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Kathleen Monroe

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    West Linn, Oregon, USA

  4. Occupation
    School District Administrator

  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?
    Canada, Central America, Europe

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

  8. Why or why not?
    I'd be selective, because some are less than desireable, but I like the people I encounter, and the cheaper prices.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      The view out the window in Nice, France

    • Worst Moment
      Encountering unsanitary conditions

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      None to speak of.

    • Biggest surprise?
      Being locked out when we arrived and not knowing protocol

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

  11. Why or why not?
    Depending on time of year, and location

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    Too many to mention

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    Cost mostly

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Hotel Les Orangers, France

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That it's only for young people.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    It is invigorating, it feeds my love of diversity, it opens new horizons.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Check them out first if possible. Like anything there are some good, some not so good.