We still have vivid memories from our backpacking days: trying to sleep in sheets that vaguely smell of puke, chained to our suitcase and awakening at every sound for fear that one of our roommates could be Ivan Milat.
But hostels have changed a lot since then. Aiming to cater to millennial budgets and expectations, many of them are actually more akin to a budget boutique hotel.
Check out the funky listings featured in Hostel World’s Hoscars, for example.
The hostel site’s annual Hoscar awards recognise the most amazing hostels all over the world based off reviews from their users.
And there are some stunners in here that make our apartment look like a wet cardboard box.
Here are the winners of the 2019 Hoscars:
Best hostels for solo travellers
Best Hostels for female solo travellers
Best hostel for male solo travellers
Best new hostels
Most popular hostels
For the full list, go here.