An Update – 6th October 2017
Hello guys, long time no speak!
It’s been almost a year since I posted on The Zen Nomad so I want to give you an update on what’s been going on, and what’s to come in the near future!
For those who are close to me, you’ll know that most of my time over the last year has been spent getting the first Podstel off the ground here in Bucharest. It’s been an intense learning curve, but I’m glad to say that our team dug deep and operations at Podstel Bucharest are well under control.
Since I’ve spent most my time working on Podstel over the last year, something had to give, and that meant that my writing here on The Zen Nomad came to a temporary halt.
However, keeping up with healthy habits, and as I’ve done for the last 5 years, I carried on journaling on a daily basis, and now I’ve got lots to share with you guys here on The Zen Nomad. I’ve also revamped the website, and there’s a fresh new design which is much more content focused and intuitive – I hope you like it.
A year is a long time, and a lot has happened:
2017 has been a packed year for travel. In January I was at the HostelWorld conference in Dublin, Ireland, and then flew out to Israel for an epic week at TBEX in March with my good friend Dino, who I met hitchhiking down the west coast of America in 2014. I also spent a lot of time in Germany and organised a reunion with friends in the UK.
Every year, I take time out to go on an adventure that involves nature, walking and reflection. Last year, I embarked on my first Camino, spending 30 days walking 900km’s across Northern Spain. I was a life-changing for multiple reasons and enjoyed it so much that this year, in August, I decided to walk my 2nd Camino. This time I flew to Portugal and spent 10 days walking almost 300km’s, from Porto to Santiago, along the Portuguese way. I’ll be writing more about both of my Camino experiences soon.
At the end of October I’ll be heading back to Germany with our team to speak at a hostel conference called HostelSkills, and then i’ll take a few weeks off in December to explore Morocco (also my first time visiting Africa).
My life is very different to how I was living 5 years ago. The consistent theme throughout has been simplification of a lot of the things that I do, and eliminating things from my life that don’t serve me. I quit alcohol 2 ½ years ago and I haven’t looked back since. Quitting alcohol was one of the best decision of my life and made space for doing more of the stuff I love like running, hiking, walking, and writing. I’ll be writing more about how my lifestyle has changed over the coming months.
We’ve made some great progress as a team this year, and after starting out naive underestimating the challenge of running a hostel, we have finally established ourselves in Bucharest. To celebrate, at the end of September, we ran our first ever Annual Gathering, inviting 50 friends from 20 countries to come to Bucharest to catch up and show them what we’ve created. In short, it was an awesome week and a great opportunity to catch up with many people, we’d we met over the last 5 years on our journey.
For the rest of 2017 and 2018, we’re focused on searching for new locations and partners to get involved in the Podstel vision. In doing so, we’re refining our systems and developing a blueprint that we can use to teach other people to open their own Podstel (if this is something that interests you please get in touch).
In line with our vision of growth through travel, we’re slowly transitioning away from being a hostel to more of a retreat/co-living space for different creative tribes. As a result, we’ll be testing some week long retreats here with various organisations/partners through 2018.
Now that I’ve got more time on my hands and Podstel is under control, I can pick up where I left last year and continue writing my first book, The Zen Nomad (you can read more about it here). I’m about half way through and I’ve set a personal target to finish and print the book by March 31st 2018. I have set a goal of collecting 500 pre-orders from friends and family, so if you are interested and would like to pre-order a copy, please get in touch.
I’ve just passed the five-year mark since I first started my long-term travel adventure. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey and I’d never expected that I’d be living in Romania running the first Podstel with two of my best friends.
Over the last years, I’ve used travel to change my own life and I believe that it is a great catalyst for learning and discovering more about yourself. Through short articles on a weekly basis, I want to spread that message and encourage more people to embark on their own journey of self-discovery.
That’s everything for now, thanks to everyone who has supported the journey so far,
Dan Beaumont, 6th October 2017
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.
I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.
I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.
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