The best hostel site out there is www.hostelz.com
they feature user written hostel reviews. (I was a hostel reviewer for them a month ago), it might give u a good idea what hostel is good, what is not.
As for booking vs. not-booking... when I enter a city, I like to have a destination, or at least a list of hostels to check out. Otherwise you're tired, carryign your pack around, and have to look for places from scratch... which totally blows. In my opinion, booking is the way to go.
That being said, book a few days in advance when you KNOW what you'll be doing for sure. Unless you're on a strict schedule, which then even far ahead booking is good.
Vincent: "So what you gonna do?"
Jules: "Well, basically, I'm just gonna walk the earth."
Vincent: "What you mean 'walk the earth'?"
Jules: "You know, like Kane in 'Kung Fu'...go places...meet people...get in adventures."
Trips (only counting recreational travel):
FIRST TRIP (2005): FIRST EUROTRIP EVER! UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland
SECOND TRIP (2007): First Solo Trip! Greece, Turkey, Syria, Spain
2008: China (Beijing, Shanghai, Yangshuo) ...right before the Olympics!
2009: Japan & HK, Southern Spain
[size=1]2010: All over Lebanon, Ibiza (Spain), Oktoberfest (Germany), Thailand.
2011: India (Goa), Jordan, Jerusalem, San Sebastian (Spain), Amsterdam (again), London, Driving from Vancouver to L.A. (stopping in Portland, Seattle, San Fran and all the little stops), Montpellier (France), Geneva and Lausanne (Switzerland)
"Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it."
Last edited by Canadian Bacon; 08-09-2007 at 12:58 PM.