It goes without saying that these are tough, testing times for all of us at the moment.
Travel has been a big part of my blog’s message, yet in times like this, it may seem irrelevant, especially with people losing jobs, borders closing, separation from family and friends and in some sad cases, people suffering or losing life from the virus itself.
I do hope that this will pass and in the meantime, we can continue to show resilience and support to our loved ones and colleagues. Despite the obstacles that are in our path, I do hope that at some point we will be able to travel again.
Hostels have been a huge part of my life and the story of this blog. They introduced me to a world of independent travel when I had little or no money. Without the existence of these hostels, it would have been very hard for me to travel and see the world. I think for many of us, hostels in some form of manner, have all played a huge role in enabling us to travel and learn more about the world and ourselves in the process.
The hostel industry is in crisis at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of the hostels, both in the UK, Europe and across the world have had to close doors in recent weeks to ensure the health of their staff, customers and travellers.
With so many cancellations of bookings, many hostels are struggling to retain staff, pay bills and wages. So, if you do love hostels and what they stand for, have a particular hostel you love or are interested in supporting the existence of independent hostels, now is the time for you to help.
How can you help?
I have started to compile a list of independent hostels that I know and love, who have launched gift cards. These gift cards can be redeemed against a future stay any time in 2020/2021. You can use these gift vouchers yourself or gift them to a family or friends as a present.
With the help of fellow travel bloggers, hostel owners and my friends at hostel.consulting and Stay the Night, I will be launching a list of these hostels by next week.
If you’d like to be notified, be involved, receive a copy of the list of independent hostels and how you can support them, please signup via the email newsletter link below.
Plus, remember, if you do have a hostel booking at the moment, postpone but don’t cancel you booking.
Any questions, thoughts or like to help, drop me a line now- [email protected]
Thank you for your support. Take care, stay strong , please share this message and spread the word.
Kash ^ BudgetTraveller
If you are a hostel owner, or know a hostel owner in need of support, my friends at hostel.consulting are offering a free sales analysis to a hostel in need. Furthermore, they have teamed up with the lovely people at Stay the Night to also include a free Digital Marketing Audit. See their “Giveaway” post on their Instagram for more info.