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Sarah Johnson

  1. Current Age?

  2. Nationality

  3. Where do you live now?
    London, England

  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?
    Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, USA

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

  8. Why or why not?
    They are nearly always clean, and comfortable, with good facilities. Meet more people this way too.

  9. Out of all your experiences hosteling, what was your:
    • Best Moment
      Sauna, swimming and jacuzzi jumping in a hostel in Nelson in New Zealand and just relaxing by the fire in a hostel in Franz Josef relaxing.

    • Worst Moment
      My rucksack and clothes being urinated on by a drunk idiot in Sydney.

    • Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
      Sleeping in a room of snorers.

    • Biggest surprise?

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

  11. Why or why not?
    It creates less hassles doing it that way, especially if you are limited by time and money.

  12. Who is the most memorable person you met in a hostel and why?
    The group of people I spent Christmas with – they were wonderful. Friendly, happy, jolly people-Dutch and English.

  13. Why do you stay in hostels, as opposed to other types of accommodation?
    They are cheaper and they offer the same facilities. You meet more people too, which is great if you are travelling alone.

  14. Is there a hostel you'd recommend to other travelers? If so, what is it and where?
    YHA Blue Mountains, Near Sydney, Australia

  15. What is the biggest myth people have about hostels and hosteling?
    That they are dirty and unwelcoming – I discovered quite the opposite.

  16. Why do you like to travel?
    I love new experiences, and seeing different cultures – fantastic! Meeting new friends, and creating great memories.

  17. What is your advice for other travelers wanting to stay in hostels?
    Be open-minded. Some hostels are really alternative. Just be careful with your belongings and always go on recommendations.