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1. Posted by Lewis86 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

So you turn up in a new European country by train. How easy is it to find somewhere to stay?

In peoples experience is it easy? Do you ask people or use maps? How do you do it? Have you ever had to sleep rough?

Im planning a europe tour for february and just getting a little nervous about it! So any info you can give me would be really appreciated!

Thnakyou.!

2. Posted by Lewis86 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Also another reason im getting worried is ive looked on different hostel website and alot of hostels in the big europeon cities seem mostly booked up. Myabe im naive to think i can just show up somewhere and find a bed?

3. Posted by kerby1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

try couchsurfing... in google =)

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Not sure, but I wouldn't think this would be a busy time of year for hostels. Generally in Dublin it seems to be pretty easy to get a bed unless something big (like a U2 concert) is going on. Also, my opinion would be to have a map, but ask people as well. People in Ireland like to help out, but can sometimes be misleading in their efforts:) so it's good to have that back up.

5. Posted by buscando (Budding Member 38 posts) 8y

What's up man! Don't worry about being nervous. I was really nervous when I left for Europe the first time and as soon as I got into the "swing of things" I was more excited then nervous! Your just sooo amazed at being somewhere else you've always dreamed of that you easily forget you were nervous to begin with! That was my case when I arrived in Frankfurt, Germany! About the Hostel situation, I would'nt worry about that either! I know what you mean when you say "they seem to be all booked." I've arrived at so many cities where I didn't pre-book a place and still managed to find a place! Sometimes those websites can be a little misleading.
Take this for example, I wanted to go to Oktoberfest and I knew the city was going to be jammed with tourists and, so, I thougt, naturally, that hostels would be too. So, when I was in the city prior to Munich ( Erfurt, I acutally went there, don't ask me why) I bought a tent thinking I was going to spend my time in Munich camping! So I arrive in Munich with no where to stay and vague directions to get to a Campingplatz called "The Tent." Make my way in that direction and I asked a german girl, conviniently dressed in the traditional attire related to Oktoberfest, where this "tent" was. She told me I was going in the right direction but I had a long ways to go. But she also told me to go to that "hostel on the corner" to get more accurate directions. So, long story short , I went to the hostel and told myself, " now that IM here might as well try my luck and ask if they have accomadation.... and lo-an-behold they did!!!! I was like "SWWWEEEETTTT" Stayed in Munich for 2 nights, didn't have to camp after all and paid 20 Euros per night... On Oktoberfest when beds are easily going for 35 Euros and up!!!

The moral of the story is: when you are in Europe ,and this may sound a little chessy, things just seem to go your way- I just really kept a positive attitude at all times(at least for the most part...LOL) and also if you are travelling from city to city, then I recommend you take some time to learn about the next city you are going to. What I mean is get aquainted with the lay out of the city: For example, Always use the Main train station as your point of reference and try to locate all hostels nearest to it! And if you go to a hostel and its booked, make sure you know where the next nearest one is.

I hope I've helped you a bit with all my verbosity(LOL) Take care and have a ton of fun in Europe-its the Sh#$! :)

6. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 8y

dont worry, you will not sleep at the street :)
you need book (online) your 1st accommodation - it's really important.
all others u will find by the way
it could get difficult at holidays, or/and high season,
bt normally it's not a problem,
Most of European countries have nice and useful INFO-kiosks,
where u can not only get a free map but they would help you with accomodation as well.

Most of hostels and cheap hotels are located near train-station.
so, if you leave your luggage - u can just walk around and search by yourself.
:) enjoy Europe!

7. Posted by noobie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Quoting vanessa

dont worry, you will not sleep at the street :)
you need book (online) your 1st accommodation - it's really important.
all others u will find by the way
it could get difficult at holidays, or/and high season,
bt normally it's not a problem,
Most of European countries have nice and useful INFO-kiosks,
where u can not only get a free map but they would help you with accomodation as well.

Most of hostels and cheap hotels are located near train-station.
so, if you leave your luggage - u can just walk around and search by yourself.
:) enjoy Europe!

Hi everyone!!! Im planning a similar trip.

Vanessa, when you say you must book your first accomadtaion do you just mean just for the country you first arrive in or for the 1st night in each new place?

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

When I went backpacking the only accomodation I had booked was for the first night, and that was only because my flight didn't get in until about midnight and I didn't want to start looking for accomodation then..
Everything else was just left up to chance.
I stayed in a lot of HI hostels. Mostly because I have a HI membership card that gets me a discount and they are pretty reliable in cleanliness.
When you get to a new city, it's a good idea to head to the next tourist information office (usually very close to the train station) and get a map of the place. Sometimes they can mark in on the map where some hostels are.