I was traveling through Central Europe last month and stayed in some pretty cool hostels. The staff were really cool and hung out with you, and were more like friends than your typical hostel staff. One thing I noticed is that most of them just landed there. Some have been there 3 months with the intention to stay another 6, some have been there a year. They just happened to visit for a few days and then started working at the hostel. My question: how is this done? I have a hard time believing they could get a work visa for this sort of thing, or does that exist? Or do people that do this just come on your typical 90-day tourist entry and illegally stay longer and just deal with the consequences when they leave?
One of my best girlfriends is living in Rome. I'd like to go and visit her. That's where the simple part ends. [more inside]
Help me plan an October European vacation (starting/ending in Madrid) on the cheap! [more inside]
I'm going to Rome for one week in February. How can I cheap out on lodging while there? [more inside]
I'm going to Europe in December/January. How do I make hostel reservations? I'll be traveling with one friend for about a week, and then by myself for another week and a half. My ideal hostel is warm, safe, and my stuff won't get stolen. We're not too afraid of roughing it, but we're going in the winter. So how (much) should we plan? [more inside]
I'm looking for underrated, obscure European vacation stops. [more inside]
I'm currently backpacking through Europe and was given an invitation to Oktoberfest for this Friday. I'm really excited about this, but can't seem to find any places to stay that aren't booked or very expensive. I'd like to spend Friday and Saturday night there, giving me the opportunity to see the rest of Munich. What are my options in the area to find a place to sleep? Are there non-hostel options or perhaps one that isn't well known?
Backpacking through Europe: Help me find places other than big cities to explore using my Eurail pass. [more inside]
Traveling alone in Spain - how to meet other travelers, and how to book rooms and train/air tickets on the fly?
It's my first time traveling alone! I'm spending 10-11 days in Spain, and I need some advice. How to meet people to share the experience with? How to book accommodations and train/airline tickets on the fly? [more inside]
Can I bring a sleeping bag on my European hostelling trip? [more inside]
TravelFilter: This summer I and 3 friends are planning on travelling around part of Europe by train and are looking for advice on the main areas we plan to stay in. Information on hostels or other cheap accommodation (first hand if possible) would be great (more inside) [more inside]
Are there travel booking sites that have really cheap hotels that aren't hostels? [more inside]