‘Roamies’ – A new venture for young travelers combining hostel and small group adventures

Hostels have long attracted budget globetrotters who like to mingle with like-minded travellers, and group travel offers benefits ranging from planned itineraries to a sense of community and camaraderie.

Now, young adult travelers between the ages of 18 and 35 can get both.

A new venture, ‘Roamies’, was announced in December by Hostelworld, part of Hostelworld Group, a global online travel agent (OTA) that represents hostels in 179 countries, and G Adventures, an adventure tour operator in a small group.

The collaboration was launched with a collection of 38 trips to 15 countries. Small groups of 16-24 travelers will be able to join adventures from less than a week to 34 days.

More than 50 hostels are the starting point “both for spending time and launching adventures”, organizers said, and all trips are supported by an expert “experience leader”.

“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,” said Gary Morrison, CEO of Hostelworld Group, in a statement. “Our mission is to help hostels meet other travelers they want to spend time with while traveling, so partnering with G Adventures to offer a combination of hostel and adventure travel made perfect sense. .”

Morrison said Hostelworld was drawn to the way G Adventures created “tailor-made group trips that put meeting new people and supporting local communities at the centre, which our customers are passionate about”. Roamies will offer them “a whole new type of planned hiking adventure in 2022”, he added.

Currently, trips are planned to Albania, Austria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam.

For example, for 17 days on the “I have to see Europe: Germany, Austria, Italy – from Amsterdam to Rome” adventure, participants will learn about Berlin’s history and vibrant art scene, the “breathtaking architecture” of Prague and Vienna”, and stroll around “a ridiculously picturesque mountain lake on the way to Salzburg”. Hostel stays on the tour include the Czech Inn in Prague.

“The pandemic has given 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 blend of hiking and touring,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, in a statement.

“Together we are creating a new style of travel for our customers that will allow them to have a better travel experience and support our community tourism model, which is based on investing in as many small local businesses as possible,” Poon Tip added. “There is no better representation of this than in the hostel market, many of which are family owned.”

Departures begin on May 08, 2022.

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