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Maureen Martin

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Luoyang, China

  4. Occupation
    English Teacher

  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?
    Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand,

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

  8. Why or why not?
    Good cheap accommodation and excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Meeting a person who became a life-long friend

    • Worst Moment
      Losing my favourite travel pillow!

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

  11. Why or why not?
    Flexibility is the key.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A man who had walked across China, Australia and New Zealand, and was currently walking from Alaska back to his home in Virginia. Met him in Banff.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    As above: Good cheap accommodation and excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people.

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Halifax, Canada

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    Not safe - personally or to leave your belongings.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    To see the amazing sights of the world and meet so many wonderful people. We are all basically the same. With proper respect for others and their customs, you can go safely almost anywhere.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Be ready to share with all kinds of people, and always look for the good in them.