The travelling experience, seen in retrospect….

Our home hidden in the garden

We have now been home 4 days. Looking back on the trip it has been very interesting. Staying at the Backpacker hostel was the most interesting. It is nearly 10 years since I stayed in backpackers hostels. We now observed at close quarters the backpacker travel species both international and local and how they had changed in that time.

They are gregarious creatures and usually travel and congregate in groups of two or more. In the evenings they gather in larger numbers to talk, chatter,laugh and swap stories, loudly, till very late at night. Sometimes, actually most times, accompanied by alcohol They are the young of the species, generally in their teens to late twenties. Their body clocks are set at a different time to ours.

So for two weeks we would go to bed after midnight, when the hostel quieted down. Then sleep through till about 9am. Our usual pattern on the road is bed at 9-00pm, up at 7-00am. (We did revert back to that pattern once we were back on the road).

They are a friendly crowd, most are electronically wired with computers, tablets, a few had Kindles and they all had mobile phones, usually the smart phones. Their dress is trendy, casual, not a daggy pair of old blue jeans to be seen. Their diet surprised me as in the communal kitchen I observed some very healthy meals being prepared. Not too many instant noodle meals.

After two weeks we were pleased to mix again with that other travel species, the “grey nomad” and “baby boomer”. The types that inhabit the caravan parks and camp grounds. Travelling in a variety of vehicles.

That got me thinking of other sub-species of travellers…

The tourist or group traveller that travel on buses and move around in packs led by a dominant organizer. They generally inhabit hotels and graze in restaurants.

Within this tourist group is the traveller on the cruise-liner. They prefer to sleep in one place, the cruise ship, but be taken to different countries. They are loosely organized but have the option of choice at each port.

There is one more species I can think of and that is the lone traveller, dedicated to long distance travel, carrying their few possessions on their back. They travel light, sleep rough in either tents or cheap hostels and have a very basic diet.

Can you think of any other types you have met in your travels? I would love to hear your stories…

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Welcome to our new accommodation : Backpackers Hostel…

We had a lovely relaxed week at Rowes Bay Caravan Park, compliments of RACQ insurance, now it was time to come back to the reality of budget travel and the fact that Matilda’s repairs will eat a big hole in our finances.

Initially it was just finding accommodation, but during the week I had time to search out our next place to stay.

There are many levels of travel accommodation from the luxury 5 star hotels, down through 4,3,and 2 stars. Motels are another option, but they are usually further out from the central CBD and you will need a vehicle to get around. Of course the caravan parks have cabins of various styles and we have just experienced that. All these have one thing in common, they are out of our budget range.

So what does that leave us?

I finally found the place that ticks all the boxes Adventurers Backpackers.

  • It is very close to the CBD
  • It has spacious but basic rooms.
  • Beds have good mattresses
  • It has a fridge in the room
  • It is clean
  • Large communal stainless steel kitchen area
  • Roof-top pool
  • Great views from the pool deck.
  • Fans and air-con in room
  • Matilda’s garage is right behind the hostel, so we can visit her!!!
  • It is only $255 per week

Ok, ok I can hear you saying but what about all the other “guests”. Backpackers have a certain reputation for being loud, scruffy, always partying. This does not seem to be a problem in this hostel. Over our years of travel, both here and overseas, we have stayed in many backpackers hostels and a well run hostel does not have problems. The party people go out to the pubs and bars and there is a strict no sound after 11pm policy.

Last night one unruly and drunk bloke was shouting obscenities and making himself very objectionable. Every one else ignored him. This spurred him on to further ranting, till eventually another backpacker fronted up to him and told him

“shut your f#%%^* cake-hole, or I will throw you in the pool”

All was peace and quiet after that…

Great place for people watching…

This is the view from our front door

Our room, approx 7×3 metres

Large stainless steel kitchen

The owner has a pet hen which makes itself very much at home

Pool deck 4 doors down from our room

The view from the pool deck across the harbour

Relaxing with a book as Jack has a swim

So we are booked in for another week. The parts for Matilda have not arrived yet and we also need to replace the radiator…

“C’est le vie”

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