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Rodrigo Chia

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  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?
    pretty much all the time

  6. Where have you hosteled?

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

  8. Why or why not?
    For a bunch of reasons, but most of all because I can't afford a decent hotel. And a decent hostel is far better than a so-so hotel.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      A two-bed room with my wife-to-be at Basel (Switzerland)

    • Worst Moment
      "Full" sign in Brussels

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Finding the IYHF Hostel at Barcelona

    • Biggest surprise?
      HUGE breakfast at Berlin

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

  11. Why or why not?
    I am too lazy.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A woman that acted as receptionist for two different hostels at Rome. As the first was full, she pointed to the other, and there she was as soon as we arrived there - 5 minutes later.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    It is practical, friendly and (almost always) clean. For a nice price.

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

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That hostels are a mess. That hostels owners-runners are all crazy Woodstock-like characters.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    To know new cultures, temperatures, landscapes, (cheap) food, people and, I should say, tourist attractions.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Book in advance. Speak out. And have a good time.