Join Date: May 2005
Location: London, England
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Other than in Western Europe during peak-season I never bother making reservations and just turn up. As summer is fast approaching though it might be worth giving them a call or booking online a day or two before you plan to arrive, and if you're going somewhere popular or with limited accomodation then try to do it 3-4 days in advance.
You can use the hostel search engine on this site for booking online, or the lonely planet (or whichever guide you're using) should have phone numbers in for the most popular hostels.
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