Monday, 21 Oct 2019

Meet the Hostelworld Student Explorers!

Students and backpacking go together like peas and carrots – like Forrest and Jenny! As you probably know, we want everyone to experience the magic of travelling, so who better to introduce students to the wonderful world of hostels than students themselves?!

This year, we travelled to a selection of UK university campuses to launch our first ever Hostelworld Student Explorer programme. Intrigued?

Who are Hostelworld Student Explorers?

First things first, who and what are Hostelworld Student Explorers? Well, Hostelworld Student Explorers (or HSEs for short) are an awesome crew of UK students who live and breathe the Hostelworld brand and are here to help other students discover #HostelLife. We recruited an amazing squad of ten students from five UK universities to become our first ever HSEs and to represent Hostelworld online and on their campuses. Our HSEs will be our go-to experts on all things student, and they’re ready to spread the word about the magic of travelling and staying in hostels.

So how will our adventure-loving students be inspiring their campuses to #MeetTheWorld? They’ll be creating student friendly (i.e. cheap!) content for our blog on everything from their favourite travel destinations to local tips on their UK cities. They’ll also be watering your wanderlust with regular vlogs on our Youtube channel, so if you’re a sucker for budget hacks and insider info you’re in for a treat. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, these guys are here to show you what you’re missing and even introduce you to some of their faves. Don’t forget to follow them all on Insta too – their feeds are the place to be for exclusive tips and offers you won’t want to miss out on!

Meet our 2019 Hostelworld Student Explorers!

University of Edinburgh

Olivia

Hi, I’m Olivia! I study law at the University of Edinburgh. My favourite travel destination is Madrid, Spain, because it’s the first place I travelled where I could meet new people and learn a new language at the same time. Fue fenomenal!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Edinburgh!

Dylan

Hi, my name is Dylan and I study law at the University of Edinburgh. My favourite travel destination is Kandy in Sri Lanka. The reason for this? I love the cricket and I went to my first test match in Kandy! Sun and cricket – it doesn’t get any better than that, does it?!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Edinburgh!

University of Manchester

Henry

I’m Henry! I study business management and German at the University of Manchester. My favourite travel destination is Toronto in Canada, because it’s a huge city with a lot of stuff to do, lots of things to see, incredible skyscrapers and views and the food is downright amazing.

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Manchester!

Lauren

Hello, my name is Lauren. I’m currently studying ancient history and archaeology at the University of Manchester. I would say my favourite travel destination is Prague because I feel like I’m stepping back in time when I wander around the Old Town and it’s amazing!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Manchester!

University of Leeds

Coco

Hey, I’m Coco! I study English literature at the University of Leeds. My favourite travel destination is the south of France because I’ve been every year since I was born and so has my dad, so it holds a special place in my heart… and I can’t change my mind, because I’ve got the coordinates tattooed on my arm!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Leeds!

Katie

Hello, my name is Katie! I study fashion marketing at the University of Leeds. My favourite travel destination is India because I’m obsessed with the vibrant colours, fascinating culture and the amazing people.

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Leeds!

University of Nottingham

Liam

Hey! My name is Liam, and I’m in my sixth year studying architecture at the University of Nottingham. My favourite travel destination is Auckland in New Zealand – I lived out there for a year and travelled all around the country, it was truly incredible!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Nottingham!

Seb

Hi, I’m Seb! I’m a sixth-year architect student at the University of Nottingham. My favourite travel destination is Croatia because of the sun, the mountains, the idyllic setting and the friendly people.

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Nottingham!

University of Bournemouth

Shai

Hi I’m Shai! I’m currently studying at the University of Bournemouth. My favourite travel destination is Florida. When I was growing up, I would watch American films and I always thought that America seemed so grand and great. When I started travelling, Florida became a place that I wanted to see – and I wasn’t disappointed!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Bournemouth!

Matt

My name is Matt! I study cyber security at the University of Bournemouth. My favourite place to travel to is Frasier Island in Australia. It’s a fun island to explore with a group of mates. You can hire jeeps, drive around on the sand and explore the island. It’s just a great experience and a fun place to go!

Follow me on Instagram for hostel vibes and student life in Bournemouth!

HSE’s first mission in Venice:

We took our Hostelworld Student Explorers on a 48-hour training event in Venice to introduce them to the Hostelworld vibe and get a taste of hostel life. We stayed at the awesome Anda Venice Hostel and fully immersed our HSEs into the action.

Check out our video for a snapshot of our time in Venice and don’t forget to check out Anda Venice Hostel!

If you’re a student at one of these five universities then keep an eye out on campus to see our Hostelworld Student Explorers in action! Don’t worry if your university isn’t included this year, we’ve got big plans to roll out the programme each year with more and more universities represented, so watch our blog and social channels for announcements.

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