Originally posted by karenroxx10@Oct 2 2005, 09:45 PM
i dont want to get stuck at another crappy hostel, im not that picky but i dont want to stay at a hole in the wall...*
i live in washington DC and so far the only plane ticket i can get is for about $550
What I'll do is go to the library and check out a handful of guidebooks (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let's Go, etc.). Cross reference the hostels you see available online with how the consensus among the guidebooks. Like for Santiago, Chile, I found that among the 3 guidebooks I read, 2 or 3 hostels stood out -- being recommended by all. Check here on the Message Boards, too, and see if particular hostels have gotten thumbs up or down. Then, book that hostel.
As for airline tickets, that price isn't bad. There are a number of e-mail lists and such you can subscribe to that send you daily/weekly updates. I recommend starting at the website for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine (www.budgettravelonline.com
). That's how I got hooked up with most of my lists. Anyway, do a search on there for Prague and you will doubtless get quite a list of articles. Scan through them, and you'll find in their "40 Cheapest Vacations" more than a few for Prague. Look at the travel agency(s) offering that package, and go to THEIR website.
Any other questions? Prague is great...you picked a cool city to travel too...