Here are some examples of our writing on topics related to hostels


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Boosting your hostel’s Instagram

social media tips

By Erin Walsh

With roughly 87% of the millennial generation using social media for travel inspiration, it’s not only important, but crucial for hostels to step up their social media game. As one of the most engaging and simple to use platforms, Instagram is gaining in popularity rapidly, especially among young travellers. Backpackers seek to engage with hostels on Instagram before they arrive to get an authentic depiction of what their experience will be like in person. Being able to prove the experience to potential guests can weigh heavily on their decision to book–possibly more so than the price of the bed.


The nationality imbalance in Australian hostels

Working Holiday Makers

By Erin Walsh

Often, in Australian hostels there’s a joke that there must be very few young people left in Germany because they’re all in Australia. Turns out, there might be some truth to this perception. Every year, thousands of young people aged 18-30 enter Australia as Working Holiday Makers. In 2017 alone, over 175,00 Visa 417 and 462 were granted to over 40 nationalities. However, the balance of working holiday makers arriving from each country is disproportionate to the total population of their home countries. There are a number of economic and social reasons for this imbalance.


Long-term ‘working’ guests in hostels. It’s a love-hate relationship

Long-term Hostel Guest

By Erin Walsh

You arrive at the room door, pairs of well-worn and crusty work boots inhibit your entry. The door is ajar, so you give it a nudge and an indecipherable and not all together pleasant odor greets you. Once open you see piles of clothes stacked to the ceiling. The long-term working holiday maker is a character unique and significant to Australia, and these guests require extra consideration when looking at hostel operations, finances, and social atmosphere.


Free Walking Tours — Not Just For Backpackers

free walking tours

By Erin Walsh

With European cities touting “Free Walking Tours” for over a decade, travellers – from all demographics – are now familiar, and comfortable with the idea in Australia. Tour operators in Sydney have taken on the European free walking tour model, and adapted it to their own style and specific interests of tourists to Australia.




Work Trade in Hostels

Hostel Reception Work Trade

By Byron Bunda

In the early days of hostelling, each guest was required to do a chore. This was a symbiotic relationship between hostels and guests. By one guest sweeping the kitchen and another taking out the trash, they were helping the hostel keep costs low, which in return meant lower bed prices for travellers. Nowadays, the chores are gone, but there are still many hostels where a select few guests work for the hostel in exchange for their accommodation. This practice goes by many different names. It’s referred to as work exchange, volunteer stay, work trade, work stay, or working for accommodation. Let’s explore how a work trade program is typically arranged. Then, we’ll consider some tips on how successful hostels offer accommodation in exchange for work.


Running Hostel Activities: Who, Where & How


By Erin Walsh

So much of a traveler’s impression of a hostel is linked to the activities they experienced during their stay. Offering activities is one of the things that hostels have championed for decades, while hotels and Airbnb have yet to offer a similar experience. During our Hostelling Across America Road Trip, Byron Bunda and I encountered a variety of ways hostels engage with their guests. In this article, we’ll explore what factors are important to consider when planning successful hostel activities.

Hostel Owners: As unique as their hostels

HostelManagement Hostel Owners

By Byron Bunda

There are many hostel lovers who fantasize about owning one themselves, though few will ever try. Owning a hostel involves a lot of work, and although they can be lucrative when successful, there are probably easier ways to get rich. The time and effort required to own a great hostel are, and should be, barriers that stop daydreamers from trying. However, believing that owning a hostel requires lots of money, formal training, or special skills is a mistake. During our journey across the United States, we met hostel owners from all walks of lives. We learned that there are no universal qualifications for owning a hostel. We confirmed that owning a hostel is almost always hard work, but the good news is, anyone can work hard. Here are some of the owners we met. See how different they all are, and understand that if they did it, you can too.


The Rise of Private Rooms in Hostels


By Erin Walsh

Hostel owners are adding private rooms to appeal to travelers that want both privacy and an active social atmosphere. This article highlights four factors to consider when deciding to add private rooms to your hostel.


The Business of Beds: Chains Versus Independents


By Byron Bunda

Have you ever wondered why chains are more popular amongst hotels than hostels or thought about whether your hostel should ever join a chain?




Hostelworld Releases Non-Refundable Rates


By Erin Walsh

New features enable hostels to implement advanced pricing strategies on par with hotels.

Five Reasons Hostels Should Use Slack


By Byron Bunda

Why Slack is the ideal communications tool for your hostel.