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177  June 30, 2005
TIP: HOW TO FIND A HOSTEL - HOTEL - Without a Reservation
LOCATION: Parnu, Estonia
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SOMETHING DOING IN EUROPE

I left Berlin, Germany and flew by Easyjet.com to Tallinn, Estonia,
I will slowly work my way down Eastern Europe to Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus
I hope and then I will need to cross west over to Frankfurt, Germany
 by the 4th of August to attend an Encyclopedia Convention for Wikipedia.org
http://www.wikipedia.org
I paid the registration and booked a room at the same time.

Note... I see there is a G8 meeting in Scotland, I am considering going
to what the dread head and people that hate their fathers protest.
This would be good fun, and a photo bonanza of funny looking people.

ESTONIA

Up at the top of Europe, hugging Russia is a small country, only about
1.5 million people, smaller than most of the cities I visit. Never heard
of, or thought of this country, until I was trying to cross Russia from Mongolia
last year, then I started to learn about Estonia. I did not make the Trans-Siberian
however that trip will be soon as I have learned that path.

It is nice place, much like my home, maybe a little less friendly, however
still the same, green and light, not too much of anything, not many people
to confuse the days. Tallinn the Capital is a port city, Fort, Castle and
a few Towers, waiting for a maiden in distress. Very interesting, it is
a very quaint, easy to walk around, a manageable city.

I have learned I do not like big cities, I keep learning this lesson, as I
left Berlin and went to Tallinn, I could feel a weight coming off my back.
I am learning the tourist trail here in Europe is 10 times more worn into
a rut, than the Gringo Trail of Central and South America. There are
similar trails in all the backpacker hotspots of the world. These are
paths or typical routes taken by travelers.

I have a web page for comments or explaining the different paths
you can travel, these paths make life easy for the backpacker,
however you are not alone.
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OFF THE PATH
I knew I was on the path, however I learned more about the path by leaving
the path when I left Tallinn and went to a city by the name of Rapla, Estonia.
This city, maybe village is not in the guidebook, it is not in any of the online booking
services for Hostels, it is not a place where anyone wants to go except a few long distances
riders and me. The riders are making the tour of something Europe.
It is way off the path, and was wonderful, however still same as home.

I am doing something in Europe, not sure what, however for sure I am doing
something. Europe is a big challenge for me, I know some greener pastures
and am trying to forget them, and thus maybe, I can enjoy something Europe
better. I have entered a learning curve; Europe is clean, safer, and less
personal, however easy in most way. The big problem is I have to pay to
play, it cost me about 40 dollars per day to live, and I am sure the average
backpacker is paying 50-60 U.S. Dollars per day, because they drink
alcohol and I do not.

This is a strange deep pain, for a lower quality of life, plus then having to pay
more than my normal 10-20 dollars budget for the rest of the world. However,
I am adapting and learning how to have some privacy.

I am 100 percent sure that I need to buy a Van, Kombi, Motor home or
Caravan to enjoy my style of life. I live traveling and wandering around;
I am going to make a full court press to find a way to drive around Europe.
I have been calculating the cost, and I believe it will save me about
20 percent in my cost, and I will break even on the cost the cost of a
1000-2000 U.S. Dollar van in maybe four months of travel. The van will
get me off the path so I can leave the Flophouse Beer Hostels and
enter the small village life of these great countries.

I was surveying my brain; I have spent eight days in Estonia and have
not had one conversation with an Estonian person. This is not good; to
travel in a country and not talk to the people, it is not my way, however for
sure the Estonian people do not go out of the way to meet foreigners.
The real problem though is the path, I know I now must avoid the places
in the guidebook to visit this country or any other country in Europe.

Life is good, nice and interesting, the reservations have removed my
freedom, however I have learned in Eastern Europe I do not need a
reservation when I get off the path, and the cost of a single room is
about the same as dorm bed off the well-worn trolley tourist trail.

I dream of the book by James Michener called “The Drifters.”

Is it true what the Beatles said about the Ukraine, Girls as I,
"Leave the West Behind?"

Where is my van?

EASTERN EUROPE POVERTY
There is an idea that Eastern Europe is poor.
Estonia seems to be the same as France, Spain, etc.
Just cheaper.
Maybe as I go south?...

Life is good.
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HOW TO FIND A HOTEL - Without a Reservation

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HOW TO FIND A HOTEL - Without a Reservation

Sitting in the Lett'em Sleep Hostel in Berlin, Germany a
traveler actually interested in learning by the name of
Ryan from Canada said,
"You have a lot of experience, how do find a Hostel?"

I said,
"It is easy, I just enter a city and there are rooms, however I am
normally in cheap countries and avoid Europe."
85 percent of the planet is easy.

OK, smart answer and not what he wanted, however I avoid Europe
like the plague because I cannot be bothered to deal with the crazy
need for reservation system of Europe. The wanderlust of travel is lost
for me when I must live on a schedule...

(It is possible Ryan was very afraid of sleeping in the street, more
than learning, however fear is a great motivator to learn.)

I then said,
"Same as you."

I use one of these online booking site of the internet.
http://www.hostelworld.com
http://www.gomio.com
http://www.hostelmania.com

His real question is:

How do I find a room when there is none available on the internet?
http://www.hostelworld.com

This is the discount Hostel Booking service of present favor, it is the
only game in town and has the market, however is terrible lacking,
however is very good, as it works. It will take you the best Flophouse
Party Hostels on the planet.

NOTE: I have learned recently through a good source that Hostelworld.com
is giving your credit card number to the owners of Hostel for them to
collect if you do not show, or they request.
(NOT GOOD)

HOWEVER!!!! Europe can be a major headache and do you really
want your daughter walking around Amsterdam in the dark looking for a room?
That is more dangerous than going to Iraq, and I did that.

WHEN I HAVE NO RESERVATION
How do I find a room?

Note: The best chance to find a Hostel or Hotel is when
the Hostel is the new place, it has very few people. It may
have just started or opened. This is your best chance.

1. OWNER TO OWNER RELATIONSHIPS
The prior city is when you get a reservation, if you are in a Hostel
or Hotel and it is only one jump from your problem city, then you
can go and ask the owner or manager.
"Do you work or know of a Hotel in my next destination?"

2. FLYERS IN THE PRIOR CITY HOSTEL
The owners may not give a hoot about a relationship with
the prior jump city, however a new Hostel try hard to cross
your path, a wise Hostel will place flyers in this Hostel.

Look around, ask the owners, they take and stash them in
the closet. A good Hostel will help you find Hostels, a bad or
poorly manage Hostel only cares about money. A good Hostel
see as their responsibility to help you live.

I had a Concierge one time from a Five Star Hotel tell the
Bellman to take me to my Five Dollar Hotel in a Taxi.
He made sure I was safe, and found the location.

3. FLYERS IN HOSTELS THAT ARE FULL
Find the popular Hostel in the city, walk in an look around,
ask the owners for flyers on other possible Hostels.
A good Hostel will call, give you flyers, help you to locate
a similar Hostel. Sometimes the get a commission, this is
ok as long as they give you good advice.

4. GROUP UP WITH OTHER TRAVELERS
ON THE TRAIN, BUS, TAXI, PLANE.
An expensive room is expensive, however if you share it five
other people you minimized the cost. Hotels or Hostels have
a more difficult time renting the expensive room than the cheapies.
This helps the Hotel and Helps you.

5. TAXI DRIVERS
A taxi driver will know the skinny on new Hotels or Hostels.
Make sure you say cheap, and a price, they will for sure try
to take you to a more expensive Hostel. Negotiate the taxi
fare and make them guarantee there is vacancies before you
enter the taxi. The taxi would love a fare that just pays to wander
around the city to full hotels.

6. HOTEL BOOKING SERVICE AGENCIES.
I have not seen many of these offices, however the tourism
bureau will possibly know about these offices. You walk into the
office, tell them your requirements, they will call around and find
a room in exchange for a commission.

Amsterdam has one of these.

7. AIRPORT - BUS STATION - TRAIN STATION - TAXI
It is common for there to be a kiosk or office that has a list
of Hotels in the city. Note the do not normally have a cheap hotel
list, and normally concentrate on making you pay. Most are working
on a commission and cannot be trusted.

8. TOURISM BUREAU
Not normally placed in the best location, however they can and
should be able to help you, although take great care. Do not assume
they are working to find a cheap hotels. Maybe 80 percent are getting
a commission or kickback of some form. Often a Hotel will have an
representative inside the what you think is the government office
there as a service. Look for flyers.

9. BYPASS OR GO AROUND HOSTELWORLD.COM OR ONLINE
Do a google.com search until you find the telephone number of a Hostel.
Call the Hostel directly, ask them if they can arrange a bed, or maybe
they will allow you to sleep on the couch. Offer to pay, make them
know you are serious, money talks.

10. CHARM OFFENSIVE
Pack your bag away in a paid locker, then go to the bars.
Charm your way into being taken home by a girl or boy in the
bar. This I have seen work very good for girls that sort of sleep their
way around the world.

This was contributed by Tim Rahman from the United Kingdom
Cambridge, UK -  timmy__magic  DELETE@THIS  hotmail.com

11. WALK INTO A BAR OR RESTAURANT AND ASK
"Does anyone want to earn some money, I need a place to sleep?"

12. INTERNET CAFES  FLYERS OR POSTINGS
A person that has an extra room will often post a flyers in the internet
cafes.

13. VOLUNTEER
Volunteer companies are good for a room. call them and say
you want to volunteer for a day. I suspect most will let you pay, give
your a room and you will not have to do anything. Most volunteer
companies make a habit of over-charging and this makes tons
of money for their partner Hotel.

14. UNIVERSITY DORMS
Universities are very disorganized, however the will have many
rooms or dorms when not in session.

15. GREETERS
If you hang around at the bus stop, train stop, airport or
and station there is Hotel or Hostel owners that will come
and try to take you home.

WHERE TO SLEEP - When you fail.

1. LOCKER STORAGE - SLEEP IN BAR

2. SLEEP IN THE AIRPORT
I found the airport cleaner, and smelling better than the Hostels
in Amsterdam.

3. SLEEP ON TRAIN, BUS OR AIRPLANE
Take an overnight trip anywhere, this is a great part sometimes
with the EuroRail Pass. However I hear they charge more when
you sleep or go all night.

4. UNIVERSITY DORMS OR LOUNGES
Walk into a University Lounge, take a shower, go to the sauna
and sleep in the Lounge. They will think you are drunk.
Note I did this on a three month tour of western USA.

5. CHURCH
I hope this would work 100 percent of the time, however
I suspect it will only work 10 percent of the time. However if you
walk into 10 churches you will probably find a place.

6. SALVATION ARMY FLOP HOUSE

7. CAMP OUTSIDE CITY

8. PARK BENCH - GOOD IN TROPICS
Not going to work in the USA very good, however seems
to work good in Europe, talk to a few bums and check.

9. BARNS

10. ALONG THE ROAD - In some countries you can camp along
side the road. (Sweden)

The only way I know for 100 percent sure you will always have a room
in Europe or the USA is to drive a car around. Then when
you do not have a room, you sleep in the car or van.

Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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