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Darren on a call with a Humanitarian Organization

The video above is not the best I can do, but there is limited time these days.  Message from Darren OverbyFor over 30 years, I have worked to create international peace through hostels.  While many people feel hostels are simply a cheap place to stay, I have always known they are so...

A picture of the Ukrainian flag with the title Hospitality For Ukraine

As the humanitarian crisis grows in the wake of the terrible Ukrainian invasion, Stay the Night had the great idea of calling on the hospitality industry to help.   Together with travel industry partners, they are compiling a list of European hotels, hostels, and...

Video Thumbnail.  Hostels that do this will rank higher on Youtube

(Note: The information in this blog post is also available in the video above.  Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel?)    Is your hostel not showing up as high as you would like in Google search results? Do you want more direct bookings, but realize that travelers...

The Childers Backpackers Fire happened in 2000 and it had a profound effect on me as a hostel owner.  15 backpackers died and many were injured.  Since 2000, there have been many other hostel fires so fire safety is something every hostel owner should pay attention to.  In this week'...

I routinely talk with aspiring owners to help them realize their dream of owning their own hostel. However, I felt this conversation with aspiring hostel owner, Brett Berghauer, was unique. Brett's questions really seemed to get at the heart of what hostel ownership is all about. It also led me to...

 Headlines in OurHostels - Episode #3This is a weekly Hostel Management video where we will let you know what's happening on the site and what's new in the world of hosteling.   

Here's the first episode of Headlines in OurHostels. This is a new weekly video on YouTube where I'll summarize the latest news and posts from our site and share video submissions from our global community of hostel owners, managers, staff, and guests.  The idea here is, is that you don't have...

Everyone has been asking, "What's happened to Rucksack Brian?", "When are we going to be doing Unconferences again?".   Well, I had an opportunity to catch up with Brian in a Zoom call, of course, and in this video, we talk about hostels, the future of our industry, the future of...

Picture of Courtney Loechl jumping

"How do I market shared spaces after a virus & pandemic that encouraged us to stay apart??"  This may be one of many questions you're navigating as we begin feeling the hopeful light at the end of the tunnel. Are you ready for your hostel to start thriving once more? That one probably...

The idea of starting up a hostel in a foreign land is a dream for many hostel enthusiasts. Usually, this dream comes in the form of a citizen in a "developed" (i.e. expensive) country opening (or helping to open) a hostel in a "less developed" country where the lower costs associated with real...

Jimmy Black and Bobby Dyer interviewed Maria Argyropoulos-Minos, the CoFounder of Gaslamp Hostel in San Diego, to learn of her experiences of starting a hostel in 2020 only weeks before the pandemic turned the travel world upside down.