Hosted in Hinglish | 1.5 Hours
About the workshop
It’s not uncommon for those who travel the world to want to open a home away from home for other travellers. Backpacker hostels are the perfect places to swap travel stories with others and build a life around independent travel. But it involves hard work and careful planning to ensure that the experience doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Here’s what you will learn in this workshop
- Introduction: How I started Madpackers hostels and what we’ve been up to for the past few years
- 5 Questions to ask yourself before you start a hostel
- How to find the right property and location
- Arranging funds and financing your dream
- How to negotiate the lease terms
- Setting up your hostel
– Inventory allocation
– Look and feel of the property
– Interior design
– Rooms, beds and bunks including the right materials, linen etc.
– Common areas and front desk
– Kitchen and cafe
– Rooftop/outdoor areas
- How to build the right team
- Figuring out the right technology stack for smooth ops
- Effective marketing and distribution across all booking and discovery channels
- Hosting your first travellers (yay!)
About the host
Mayank Sahai is the co-founder and head of community at Madpackers, one of India’s formative and most awarded backpacker hostels and youth travel brands. Committing to a life on the road after quitting his fancy expat job, Mayank spent almost a year backpacking and hitchhiking before deciding to start his first backpacker hostel.
Today, Madpackers has expanded to five Indian locations – Delhi, Agra, Pushkar, Manali and Amritsar.
You can find Madpackers on Instagram as ‘madpackershostels’.
What you should carry along
A notepad and pen