Your choice of hostel can make or break any trip. So to save you the hassle of searching for the perfect outdoor hideaway, we’ve done the hard work for you. In some of the world’s most adventurous areas, we’ve found the best backpacker hostels for you to enjoy – from a remote Eco-hostel in Scotland to one with its very own climbing wall in New Zealand.
1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, Queensland, Australia
A hidden gem that you could easily miss; Southern Cross has 16 acres of land surrounded by luscious trees and gardens, as well as its own lake and hammocks. Enjoy one of the hostel’s many tours (we’ve heard the award-winning Scooter Roo tour is fun!), then kick back by the pool or campfire.
Glen Affric Youth Hostel, Scotland
A unique and remote Eco-hostel, Glen Affric is 8 miles from the nearest road. The hostel itself can only be reached by bike or a 3-4 hour walk, and is situated in a wide river valley surrounded by high mountains ready for you to explore. If you’re seeking peace and quiet on your hiking holiday, this is the place for you.
Go back in time and stay in this old farmhouse on the seafront, surrounded by magnificent mountain views. Welcoming to individual travellers as well as groups, this is a great base for exploring the East Fjord mountain range and coastal hikes.
Rock Solid Backpackers Hostel, Rotorua, New Zealand
This “funky, industrial-style inner city accommodation” is a fantastic adventure base on the North Island, with a huge range of tours and activities to suit every guest. Enjoy white-water rafting, bungee jumping, hiking, mountain biking (to name just a few activities) in the adventure capital of New Zealand – as well as the hostel’s very own climbing wall!
Matterhorn Hostel, Zermatt, Switzerland
This rustic timber house is perfect for outdoor adventurers visiting this iconic alpine village. Explore the highest ski resort in Europe and take advantage one of the many hiking and biking trails on offer. Finish off your busy day with a great night in the hostel’s bar.
The Bivvi, Colorado, US
A bit more luxurious than the others, this hostel describes itself as “crafted as a base camp for adventurers, mountain gurus, ramblers, and those with a genuine love for the outdoors”.
Pen-y-Pass Hostel, Snowdonia, Wales
Climb Mount Snowdon from the front door of this legendary hostel, situated over 1,000ft above sea level. The hostel is perfect for hikers and mountaineers looking for a ‘digital detox’. Pen-y-Pass is also full of history: George Mallory stayed here while using Snowdon as a training ground for his ill-fated Everest expedition.
Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse, Tanzania
You’ve got to include this hostel in your plans for visiting Kilimanjaro. The name rafiki means ‘friend’ in Ki-Swahili, and you’ll be treated like a long-lost one by the welcoming staff. The hostel also organises Kilimanjaro treks and safaris, and day trips to Moshi.
Black Sail Hut Hostel, Cumbria, UK
Another hostel that can only be reached by foot or bike, this iconic hostel is the perfect place to stay for a hiking or climbing adventure in the famous Lake District. Home-cooked meals are available to warm you up after a busy day outside.
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, California, US
Tucked away on a sloped hillside just 25 miles from Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Bug is a great base for adventures in one of the world’s most iconic national parks. There’s a variety of lodgings available as well as the hostel’s own health spa, where you can enjoy massages or yoga classes after a long day of hiking.
Samesun Backpacker Hostels, Vancouver, Canada
Samesun’s Vancouver hostel is perfect for backpackers looking for adventure: enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Western Canada by hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and more, with daily tours organised by the hostel.