Hostel Interviews

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Anne-Jette Olsen

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Lyngby, 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?
    Sometimes a hostel, sometimes a hotel or B&B, etc

  6. Where have you hosteled?

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

  8. Why or why not?
    It is cheap and frendly. You can have privacy (small rooms) and I often travel with my daughter, who is 22; we meet other young people which is fun for her.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      when everything is as you expected

    • Worst Moment
      contrary to the above

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      when you are promised - and pay for - something and you do not get it.

    • Biggest surprise?
      how well they speak English in Italy

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

  11. Why or why not?
    To be sure to get an accommodation.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A sweet Spanish male receptionist, who served breakfast on our beds.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    As mentioned above

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    B&B Margot, Rome, Italy

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    I don't know.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    To meet other cultures and people.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Make sure you get what you pay for. Make a phone call to the hostel, if the Internet does not give you sufficient information. It is difficult to complain, when you first stand on the 7th floor after 10 hours travelling (Naples). Never stay at a hostel alone. Best with a friend or more.