Hi everyone. I am going travelling with my boyfriend (we're both eighteen). Do hostel's have a problem with this? I know most dorms are single sex but are the smaller rooms? Should we pretend we're married? We're not bothered about sleeping in single sex dorms sometimes.
The nature of hostels is to provide low-cost accom in shared dorms. In YHA hostels these are single-sex, in indep hostels they are usually mixed-sex, but often single-sex.
Some hostels have a small number of double rooms. Some hostels have small dorms such that, if you are a mixed group, they will put you together if such a room is available. But don't ever bank on these, unless you arrange in advance. I don't think the question of whether you are married is at all relevant; if you are travelling together, you will get a room together unless the hostel has a policy of single-sex only.
I am from the UK (Edinburgh, Scotland). VIP have hostel's all over the world-look at www.backpackers.com.au. I'm starting to worry now that we're gonna have to book all our rooms miles in advance. What does everyone think? I'd rather not do this as we want our itinery to be quite flexible. We were planning on booking most of our accomadation but not before we left-how much notice does everyone think we'll have to give?
I would definately book for doubles in certain cities like Amsterdam, which fills up fast due to being a hub for flights.
Don't forget if you do make reservations you can cancel them with adequate notice (make sure to find out what each place's is) if it doesn't work out.
We went over not having made reservations then sat down a week later and made a ton of reservations as we were spending a lot of time each day trying to find places. If you are OK with staying in dorms, I wouldn't sweat it-it's the doubles that go lightning fast.