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Old 08-19-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! I'm leaving for Ireland in one week--my first week's accomadation is taken care of b/c I'll be at a fiddle workshop, but then I only have bits and pieces of where I want to go planned out, but no reservations for hostels are made.

I don't want to be boxed into a strict itinerary, (that spoils the whole point of backpacking, don't you think?) and I'm not sure how long it will take to get from point A to point B (via bus and feet). Do you think I'll be ok just showing up at a hostel? Is September considered a slower time for travel so they shouldn't be booked up? Maybe just book ahead in the bigger cities?

Thanks guys in advance!

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Try to book a few days ahead whenever you can. That way you're not necessarily spoiling the spontaneity of your trip, but at least you will be guaranteed more than a park bench or cozy strip of sidewalk to sleep on. Remember that it's a very, very busy time right now, so hostel availability is going to be tight.
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Try to book a few days ahead whenever you can.* That way you're not necessarily spoiling the spontaneity of your trip, but at least you will be guaranteed more than a park bench or cozy strip of sidewalk to sleep on.* * Remember that it's a very, very busy time right now, so hostel availability is going to be tight.*
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Ok, thanks, I will. I somehow thought September would be easier than July and August, but I will take your word for it that it is just as busy!
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yep im in ireland at the moment and its fairly busy, tourist-wise. id book at least two days ahead for weekend nights for sure, esp in places like killarney -- i was there a few weeks ago and backpackers were being turned away as every hostel was full.

in dublin - i recommend jacob's inn -- right near the centre of town/temple bar areas, next to train station. basic rooms but they do have lockers for storing luggage, and are clean. you get breakfast (muffin n coffee/tea) as well. and if u book on the net (try hostelbookers.com, hostelworld.com or the one on the tpunk main site!) they are cheap as chips!

good luck!

(oh and if u want to meet up and buy me a beer, im living in dublin at the moment so pm me.. )
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