Cape Town - The idea of a gap year after high school is appealing to students across the world - what better way to spend a year exploring the world and 'finding yourself'.
Imagine the freedom of travelling the world with a single backpack. Endless opportunities.
READ: 12 Meaningful ways to spend a year travelling
Travelling through your gap year can be daunting and rather costly if not carefully planned. Gap year travellers often head to the cheapest hostel they can find for accommodation.
The idea of hostels is not as appealing as we would hope it would be - thinking of double bunked beds that line a room and 'co-share' bathrooms without shower curtains, depriving you of your privacy.
However, these up-market hostels scattered across the globe have changed the stereotypes.
Backpackers do not have to 'rough it' and spend a night in a grimy room - with these options available.
If you are looking for comfort and class at an affordable price - then these are the spots to head to during your gap year. Wheretraveller has provided some insight into these affordable hostels.
12 Wonderful Hostels
1. Thailand - Chiang Mai
Cost: R399 per night
With an array of room types and state of the art facilities - this is a true bargain in Thailand.
READ: Thailand: Budget friendly escapes for South Africans
2. Colorado - Breckenridge
Cost: R432 per night
A mix of the rustic woodlands and modernity - a perfect spot for a fire. There may be bunk beds but they are kitted out to be modern.
3. Russia - Saint Petersburg
Cost: R500 - R750 depending on season
Soul Kitchen is a small scale hostel. The kitchen is communal and meals are encouraged to be prepared together. The boutique nature of it provides a fresh and new outlook.
4. Morocco - Taghazout
Amayour Surf Hostel
Cost: R203 per night
This deal is an absolute bargain an the hostel is unique - cattering to surf, yoga and 'good vibes'. They provide you with an authentic experience of Morocco.
READ: Quick Guide: Magical Morocco
Mosaic House Hostel
Cost: R238 per night
This hostel provides you with a splash of color as the surpsing design welcomes you.
6. Iceland - Reykjavik
Cost: R800 per night
The Oddsson provides you with the freedom of choice - you could bunk it out or have your own private hotel room, make a meal or have the finest chefs in town whip you up something delicious.
READ: Quick Guide Iceland: Land of vikings, active volcanoes and geothermal pools
7. Greece - Santorini
Cost: R624 per night
Equipped with a true medditeranean flare - Caveland has a variety to offer with it's design and rooms.
8. Austria - Vienna
Wombat's City Hostel
Cost: R450 per night
Offering a cozy hostel experience - it is known for it's 'laid' back feel and the chic underground like design.
9. Curacoa - Willemstad
The Ritz Village
Cost: R328 per night
Once an ice cream factory turned into warm and luxurious resort - boasting a wonderful pool to dive into.
Taking a gap year can fufil you and provide you with some working expereience READ: Travel and Make Money: A Gap year teaching abroad
10. Spain - Barcelona
Cost: R738 per night
Located in the heart of a city filled with architecture, it is no surprise the design is wonderful.
11. New Zeland - Maborough
Cost: R900 per night
It is an award winning lodge that is located on the South of New Zealand. If you are looking for a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life then this is the spot for you.
READ:#Millennial Travel Myths busted : Come as you are!
12. Hungary - Budapest
Cost: R300 per night
Located in a renovated Royal mansion built by the Hapsburg Dynasty in the heart of the city - it is near the main attractions. There is an offering of private or shared rooms.
After viewing all these wonderful and affordable options - you will be ready to pack your bags and jet off. Start booking your flight plans here.
If you are thinking about taking the leap into the big wide world for a gap year READ: #NoRegrets: 5 Hurdles to overcome if you're planning a gap year abroad
Local must-see: Once
Of course we cannot help but mention this game-changer when it comes to hostels locally or poshtel as they like to refer to themselves.
"Once in Cape Town is an internationally revered hostel for all types of travelers and backpackers..."
SEE: THINC Africa 2017: Hotels must tap into the experience economy
What to read next on Traveller24:
- #PassengerNightmare: Man endures flgith from UK to Cape Town sitting in 'somebody else's urine'
- #SpringFestival: Franschhoek Uncorked Fest
- WATCH: Massive meteor spotted in Krugersdorp