5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Experiences Over Materials

We’re fast approaching the end of 2015 and there’s no doubt we live in an exciting era where people, particularly Generation Y, are beginning to place more importance on experiences rather than materials. In the pursuit of lasting happiness, it’s no longer about who’s got the latest iPhone, trendiest clothing or the shiniest car. Yes, […]

10 Ways I Sleep Around the World for Free

Have you ever thought about packing up all you have to just go and explore our beautiful world but never quite found the funds to make that first step out there? Would you like to know how all these wandering souls make their millions to live that dream? Well they don’t, really. Truth is the […]

Why You Should Try Hitchhiking At Least Once In Your Life

Whenever I ask people why they haven’t tried hitch-hiking before, I usually know the answer before it’s been said. If it’s a guy, he’s probably going to say something about it being really uncomfortable sharing a ride with a stranger, not to mention the possibility of becoming a serial killer’s next victim (I can’t blame […]

6 Tips for Starting a Business While Travelling the World

It’s clearly very hard to start a business. But it’s even harder to start one while you are travelling the world. That’s what I’m currently doing with Podstel. What started as a passion project, which I’ve carried in my backpack for 2 years, has slowly evolved into a small passionate Team with a laser focus: […]

3 Ways You Can Travel When You’re Not Actually Travelling

It’s 9 am on a Monday and I am in work with a severe case of post-weekend blues. Rather than dealing with the relentless influx of emails, phone calls and the ever increasing pile of paperwork which is building up on my desk, I am procrastinating by scrolling absent-mindedly through my Facebook news feed. I […]

Why We Hitchhiked 6,000km Across Europe to Set Up Podstel

So 12 countries, 110 days, 113 hitchhikes and 5,600km later we’ve landed in Podstel’s new home, Leipzig. Many would probably think we’ve been frolicking around Europe meeting lots of people and having tonnes of fun but there was much more intention to the trip than just that. We’ve been asked this a few times since […]

How Podstel is Growing on the Road

Kilometres Killed and Milestones Made It’s fair to say that developing a start-up on the road whilst hitchhiking across an entire continent doesn’t feature in your average business strategy. The only important question is do you believe it’s possible? Building a business from our backpacks is certainly not without its perils and pitfalls and whether […]

5 Things You Should Know Before Your First Hitch

It was a November morning in Canterbury, England in 2009. Rob and I were standing on the side of the road, shivering in our charity-shop jumpers, our colourful, inherited-from-the eighties backpacks adorning the pavement by our feet. We held out our thumbs hopefully to the steady stream of traffic passing us by. Most ignored us. […]

Why iBike the Balkans

“And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.” – Paulo Coelho Story Get on your bike because Podstel and iBikeBelgrade are about to take you on an action-packed and adrenaline-filled biking adventure off the beaten track, right through the unchartered heartland of Serbia. A […]

Belgrade: A Rising Star in the Balkans

Our wonderful Serbian Podventure started in the country’s exuberant and outspoken capital, Belgrade. After spending almost two weeks in this city, Belgrade has shocked and delighted us in equal measures and has got us wondering whether this hidden gem is unfairly overlooked by travelers traversing the well-worn backpacker trails? Touching down in the capital after […]

Squatting Serbia – How To Turn Fear Into Diamonds

In this memoir of a night spent in a Serbian squat, Team Podstel’s Lyndsay speaks honestly about fear of the unknown and the importance of getting over it. Squatting (vb.) the practice of settling on or occupying property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right or payment of rent. I’d like to begin by […]

Serbia Podventure: An Introduction

Podstel says здраво to Serbia as group of 6 British backpacker-entrepreneurs arrive on journey across Europe to start hostel business. Set to open its doors in Berlin, Germany in early 2016 and with a focus on inspiring and empowering guests to follow and achieve their dreams, Podstel certainly is a backpacker’s hostel chain with a […]

6 Ways to Design a Kick Ass Life

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much – Jim Rohn Lifestyle Design. Before I woke up, i was drifting through life without really thinking about designing a life. Human beings… we’re an interesting breed. We often want things […]

What I Learned from Breaking My Hitching Virginity

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”- Charles Swindoll The rule of thumb  I recently set myself a huge challenge. A challenge that would become the biggest test of character I’ve experienced, and one that would change my whole perspective on humanity. Days of Firsts A day with […]

Why Being Courageous Will Change Your Life

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Anonymous My Courageous Decision  I recently made a life changing and courageous decision to quit my job in the city, turning my back on the corporate rat race to join Team Podstel. But why… To turn my passions into a career; and To live out my […]

5 Segments to Understand, Overcome and Embrace Fear

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light – Plato Countless people submit to a life of fear. From that submission comes a life that spirals outward into an experience of disease, anxiety, unfulfillment, war and further tragedy. So many […]

5 Common Excuses People Use Not To Travel

“I want to travel, but…” So you’ve met someone cool, someone who clearly has an adventurous streak who you get along with. Nothing frustrates me more than when a potential free spirit drops the dreaded “I want to travel, but…” bombshell. My heart sinks. My eyes glaze over. Cue generic excuse from the list below. […]