Coronavirus: Hostelworld helps partners open their doors, virtually

Coronavirus: Hostelworld helps partners open their doors, virtually will hold weekly events to bring hosts and guests together

Hostelworld has created a virtual portal for owners to ‘open’ their doors and engage with guests. is a digital space to offer travellers a sense of what staying in a hostel is like while travel is not possible during the COVID-19 crisis.

The portal features five themed video chatrooms, where hostel owners are running free interactive events that mirror the real-life experiences they host for guests.

The five hostel rooms are open 24/7 for anyone looking to meet other travellers.

To support the hostels who are volunteering their time, guests have the option of making a donation.

Weekly events led by hostels will teach virtual guests new skills from learning to make vegan sushi in Japan to a cocktail masterclass in Portugal.

The hostels taking part are:

  • Hostel Speak-easy – General chit chat to connect the backpacker community and a chance to learn a foreign language or two;
  • The Holistic Hostel – Find your guru with some chilled-out yoga and let the Zen vibes wash all your worries away;
  • The Communal Kitchen – Expand your taste buds and virtually eat the world;
  • Bar Crawlers Party Hostel –A place for happy hours and DJs to unite;
  • Gallery Hostel – A creative corner for virtual explorers to try something new.

New experiences from different hostels will be added each week and a full weekly calendar can be viewed online.