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Courtney Leochl with power tools

Hey everyone, welcome to the February 2021 newsletter. We are now moving toward doing everything via YouTube videos. This means less typing for me and (hopefully) more engaging content for you. Let us know in the comments if you prefer videos or written blog posts.

Announcement!   TUE Mar 2, 4PM PST  Hostel Happy Hour  From HOSPITALITY & MORE w/ Bobby Dyer, Jimmy Black   

How many of us have bought really expensive phones or laptops and don’t actually use half the features on them? Or hell, even know how to? (#guilty) It may seem like a good PMS for your hostel will be equally as confusing or costly, but luckily it doesn’t have to be.

We met with Hollie Roberts (a real backpacker) to show off how can easily do object removal, photo enhancement, and even virtual renovations. Plus some freebies on offer.

Do you have contactless check-in at your hostel?  Find out how your guests can check-in and access your hostel by just using their phones.


As European hostels slowly start to open (albeit without Americans) they are working hard to strike a balance between safety and fun.  The good news is The New York Times noticed and recently published a story entitled "

Sydney Ilg on creating the Colorado Hostel Collective and the North American Hostel Association

Sydney Ilg talks with Jimmy Black and Bobby Dyer about the creation Colorado Hostel Collective and the North American Hostel Association in this episode of Hostel Road Trip Podcast.

Hostels in Singapore on verge of shutting for good

Troubling news report from Singapore.   If any hostel owners or managers in Singapore want to reach out to us, we'd love to interview you for Hostel Road Trip Podcast to bring more awareness to your situation.  

Cabins at YHA (England & Wales)

We received the following press release from YHA(England & Wales): YHA (England & Wales) is set to begin a phased re-opening of its youth hostels from Friday 17 July.

Dave Cook Barn Door Hostel

In this episode of the Hostel Road Trip Podcast Pandemic Mini-Series, David Cook from the Barn Door Hostel is going to tell us about opening a climbing hostel and having COVID-19 hit is the first year.  

Joe Gill of Bon Paul & Sharky's Hostel discuss skincare

Joe Gill of Bon Paul & Sharky's Hostel in Asheville, North Carolina puts Jimmy Black and Bobby Dyer into breathless laughter in this episode of Hostel Road Trip Podcast. Joe discusses shows his mental state of being and talks about the importance of skincare during these challenging times.