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1. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

Is it worth getting membership for a couple of week trip to Europe? I got membership on my first trip to Europe but havent bothered since then as money hasnt been as scarce... Any opinions?

2. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

If your just going for two weeks or so id say no as you only save a few bucks a night if you stay at a hostel that gives you a discount with it. but on the other hand, you can use your card other places as well that may save you even more, i know you can use it at some of the currency exchange places in the airports and they wave the fee for you. be worth checking out.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 10y

In New Zealand and Australia, getting a membership works out as cheaper if you stay ten nights or more in YHA (HI) hostels. I don't know if the discount in Europe is similar, but I'd assume so.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Allot of the hostels in Europe are non HI ones, so unless you ares spending all your time in HI ones (and book ahead as hosels can fill out) in a couple of weeks it may not be worth it. It might, but may not. In some places it is - some of the Japanese hostels have such wide differences in member/non member prices that you can save the money in 2 or 3 nights. Europe i think is 6 ((because after 6 stamps at hostels, you get free membership for the year))

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Get a life membership and then you are all set... for life.

6. Posted by zeisha (Budding Member 715 posts) 10y

It is worth getting alife membership for hostelling begin from the Jan 2006.Regards Dimphina PEREIRA.