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hostels=dangerous?
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hi, i am writing because i have receieved conflicting information regarding european hostels. From looking at the photos and information found on this site under the hostel book section it seems that there exist some really nice hotel-esque hostels. however i have also been advised by others that some hostels in europe are not so nice because they are not regulated well and are known for crime and danger.

could anyone share their exeriences in hostels, specifically in spain, italy, the netherlands, and france?

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Ok, disregard most of everything negative that you’ve heard. Crime and danger? Perhaps some petty theft at the hands of fellow travelers, but that’s about all you need to worry about.

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Most of what you’ve heard is bullshit. Go to hostelworld.com and pick hostels that have good ratings and bring your own lock with you. You’ll be fine!

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Probably as dangerous the plane you will take to Europe.

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What do you mean by "bring your own lock"? For the lockers in the hostels, or just to lock up your pack? What do most peple do when they head out for the day and leave their backpacks in the hostel? And what is the most important thing to look for when considering a hostel – location, laundry, free breakfast, price (of course), # of people sharing a room or bathroom?

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No one can answer that question for you – what’s the most important for you? I would put all of those factors together and pick the place that seems like the best value.

Bring your own lock – it’s just like school. You need your own combination lock for most lockers.

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You should bring a lock for your bag and a lock for your locker (although some hostels provide the lock for you locker). Hostelling is a fun experience. It is safe if you do some research – look at ratings and reviews of hostels on the web and ask ppl about their experiences at specific hostels.

Just remember – a hostel is not a hotel – you are sharing the room with strangers. Do bring locks and don’t leave money, passports, jewellry, etc. just laying around.

As for the most important thing to look for in a hostel – its a combo of different factors: security, cleanliness, location, price, and atmosphere.

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I’ve never brought a lock. If hostels have lockable lockers I may put my backpack in it, but if they don’t I don’t assume anyone is gonna steel my dirty underwear, and I always take anything valuable (discman, camera) with me. Locking a backpack is just ridiculous, like writing "there’s something valuable in here" on it. Not only would you need multiple locks for most backpacks, they can still slash it open just as easily.

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Most people just leave their bags on/next to their beds. Very few people lock them up (not that it would do much good anyway to chain a bag to a bed). If you want to use a locker, you will likely need a lock, but most hostels don’t have these (save for maybe HI hostels).

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I could be wrong, but I think more incidents occur at &quotarty" hostels.

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When I started doing my research before I went to Europe, I heard some of these things too. You just have to research…hotselworld.com is a great resource but, at the library or your local bookstore, they probably have these unofficial hostel guides…they are really helpful too. Look for them!
Staying in a hostel is just about being mindful of your belongings…most importantly your money and your identification. If you are concerned, purchasing a money belt is practical and then you can have all of your important belongings on you at all times like your eurail insurance, plane tickets, eurail pass, etc.
Just research and if something seems too sketchy for your tastes, don’t stay there or splurge on a hotel in that city…you have to do what is best for you.

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I stayed at the Flying Pig in Amsterdam and Le Village in Paris and didnt have any problems. I used the hostel reviews on this site, plus one of my friends that spent 5 months traveling around Europe. I felt very safe while I was in these places, and had good expeirences at all of the other hostels I was at. I would bring a lock just to be safe, but try to keep all of your valuables with you at all times … I only locked up my dirty clothes, everything else was in my day pack. Just be vigilant while you are there, dont get really drunk with strangers, but polite and look over your shoulder and you will be fine. Just play low key and 99% of people wont ever know you were there.

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I stayed in hostels for a month last summer while I was travelling, and didn’t have a single problem. I took a lock along, used it a few times in the beginning, but didn’t even bother after the first week or so. I didn’t really have anything worth stealing that I didn’t take with me during the day. Most backpackers respect other people’s belongings. Some hostels are less secure than others, but you can usually find out about that beforehand and skip those hostels (you should check out bugeurope.com).

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In Venice we stayed at B&B rota. Which i found at www.hostelworld.com They had excellent reviews and easy directions on finding the place. The one thing i forgot though, was my towel for the showers… thank goodness there was a store right down the street from the hostel.
The worst thing we found when traveling was the other people staying there sometimes like to hog the showers!!!! They dont understand that other people need them, or that there is a line and we are ALL waiting to use the shower.

When looking for a hostel, just review it, even e-mail the hostel or call them and talk to them. They are all friendly, especially since you are potential buisness, and your word of mouth could bring more people, or even stop people from coming.

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Hate to be one of those ‘me too’ posters, but I travelled for two months last summer hosteling from Madrid to Warsaw then all the way down to Istanbul and never had any problems. I lost one t-shirt and that was my fault for leaving it in Budapest.

I heard rumors like you talked about, but never encountered any of it.