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Sarah Weingust is alone in her last-minute AirBnB, wedging the leather desk chair under the lockless door handle to keep out her less-than-savory host, just in case, thinking, “There must be a better way.” After swapping similar travel stories with her friend and now-business partner Meir Razzon...

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There are many reasons people around the world (more than 25,000 in fact!) use Hostel Management. It's an incredible resource for owners, managers, dreamers, and doers. The core of Hostel Management is sharing knowledge with the hostel community, and we are excited for our newest feature doing just...

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Looking for participants for our next online panel discussion. This month's topic will be "Cutting Costs". The date & time will be collaboratively picked by the chosen participants via a Doodle.  All discussions take place online via Google Hangouts and are both streamed live as well as...

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Favela Experience hostel from the top

This month’s Member Spotlight is on Adam Newman and his truly unique hostel, Favela Experience. Many of us come into the industry with some level of altruism. Adam didn’t just take this to heart, he ran with it, to the tune of 40% profits going back to the local community. His hostel in Rio de...

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The topic of this panel is Staff Outings, Team Building, & Morale. This discussion was streamed live Wed. May 24th @ 14:00 UTC. Do you do any type of outside team building or staff activities? Are you interested in learning about experiences with questions such as:What types of...

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Part 1 of this blog was the prep work for getting your hostel running seamlessly. So by now you’ve identified your systems, outlined procedures, and have sent your staff off into the sunset to run the place magically, with unicorns galloping in the halls. That’s how this works, right?  ...

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Well run hostels don’t just happen. Even with a strong staff and an enthusiastic manager, a hostel can easily run downhill if there are no dedicated steps in place to ensure its success. Any situation- a business, a classroom, even a family- thrives because of established systems and procedures....

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Infographic of chain hostels and independent hostels

Have you ever wondered why chains are more popular amongst hotels than hostels or thought about whether your hostel should ever join a chain? Any guest can perceive the difference between staying at a chain versus independent accommodation. To some, chains feel familiar and dependable. To others,...

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This panel discussion was on the topic of volunteers & work exchange in hostels. All panel discussions take place online via Google Hangouts, and are both streamed live & recorded for later viewing. This panel took place Wednesday, May 3rd. The recording is below.  The...

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Ruamoko Hostel crowdfunding

This month’s Member Spotlight is showcasing Matt White, one of the founders of the soon to be Ruamoko Hostel in Nicaragua. After years of dreaming, Ruamoko received initial investment to get the ball rolling. Now they are about to launch a huge crowdfunding campaign this Thursday! The campaign goes...

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What is crowdfunding?Crowdfunding is a way of receiving capital or investment for a business or idea, from many people, in exchange for some type of discounted or valuable perk. Crowdfunding can benefit both those starting a business or expanding an established one. It can also be used for a...

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Funny frog with a suitcase looking lost

What happens when you want to open a hostel in your perfect location, but that happens to be a place that isn't very well known? What are some of the challenges you face operating a hostel in a non-tourist area? More importantly, how do you get over these issues?Come find out the answers to these...

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