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1. Posted by superal83 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I am going to be visiting Europe in May/June and am looking to mainly hit Capital Cities, would I easily be able to find Youth Hostel Accommodation just turning up or would I need to pre-book in Capitals.

I would ideally just like to go where ever the wind takes me, but obviously this will be a little more difficult if advanced bookings are required.

Thanks.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

At least for the weekends, you'll almost certainly have to book in advance. May/June is a rather busy time.
That's not to say it'll always be completely impossible to find something on the day itself... but I wouldn't gamble on your success too often, either.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

yes you need to pre book. In Western Europe its a must, in eastern, highly recommended.

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

its also really NOT fun to just rock up somewhere and have to trapse around all day trying to find something... i really DONT understand why anyone would want to do that. it sucks. esp in summer when its hot. or in winter when its cold and raining. bah!

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

its also really NOT fun to just rock up somewhere and have to trapse around all day trying to find something... i really DONT understand why anyone would want to do that. it sucks. esp in summer when its hot. or in winter when its cold and raining. bah!

EXACTLY!

Its the one thing i do not like about traveling. Frustration level HIGH in this case.

I was in Bucharest last November (off season) and met two people who didn't have a place to stay on the train from Bulgaria. We arrived at the hostel I booked for me at 9pm, they were gna try their luck on a Friday night. Well the hostel worker laughed kinda and was a bit cheeky but had a good point about showing up looking for a bed. Its hard enuff in the mornings but at 9 at night, no chance, esp on a weekend.

6. Posted by superal83 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Cheers, so now I know I must book :p

Any idea of the time scale in which I must book in advance - would leaving it until say a week before be too late?

7. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 8y

if youre not fussy about where you stay, then a week is usually ok... you can find SOMETHING if you ahve access to the net.. thats if ur not fussy tho, the goood places with good locations willl be mostly booked out, youll more often than not end up with a bed, but in a scungy badly run joint. there are exceptions of course, you can get lucky! capital cities have loads of hostels, some good, some bad...

if it were ME, id have my trip already planned out to the day.... if you decide you wanna stay longer somewhere, all youre gonna lose by changing ur booking is either ur 10% deposit, or nothing (some hostels dont require any deposits), you just have to make sure you take note when their cancelling time is - its usually 24-48 hours. otherwise youll usually be charged for the first night. ppl say that they prefer to be free when they travel and just find somewhere when they get there so that they dont need to be tied down to a schedule, but i think thats kinda crap, because, you spend half the day looking for something with ur bags, which blows, and its not that much extra to have someting booked and then cancel it if you wanna move on somewhere else instead...