Diversity & Inclusion

At Hostelgeeks.com, our core philosophy revolves around creating a world where travel brings people from diverse backgrounds closer together. We are passionate about making travel accessible, responsible, and enriching for everyone. And you know what? We believe that hostels play a crucial role in this mission.

Hostels offer opportunities for individuals with less financial means to explore the world, connect with diverse cultures, and contribute to bringing the world closer together.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hostelgeeks.com

Commitment to diversity (our heartbeat)

We’re all about celebrating uniqueness in all its forms, including but not limited to age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, physical abilities, mental health, socioeconomic background, cultural background, educational background, and language. We believe that it is through diversity that we can unlock creativity, innovation, and understanding.

At Hostelgeeks we are committed to fostering a diverse team and community where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.

Promoting equity

Equity is central to our mission. We believe that travel should be an open road for all, not just a VIP lane. Hostels make this vision a reality by offering affordable yet enriching travel opportunities.

We are dedicated to creating an equitable environment where every soul out there has a fair shot at exploring, learning, and growing through travel.

Inclusion as a priority

Inclusion is not just a goal; it’s our way of life. We’re all about creating spaces where everyone feels at home. We want you to feel safe, valued, empowered, and free to share your unique stories, ideas, and experiences. Honestly, we believe that inclusion is what transforms a simple hostel stay into an unforgettable journey.

Hostels: Where diversity can shine bright

We firmly believe hostels are all about people. Thanks to these fantastic spots, folks from different backgrounds can jet off and explore the world, dive into new cultures, and bring our global community a bit closer.

Hostels are like gateways to diversity, allowing travelers to:

  • Learn about Different Cultures and Traditions: Hostels offer a place for travelers to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and traditions, promoting a deeper understanding of the world.
  • Make Connections: They provide opportunities for travelers to connect with local people and fellow travelers from various backgrounds, leaning to meaningful relationships and cultural exchanges.
  • Support Locals: We recognize the importance of supporting local communities and economies, contributing positively to the places we visit.
  • Get Guided by Locals: The best adventures often come from the locals, who share their unique insights and traditions.
  • Respect is our golden rule: We’re all about having meaningful conversations that focus on understanding rather than being right.

Our Ongoing Journey

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is a journey, not a destination. We don’t want to be perfect before talking about it, but we aim for excellence. We’re continuously working to make our team, content, and the hostels we feature more diverse and inclusive.
That is why we aim to establish clear documentation for identifying, reporting, and addressing bias and cultural appropriation across all our platforms.

Content

When it comes to travel content, we’re all about celebrating the awesome patchwork quilt of our global world. We’re super dedicated to making sure our content is as inclusive, representative, and varied as possible. We’re all in for keeping it authentic, so we acknowledge we are far away from perfect. Likewise, we’re always shooting for the stars though, by filling our content with different voices, cultures, and stories adding diversity to our team:

  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Illustrators
  • Photographers

By working with diverse individuals, we aim to create content that resonates with a broad audience, encompassing various perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.

We also aim to establish clear documentation to identify, report, and address bias and cultural appropriation in our content.

Visuals and Media

At Hostelgeeks, we are deeply committed to celebrating and showcasing the rich tapestry of diversity that the world has to offer.

We strive to reflect this diversity through the imagery on our platform, featuring photos and videos that represent people of various backgrounds, abilities, and ages. Our visual content is a vibrant mix of our own photography and contributions from a global community of travelers and hostels.

While we aim to present as wide a spectrum of human diversity as possible, we recognize that our current collection may not fully capture the entire breadth of experiences and identities. This is partly due to the nature of the images we receive.

However, we are actively working to broaden our visual representation and encourage contributions that celebrate diversity in all its forms. We believe that through shared visuals, we can foster a more inclusive and understanding travel community, and we invite you to join us in this ongoing effort by sharing your stories and images that reflect the diverse world we all share.

Community Vibes

We’re all about community love too. We’re on the lookout for non-profit groups and community heroes who are all in for the same fight against bias in the travel world. Furthermore, we’re exploring ways to team up, tell their stories, and even drop some dollars to help them keep doing their awesome work.

The Team – Your Hostelgeeks

We’re scouting talent from all corners of the globe, adding diverse backgrounds. Meet the team here.

Anna Matt Kiefer Nour De Wilde Salhab Hana Kelly Diggle Kendall Tiarra Margel Andrew Bell

Join Us in Our DEI Journey

We invite you to join us in our journey to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have no illusion that we will change the world. But we want to join the voices that seek true equity for all, and we are committed to improving. Together, we can create a better world for all, where travel is a transformative and enriching experience accessible to everyone.

Thanks for being a part of our adventure as we bring people closer through the magic of travel and hostels.