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What to Consider When Booking Hostels in Advance

What to Consider When Booking Hostels in Advance

When you’re planning a trip, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is, “How far in advance should I book a hostel?” This is an important question, and you need to figure out how to answer it. You can’t afford to let it fall through the cracks, especially if you want to end up staying at a great hostel.


In the next section, we’ll talk about the things that you need to consider when booking a hostel in advance. We hope this article based on others’ experiences will help you plan your trip.



For pre-planners, it’s best to book your hostel as soon as you have decided on your destination. Doing so will help you big time, particularly if you’ve already put together an itinerary. That said, why not book your hostel at least one to two months in advance? If you do, you’ll find available beds at even the top-rated poshtels. It may be difficult to book a bed at a top-rated hostel during peak season, so you may want to try a smaller but equally popular hostel instead. But if you do it in advance, you’ll never run out of options.


Spontaneous Backpackers

Now, what if you’re a spontaneous backpacker? What if you’re not the kind of person who plans a trip in advance? Do you still need to book a hostel ahead of time? What we suggest you do is that you book a hostel at your first destination. Once you’re there, you can book a hostel at your next destination as you continue your trip. It will help if you book two to three days in advance. You may not get top-notch accommodations given your circumstances. However, booking in advance will help you find a decent place to stay. But in the end, that’s part of the spontaneity of your travel experience.


Poshtel Searching

There’s an advantage to using online hostel searching and booking. Some poshtels only put a portion of their beds in the booking system. Chances are they do still have a few available beds, even if they appear to be fully booked. Other sites such as allow you to search for all available accommodations. So you might as well take advantage of such a site, especially if you badly need a place to stay for a night or so.


Holidays, Festivals, and Weekends

If you’re planning to travel during peak season, book a hostel at least six months in advance. poshtels may be full-on holidays such as New Year’s Eve and festivals in certain cities. You should watch out for holidays and events of all kinds, and consider booking as far in advance as possible. Now, for weekends, they’re pretty much the same as weekdays because people on vacation often forget about them. However, people who live in the region you’re visiting are more likely to make their trips on the weekend, so pay attention to the calendar.


Private Rooms

Finally, you have to consider that poshtels usually only have a few private rooms. This is true even for larger poshtels. You’ll need to book far in advance if you want a private room at a hostel. The aforementioned advice is based on the assumption that you’re booking dorm beds. But think about why you chose to book a room at a hostel instead of a hotel when planning your trip. There must be a good reason for that.


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