“The hostel is at the heart of the eco-system of tourism,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, on Wednesday (Dec. 8) during a virtual call with media and partners where he announced a new collection of trips called “Roamies” in partnership with Hostelworld.
The collaboration launches 38 tours in 15 countries across more than 50 hostels, allowing travellers to explore iconic destinations while also making the world’s hottest hostel locations their home-base.
Hostelworld’s technology, Poon Tip said, was one reason for forming the partnership, and because “they have a relationship with small community businesses that are really at the forefront of what we consider community tourism for a very specific demographic.”
“Most hostels are family-run, small, local businesses,” he said. “That really contributes to our story, which is about community tourism.”
G Adventures’ data, also, shows that more people today are seeking active trips – and “people are more purpose-driven,” Poon Tip added. “They want trips that give back.”
Not just bunk beds
Poon Tip, yesterday, noted how many hostels, today, have evolved significantly from being simple places with just bunk beds.
“Some of the best hostels have swim-up bars now, rooftop terraces, coffee shops…they’re great places to hang out [and] a great place to start an adventure. Or just hang out with likeminded people,” he said.
Hostels have long been a cornerstone of tourism, making travel accessible and affordable, while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie amongst young people keen to explore together.
Roamies will be geared towards the 18 to 35-year-old demographics and packages will be sold by travel advisors (as well as G Adventures and Hostelworld).
Tours start to depart on May 8, 2022 and all are now available to book with between 16 and 24 travellers sharing experiences on each departure.
The Roamies collection reflects the start of a longer-term partnership that will see more tours being added across further locations, G Adventures said in a news release on Wednesday.
“We've always had great respect for Hostelworld - it's an amazing company with an incredible commitment to the advancement of travel, a quality we appreciate and share,” Poon Tip explained in a statement. “The pandemic gave us the opportunity to act like a start-up again. As we learned more about Hostelworld’s business, we realized there was an opportunity to create something special by bringing our brands together to create the perfect mix of backpacking and organized travel.”
Gary Morrison, chief executive officer of Hostelworld Group, said the partnership presents an exciting opportunity to create a new type of backpacking adventure for young travellers.
“Our mission is to help hostellers meet other travellers they want to hang out with while travelling, so partnering with G Adventures to offer a combination of hostelling and adventure travel made absolute sense. When young people travel, they want to do more than just see places – they want to make meaningful connections and have new experiences that positively change their perspective on themselves and the world,” Morrison said.
“We truly admire G Adventures’ ability to create tailored group tours that put meeting new people and supporting local communities as the focal point, something our customers are extremely passionate about.”
“With so many young people missing out on trips of a lifetime in the last couple of years, Roamies will offer them an entirely new type of planned backpacking adventure in 2022.”
Roamies trips are priced from $249pp (in CAD dollars and prices do not include flights) for a three-day trip, and countries visited across the entire current collection include Albania, Austria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Example itineraries include:
Click the link of each itinerary for more details. For more information on Roamies, click here.