travel advice & savings
3 replies
Book in advance?
imatrojan's profile picture
Eurotrip Points: 50
Member: 23242
Joined: 03/11/2010
User offline. Last seen 14 years 1 week ago.

I’m going on a 100 day eurotrip from May 24th – August 31st 2010. I’ve read conflicting opinions on this forum regarding reserving hostels in advance. I don’t want to be tied down to my itinerary and want the freedom to stay long/leave early as I see fit. What are your thoughts?

Things to note:
I’ve booked my hostel in Paris (seeing as it is Bastille week). Also, there is a 50% chance I’ll be staying with a friend for the Running of the Bulls. I’ll book my accommodations for Pamplona as soon as I find out whether I have to.

I was also thinking about bringing a tent. I’d like to do a multi-day trail in either Switzerland, Austria, or Cortina (pitch up in the mountains) and it might also come in handy if I can’t find a place to stay. Has anyone brought a tent with them to Europe?


I am leaving from SFO with $8000 for 98 days
Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Chefchaouene, Seville, Lagos, Lisbon, Madrid, Ibiza, Barcelona, Pamplona, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz, Bourdeaux, Paris, Interlaken, Gimmelwald, Nice, Cannes, Rome, Florence, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Venice, Bad Gastein, Vienna, Budapest, Guča, Kotor, Ohrid, Santorini, Íos, Dílos, Athens
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
augustin25's profile picture
Eurotrip Points: 1696
Member: 369
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 47 weeks ago.

Good call booking Paris and Pamplona well in advance. I would also book Barcelona ahead of time; I’ve spent hours trying to find a place to stay there when I’ve not booked ahead. I had a similar experience trying to find a place fresh off the train in Florence.

VegasAddict's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 32
Member: 23802
Joined: 03/27/2010
User offline. Last seen 13 years 42 weeks ago.

I’m in the same boat, I have an itinerary set to help me as a guide but I want the freedom to be able to stay somewhere longer if I meet cool people, or leave somewhere sooner if I’m a bit fed up.

It’s hard though cos you run the risk of struggling for a bed if you completely wing it, but some advice I’ve read elsewhere is that booking a week in advance should be enough for most places, so I may just plan my trip week by week.

I believe Paris and Barcelona are tough to get into if you leave it too late but as I don’t know the exact dates I’ll be there I can’t book, and if I do book I am then committed to being in those cities at that time and my itinerary may run off course making that difficult?

I am leaving from Liverpool with $10000 for 89 days
Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Zürich, Berne, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Paris, Bruges, Brussels, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Itinerary, Nightlife, Sights
finnegan's profile picture
Eurotrip Points: 1016
Member: 9612
Joined: 01/29/2009
User offline. Last seen 12 years 48 weeks ago.

Paris you’ll always find somewhere to stay without booking in advance…usually the mid price places go quick, but the super expensive places and super cheap places (thin walls, shared bathroom, a bit out of downtown, etc) always seem to have availability. Staying in downtown Paris can be expensive. If you don’t mind a so short convenient subway ride into downtown, the 19 and 20th arrondissements (Neighbourhoods) have reasonably priced hotels.


“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”