Do Aussies out diva Mariah Carey when it comes to hostels?

So, true story – Mariah Carey stayed at a hostel.

The most legendary diva of all times, Mariah took a break from her lavish lifestyle to join adventurers on a recent trip to Barcelona – and actually stayed in a hostel.

Known for outlandish diva demands like ordering dog chauffeurs, demanding 20 white kittens and 100 doves for a performance and even having bodyguards watch her eat, Mariah surprised everyone when she exclaimed the hostel was “fabulous!”

It was quite the change from her luxury $45,000-a-month ($1,500 per night) mansion to a room in the Casa Gracia, where prices start from just $55 a night. But Mariah took advantage of all the facilities on offer, including the fully equipped kitchen with free 24-hour coffee, cocktail bar with resident DJ, and of course a private room.

Unfortunately, recent research from Hostelworld rates Aussie travellers right up there with Mariah. Results of the latest survey of 1,500 Australian holidaymakers and travellers revealed more than a third of Aussies (41%) has someone in their group of friends specifically known as ‘the diva,’ over half of Australians (54%) refuse to go on holiday without their ‘big sunglasses,’ and a quarter (24%) would refuse to stay in an accommodation if they saw evidence of a dirty cup in the sink. Oh, the travesty!

Apparently, Aussies are a pretty demanding bunch when it comes to travelling in style, with well over two thirds (72%) demanding a private bathroom when they go travelling. More than half (58%) would refuse to stay in an accommodation if they were given a different room than originally promised, and nearly a third (31%) would leave if other people in a dorm were messy.

So who is the biggest ‘Diva’ state? Surprisingly it is the Northern Territory, with 60% respondents saying they take a pillow on holiday, compared to an average of 37% from the other states (yeah I thought it would have been NSW for sure).

It doesn’t stop there for the Northern Territorians, as 93% consider having their own bathroom a necessity when travelling, and one in four see face masks as an essential travelling item compared to one in seven in most other states.

When it comes to those items Aussies consider to be ‘essentials,’ the list includes cleanser for 60% of Aussie women, facial and body moisturisers for 30% of Aussie men, hand sanitiser for 52% of all Australians and a pillow for 41% of Aussies.

And don’t even start on the food. It seems Aussie travellers can’t get enough of the millennials’ favourite, avocadoes, with more than half of respondents (52%) claiming to actively eat them on holidays. In addition, 36% of Aussies would opt for milk alternatives such as almond, soy or coconut milk.

So next time you decide to get a little ‘diva-ish’, remember, if Mariah Carey can manage then so can you.

And what did Mariah have to say about it all:

“For some reason, someone thought it would be funny to book me in a hostel. To mine and everyone’s surprise, the hostel was fabulous! It was super clean, modern and spacious. I say give hostels a go, it could be a great choice for all you world travellers out there!”

Check out how it all went down with Mariah here.


Kate Webster is a travel journalist – writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.