Hi, I’m Dan. Nice to meet you.
Hi, I’m Dan – I’m 29 years old, British and I was born and raised in the north of England in a small town called Kendal.
In 2012, I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Business Management & Finance. Upon graduation, I decided to travel to explore the world and learn about myself.
After a year in Australia working on a grain farm, I spent the next several years travelling Asia, North America and Europe; documenting my journey, insights and observations about the people I met. Along the way, I discovered a deep passion for hospitality and helping people, and coupled with my love for business, I started Podstel with my childhood best friend Sam.
Part hostel for travellers, part community space for locals, Podstel is a vision to bring the world together to share, belong and grow. Our mission is to create a network of homely community spaces where locals and travellers can come together to share their stories, passions & skills; learn something new and grow. The first two Podstels are up and running in Bucharest, so if you’re ever in town, come and say hi or stay the night with us.
I’m also the founder of Teahouse 5 – a bohemian cafe and events/community space in central Bucharest with a vision to promote healthy living and creativity. We offer over 50 varieties of teas from all over the world, as well as fresh smoothies and health-conscious products based on homemade recipes.
Outside of work, I love sport and being in nature, especially if it involves running, hiking or cycling. I also love to write; I’ve kept a journal for most of my adult life, following a practice of writing at least 500 words a day.
Each year, I take time off work to go on an extended adventure in nature, using this time to write, read, and reflect. For the last 4 years, I’ve walked a different 1,000km 30-day route on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. My next adventure is to cycle 5,00km from Bucharest to Britain, documenting my journey and sharing stories about the people I meet along the way.
All the best,