomama is a Green friendly hostel that invites it’s guests to connect, share and dream in the heart of the city. And, yes daddy you guessed it… Ecomama is the little sister of previously mentioned Cocomama! The communal spaces at Ecomama are truly delightful featuring a fairylight studded teepee tent that transforms into a cosy, alternative movie theatre for a few nights every week.

Address: Valkenburgerstraat 124, 1011 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands

This hostel’s eco philosophy means that everything is made of recycled materials: there’s a water saving system, green roof and a natural stone heating system. The front desk also donates €1 for every night that you stay to charity. Feeling the love guys, feeling the love

  • Customer rating: 92%
  • Price: £29/€32

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3. Generator Amsterdam

Generator Amsterdam is housed in a former zoological university building overlooking the iconic Oosterpark – meow! This hostel is absolutely massive and 564 guests can stay in comfort here. Generator’s huge outdoor terrace and spacious, cool AF cafe are the best places to unwind after a day of sight-seeing and hang out with fellow travellers. With fancy private rooms with floor to ceiling windows and plush double beds as well as stylish dorm rooms, Generator Amsterdam caters to all needs!

Address: Mauritskade 57, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 88%
  • Price: £24/€27

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4. Cocomama

From the adorable resident cat (shoutout to Joop!) to the sprawling back garden, everything about this boutique hostel perfectly encapsulates Amsterdam’s chilled out charm. Combining the style and grandeur of a boutique hotel with the social vibe and affordability of a hostel, Cocomama is a cosy retreat in the heart of Amsterdam. What about staying in a 1930s former brothel called “Yab Yum”?! Cocomama is just that, and hints of its racy past wink at you from walls. Offering everything private double rooms to modern AF 6 bed dorms Cocoamama caters to every kind of traveler! Think luxury. Think flair. Think hostel!

Address:  Westeinde 18, 1017 ZP Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 86%
  • Price: £29/€32

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5. The Student Hotel Amsterdam City

Okay so technically not a hostel, but we couldn’t leave this cheeky hotel out could we?! It only opened in August and already has a 92% rating from our customers. Could it be the ping pong tables, gym and TED talks cinema room? We think the ensuite rooms with dreamy beds may have something to do with it! Student Hotel is a winner if you want the hotel luxuries with some “millennial” vibez sprinkled on top.

Address: Wibautstraat 129, 1091 GL Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 92%
  • Price: £78/€86

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6. Stayokay VondlePark 

A monumental chalet building overlooking the largest city park in Amsterdam? Who could resist! This is one is one of the largest hostels in Europe and comes with a damn fine free breakfast. Aside from the rather ravishing location, it’s also crawling distance from Leidseplein, Amsterdam’s hipster neighbourhood bursting with places to eat, drink and watch acrobatic break dancing.

Address: Zandpad 5, 1054 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 86%
  • Price: £23/€26

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7. Clink NOORD

Located in an old, 1920s laboratory sat on the banks of the River IJ, Clink Noord is one of our favourite hostels in Amsterdam. Perhaps our most favourite thing about it is ZincBar, the hostel’s very own onsite bar and kitchen. Dishing up everything from burgers and pizzas to traditional dutch delights such as Flammenkuchen and Bitterballen, KantineKITCHEN has something for everyone including an ever-so-trendy vegan menu, plant power!

Address: Badhuiskade 11, 1031 KV Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 88%
  • Price: £22/€24

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8. Flying Pig Downtown

This 18th century building-turned-hostel has an INSANELY central location next to the train station, Red Light District and the city’s main shopping street – perfect for coffee shop, pub & club hopping! In true Dutch spirit, Flying Pig has its own bar with DJ nights, cheap beer and a separate indoor smoking area with a pillow stage for you to chill the hell out – what more could one need in the Dam?!

Address: Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 88%
  • Price: £24/€27

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9. The Bulldog

The Bulldog No.90 was the first EVER coffee shop in Amsterdam in 1970, named after the owner’s four-legged friend Joris, so expect the stuff of legends. That and the hostel’s bar and terrace overlooking the cathedral makes it an absolute doss to meet other travellers. Top notch security will ease the minds of first-timers or solo explorers (you need a Bulldog “passport” to get in) and rooms are spacious and clean as can be. Bulldog, we’re coming to get ya!

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Customer rating: 86%
  • Price: £27/€29

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10. St Christopher’s at the Winston

If you are in Amsterdam to party and meet people, this hostel is your partner in crime! The 97% location means a 5 minute walk from the train station and the Red Light District is the hostel’s back garden….literally. There is no curfew (obvs) a busy bar and a free “breakfast buffet that would put other hostels to shame” – a customer’s words. That solves the impending hangover then!

  • Customer rating: 88%
  • Price: £29/€32

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11. Hostel Van Gogh

Van Gogh is as synonymous with Amsterdam as coffee shops and the red light district, and Hostel Van Gogh is the perfect retreat for art enthusiasts!  Each room is decorated with one of his iconic paintings and the hostel is located right opposite the famous Van Gogh Museum itself. Speaking of location, you really can’t do much better than Hostel Van Gogh’s super central spot near the city’s best museums, Museumplein park and a 12 minute walk to the Heineken Brewery!

Address: Van de Veldestraat 5, 1071 CW Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Rating: 82%
  • Price: £21/€23

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12. Meininger Amsterdam City West

The phrase ‘pet friendly hostel’ is always guaranteed to get my tail wagging, and for the price of €10 a night your four legged friend can cosy up with you at Meininger Amsterdam City West. As well as welcoming these apawable travellers, Meininger provides hostel goers with free Wi-Fi, a 24HR reception, guest kitchen, breakfast buffet AND an onsite bar! Located right near Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station Meininger really is the best in show!

Address: Orlyplein 1 – 67, 1043 DR Amsterdam, Netherlands

13. Qbic Amsterdam WTC

A design lead hostel, Obic WTC focuses on bright colours and squeaky clean interiors. Each room comes equipped with super relaxing rain shower to help you unwind after a long day of exploring the city. The staff are welcoming and here to help you get the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, offering tips and advice as well as #ObicRecommends. #ObicRecommends is an entire gallery of expert local knowledge on the best things to do in Amsterdam. Seriously, you can thank them later!

Address: Matthijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XT Amsterdam, Netherlands

14. Via Amsterdam

Spacious, funky and vibrant are words that perfectly describe Via Amsterdam, one of the coolest hostels in the city! With an onsite bar and restaurant serving up Holland’s wonderful take on American classics such as The Big Lebowski burger or Balls of Glory (excuse me?!), Via Amsterdam is a great option for any chill-out backpackers visiting the Dam. Self proclaimed as a ‘multi-functional playground,’ Via Amsterdam’s decor packs a mighty punch… we dare you to resist the temptation to Insta the sh*t out of this hostel!

Address: Diemerhof 20, 1112 XN Diemen, Netherlands

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