Hostel Interviews

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Jerry Spencer

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Marina del Rey, California, USA

  4. 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

  5. Where have you hosteled?
    Asia, Europe

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

  7. Why or why not?
    Staying in hotels you only meet other Americans. Hostelling means I meet interesting people from all over.

  8. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Oslo, Norway... loved the castle!

    • Worst Moment
      Copenhagen, Denmark... money stolen while I slept

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Stairs. I trashed my knee and can't walk them. Most hostels are upstairs, no lift.

    • Biggest surprise?
      How much fun they are.

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

  10. Why or why not?
    I book to make sure I have a place at the hostel I want. if I'm travelling and don't know where/when I'll be, then I don't book.

  11. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    I'll let you know after this trip around SEA. some wonderful and intriguing folks so far.

  12. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    Bang for the buck. For the amount you spend, you get a lot but especially you meet people from everywhere.

  13. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That hostels are boring, rundown and dishonest.

  14. Why do you like to travel?
    The people, the people, the people!

  15. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Check out the ones you can online. Don't be afraid to try new ones.