A traveller looking for an alternative to the central city is staying in Camberwell because of it’s wonderful shopping and convenient transport links. “Why would I pay a fortune in the city when I can stay here in my own place and literally have everything on my doorstep,” said Bjorn a Swedish backpacker who regularly uses Airbnb.
Recently the website has been receiving some bad press due to some unsavoury characters taking advantage of guests.
“When I saw the picture on the website I was a little sceptical at first, then I thought why am I being so close-minded? People lived like this for thousands of years and my host Jan has been amazing! She even gave me a blanket. I thought I’d miss having the internet but what I’ve found is that with the street light I can even read a magazine.”
What about washing facilities? “There are so many here so long as keep your eyes peeled. ‘Old Scotch’ football field has a public toilet and I even went into their club rooms and used their gym, you’d pay a fortune for that in a hotel.”
Bjorn says the arrangement is perfect for his needs except in affairs of the heart, “I met a woman at the Palace called Brenda. Usually I’m not interested in the pokies but with Brenda’s careful guidance we developed a close attachment. Unfortunately when she came back to my place she showed me a side to her character that wasn’t apparent when she was putting coins into a slot, immediately calling an Uber and leaving me to doubt my manhood.”
Despite this setback Bjorn encourages anyone travelling to Melbourne to experience the rustic pleasures of Camberwell’s latest budget accommodation.