I believe life is a never-ending quest for knowledge, beauty and wisdom, using the gifts we pick up along the way to spread kindness, gratitude and help others.
Hello, I’m Dan, and I’m the author and editor of this site.
You can find out more about my life by reading my bio here.
Please read on to discover more about my journey, purpose and vision.
If you have any questions or ideas to share, feel free to get in touch with me here.
In 2012, I decided to travel, discovering a deep passion for hospitality and helping people. While meeting all kinds of people from different cultures and backgrounds, I recognised that people shared the same fundamental need to belong and grow, which led me on a journey to start Podstel.
The first Podstel opened its doors in 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. Today we have two locations in the city and have welcomed and hosted 1000s of guests from over 100 countries. Through my journey, I have discovered the importance of social entrepreneurship, business and leadership as a force for good and want to commit the next years of my life working alongside others to create businesses that make a positive difference in the world.
To start this story, let’s go back to July 2012.
The Early Days
Upon graduating from university, I was confused. I’d studied Business Management & Finance, and although I had a passion for business, and knew that one day I’d love to run my own, I wasn’t sure what kind of business I wanted to run.
I decided to travel and take some time to explore myself. I set off to Australia with my best friend Joe with the intention to work, save money, then travel the world for a year.
Like most plans in life, my plan to travel for a year didn’t turn out how I imagined it to. Through a series of serendipitous experiences and people I met in the early days of my journey, I discovered a deep passion to help people, which would fuel my journey and provoke me to make some important life changes.
I kept a journal as I hitchhiked and CouchSurfed from place to place. Instead of writing a repetitive account of the day’s events, I was fascinated by the people I met and wrote about our interactions – their story, life, beliefs, dreams, fears & philosophy – followed by a personal account of what I thought I could learn from each person.
I didn’t choose the people I met and wrote about along the way. Instead, I allowed the journey to take its own natural course, knowing that everyone I met had their own story to share. I didn’t judge or make assumptions; I simply listened – intently – with the empowering belief that I could learn something from every person I met.
8 years on – dozens of journals and countless memories and experience later – it’s now 2020, and a lot has changed.
On my journey, I discovered that social entrepreneurship, business and leadership can be used as a force for good to build purpose-driven organisations that improve the environment and society.
As a result, I set up Podstel in 2016, tying together my love for hospitality and helping people to work towards an ambitious vision to bring the world together to share and learn.
I made some big personal changes too. For the greater good of my own development, I decided to quit alcohol in April 2015 and haven’t looked back since. I’ve written extensively about how and why here if you’re interested to read more.
I also continue to develop my passion for writing and since August 2018 I have written at least 500 words every single day.
I believe life is a quest for knowledge, beauty and wisdom so moving forward, I am committed to learning as much as I can about well-being, business and human nature, and using my skillset to build purpose-driven businesses while teaching others to do the same.
Every year I take a month off from work to go on an extended journey. The purpose of this journey is 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.
In late 2020, I will embark on my biggest journey yet, fulfiling a childhood dream to cycle across Europe. I’ll start in Bucharest and cycle 5,000km all the way to the top of Britain. The journey will be a journey through people, rather than destinations, telling the stories of those I meet along the way.
Going on a journey all those years ago was the best decision I’ve ever made, shaping a trajectory in life I am extremely grateful for.
I am also forever grateful for the people I met on my journey and what they taught me.
Now my mission in life is to commit my life to learning and using what I learn to help others.
I hope our journeys cross path in the future.