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18/19 Year olds...hostels...general questions??
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Hey everyone.

This summer from July 11-August 22 my friend (19 years old) and I (18 years old) are going on our first backpacking trip around Europe. I have been to Europe before with my school but I am getting very nervous and apprehensive. We are basically looking for a relaxing trip with sightseeing and some partying.

1.) In regards to hostels, how many other 18-19 year olds are there in your personal experiences? I am very scared about going to a hostel and people our age not being there.

2.) If you are around the 18-20 year old range when you went on your trip or know some good hostels, what hostels to do you recommend?

We are staying in: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Florence, Rome, Nice/Cote D’Azur, Barcelona, Madrid, Morocco, Lagos.

We are looking for kids our age, basically.

THANKS SO MUCH!

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I’d say most people are about that age. Maybe a couple years older I guess.
19-22 is the average if i had to guess. Most people i’ve met are about that.

As for hostels, i’m sure someone will link a site that has hostel reviews for every major city in Europe. I had some but I lost them a while back. You could just google hostel reviews and some will come up. They’ve been helpful for me.

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You’ll fit right in with the hostel crowd, so stop stressing yourself out Wink If you want a very social, party-oriented hostel in Barcelona I’d definitely suggest Kabul. It can be kind of hot, and is not the best place to stay if you want a great night’s sleep, but if you want to meet people to go out drinking with until 3 a.m., it’s the place to do it.

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You’ll be in similar company! No need to worry.

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how did you plan on getting from morocco to lagos?

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mark833 wrote:
Hey everyone.

This summer from July 11-August 22 my friend (19 years old) and I (18 years old) are going on our first backpacking trip around Europe. I have been to Europe before with my school but I am getting very nervous and apprehensive. We are basically looking for a relaxing trip with sightseeing and some partying.

1.) In regards to hostels, how many other 18-19 year olds are there in your personal experiences? I am very scared about going to a hostel and people our age not being there.

2.) If you are around the 18-20 year old range when you went on your trip or know some good hostels, what hostels to do you recommend?

We are staying in: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Florence, Rome, Nice/Cote D’Azur, Barcelona, Madrid, Morocco, Lagos.

We are looking for kids our age, basically.

THANKS SO MUCH!

well if u are in barcelona or madrid between 16th july and 13th august hit me back. i am 18, traveling solo (for the first time) and feel the same!

peace

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Jump on Hostel World . com and search for good hostels with a bar, you can usually tell what age group the hostel is aimed at. The age group is around 18-24 mostly and as long as your all like minded travellers it wont matter what age you are you will be able to party long into the night. Hostels with bars though are always good if you want to meet new people, you get drunk there usually on cheaper drinks and then make ur way into town for a night of fun. But stop worrying!!! Its gona be better then u can imagine. Especially in Florence Love them italians!

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Hi Mark

Well it is natural to feel apprehensive but really don’t worry, hostels are made for young people going traveling (as you are the ones who can’t afford big hotels or want to have a more independent experience) and so they are always set up to offer help and advice. The people who stay there will probably between 18 and 25 so you should meet plenty of people your own age! A great way to do this is at a hostel with a bar.

I can recommend some good places for young people in these cities –
London – Generator hostel (really good location which is unusual for London hostels)
Paris – St. Christopher’s (big, modern, fun)
Amsterdam – Cribs (good to meet people)
Berlin – East 7
Florence – Gallo D’Oro
Rome – Village Roma (actually a campsite with little chalets but one of the most fun places I stayed in Europe – has a swimming pool and a very nice sociable bar)
Nice – Villa Sant Exupery (on the Riviera, lovely)
Barcelona – Kabul (great parties!)
Madrid – Cat’s (new and cool)
Morocco – in Marrakesh, Equity Point and in Essaouira, The Cave (really cheap and cool)
Lagos – Rising Cock (now something of an institution!)

I hope I have been of help, enjoy your trip.

One more thing though – these cities (from London to Rome especially) are very much obvious tourist destinations in Europe… if you want something a bit different I would suggest going a bit farther east – one of my favorite cities is Krakow in Poland. It’s great fun and very cheap and there are lots of quality Krakow hostels where you can have a good time as a young person.

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though i am super late
why care about the age? im 20 and in one place i ended up hangin wit 30-40 year olds, i didnt care. haha they were pretty fun actually, and really friendly.
then they found out i was gonna go out with this girl way later that night and bought me tons of beer HAHA
that was fun
o yea, and in the end they gave me 40 euros to spend on my date
HA, wow maybe over friendly

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hey i’m 18. will be 19, and me and my friend (18) will be in europe in probably june
can anyone give me information about a youth hostel pass. or did i get the youth pass mixed up with something else?

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jjin1 wrote:
hey i’m 18. will be 19, and me and my friend (18) will be in europe in probably june can anyone give me information about a youth hostel pass. or did i get the youth pass mixed up with something else?

Youth Hostel Pass? There is a Hostelling International card which you can buy, and you can then stay at HI hostels without paying a fee, but to be awenest, I have stayed at like 4 or something and they never charged me extra.

Also, I wouldn’t even recommend staying in ¨Youth Hostel¨ for the most part they suck, some places are only like 12 year old kids, and bogus crap liek that. Normal hostels are much better, meet people easier, and the people are better , if you will.

By the way, I am 18 and have stayed in about 20 different hostels, so…

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Me and a friend (both 18) will be travelling around europe from the 1st of july to the end of the month, so let me know what dates you will be in places and we can sort out a beer or something Smile
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hey mark, the first half of your trip is pretty much identical to mine and around the same time as well. maybe by some coincidence we’ll end up meeting and then we can discuss how the eurotrip website has benefited us lol…… over a drink, after all we’ll be legal there

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You’ll meet some nice folks in hotels. My advice though is to avoid hanging out with other Americans (or whatever nationality you belong to) all the time. Sort of defeats the purpose of traveling and meeting people from different cultures

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Yeah, that is completely understandable, I’m definitely excited to meet people from different places. Will most people be able to speak English? Besides like 2 years of spanish at my school I know nothing. While my friend took 3 years of french, I don’t think she knows enough to actually have a conversation with anyone.

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Almost all young europeans take english as a second language…in large cities most people can speak english. Allmost all german, dutch and northern europeans speak very good english (better than some Americans LOL). Having said all that you should always try to speak the language of the country you’re in (even if you have to stumble through a phrasebook). The locals will appreciate that you’ve made an effort to learn their language

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There are probably Brits, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, etc. who will all be traveling the same time you will as well. So if you are desperate to speak to someone who speaks English, in your hostel in the middle of the Swiss Alps, you’ll no doubt find someone. But many Europeans also speak English even if they are not native speakers. French people DO speak English usually, but they love their own language too so sometimes they’ll act like they don’t speak English if you won’t speak French to them first!

For god’s sake at least know how to say, “Do you speak English?” in their language. Better yet, if you can say, “hi, excuse me, can you please help me? Where is the X monument/museum/site? sorry my French/German/Italian/whatever isn’t very good, do you speak English?” they’ll love you! Knowing “My name is X, I’m from America (or wherever),” train, train station, hostel, grocery store, numbers 1-10 and water all are in another language can only benefit you.
(btw, in French, that would be: “Bonjour, excusez-moi, vous pourriez m’aider? Oú est le Musée du Louvre/la Tour Eiffel/etc.? Pardon ma français, ce n’est pas trés bon. Parlez-vous anglais?”)
I’m currently trying to learn how to say this well enough in Italian and German as well (I took several years of French). Right now all I’ve got down is Sprechen sie Englisch? and Parla inglese? but it’s better than nothing!

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hey so i am 17 right now and i plan on taking a year off to backpack europe once i am finished high school, but i’ll be turning 18 about halfway through my trip… will that cause any problems regarding hostels while i am still 17?

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Sometimes they will not allow people under 18 to be in dorm rooms; you may have to shell out for a private room instead. I’m not sure, but I think some of them won’t allow you in without a guardian. You would have to check with each specific hostel, as each one is different (and different countries in Europe have different rules about it. In Bavaria, Germany, you MUST be 18-35 only.)

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Hello, my name is Aaron. I have traveled round the US and now live in Germany. At 19 I started traveling and really all in all no matter what age u start you really learn as you go! I loved hosteling so much I have opened my doors to to others. Come stay at my place! I am also trying to build a network of house/apt sharing, like couchsurfing but with a bit more…
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