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Seven hostels backpackers think you should know about


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Finding a good hostel can be a nightmare, but fear not, Hostelworld's annual HOSCARs (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) have ranked the best hostels of 2018 as reviewed by 1.2 million globe-trotters.

Whether it is your first or hundredth time delving into the hostel experience, these are the hostels you can trust, as voted by other budget backpackers.

1. Adventure Queenstown Hostel, New Zealand

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Located in the south-east of New Zealand, Adventure Queenstown Hostel takes the crown as the best hostel for pre-university students and people on gap years (aged 18-25). The hostel is ideal for people who are looking for adventure in summer or winter and who want to meet people from around the world.  

2. Los Patios Hostel Boutique, Colombia

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Situated in Medellin, this upscale, stylish hostel has been crowned the Best in Latin America. Full with laidback hangouts, a Spanish school and a rooftop bar, you can experience Colombia's second city in style.  

3. 5 Terre Backpackers, Italy

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Enveloped by Cinque Terre National Park’s rolling hills, it is not hard to see why this hostel gained Best Atmosphere. Its rustic setting and panoramic views make it the perfect place to kick back and relax. The hostel also offers free transfer services.

4. Dalat Friendly Fun, Vietnam

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Dalat Friendly Fun a no brainer for budget backpackers, voted Best Value for Money for two years in a row. Dorm room prices start at £3.92.

5. We Love F. Tourists, Portugal  

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Lisbon is a growing backpackers hub with more than ever travellers choosing to go solo there. We Love F. Tourists won the Best Solo Female Hostel. Inviting common spaces and daily activities make it a great place for solo females to meet new people!

6. The Roadhouse Prague, Czech Republic

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Winning both the Best in Europe and Best Solo Travel awards, you would be silly to stay elsewhere in Prague. Brand-new with fully-equipped facilities and plenty of communal activities on offer, it is the best base from which to explore the city.

7. Wombats City Hostel, London

If your travels take you to the capital this year, be sure to stay in Shoreditch’s Wombats City Hostel, which has achieved the title of Best in England. A cool hangout with an onsite bar, its central location makes it perfect for backpackers who have partying, shopping or sightseeing on the agenda.

The hard part now is deciding which destination.

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