Hostel Interviews

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Julie Kerr

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Kananaskis, Canada

  4. Occupation
    Campground Assistant Manager

  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?
    I spend next to no time sleeping when I travel, so to spend a huge amount of money on accommodation is a waste. Hostels are cheap and they have the added bonus of throwing travellers together and getting them to talk. I've met some amazing people in hostels, some of whom I still talk to now that I'm home. Listening to other people's travel stories always influences your travel decisions.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Being lost on a Berlin street with no map and no clue where to find one, crossing a street and running into a girl we'd met the night before at our hostel

    • Worst Moment
      Getting to Florence planning to stay a week and finding ALL the hostels booked

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Finding room for my pack in a hostel with people living in it, trying to sleep on a Friday night

    • Biggest surprise?
      Finding male/female shared toilets and showers - we adapted, but it was a shock at first

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

  11. Why or why not?
    When I travel, I play it by ear. If I book I'm committed to finding that exact hostel, and sometimes when I arrive in a city, certain hostels are difficult to find. Also, my plans often change from day to day and this way I'm free to go along with them.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A girl from Melbourne, Australia, because she was alot of fun, we travelled with her for a few days, and still keep in contact.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    Because they are economical, easy to go in and out of, and you always meet loads of interesting people with interesting travel ideas.

  14. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That they will be mugged by other travellers

  15. Why do you like to travel?
    To see new things, or things I've always wanted to. To meet new people, whether locals or other travellers. To push my personal limits and to open my mind to others and their ways.

  16. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    If you haven't stayed in a hostel before, just do it, it'll be the TIME of your life.