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I’m planning on going backpacking this summer from mid may to the end of june.
my birthday is june 28th. Frown

does anyone know how many problems i will run into trying to stay in hostels?
the guy i’m travelling with is nineteen.

edit: i’m seventeen now.

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The minimum age to stay at a hostel in Europe is 16….I think. 

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on hostelworld.com a lot of the hostel pages say they don’t let people under 18 stay there.
and if that isn’t the case, some of them say that they allow under 18, but they can only stay in a room with their group, which means only double bedrooms. $$$
what should i do!!

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Don’t see much of a problem unless there are hardly any ubder 18 hostels.
 

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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Call em up!  Or email, that might be easier for someone stateside.  Tell them your situation, ask if they make any exceptions (for a very well-behaved, culturally interested young world-traveler haha…butter yourself up, it might help), and if they simply won’t accept someone under 18, ask for some recommendations of other places in the city that will.  If they’re worth their salt as a hostel they’ll know their competition’s policies, i’d imagine they’ll be really helpful, and who knows, inquiring about competing places instead might just inspire them to give you a room! 
 
You are at a disadvantage though, that’s true…for any major cities you’re looking at visiting, I’d take this route PRE-TRIP so that you know what to expect.  Worst case scenario might involve staying in campgrounds if you simply can’t find some reasonable hostel staff…and if that’s the case at least you’ll know to head straight to the campground rather than burn through a day searching out an accomodating hostel!  You may even get lucky in the next few days (if you linger) and hear about a place that will take you, and transfer on over.
 
Lots of options…it’ll just take a little extra homework!

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about calling them up / e-mailing, hostelworld.com doesn’t give out the phone number or e-mail to hostels until you’ve booked them. and most of the hostels don’t have their phone numbers / emails on the little mini-sites off of hostelworlsd. my initial reaction was to immediately try to contact the hostel i wanted to stay at. i just don’t know how!

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Jess, don’t worry too much about it.
My kid took a similar trip (he turned 18 in Paris, right around Bastille Day) by himself, and he didn’t have any trouble at all. Nobody asked for ID.
He got into clubs, etc.

One thing: we did not know it at the time, but technically our kid was supposed to have written, notarized permission from us to be traveling on his own. (I think the reason for this may go back to child trafficking/parental abduction type stuff.)
According to this, you need a birth certificate?!
U.S. and Canadian Citizens – Procedures for ChildrenEffective January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under will be expected to present a birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county or municipal authority.
Homeland Security has the same regulation
But you are accompanied by someone over 18.
I really wouldn’t sweat it.

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try a google search using: hostel city-name
 
You’ll get a lot of individual sites that will have contact info.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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Yeah as MB said, if the hostelworld mini-site for each individual hostel doesn’t give contact info, just google that hostel+city name, I’m sure it’ll come up. 
 
PS: They’re usually very responsive.  I was curious about booking Berlin hostels for the Intl. Beer Festival in August, and I got replies within a day or two from all of them!

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unless you are hardly 18, most of the hostels there wont accomodate you. but since youll be having your birthday soon, i think that wont be a problem. you can also find some that dont care at all. haha