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Ray Marta

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    Vancouver, Canada

  4. Occupation
    Emergency Dispatcher

  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?
    Africa, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, USA

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

  8. Why or why not?
    I find hostelling an economical option for a single traveller. As well, it gives me the opportunity to meet other travellers and perhaps hook up with them on further adventures as well as just sharing travelling stories. This truly makes my holidays.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Communal cooking one evening

    • Worst Moment
      A dirty bathroom

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Having to leave during the daytime if you are tired during hours the hostel is closed

    • Biggest surprise?
      Shuttle service to the hostel

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

  11. Why or why not?
    It depends on the city the hostel is in. I think booking 2 days in advance is more than enough notice depending on the city you are travelling to.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    A friend I made over 10 years ago while travelling in Australia... and we are still friends today.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    Explained above

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    Only hostel on the island, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That they are only for young travellers.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    To meet new people and explore.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Be prepared for a little noise - bring ear plugs, secure your belongings in lockers, always have shower shoes and have fun.