Hi, I’m Dan, nice to meet you.

Hi, I’m Dan – I’m 30 years old and 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. After graduating, 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 and lessons learned from the people I met along the way. During this journey, I discovered a passion for hospitality and helping people, and coupled with an interest in business, I started Podstel with Sam – my best friend from childhood. 

Part hostel for travellers, part cafe for locals, Podstel is a vision to bring the world together to share, learn and grow. Our mission is to create homely community spaces where locals and travellers can come together to share their stories, passions & skills, learn something new and meet new friends. Between 2016-2020, we hosted 50,000 travellers from 110 countries at our three locations in Bucharest, Romania.

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, and follow a ritual of writing at least 500 words a day.

Thanks for reading. You can read about the projects I have been involved in here. If you have any questions or ideas you want to share, feel free to send me a message here.