Hi, I’m Dan. Nice to meet you.
Hi, I’m Dan – I’m 28 years old and I was born and raised in the north of England in the beautiful but rainy town of Kendal.
In 2012, I’d just graduated from university and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, so I decided to travel the world with my best friend. On my journey, I learned a lot about myself through the people I met while adventuring, hitchhiking and Couchsurfing my way across 50 countries. I discovered a love for travel, social entrepreneurship, and education, and decided that I wanted to devote my life to combining these passions to make the world a better place.
My journey led to the creation of Podstel – a vision to bring the world together to share, belong and grow. Our mission is to create a worldwide network of community hubs where locals and travellers can come together to share their stories & passions, learn something new and grow alongside each other. We have our first two locations up and running in Bucharest, so if you’re ever in town, be sure to pop by and say hi or come and stay the night with us.
I’m also the founder of Teahouse 5 – an alternative cafe, events space and community hub in central Bucharest with a vision to promote healthy living and creativity, that offers over 50 varieties of teas from all over the world, as well as all kinds of fresh smoothies and health-conscious products.
I love to write. I journal daily and I’m currently writing my first book which chronicles my story, experiences and lessons learned from the people I met during my 4-year journey around the world.
And when I’m not doing any of the above, you’ll catch me outdoors in nature – running, cycling, walking or hiking. Each year I take 1 month off to set out on what I’ve now coined a ‘Clarity Month’ – a 1,000km solo pilgrimage that combines nature, introspection and journalling. For the last 4 years, I’ve walked a different route on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and you can read more about those journeys here if you’re interested.
All the best, and keep journeying on,