Am about to go around Europe for 4 months starting in august - first stop is scandinavia, then on to eastern countries...
But i'm wondering how much planning do i need to do on hostels? Does everyone book hostels before they go away, or do you just go and hope to get a place when you're there? The more planning goes into it the more you are tied down to certain places at certain times. Has anyone had problems getting a bed for the night?
I am very much a beginner at interrailing, have always done the package holiday until now.
Any help would me great.
I booked the first couple of places and then I looked at a few places on the internet to have a rough idea of what is out there.
Preferably find a hostel that says it will help you find a new hostel if it is fully booked.
The more planning goes into it the more you are tied down to certain places at certain times.
True, on the flipside, the more planning you do, the less time you have to spend hunting around for accommodation when you just want to explore. And it also will mean you have more control over the price you will pay.
I find the internet the easiest way to find accommodation, just because you can search a whole city in one click. If you don't know where you'll be exactly (and it's very hard to know for a whole 4 months), I would just suggest that you book them as you go a week or two in advance. That gives you some flexibility but also ensures you know where to stay when you get into a town.
Then again, others like to just wing it