As you travel between Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff & the new Venice Beach you may see these friendly faces popping around our backpacker hostels. We pride ourselves on providing the most fun & enjoyable hostelling experience, and as travelers ourselves, we understand what is important. Many of our management team have dedicated their lives to traveling, exploring new corners of the world, meeting fellow like-minded adventurers & bringing that energy back into the Samesun hostels in Canada. The amazing experiences you get when heading outside your comfort zone and visiting places you’d never been before are shared between our staff and our guests. It’s all for the love of traveling! We get it!
If you’re interested in what it takes to run a hostel and who the crazy cats are…. introducing the Samesun team!
lives Kelowna, BC
Position: Head Cheese of Samesun Nation
What is your best traveling experience? I’ve been to 36 countries and love them all. Top 3 are Australia (people), Ireland (people), and Greece (beach/food/weather/landscape). The U.S. is good too, so much diversity.
What do you love about hostels? I love that everyone in a hostel is chill. At least almost always. If you’re a wanker in a hostel, you’re a lonely wanker.
What do you never travel without? My Smartphone, but also a willingness to shut myself off from my ‘normal life’ stimuli (ie email, Facebook,etc) and focus on being in the moment of where I am traveling. I think more of today’s travelers need to do that – it’s sad to walk through our hostels on a beautiful sunny day and see dozens of people going from wifi zone to wifi zone so they can constantly chat with people back home instead of going out and exploring outside of their comfort zone.
from Victoria, Canada
Position: I’m generally just kept around for my sport talking abilities, but I’m also found loitering around the Vancouver location. As long as I have a clipboard, I look busy.
What is your best traveling experience? I was in Dar Es Salaam and was convinced that everyone at the ferry port to Zanzibar was trying to rip me off, which they probably were. I ended up booking the cheapest boat possible. Turned out to be a freight ship and took 8 hours instead of 2 to get to the island. But I got to mingle with the locals and watch a soccer game on a fuzzy TV on the boat. One of the locals asked where I was from and I said Vancouver. They all started whispering and pointing at me. Turns out the teams playing were the national team of Tanzania and the Vancouver Whitecaps. So I was the white guy on the boat cheering against the team everyone else was cheering for. The game ended 0-0 but it broke the ice with me and the boat for the rest of the day. There are worse places to be than a slow boat in the Indian Ocean.
What do you love about hostels? That it’s normal to be instant best friends over a beer with the person you just met in your dorm. Travel is the common denominator.
What do you never travel without? The will and desire to get outside of your comfort zone.
from Belgium, via Australia & greedy holder of 3 passports
Position: Marketing guru
What is your best traveling experience? Planning a solo backpacking adventure from Vancouver to Peru along the West Coast – and finding myself still in Vancouver five & a half years later. Thanks to Samesun and Moose Travel for finding me my new home! Travel is life!
What do you love about hostels? The buzz of so many different energies makes it always an exciting place.
What do you never travel without? A smile. Whether you smile with your mouth, your eyes or have it inside your heart, it is the universal language that brings people together all over the world. My smile gets bigger when there are hiking boots and volcanoes involved – so I usually pack some hiking boots too.
from St. Albert, Alberta
Position: GM Samesun Vancouver & The Beaver Bar (just trying to look busier than Pete)
What is your best traveling experience? We (4 people) charted a sail boat to get us from Roatan, Honduras to Caye Caulker, Belize. Seems extravagant, but believe it or not it was less than half the flight and only a few bucks more than a ferry & a 15 hour bus ride, plus it was ALL-INCLUSIVE: big score! 1st night on the boat we had 15 foot swells and for a 40 foot catamaran that’s pretty big. My wife, my friends, and even the 1st mate were all sea sick. Luckly for me I wasn’t, so the Captain and I ate everyone’s lobster dinners and killed a bottle of rum. It was very pirate of us. The next 3 days were smooth sailing and everyone was feeling fine. The crystal blue waters were amazing and the scenery was breath taking. We stopped at 2 islands on the way, Utila and the island of Half Moon Caye. Utila, was interesting… great diving spots, but with let’s just say quirky people, Half Moon Caye was a national park home to the red footed boobies; amazing birds! On the final day we were cruising at 10 knots and soaking in the sun on the trampoline, when a pod of dolphins joined us for a while. Pretty amazing to see them wide and free, just playing in the waves. What an amazing trip!!
What do you never travel without? My wife.
from Vancouver, BC
Position: Venice Beach Don
Position: Manager of The Beaver Bar, Banff
What is your best traveling experience? Taking a weekend trip to Banff, and a week later quitting my job in Vancouver and hitching a ride on the back of a motor cycle with my backpack and a guy I didn’t know. We took a three day road trip from Vancouver back to Banff so I could come and work at The Samesun! Riding through the Rocky Mountains on a motor cycle was beautiful, exciting, amazing and scary all at the scary all at the same time! (Disclaimer – Kids, don’t get on the back of a bike with a stranger).
What do you never travel without? Apart from my iPhone, I always take my running shoes with me… I love having somewhere brand new to run and what better way to get your bearings.
Position: Beaver Bar Manager Vancouver
What is your best traveling experience? Nothing too outrageous. Some thing I loved are: getting lost in the narrow maze-like streets of Seville, hanging out with the ‘gators on the bayou in Louisianna, Sipping limoncello amongst the lemon groves in Amalfi, Standing in the room where Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash jammed together so many years ago at Sun Studio in Memphis, riding a bike through the hills of Tuscany….and there are sooooooo many more!
What do you never travel without? My iPhone and waaaaaaaaay too many clothes
from Vancouver, BC
Position: Human Resources
What is your best traveling experience? Road tripping in a decrepit van (affectionately named Merv the Love Toaster) up the west coast of Australia, followed by a backpacking stint through Southeast Asia.
What do you love about hostels? They are one big, inclusive, amazing social experiment. I find hostels are the best places on earth for travelers to “be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those you matter don’t mind.” Thanks Dr Seuss.
What do you never travel without? A Swiss Army knife. Extra fun if you forget it’s in your carry-on before you get to customs. Oh, and portable music.
from Sydney, Australia
Position: Banff GM
What is your best traveling experience? When I road tripped from Perth to Sydney with my big brother after I had just turned 18. It took us a bit over a week and we got to see some pretty quirky small Aussie towns. There were nights of sleeping in the car (which is interesting when you’re both extremely tall!) and there were definitely a few long drives that were filled with Spanish lesson CD’s. This is the trip that started it all for me! It was also the trip I stayed at my very first hostel
What do you love about hostels? The endless shenanigans that can be had and the best of friends that can be made.
What do you never travel without? a camera