I'm an Australian traveling to Europe for 30 days from June 10. It's my first time traveling to Europe and I need some advice re youth hostels. Any general travel advice to assist in the planning of my trip would also be helpful. I would love the chance to correspond with some adventurers via email.
Thanks in advance.
Heya ZZ, you're going to have a blast!
Here are just some general tips for youth hostels in Europe (and I guess anywhere):
- Reserve ahead during high season;
- Ask around for info on hostels in specific cities so when you reserve before, you won't be surprised when you get there;
- Try to avoid hostels with lockouts or curfews (then you can't get in and out at any time of day);
- Check out hostel websites to see location (if you're a girl travelling alone, a hostel located in an alley-way may not be a good idea) and services the hostel offers (laundry, sheets, etc);
- Bring a sleep sheet with you in case the hostel rents sheets, it'll save you money (some hostels make yuo pay for sheets, and if yuo don't pay, you have nothing on your bed);
- Bring flip flops for the shower because you never know how dirty it is and who walked there before you;
- Bring a camping towel - you can hang it on the end with the snap (check it out at your local camping store) of your bed to dry (and it dries fast);
- Lock your bad to your bed if the hostel doesn't provide lockers, or ifyour bag is too big to fit in one. I find snowboard locks the best because it can get through all the zippers and is strong enough to attatch the bag to the bed);
- Keep all of your valuables (moeny, travellers cheques, passport, etc) in your money belt or in a hostel safe (some hostels actually have one, but I always kept everything in my belt - but not my wallet in case I got pick-pocketed);
- Pack a mini-flashlight in case you like to read in bed and there are no lights by your bed at the hostel;
- Also, try and take overnight trains - they cost less then hostels and save you on the travel time!
Hope some of these tips help!
Hi there, good advice from Katie there. All I can add are just some sites for looking up some hostels in Europe: www.hostelseurope.com, www.eurotrip.com/hostels, www.hosteleurope.com or try hostel.com and go to Europe section. Word to mouth works all the time aswell, so just ask your fellow backpackers in Europe where they went. Hope this helps you out a bit! Enjoy your traveling!
Just though I should add that good ole Travellers Point has a good accomedation section as well!
Hi, just have to share this site, lots of tips and useful links: www.backpackeurope.com
Have a great trip!