Traveling is the ultimate sensory experience. You get to taste new and exotic foods, feel the breeze or sand of different climates, smell a rainforest or fresh mountain air and see sights you've never even dreamed of. This is especially true when you travel somewhere as diverse and naturally beautiful as Australia, which features everything from beautiful beaches to desolate deserts, lush greens to ragged cliffs and adorable kangaroos to deadly reptiles. Since there is so much to see and experience, why limit yourself with traditional traveling methods?
Enter the freedom of backpacking in and around Australia. Backpacking not only allows you to travel lightly, but it also forces you to immerse yourself in the local culture and surroundings. Although it may be considered a less conventional method of traveling, backpacking definitely has its perks. If done the right way, backpacking is more affordable, allows you to experience more and guarantees an unforgettable experience.
Planning a backpacking trip is a piece of cake thanks to hostels. In comparison to traditional resorts and hotels, hostels are more budget-friendly and set you up to meet new and interesting people along the way. Many hostels offer shared rooms for incredible prices, while some offer private rooms for slightly higher rates. In addition, many offer services such as internet access, kitchen space, complimentary breakfast and/or organized group activities.
But the best thing about hostel life is all of the new people you'll get to meet. You'll find people from all around the world and from all walks of life to share your travel experiences with. Whether your plans include exploring the parks and beaches of Sydney, wandering the streets of Melbourne, embarking on a Tasmanian safari or getting up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, you'll have newfound friends with whom you can take it all in. Start by doing your research and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Author: Susan Bodack manages the Social Media Marketing and PR for online retailer, InStyleSwimwear.com. For over 10 years, InStyleSwimwear.com has been providing stylish swimwear, beachwear and accessories to women all around the world. For more information on the company, products or to read up on the latest styles and trends, check out their Beauty and the Beach swimwear blog.
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