Interview – Podstel’s Chief of Community Jason Gastaldo


I recently spent two weeks in Bucharest, Romania at Podstel HQ. My friend Jason was kind enough to sit down for an interview. Jason is an inspiring person who has little formal education. At the age of 16, Jason decided to try college out. He went to a community college, transferred to the University of Santa Cruz, then dropped out to travel and learn languages.

Jason has a passion for languages. He’s fluent in 6 languages and has taught English in Brazil and China. He is an adventurer and has extensively traveled across four continents over nine years. During that time, Jason hitchhiked over 100,000 kilometers in over 1,500 vehicles. He says, “It was beautiful to be concerned with little more than where to eat and sleep every day, to understand just how little I needed to be happy, and to live completely in the moment.”

Podstel was founded 3 years ago, when childhood friends Dan & Sam travelled the world with a dream to set up a hostel. During that journey, they visited 400+ hostels and interviewed 100s of backpackers to work out what made a great hostel.

After all the research, Dan & Sam developed a vision for Podstel to create a place that was built on principles of community, learning, & exchange, offering fun activities and inspiring workshops that empower people to grow as they travel around the world.

The first Podstel was set up in Bucharest in 2016, with plans to expand to some exciting locations across Europe in the next few years.

If you’re traveling to Bucharest, book your stay at Podstel. They also have a great tea room where you can meet cool locals while enjoying some of the best tea in the world. I promise you will have an incredible experience.

I’m grateful for being able to share this interview with you and I hope you enjoy it.

Note: Resources mentioned in the interview are linked at the bottom.

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