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Lauren Kuester

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Chicago, 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?
    Canada, Europe, USA

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

  7. Why or why not?
    Usually only if I'm travelling with one other friend and we are able to reserve a double room.

  8. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      When I was 17

    • Worst Moment
      Showering around people having sex at 10am

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Dead tired, trying to get to hostel, arriving at 8 but no check-in until 1 and no place to rest until then

    • Biggest surprise?
      Vashon Island has tee-pees as "rooms". They're outside and it can get cold.

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

  10. Why or why not?
    Been stranded without a room too many times.

  11. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    When I was 16, I met a woman in the Seattle youth hostel who was from LA and had taken a few weeks off to travel on the west coast. She looked more high-maintenance than your average hosteller. We met up a bit later and she said that she was considering going to New Zealand for the apple-picking season. I later received postcards from her from Thailand, Australia, Alaska. I never would've guessed.

  12. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    When I'm broke, I stay in hostels. I think I would also stay in a hostel if travelling alone in a place I'd never been in order to meet people more easily.

  13. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    U Zeweckiego, Krakow, Poland

  14. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    As with hotels, check very closely as to the location of the hostel. If it's located far from the center of town or from the area in which you are planning on spending most of your time, and if public transportation is inconvenient or shuts down early, you might want to consider other accomodations.