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Jeroen Huisman

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Weesp, Netherlands

  4. Occupation
    Managing partner/advertising

  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?
    Mexico, New Zealand

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

  8. Why or why not?
    Lively and very international atmosphere. Social aspects.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      At the sunny pool of Paradiso in Nelson New Zealand.

    • Worst Moment
      In a Wellington hostel, run by a German a-hole.

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Clean kitchens.

    • Biggest surprise?
      Hospitality and meeting people.

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

  11. Why or why not?
    If the best hostels were fully booked, we went to a small hotel. That was not much of a problem for us. We just didnt want to start every day with finding/calling for a place to stay. If we ended up finding the right place, cool! If not, we took a hotel.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    Not specifically one person.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    As mentioned before, the lively, social and international aspects are far better then in most hotels.

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Paradiso, Nelson, New Zealand

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    Don't really know. Could be that they can be dirty? We always found nice and proper places.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    Meet other cultures, enjoy the sun and most of all to do whatever we'd like to do.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    If possible, take a look at the hostel first before making the booking.