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Two day. We're talking to one of the old. She travel bloggers. Don't believe me while if you google how to become a full time travel blogger. His website is the number one search result. Which tells you he's source anyway. We've got pneumatic maths. Aka Matthew kept nece here with us today to discuss all things travel the travel lifestyle and something. I'm not an expert. At budget trump matt. Thanks for joining us today. Thanks for having me I. I think I think it'd be interesting watching you in the hostile. You know my first time in a hospital. First and last actually. I've stayed in hostels twice when I was in college. We went to a Ireland. Right around Saint Patrick's Day for spring break. We had found two hundred fifty dollar airfare from Pittsburgh Tha Dublin and we stayed at it was actually decent hostile in Dublin. It was like a party. Hostile right near What's what's The neighborhood all. We're all the bars every bar. Temple Bar My bad hostile experience was in Paris at the peace and love hospice. Hostel Actually passed it recently when I was traveling through the Ariza. Oh my it's a bus in the past and I had a very Thursday they're eight and in eastern European was the three of us in this room and There was some language barriers and Some body odor barriers as well and and of course. Needless say I did not pass. The shower did not pass. Tvd shower tests. I think I had to contorts myself but yeah I mean they're small for me. Sometimes Mike Half Your size so matt you've been in the travel game for a long time. We're going to get into your story how you got but do you still. You're successful. You run a great website. Nomadic MATT DOT COM. Do you still stay in. Hostels all the time I say private runs now. I'm not doing dorms. But I love hostels you know I just. I traveled to meet people. And if I'm not traveling for work I like to be around other travelers so I find awesome the private room and I stay there and even if I am just there for a couple of days and I don't really get to interact with them as much as possible. I like the energy and the vibe and just kind of makes me feel a lot better than just being alone in a hotel room. So what what are the best ways to research hostels? 'cause there's obviously varying hostels right. There's like Roach just like there are hotels are crummy hotels and an awesome hostels. Like what are the tips on finding a really fun quality hostile? I always look at the reviews on hostile world Because travellers tens day a lot of hospitals so the average review is usually pretty accurate. I I like hostels with But organized tours and activities to me. That's a key component. You have a lot of hostels. These days like generator. Saint Christopher's even Free and that are just sort of like hotels for backpackers that four hundred rooms Tour groups go in there. They'll really organiz activities in hospitals all about the community and the atmosphere creates. And so I. I think it's important to find a hostile that we host lots of events. We take you out. We show you around. You know we we get people to interact with each other. What how much hostels go for these days like? I guess it depends obviously where you're going so let's just start with Europe. You're in Paris like what is a a decent you know. Explain to me. How hostile pricing works? Because frankly it's been over a decade. Yeah obviously the the cheaper ones are dirtier and thoughts out our bed or bedbugs. Real big deal with hostels. I mean they are at fancy hotels as well so I'm sure. But is it a real issue on hostile communicate? It's less common than you think because Hostels are hyper aware of it. And so they're always cleaning beds and they're always Taking precautions against it. Obviously the the crappier the hassle bus they care but is such a cute issue that all the good houses are really focused on minimizing that and in the twelve years. Now where are we in? Fourteen years the backpacking in hassles. I've only seen bedbugs once and it was in a hostel in Cambodia But you know I'm pricing. Your average dorm in Europe is highly twenty euros for like something. That's like twelve beds and then the smaller you get. It can go up to thirty thirty five euros. Especially if it's a popular hostile and the city like When my favorite hostels define Pagan Amsterdam and now it's like thirty five dollars a night to stay there. It's really expensive So expensive for dorm room. Yeah a private room is usually around eighty To one hundred euros which at that price it. It's not you can get a hotel or an AIRBNB. That's about the same thing so usually i. I say they're simply because I want the community. Yeah it's less about the price more depending on. I think there's a stereotype about hostels. It's young backpackers wild single to people. Do couple say hostels to like. I've seen couples. I've seen people that are my grandparents AIDS. I I you see everybody in between just like there's a hotel everybody there's a hostile forever by the there are definitely Cardi hassles that catered to the eighteen year olds. Who just want us to get drunk? But there are hostels for tour groups School groups people who just want cycle families So you know that's one of the things you look for in the reviews ways demographic of of most of us will come on and say and they're like description like come here. Just get drunk. You know like skip. Yeah tell me. Your your wildest family friendly this is a family. Friendly podcast Hostile Eddie like really crazy stories or super interesting. I got one so Kirstin from the blonde broad and I were in Barcelona. I made her stay in a hostel and It's I have. I've never named the hostile but it's a well known party one and so we got a dorm room. And there's these Brazilian guys in there and yet they're just getting drunk all the time and our last night there. I got woken up by this giant. Knock on the door and nobody was answering so I finally woke up and answered it when the Brazilian guys who was like a private room or we were in a dorm. Oh six bed. Dorm Room I met her debuted on the door at night. Will they lock you out of your key? You have key So we have gone skeet so I let him in and I go back bays like sorry. Sorry sorry not smell like. Why is the smell wise? It smells like Shit. Oh and I come to realize. Oh that's because they're shit on my hand and then I turned on the light and I realized the L. A. doorknob. Oh the Brazilian guy had shit himself in his bed ran to the bathroom leaving a trail. Oh must have wiped off because there is on the hand knob and then locked himself out and I had been the fortunate one to answer the door the only other people who was Nikkei Stan Two girls and the guidance friend so one of those imagine the screams of one of the girls had opened the thing he looks at me and he's like it wasn't make now's like who else could it be. It was Kirstin and encouraged him. We love you and he's like I just. I was like the trailers right to your bed so I go wash my hands you know. I watched the DOORKNOB. I washed my hands twenty thousand times. You change rooms at this point. I mean we're getting like two hours but will when I got back to the dorm were you able to go back to bed No but when I got back to the dorm his bed was in the hallway and he had wiped up the floor but he was sleeping on a mattress and to this day. I cannot figure out where that matches came from because all the germs are locked but he managed to find the mattress. It's wasn't my mattress. Something tells me this might not have been his first time pulling the style so when we wake up and I tell Carson the story. She's like no way that happened. No Way and like there's no transcendent. Wake up from the smell in the room. He wiped it up pretty fast but so all the all of us have curtains so I had grabbed the carton with my like poop covered hand and there were like Poop streaks. I was like Oh here. Here's the proof and seed as like we have to get out of the hospital today and we actually went to the w after that point extreme at WSB pretty