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1. Posted by yogaqueen (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

hi guys,

it will be my first time doing the backpacking thing and really a baby at this. What are some of the criteria that you guys use to decide where to stay? being a little new at this and naive and all, appreciate some feedback :) Does it help if the hostel/backpackers have an accredition from associations like IYHL or YHA at all or even if they been mentioned before in Lonely planet?? what do you guys normally do?

2. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

If I'm gonna stay in a hostel, then the main criteria is cost, followed by location. Or vice versa...

3. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Hi HL,

note that not every place (town or city) you go has hostel...it helps if you are planning a trip to say, europe,Oz or NZ...youth hostels, etc are well-networked...are your planning a solo ?

another thing...it's good to have a point-of-contact on arrival (good if you are a first time traveller to a strange land).

anyway, welcome to TP...u are in safe hands!

:)

dana

4. Posted by jamessun (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Where are you planning to go?

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I personally look for location. I figure out what part of town I want to stay in (usually using the Lonely Planet), and then wander around a bit checking out places to figure out where I want to stay.

Accredidation or recommendations in guide books are an alright place to start, but I always check out the place anyway, because quality can vary greatly.

Greg

6. Posted by yogaqueen (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

thanks Dana for the welcome! :)

Do you guys normally book the hostels online/phonecall prior to arriving or just walk in to hostels? since it's my first time, i have to admit, am a little scared to be stranded!

GregW, what are some of the good guidebooks/accredition you've come acrossed or used?

Jamessun, planning for a trip to NZ/Australia/Fiji. Spoilt for choices of hostels in these places, how to choose? :)

7. Posted by Spyda (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

Hey i reccommend booking online, try hostelworld.com at least for your first few nights when you arrive as it can be a nightmare trying to find somewhere when you don't know the place very well. Lonely planet guidebooks are great but if you can get a timeout guide to your city destination they're great for entertainment, clubs/restaurants/bars to go to etc.

8. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

When I backpacked last summer I felt I was always safe to assume HI/YHA hostels would live up to expectations. You don't really know what to expect if you just wing it. Of course you might get really lucky but you might also end up in a dump.

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting yogaqueen

Do you guys normally book the hostels online/phonecall prior to arriving or just walk in to hostels? since it's my first time, i have to admit, am a little scared to be stranded!

GregW, what are some of the good guidebooks/accredition you've come acrossed or used?

I don't usually book until I get there. I like to see the place first. Pictures on the internet can be misleading. Therefore, much better to just arrive and find a place to stay.

As for guidebooks, I have just used whatever I have, but sometimes places they recommend are not that great. Some people claim that the a recommendation in the Lonely Planet is the kiss of death for a place, because then it can just sit back, stop doing maintenance and count their money from all the backpackers clutching a copy of "XXX on a shoestring."

I would suggest just using the guidebook to figure out what part of town you want to stay in, and then just wandering around for a little bit figuring out what looks nice.

I do usually book my first night in a place, and for that I tend to go more upscale and pricy, just so I am sure of the quality of the place.

Greg

10. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

Hi

I too am a lone female traveller, now 6 weeks into my virgin travels. I booked my first accomm. in my first destination via friends. And then did some via this website. When I got to each country (if I was staying long time) I would get the Lonely Planet or borrow someone elses and talk to everyone and write notes.

I talk to many people about where they've been and what they can recommend, then make my own mind up. Its not that scarey when you actually get out there. Its initially just the idea of going it alone. But if I can do it...and Im a wuss....then anyone can do it!