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Long-term ‘working’ guests in hostels. It’s a love-hate relationship

You arrive at the room door, pairs of well-worn and crusty work boots inhibit your entry. The door is ajar, so you give it a nudge and an indeciperable and [...] read more...

NZ authorities ramp up efforts to stamp out ‘work for bed’ labour

New Zealand backpacker hostels now face big fines if they continue the long held tradition of casually offering travellers beds in exchange for labour (as reported in The Byte – [...] read more...

Cover your assets: a series on insurance

Part one: the basics People in the youth tourism industry are a fun-loving bunch, but if I took a poll as to which aspects of operating a backpacker-related business are [...] read more...

Hostel: the S is for social

On warm summer nights, walking past numerous Kings Cross hostels I see backpackers gathered on the pavement out the front. I can hear them chatting in English, French and German [...] read more...

Earning their keep: a glimpse into the backpacker experience

Each winter, the Lockyer Valley’s population swells as work-hungry backpackers flock to the ‘salad bowl of Queensland’ to help with the harvests. Between 2000-3000 extra hands are working on the [...] read more...

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