Practical Tips for First-time Hostel Stayers

Three hostel guides chilling with a beverage, enjoying each other's company

Heading out on your first backpacking trip, whilst all exciting, can be quite nerve-wracking, especially when it’s your first time exploring new places and staying in hostels. To ensure you’re equipped with all the do’s and don’ts when staying in a hostel for the first time, here are some practical tips for your trip!

Our top five first-timer’s tips:


1. Do Get Involved in Daily Activities

Budds hostel team serving sangrias at sunset

Group activities are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the hostel life, and Budds in Surfers hosts weekly activities designed to do just that, allowing you to interact and mingle with other travellers! Whether it’s group surf lessons (the GC has awesome surf spots), sipping sangria at sunset down at Budds Beach, or games nights, joining in these events is a great way to make connections and share experiences.

If staying at Budds, we have activities scheduled daily including:

  • Monday- Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Tuesdays- Sangria at Sunset
  • Wednesday- Surf Lessons + Free Hotdog Night
  • Thursday- Free Burger Night
  • Friday- Yoga at Budds Beach + Free Half Pizza Night
  • Saturday- Games Night
  • Sunday- Free Ice-cream


2. Prioritise Location

Surfers Paradise sign over the beach at sunset
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When selecting your accommodation, prioritise convenience. Budds in Surfers boasts a prime location right in Surfers Paradise. Opting for a hostel within easy reach of public transport and local attractions ensures you spend less time commuting and more time exploring. Whether you’re itching to catch a wave or explore the nightlife, you’ll find everything at your fingertips when you stay at Budds in Surfers. See why Surfers Paradise is awesome for backpackers.


3. Embrace Dorm Life

3 hostel guests sitting on double bunk beds at Budds hostel Gold Coast
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For first-time hostel stayers, the prospect of sharing a dormitory with strangers may seem daunting. However, it’s all part of the adventure! Budds in Surfers offers a range of dormitory options to suit every budget and preference, from cozy mixed dorms to female-only quarters. Embrace the communal vibe, respect your roommates’ space, and come prepared with earplugs and an eye mask for a good night’s sleep.

Embarking on a solo travel adventure can be daunting, so check out these tips to help you step out of your comfort zone plus we explore whether a hostel is the right choice for international travellers visiting the Gold Coast.


4. Seek Local Advice

Hostel guests enjoying a day on the boat sailing Gold Coast's Broadwater
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The staff at Budds in Surfers are friendly and knowledgeable about the area (see a week in the life of one of the Budd’s team for extra inside tips). Don’t hesitate to ask them for recommendations on restaurants, attractions, and hidden gems. Their insights can help you make the most of your time on the Gold Coast.

If you’re unsure of how to spend your time exploring the Gold Coast, our ‘Bucket List Activities on the Gold Coast’ has all of our go-to recommendations, or you’re a foodie at heart and are looking for the best and most affordable places to eat, our ‘Best Cheap Eats on the Gold Coast’ may just be what you need to read!


5. Respect Others

Three hostel guides chilling with a beverage, enjoying each other's company
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Last but certainly not least, remember that hostels thrive on a sense of community and mutual respect. Be mindful of noise levels, keep communal areas tidy, and always treat your fellow travellers and staff with kindness and consideration. By respecting the community, you’ll contribute to a positive atmosphere for everyone.


Your first hostel stay at Budds in Surfers is a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Gold Coast. With these practical tips, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate hostel life and create unforgettable memories along the way. To help settle those nerves a little further, read our ‘Tips to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone as a Solo Traveller’ for a few extra tips on your first trip away!

If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast, book your accommodation with the Best Hostel in Australia 2024, Budds in Surfers.