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Going Backpacking

I am 18, going to europe for the first time with my boyfriend, who lived in england for ten years of his life.... i need some advice.
14 years ago, February 7th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #10558  
Me and my boyfriend are planing a trip to europe, we are visiting i think its almost 20 cities in france, germany, spain, italy, Czech. Greece, Netherlands, england, and maybe Ireland. I was wondering if anyone had any sujestion on what hostels are best, (we are looking for twin or double bed private rooms, no dorms) what good brand names are for packs, ideas of where the nicest cities are, we have some extra time to fit in some other places. If anyone has any good ideas i would love to hear about them.
thanks a bunch.
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14 years ago, February 8th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #10578  
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14 years ago, February 9th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #10608  
Emma you can go the hostel route - I did a mix when I went travelling with my girlfriend. I also found B&B's were great if you're looking for private rooms, very cost effective too.

I'd check out if you're looking for ideas + they provide info on cheap airline tickets and accomodation. Good luck!
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14 years ago, February 9th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #10623  
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Hi Emmamaba,

Regarding your query on Hostels, I would recommend you to check out HostelBookers where you will find many hostels in Europe.

Some big chains are The Generator, St Christopher's Inns Oasis Backpackers, of course there are many more but It will take me a while to write them all down.

At HostelBookers you also are able to see different info about guides, travel news and events worldwide that might help you out.

Hope this helps,

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14 years ago, February 10th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #10632  
Hi Emma,
That sounds like a great trip. Hostels are certainly the best way to go in Europe, as hotels can be expensive. To be honest the best idea is get a few guide books (e.g. Rough Guide and Lonely Planet). This is the way I usually pick my accommodation and have rarely experienced a problem so far.
When you ask for good brand names of packs, do you mean rucksacks? If so, in the UK Karrimor is a good make and their stuff is usually available much cheaper than other brands. A shop called Mountain Warehouse in Covent Garden, London has a good selection!
Best wishes, Ruth Reply to this

14 years ago, February 14th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #10738  
In France there is no specific problems with no brand hotel. Be careful about the number of stars and you'll not be surprised (forget the on star hotel which have no toilet in the bedroom).
For advise in France and in Europe, see my web site :
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