The backpacker and hostels
The much maligned backpacker? Some people hate them and some love them. I happen to have been involved in the Backpacker industry for about 15 years and love them…well not all of them, but I did meet approximately 12,000 a year! In all my years of meeting backpackers, I would say that less than 10% need to be tied to a post (next to an ants nest) covered with honey and then lectured on life. These...
Who is Papa Smurf of the hostelling world?
It’s time to get this blog on the road, so we’d like to kick things off by introducing Hostelzoo’s most experienced hostelling legend, Rob Ryan. Rob, or Papa Smurf as many call him, grew up with the pioneers of Australian surfing. When most people were watching the new era of colour television, he was travelling the coasts of Australia exploring new surfing destinations. Loading the van up...