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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 Thought-Provoking Questions to Help You Gain Clarity in Life

I recently turned 24 and truly believe that asking myself tough questions has given me much needed clarity, while profoundly shaping my life. I’ve always been incredibly curious. At school I was that annoying kid that always had his hand waving frantically in the air, asking what many would regard as “dumb” questions. I don’t […]

6 Life Lessons from Inspiring People I Met Hitchhiking North America

You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on what you do want – Jim Carrey  Almost 3 years ago I graduated from University and came extremely close to accepting a career as an Investment Banker by default. I believed it was meant to be the role […]

Fifty-One Nuggets of Wisdom From 2 Years Travelling the World

After adventuring around the world, I’m home for my first English Christmas in three years. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading my 23 journals that I’ve sent home from each of the countries I’ve visited. When I journal, I tend not to focus on what I’ve done per se but rather on what I’ve […]

How to CouchSurf Your Way Across an Entire Continent: Part 3

I truly believe it’s important to travel with a purpose rather than wander aimlessly from place to place. And I have put this belief into practice. Whether it was motorbiking across Vietnam, trekking the Himalayas, hitchhiking in Thailand, cycling across Tasmania, or CouchSurfing North America, I’ve always tried to add meaning to my travels and […]

How to CouchSurf Your Way Across An Entire Continent: Part 2

I truly believe it’s important to travel with a purpose rather than wander aimlessly from place to place. And I have put this belief into practice. Whether it was motorbiking across Vietnam, trekking the Himalayas, hitchhiking in Thailand, cycling across Tasmania, or CouchSurfing North America, I’ve always tried to add meaning to my travels and […]

How to CouchSurf Your Way Across an Entire Continent: Part 1

I truly believe it’s important to travel with a purpose rather than wander aimlessly from place to place. And I have put this belief into practice. Whether it was motorbiking across Vietnam, trekking the Himalayas, hitchhiking in Thailand, cycling across Tasmania, or CouchSurfing North America, I’ve always tried to add meaning to my travels and […]

How I Used Tinder to Hitchhike North America

So you’ve used Tinder to pick up girls, but have girls ever picked you up in their car and driven you 60km South to help you complete a hitchhiking adventure? In May 2014, I embarked on what turned out to be a 20,000km, 6-month hitchhiking adventure across North America. I started out the old-fashioned way – […]

A Hitchhikers Guide for Dummies

So after hitchhiking thousands and thousands of miles across 4 continents, I’m going to put my thumb down for a moment and share what I’ve learned along the way. My aim is to eradicate those stupid misconceptions and provide a few tips to increase YOUR chances when hitchhiking. The BIG Misconception: Hitching is not safe […]