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Maria Popova

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Moscow, Russia

  4. Occupation

  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. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      To find out that the shower was ensuite in Madrid

    • Worst Moment
      Weird scary man in his 40s sleeping in the dorm for 8 people in Edinburgh

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      To find the hostel in London, there was no heating in Madrid hostel so I got cold

    • Biggest surprise?
      Boys and girls live all together in some dorms

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

  10. Why or why not?
    Depends on where i am going

  11. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    Can't remenmber

  12. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    It's cheap, and good enough for spending nights only

  13. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Nuria Hostel, Madrid, Spain

  14. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That hostels are for young people mainly. It is possible to meet new friends in hostels, especially while having a welcome drink in the bar next to the hostel.

  15. Why do you like to travel?
    Because of the feeling of belonging to the world! hahaha

  16. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Do stay in hostels, as you can save more money for things which are more worth spending on than a comfortable apartment. And don't forget to take sandals with you as shower floors sometimes are not too clean :)