Backpackers holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

A wide choice of backpackers accommodation from Australia to South Africa. Ideal for the independent traveller, all our backpackers accommodation is provided by owners committed to supporting local people & environment. Use the site to enquire and book directly with the accommodation.
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Friendly West Highland bunkhouse on the Knoydart peninsula, from £17 per person per night
Wild Coast accommodation, South Africa
Visit a beautiful, remote part of South Africa, from R70 - R120 per person per night
Isle of Iona hostel accommodation, Scotland
Low cost accommodation for visitors to Iona, from £19.50 per person per night
Kilimanjaro lodge and campsite accommodation, Tanzania
Kili accommodation, from US $20 - US $25 per person per night
Lesotho lodge and pony trekking
Experience traditional Basotho life, from R50 - R200 per person per night
Mount Kenya holiday accommodation
Holiday house facing Mount Kenya, from £10 per person per night
Flinders Ranges accommodation & campsite, South Australia
Stunning wilderness bunkhouse and holiday units in Australia, from AU $90 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Yokohama backpackers accommodation, Japan
A budget hostel in Yokohama, from Yen3000 per person per night
Manali accommodation in the Himachal Pradesh, India
Comfortable hotel in stunning setting, from Rupee2321 - Rupee2954 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Wild Coast backpackers accommodation, South Africa
Lively beachside accommodation in South Africa, from R70 - R180 per person per night
Kobarid hostel, Slovenia
Hostel in beautiful Soca valley, Slovenia, from €16 per person per night
Swaziland holiday, homestay accommodation
Live the normal day-to-day life style of the Swazi people, from R400 - R550 per person per night
Rincon Bay accommodation in the Dominican Republic
Farm walking distance to the beach in Las Galeras, Samana, from US $12 - US $60 per accommodation per night
Aleppey backpackers accommodation, Kerala
safe house for backpackers and domestic travellers, from Rupee400 - Rupee700 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Grasmere hostel in the Lake District, England
Cosy Independent Hostel in stunning central Lake District., from £8.50 - £27.50 per accommodation per night
Deal hostel accommodation, Kent, England
3 star group accommodation hostel on the East Kent Coast, from £15 - £47 per accommodation per night
Western Ghats, Karnataka holiday accommodation
A relaxing paradise in the Western Ghats, from US $25 - US $50 per person per night
Budget hostel in Slovenia
Hostel Pod voglom in the middle Julian Alps, from €16 - €27 per accommodation per night
Kent Downs bunkhouse, nr Maidstone, England
Bunkhouse for large groups in the Kent Downs, from £16 per person per night
Koh Pha Ngan beach resort, spa & detox centre, Thailand
Stay in funky unique beach-front spa resort in Thailand, from Baht120 - Baht5400 per accommodation per night
Dominica ecolodge holiday
Award winning cottages, tree houses, dormitory & camping, from US $12 - US $70 per accommodation per night
Peniche budget eco hostel in Portugal
Tribo da Praia Eco Hostel: Your Natural Choice, from €12 - €25 per accommodation per night
Rural ecolodge in Laos
Rural riverside ecolodge 30 km from Vientiane, from US $10 - US $38 per accommodation per night
Soca Valley eco homestay guesthouse, Slovenia
Herbal rooms with a view on stunning garden and Soca river., from €33 - €36 per person per night
Periyar Tiger Reserve homestay accommodation, India
A Boutique Bed & Breakfast near the Periyar Tiger Reserve, from £35 - £45 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Bali Mountain Eco Lodge
Award winning Mountain Eco lodge for nature lovers, from US $130 - US $220 per accommodation per night
Puttenham camping barn, Surrey Hills, England
Puttenham eco camping barn on the North Downs Way, from £10 - £14 per accommodation per night
County Clare vegatarian B&B and hostel, Ireland
Budget, eco venue in beautiful rural setting, from €17 - €29 per person per night
Samoa beach resort
Relax in untouched nature & the Samoan way of life, from £12 - £38 per person per night
Mission Beach backpackers accommodation
Ideal for independent travellers, from AU $33 - AU $65 per double room per night

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Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Dominica ecolodge holiday
Searching for whales, being greeted by dolphins, snorkelling above seahorses leave a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I feel truly privileged to have been a part of the ecolodge and Dominican way of life, even if it was just for 2 weeks. (more)Nicola Beldham
We had a wonderful time at the eco lodge in Dominica; I can't recommend this highly enough. It's beautiful, unspoiled, and absolutely perfect for families, and is a genuine example of positive interaction with the local community and environment. (more)Lee Jenkins
The whole trip was amazing the tree house, the family dinners, the fruit, the waterfalls. (more)Rachel Donahue
From US $12 - US $70 per accommodation per night
Kilimanjaro lodge and campsite accommodation, Tanzania
Memorable parts? The most memorable part was drinking banana beer whilst talking politics with the locals in a bar in the village. But also memorable was seeing the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro looming over the village as the clouds cleared. The walk to the waterfall was amazing too. I found it challenging as it’s a 5 hour walk and the valley is very steep but it’s a great feeling when you know you have accomplished it. Tips? Bring a Swahili phrase book; I kept forgetting the words... (more)Holly Foat
From US $20 - US $25 per person per night
Mission Beach backpackers accommodation
Most memorable was just sitting on the balcony in the sunshine with a coffee and a book and looking across the Coral Sea...and waking up to the sounds of the forest...and seeing several cassowary... and eating in the beautiful restaurant. (more)Nigel Evers
The most memorable part of my holiday was a day trip snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef - so beautiful and so addictive - I just wanted to keep searching for different corals and fish. (more)Imogen Howlett
We loved every minute of our stay! Our rainforest cabin was truly beautiful with polished wood floors, a comfy bed and best of all a stunning view onto some near pristine rainforest... This is ecotourism at its best. (more)Claire Morgan
From AU $33 - AU $65 per double room per night
Gambia beach accommodation
The location of the accommodation was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Frank Higgins
The campfires on the beach which were lit when anyone was leaving after a week's stay. The fabulous staff played traditional drums and we watched shooting stars, under the stars, whilst dancing and singing. (more)Jane Freemantle
This lodge is in the most beautiful location and run by such hospitable and friendly staff. (more)June Wright
From £12 - £58 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Bali Mountain Eco Lodge
Magical. The accommodation is wonderful, the food and hospitality excellent and the location unique. (more)Adrian Helen
The view from my little house was breathtaking. I could see nothing but lush forest. The sounds of the wilderness at night were very peaceful. The food and community atmosphere in the dining area was great and very refreshing too. (more)Kate Birbilis
Every part of our week long stay at the lodge was memorable. We had the best week of our lives! (more)Ruth Hanson
From US $130 - US $220 per accommodation per night
Isan accommodation, North East Thailand
Just what we had been hoping for - a place to experience 'the real Thailand' and plenty of opportunity to learn about the place and its people, off the beaten track but still with enough home comforts to make it relaxing for us and our children. (more)Rachel Holland
We had a wonderful time at this village. It was a good blend of relaxation and excursion. The host couple, Noi and David are very warm people and made efforts to make this trip a memorable one for us. Our 19 month old had great company with the village kids. (more)Anshuman Asthana
From Baht900 - Baht1800 per room per night
Norfolk hostel, campsite & tipis, England
Memorable parts? Being able to spend a weekend away in the UK with a big group of girlfriends, all staying in one place - a fantastic converted granary barn, at the bargain price of about £25 each for the weekend. Plus, exploring this stunning area of Norfolk. The accommodation was just minutes away from the beautiful coastline. Lovely walks followed by delicious pub meals! Tips? If it's just a couple of you then the tipis looked like great fun. For large groups like ours, the barn... (more)Krissy Pentland
From £5 - £10 per person per night
Periyar Tiger Reserve homestay accommodation, India
Memorable parts? All the wildlife but particularly the bamboo rafting and trekking combination. Watching a great hornbill soar over the tree tops was truly magical. Tips? Be open minded and don't automatically expect to see any wildlife! There is simply no comparison with, say, private game reserves in South Africa. There you are almost guaranteed to see creatures, but in a slightly contrived way. It is almost impossible to believe that huge elephants can become effectively invisible,... (more)Kate Tudor
From £35 - £45 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Sintra Mountains eco hostel B&B, Portugal
Memorable parts? I really enjoyed my stay at the Almaa Sintra Hostel in Sintra, Portugal. It is a beautiful place (I loved the cleverly recycled furnishings!), with friendly, helpful staff. I spent a couple of days just wandering around the acres of garden and woodland, and the most memorable part of my stay was sharing meals and spending time with the other guests around the big kitchen table! Tips? Give yourself a few days at least to explore Sintra, with all its palaces and gardens.... (more)Urszula Coghlan
From €18 - €34 per person per night incl breakfast
Porto city hostel, Portugal
Memorable parts? This clean and simple accommodation was in a great location for those interested in the best Porto has to offer. The E metro line is a 5 min walk away. But you should ask Pedro, the proprietor for directions on how to get there first beforehand, it can be a little tricky to find. The metro stop is not in the city centre, though it is only a 20min ride away. The 205 and 504 buses stop right outside their door. The 205 bus takes you all along the Matoshinhos coast line... (more)Aileen Cornelio
From €20 - €30 per person per night incl breakfast
Chambal safari lodge near Agra, India
Memorable parts? The camel safari - wonderful romantic scenery and Fort Ater, great fun for the children. Tips? Take all your money as British pounds in cash and change at Delhi airport. ATMs allow only limited withdrawal of cash in India, British banks stop your card if used so you cannot use another day unless you inform them. Do not drink the "drinking water" at Delhi airport - make sure you have enough rupees left to buy drinking water when awaiting the outward flight. Local... (more)Nicola Newman
From Rupee5000 - Rupee9000 per room per night
Kerala farmstay accommodation, India
The staff were exceptionally friendly and did all they could to welcome us not only to the Homestay but the village itself. (more)Bryony McCraw
Jonny, Ansi and Shaden have been EXTREMELY nice and it was an unforgettable stay. Moreover the food was excellent and the room beautiful, very clean and huge. (more)Karin Doppelbauer
From Rupee2500 - Rupee10500 per house per night
Saba ecolodge accommodation, Dutch West Indies
Fabulous. We loved the great hiking trails on Saba and the cooking at the ecolodge where was stayed was absolutely fabulous! (more)Colleen Reese
Meeting Tom and the others at the lodge. Their depth of knowledge and willingness to share about Saba were very engaging and endearing. (more)Katherine Lippel
The flora and fauna in and out of the water are spectacular. We went snorkeling and saw sharks, sea turtles, spiny lobster, sea urchin, sponges, coral, and at least 20 types of fish. (more)Linda Hesh
From US $75 - US $95 per cottage per night
Nkhata Bay accommodation, Malawi
I booked great accommodation in Malawi (Nkhata bay) through the website. The fact that the band 'Beat Life' were there some of the time (before performing at the Lake of Stars festival), made it so interesting and lively. (more)Valerie Cooke
The beautiful beach, the friendly staff, seeing elephants in the wild, riding a crazy matola for five hours through the bush were most memorable. (more)Lucy Shipley
Lake Malawi was the most memorable part. (more)Philip Hayden
From US $40 - US $80 per house per night
Venezuela beach hotel
The best part of this trip was the last boat trip back when the sea was rough and the boat was bouncing up and down - a bit scary because I'm not used to it but I loved this! (more)Maureen Vernon
Venezuela is a fantastic place to go for a holiday. Most memorable was the local people's capacity to drink beer from 9.00 am onwards, so when in Rome... The Islands of Los Roques were amazing to look at. (more)Gordon Young
From US $48 - US $60 per double room per night
Lisbon city centre hostel, Portugal
Memorable parts? Carcavelos Tips? Public transport is excellent Local benefits? Not really! Overall rating? Good but very disappointed that our agreed transfer from airport to hostel was cancelled on day of travel :-( (more)Bev Blythe
From €8 - €25 per accommodation per night
Kerala ayurveda & yoga accommodation, India
The pick up from the airport was very welcome, although the two hour drive a little scary at times but that is India for you. (more)Lisa Chothia
The most enjoyable part of my holiday was the ayurvedic treatments that I had. The staff at the resort were also so nice, they couldn't do enough for you and always had a smile on their faces. (more)Kirandeep Rihal
I do feel it benefited local people as all of the staff were local and they didn't seem to impact on the environment in any detrimental way. (more)Kelly Newell
From £25 - £45 per room per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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