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Allan Engelbrecht Petersen

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Farum, Denmark

  4. Occupation

  5. When it comes to travel accommodation (but leaving out crashing with friends, family or people you meet on the road), how often do you stay in hostels?
    pretty much all the time

  6. Where have you hosteled?

  7. Would you stay in a hostel again on future trips?

  8. Why or why not?
    It's a nice way of meeting people from all over the world with the special backpacker-way of thinking (back to nature, preserve the environment, it's nice to meet people, that are different)

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Ireland, Dublin, 1970.

    • Worst Moment
      Malmö 1997.

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Sometimes you have to hide the bottle of wine away.

    • Biggest surprise?
      The relaxed atmosphere in Napoli YH.

  10. Do you ever book any of your hostel accommodation in advance?

  11. Why or why not?
    To be sure there's room for us (we are a married couple and prefer to sleep together.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    It must have been the young man from Germany, who knew so many folk-songs back in 1967.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    The are cheaper, it's easier to get into contact with the hippie-like-kind of people.

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Växjö, Växjö, Sweden

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That everyone is young.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    To broaden my horizon.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Just do it, but read about the places first. Enjoy the possibilities to visit interesting towns, museums, nature and to dive down in the history of the places.