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Kourtney Vahle

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Chicago, USA

  4. Occupation
    Producer/Studio 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?
    They are usually interesting buildings/rooms with friendly people & affordable accomodations.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Having breakfast w/ my siblings in a hostel outside of Salzburg.

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Finding reviews of hostels before you go.

    • Biggest surprise?
      The level of cleanliness and 'cuteness' of many hostels.

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

  11. Why or why not?
    I like to know what I'm getting. Reserving in advance relieves the "where are we going to stay" stress and cuts out much of the guesswork.

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

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    I don't like big chain places in general. Hostels are usually cheaper & cooler than hotels, with many of the extras.

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Hostal Adriano, Madrid, Spain

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    They are full of rowdy college kids with backpacks.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    It's amazing to see what other people in the world are up to and where they live day-to-day.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Look around. There are a lot of great deals out there!