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Few places in the world are as famous as the Golden Gate, but San Francisco offers much more than just a shiny bridge, says Janet McGarry.
Visiting Bris Vegas? You won't break the bank by ticking off these free activities.
Swim with the dolphins, cuddle a koala, then taste world-class local wines.
Most people like to get away for a bit of sun, sand and sea… not skulls, cemeteries and suicide forests. But if you want your next holiday to be a little more horrifying, check out these spooky destinations you can actually visit around the world.
Content warning: please read with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
What’s the difference between a hotel and a hostel? The letter S, which in the case of these glamourous backpackers, stands for ‘Sheesh, that’s good value’.
Discover why YHA is the most sustainable way to travel when you go away on an overnight excursion with your class.
Australians don’t always take their sport seriously - we look at some of Australia's craziest sports...
Find out how to get a ferry good view of the harbour city without breaking the bank.
From Adelaide to Darwin, experience the best SA and NT hotspots.
From pristine beaches to hipster bars, it only took Kirra Loh a few trips around the globe to discover her hometown, Newcastle.
Australia's island wilderness, rich in history and beauty has a few dirty secrets you wouldn't believe...
Discovering South Australia is all about indulgent contrasts: rich wine regions, long sandy white beaches and great festivals.
There are few more memorable ways to travel in tropical Queensland than by train, writes Ben Groundwater.
From short strolls to hard core hikes, make these YHA hostels a base for your exploration.
With notepads and cameras in hand, the Neat Places team dispatches to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch with one single mission: to suss out all the best neat places.
Nature awaits adventurers on the Abel Tasman track in new Zealand. By John Maddock
London sucks you in – whether you go there for a couple of days or a year. By Janet McGarry
The secrets out, we reveal why tourists are flocking to China's third largest city, Guangzhou...
Sprawling between the Andes and the South Atlantic, Argentina is home to more than sexy soccer players. Lucy E. Cousins ventured into its furthest reaches.
Mid-year breaks can recharge and reinvigorate. Deborah Dickson-Smith looks at two of the best in New South Wales.
Don't throw your money away! Here are Ewen Bell's cheap tricks for budget travel in Zurich.
The most enjoyable experiences in Australia happen at night. Discover the most thrilling nocturnal adventures on offer. By David Whitley
Find out what the sizzling city of Brisbane did to change it's country town image. By Annabel Ausmas.
No-thrills Queenstown didn’t get David Whitely’s heart racing – and he was okay with that.
With a vibrant underground music scene, countless hipster clubs, and an image that's so cool - it's easy to get lost in berlin. By Kristy Barratt
Getting out of London and heading north, writes Steve McKenna, opens up a feast of culture in three rejuvenated British metropolises.
Going to Melbourne for the weekend and not sure where to start? Check out how to get the best of the city in 2 days with these awesome tips.
Whether it’s on a brief stopover, or a trip in itself, Hong Kong offers lots to entice the budget traveller.
You don’t need to be travelling on a Sheikh’s allowance to make the most of a stopover in Abu Dhabi.
Save some serious coin on your next All Aussie Adventure by picking up one of YHA’s flexible prepaid accommodation vouchers, called ePacks.
You'll be surprised by these unique wildlife experience, just outside the hostel door...
There are 8351 kilometres of Canadian adventures on the train tracks from Vancouver to Halifax. By Mike Laanela
Hawaii is an adventurer's hotspot with hiking, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking and mountain biking, writes Lisa Kadane.
It’s easy to consider Katoomba just a day trip from Sydney – but this is what you’re missing if you don’t spend the night in the Blue Mountains, writes Tom Smith.
World nomads travel writing scholarship winner, Nainaa Rajpaal, shares 10 outback experiences you must tick off your Aussie bucketlist.
The Northern Hemisphere can keep its mulled wine and plum pudding – we’ll take backyard cricket, pool toy pressies and boozy relatives any day. Welcome to an Aussie-style Christmas.
A great white’s mouth glistens with 50 razor-sharp teeth – and you can count them for yourself in the crystal clear waters off the Eyre Peninsula, the only place in Australia where you can go nose-to-nose with Jaws on a shark cage dive.
Short term rental? Nah. This is why you need to stay with YHA for your next getaway, hey.
Out of his comfort zone, Leigh Reading discovered surfing and more on the Gold Coast.
Do you like secrets? We reveal five of Australia's most unbelievable wonders, that are too good to miss…
100 ways of chucking yourself into, off and under things - the 'other' New Zealand island is anything but dull.
Treading warily over the swing bridge – the first of many – it becomes clear to David Whitley just how special Aoraki Mt Cook National Park really is.
Fiji isn't just for couples. Find out what one single (and ready to mingle) backpacker discovered in Fiji. By Ben Groundwater
With a sub-tropical climate, friendly atmosphere and vibrant outdoor spaces it’s no wonder the locals stay out late.
Read on for a 10-Day Itinerary covering three of Australia’s capital cities — Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. With a mix of trendy city vibes, gorgeous coastlines and unique island experiences, you’ll never have a more action-packed week and a half!
Discover the diversity of this incredible continent and why South America is on the top of everyone's list.
Long a magnet for Antipodeans, Shaney Hudson discovered why Canada is a great spot for an outdoor adventure as well as a working holiday.
Wander Westeros and explore Essos at these Hostelling International properties dotted throughout the Lands of Ice and Fire.
Warning: watching these movies may cause an incurable case of wanderlust.
You don’t need a Hollywood celeb’s bank account to enjoy one of these A-list Australian getaways.
Love is in the air at these five lovey-dovey locations around the country.
From beer and beaches to sport and seafood, SA is home to all things quintessentially Australian.
James Draven discovers no trip to New Zealand's north island would be complete without these lord of the rings experiences.
Broome is the gateway to the Kimberleys and a renowned destination for rest and relaxation.
Found out what is happening and where to go in the happening suburbs of Melbourne.
From surf beaches and national parks, to wineries and rainforests, Victoria is the best of Australia in one gorgeous state.
The people of Adelaide have been keeping a little secret all to themselves, but what is it?
Detached from mainland europe - marooned in the north atlantic, a three-hour flight from london - iceland requires that little bit of extra effort (and money) to visit. But it's so worth it, writes steve mckenna.
Visitors be warned: Sydney is not cheap! To help you save some dollarydoos, here are 101 free things to see and do while you're in town.
Cairns has never been more delicious, writes Sarah Blinco, as she explores a food trail around Tropical North Queensland.
Jo Stewart heads on a tropical road trip north of Cairns to visit Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas.
Sydney is more than just the icons; the city hums with music and food writes Rob Grant.
Kangaroo Island is South Australia's best kept secret - and you might find it a rather suprising.
Known to locals as "The Track", The Stuart Highway is one of Australia's major highways covering a distance of 2,834 kilometres.
The village brings up its 60th anniversary in 2017 – and there’s a jam-packed calendar of activities to celebrate!
Some of us cycle for the love of hills and some of us cycle to avoid them. Nelson/tasman is the sunniest region of New Zealand's South island with excellent routes for everyone. By Ewen Bell
A new creative movement is reshaping the city just two years after Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes.
The neat places team dispatches to Auckland with a single-minded mission: to suss out the best neat places in the ‘burbs.
Find out what happens when an irish expat rediscovers her hometown and finds things have changed. By Janet Mcgarry
Just because the party isn’t coming to you doesn’t mean you can’t go to the party! ~’Cause you know I’d walk (but probably drive) a thousand miles if I could just see Muse tonight~
Bangkok engulfs but never sleeps - we discover how to find peace among all the energising excesses!
Mei Ho House is more than just a museum. It’s also the newest and most central YHA hostel in Hong Kong.
Whether you're after a stopover or a city break, Bangkok and Singapore are both full of enchanting possibilities. But if push comes to shove, which one should you choose? Well, that depends on your priorities . . .
From Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation, rainforest to coral reef, crocodile to kangaroo - Queensland adventures await!
Bolivia may be South America’s ugly duckling but after touring the surreal Salar de Uyuni Alex Vivas thinks it’s well worth its salt.
Vancouver is an attractive, relaxed, postcard perfect entry point to western Canada.
Right on Adelaide’s doorstep, this coastal retreat is a bit of a hidden gem on the backpacker trail… but it won’t be for long.
There are 80 YHAs dotted around every corner of Australia, including this group that are a little bit fancy.
You could write a list as long as the Heysen Trail full of things to do in SA – but these are the 10 things you simply cannot leave off your itinerary.
The Flinders Ranges are South Australia’s gateway to the Outback, and the ultimate country holiday destination...
South of Perth in Western Australia, Chantae Reden discovered Margaret River was a region easily explored with just a bit of planning.
The Top End is home to natural attractions including Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park.
On the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Byron Bay, start your trip with a crocodile pie.
Lured by history, wine and the promise of a good time, Di Caught discovers that she is not alone in Australia's southernmost city, Hobart, Tasmania.
Jessica Daviot shares her experience of landing the perfect job in the perfect town.
Keen to base jump off New Zealand’s tallest building? Climb, leap and zipline underground? Tempt fate on an active volcano?
From Indigenous curses and mysterious mountains to crumbling ghost towns and actual ghosts, if you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, plan a trip to these 10 destinations.
Dave Anderson, a.k.a. travel blogger Jones Around the World, talks us through his top tips for exploring the tropics.
From cranky crocs and pricey prawns to Winnie the Wombat and Larry the Lobster, here are 10 insane stories from the last 12 months that could’ve only taken place in the weirdest country on earth.
Part hippie haven, part surf Mecca, part laidback country town, Australia’s most easterly point attracts a crowd right out of left field.
Find out how to mix history, culture and pizza on a tight Italian budget. By Shaney Hudson
Bypassing Los Angeles is a good idea when NorCal and SoCal have so much to offer.
Find out which popular Alice Springs attraction Sir David Attenborough says cannot be matched.
First of all, traveler, don’t pronounce the ‘r’ in Melbourne, or you’ll announce yourself as particularly un-hip.
Discover why KoKoda, Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Funky country towns, secret swimming holes and a good dose of “Bohemia”: Serena Renner embarks on a summer road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay.
Kirra Loh shares her travel tales and experiences as an Aussie expat living in New York City.
Melbourne might have next-level coffee, but there's much to discover by venturing west.
Australia’s “other half” offers up some spectacular locations for a huge range of equally extreme sports.
If you are a student struggling to stomach the cost of earning a university degree in the UK, why not study in Australia?
Shake off the winter blues by thawing out in these six sunny spots around Australia.
Victoria is a perfect location for nature, wildlife and discovery. Here are five places to head for a uniquely Victorian break. By Tim Richards
Welcome to winter in Australia, where you can ski the slopes in New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains one day, and snorkel the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef the next.
There’s so much more to the Goldie than skyscrapers and theme parks, as these five budget-friendly experiences reveal
Sharon Rahiri explores some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori cultural hotspots will take you off the beaten track.
Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland is New Zealand’s 'Big Smoke'.
Dreaming about island holidays at work? Stop dreaming and start packing your escape to paradise.
Discover why food lovers from around the world are heading to the Barossa Valley, and lining up for seconds. By Mary Louise Limbrey
Brisbane shouldn't be overlooked on the Aussie travel trail, writes Emily McAuliffe, as its concealed bars are hot to trot.
For all you backpacking bargain hunters out there, exploring wonderful Melbourne doesn't have to hurt the hip pocket. Here are 50 free things to see and do while you're in town.
Krispy Kreme donuts, yellow cabs and Starbucks coffee will forever be a part of New York.
Straddling the Continental Divide, the Canadian Rockies are stunning and majestic, awe inspiring and just plain gorgeous.
These former prisons, hospitals, castles and funeral homes go bump in the night… so are you brave enough to spend the night with a ghost in your bunk bed?
We’re sure you’ve heard of Slovenia, a beautiful country in Europe. Oh, wait, you haven’t? Okay, we’ll let it slide – just make sure you read this article.
You can have a dip at the beach in plenty of places… but swimming with sharks, and getting your kit off at the ‘Nude Olympics’? Only in SA.
Need to take a break from the hustle and bustle? Escape your capital city with one of these weekends away.
Which holiday hotspots are snap-happy Instagrammers hashtagging most?
Walking shoes – check. Camera – check. Sense of adventure – check. Now what? These are the 10 essentials every backpacker needs in their bag when they get back to nature.
Travel blogger Jade Johnston and her five-year-old Jacob reveal the best things to see and do in the Blue Mountains with the little ones in tow.
Learn more about how education has been at the heart of our mission for more than a century.
Hobart’s illustrious past and creative present combine to stimulate the senses of the curious visitor, writes Rob Grant.
New Zealand’s South Island never fails to inspire travellers from around the world...
Emma Wheaton discovers Australia’s Top End capital, Darwin, is a surprisingly vibrant tropical city.
Tapas, tango, art and architecture are all part of Spain's undeniable appeal. By Shaney Hudson
It’s rumoured Royal Marines do it in six days - but is there a short cut? By Alex Vivas
Standing still on a Hong Kong footpath, is a matter of strategic planning but a stop-over like none other.
Find out why travellers are cutting their time short in London and Paris to hang out longer in Bangkok.
A stopover in Doha will bring you into an unexpected world full of culture, exotic sights - and the best shopping in the world.
The ultimate Aussie road trip! Explore one of Australia’s great driving routes.
Getting swept up in Canada’s beautiful Vancouver Island is easy. By Janet McGarry
Everyone knows what an American-style Halloween is all about – jack-o'-lanterns, trick or treat, and eating so much candy that you want to throw up – but the USA isn’t the only country that revels in frightening festivities.
Half-goat demons, pooping logs, doorway-sniffing trolls, Colonel Sanders… yeah, this intro isn’t going to make any sense. Just read on to discover eight of the weirdest and most wonderful ways Chrissy is celebrated around the world.
You won’t see much mulled wine but you’ll find plenty of cold beer– welcome to Christmas, Aussie-style.
It may be a city on the edge of a desert, but Perth offers the perfect urban experience – most of it outdoors. By Sue White
Sailing the Queensland coast's classic sail routes offers a unique travel experience not to be missed.
Before you visit Western Australia, there is something you should know...
Take your tastebuds to Western Australia’s Southwest and discover a hotspot for indulgence seekers on a budget.
Geographically, New Zealand is young, but Shaney Hudson discovers an old fire burns in her belly, bubbling up from the earth’s core and creating an intricate network of impressive thermal attractions.
There are a few deserted beaches, outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters that will delight you like these gems.
Not a snow bunny? Not to worry. Shaney Hudson discovers there’s still plenty to do in New Zealand to get your wintry fix.
Canberra is famous for many things - but here are some quirky things you didn't know about the city.
London is expensive! Here are some tips to make your dollar go further, whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few years.
Jennifer Ennion dodges the tourist traps and unveils some hidden gems in the Harbour City.
From ancient ruins to futuristic skyscrapers, sparkling harbours to rugged mountains, these are the cities you must experience in your lifetime.
Like a moth to the flame, Janet McGarry is drawn across the pacific to the glimmering lights of Vancouver, Canada.