Hello everyone......So here I am on this great site, I’m so glad I found it!
Thought I’d better introduce myself as I have been hiding out on here for a few weeks now without comment. I’ve been working in corporate hell since leaving uni almost 10 years ago and have hit the grand old age of 31(where’s all the time gone!!!). Its not been all that bad though - Due to my adverse reaction to working in a glass cages I’ve had quite a few “sabbaticals” to escape and see some amazing places around Asia, Europe, South America and Australia, where I am living at the moment.
To cut what is turning into a long story short, I must have stayed in 100’s of hostels from $1 per nighters in Laos to the super shiny mega hostels in Australia and feel I have a good grasp of what makes a good hostel good and a bad one very bad and.......wait for it.....yes....have decided to seriously open one of my own (like everyone else here it seems).
I love South America, for me its the best place on Earth and if I could I would start up in Colombia, however I think realistically for me – being from the UK (EU) – I am gearing all my research towards Spain (no not Barca!). Partly because I love the Spanish culture and climate and partly as I believe there is room in the market for it still.
With regard to the important stuff, I have some funding/security and am beginning to develop a business plan for further investment. I have some project management experience and will expand on this with a relevant business course. I'm also relocating to Spain next year to continue my research and learn what bridges I have to cross regarding bureaucracy.
Anyway, before I keep going on, its amazing to find so many like minded people here and hope to bounce some ideas off you over the coming weeks.
All the best,