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Karly Alison Brinkler-Smith

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    London, England

  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?
    This was my first time hosteling.

  5. Where have you hosteled?

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

  7. Why or why not?
    Great way to meet people and get info on things to see and do while you're there, not to mention places to crash when you visit people in their own country later on.

  8. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Spontaneous clubbing night with 2 Brazilian guys!

    • Worst Moment
      Having to leave the next morning with a monumental hangover.

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Finding the hostel when I first arrived - street name not listed on any maps!

    • Biggest surprise?
      Meeting so many people so easily

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

  10. Why or why not?
    You know where you will be for at least the first night when arriving in a foreign country

  11. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    Canadian girl - Erin, she was so down to earth and easy to get along with.

  12. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    You always meet people and get advice on things to do and see. Can choose to do things by yourself or with other people.

  13. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    Haven't heard any yet?

  14. Why do you like to travel?
    Broadens experience, things to talk about - realise how much your day-to-day life (work etc) actually means nothing in the bigger sense of why we are here.

  15. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Do it but do it without your hairdryer, your make-up and your electric toothbrush (unlike what I did for the first and last time).