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Help with Hostels and age
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Hello All,
I am planning my eurotrip for may 2009 and i have run across a few problems.
-my friend who I was hoping to travel with bailed on me recently
-I will most likely still go alone
-I will be only 17 at the time turning 18 in august
-Will this be a problem checking into hostels? (Im going to amsterdam, berlin, prague, vienna, maybe bratislava, maybe krakow, and definitly budapest, if at all relevant)
-Another group I know reletively well offered me to join their group all 18 yrs old, would it be less problematic for me to join them or would I run into the same issues? because i know most hostels have a policy of 18+

Thanks,
Thomas

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Book in advance on www.hostels.com.
If its no written information that they take only 18+ and you have payed deposit, then its clear.

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Try to plan ahead and contact the hostels you want to stay at, but I’ve seen plenty of Europeans under 18 who were staying at hostels so you should be able to find lots of places where you’ll be ok.

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thomasw wrote:
Book in advance on www.hostels.com. If its no written information that they take only 18+ and you have payed deposit, then its clear.

Is there any sort of law in each respective country as there is in the U.S. where you cannont book a hotel room unless you are 18? For instance I need a hostel to stay at in London, and when i look them up almost all say 18+. But if one forgets to include 18+ (as you say) how do I know I’m in the clear? I’m worried about this…..

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London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Český Krumlov, Prague
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Nightlife, Sights
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In Scandinavia NO. About UK – suppose not.
But as far as I understand, some of them sell beer an the hostel and that demands a agelimit.

But call the hostel to be sure / then you sleap bether even the days before arrival

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Just to clarify when you said Scandinavia-NO- were you referring to no laws prohibiting under 18’s to check a room?

Thanks fo your help though, I will call before and hopefully they can accommodate.

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Another tip for “underage” travelers. Check the US State department website and call your airline and find out if they require any documentation to board the plane. Technically a minor can’t leave the country without the permission of both parents (including non-custodial parent). If you’re not traveling with both your parents you may need a “permission slip” with a notarized signature from each parent. You will probably never need to show this letter, but you don’t want to be denied boarding for your flight….