Hi, I’m Dan. Nice to meet you.
Hi, I’m Dan – I’m 29 years old and I was born and raised in the north of England in the beautiful rainy town of Kendal.
In 2012, I graduated from university and I decided to travel the world to explore and discover myself. On my journey, I learned a lot through the people I met while adventuring, hitchhiking and Couchsurfing my way across 50+ countries. I discovered a love for hospitality, social entrepreneurship and leadership, which led me on a new journey to start a social business called Podstel with my best friend Sam.
Podstel is a vision to bring the people from all over the world together to share, belong and grow. Our mission is to create a worldwide network of homely community spaces 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 and community space in central Bucharest with a vision to promote healthy living and creativity, offering over 50 varieties of teas from all over the world, as well as all kinds of fresh smoothies and health-conscious products.
And when I’m not doing any of the above, you’ll find me outdoors in nature, either running, cycling, or hiking. I love to write, journal and document my experiences, and since August 2018 I’ve written 500 words every single day.
Each year, I take time out to go on a month long adventure in nature and spend my time reading, writing and reflecting. This year, from the middle of May 2020, I’ll be cycling 5,00km from the top of Britain to Bucharest over 2 months to raise awareness for climate change, challenging myself to raise money to plant 5,000 trees – 1 tree for every kilometre cycled.
All the best,