We have a lot of young visitors to Toronto who deserve to be labeled “Vagabonds”. It simply means they are very well traveled. Travel for young backpackers has become easier and easier.
Have you ever thought about what travel for young backpackers was like before there were hostels?
Back in the 1960’s and ’70’s was perhaps the first time young people (often fresh out of school) began to travel in earnest. But young backpackers back then there was little infrastructure to accommodate a youth on the road.
Hostels were still an unheard of concept. Perhaps the only option for a budget minded youth visiting Toronto was the YMCA. Books such as “Europe on $5 a Day” were bestsellers and back then it really might have been possible if you slept in on benches in parks (which many did).
In the days before hostels, backpacking was a real adventure where lodging for a night was in cheap hotels in bad sections of a city; places that often rented rooms by the hour.
Backpacking is still a adventure for youths. It is merely different. Young travelers range father and wider that those of a generation ago. It is a smaller world now; yet today, there is so much more of it available to see.
A group of gorgeous female backpackers meeting on the hostels patio getting ready for a “Ladies Only” night on the town in Toronto,