Known as flashpacking, it’s becoming the most recent accommodation craze since glamping.

Jarrod and wife Michelle travelled the world sleeping like backpackers to find out what was needed.

“We stayed in one in London which was the pits,” Mrs McCracken told “The mattress was lumpy with old buttons like grandma’s bed and the toilets were backed up and overflowing. And that was $160 a night.”

But things weren’t much better in Australia, she said. “Australia needs to up the ante. The majority of current hostels were good 10-15 years ago but the bar’s been raised with travellers wanting more bang for their buck.”

We’d be interested in hearing from any of our readers with some experience of flashpacking.

James Clark