I need to put this out there — although I’d like to think that I’m well travelled, I know I need to work on my list of countries visited. I also know that my experience with hostelling/backpacking is quite limited. I can literally count the number of hostels I’ve stayed in on one hand and not use all fingers. This lack of experience in the hostelling world is what made me choose to stay in hostels during my cross-country trip. Also, I have the resources of one of the best hostelling networks in the country at my fingertips, so it would be a missed opportunity if I didn’t use them. I would like to give a shout out to a very special organization who, without their assistance, I’d probably be sleeping on the streets while I’m out West. That or staying at much less awesome hostels…
Samesun Backpacker Lodges will be providing me with a place to lay my head while I’m away. Samesun began in 1995 with one hostel located in Kelowna, BC and from that first 18 bed location they have now grown to offering hundreds of beds in six cities throughout Western Canada and the United States. Founders Craig Kelley and Jeff Gusdal saw a need for exceptional hostel-style accommodation in Canada after returning home from a backpacking trip throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Since then Samesun has become the top-rated hostel network in Canada.
On my epic Canadian journey I will be staying with Samesun while in Vancouver and during my Moose tour in Kelowna and Banff. Although I am a bit of a newbie to the world of hostelling, I’ve had some pretty gnarly experiences before (such as having to sleep fully clothed, including my jacket, in Paris because it was so unbelievably cold in the room), so needless to say I am stoked to be staying with the Samesun family during my trip. Samesun is known for offering not just affordable hostelling options, but also friendly environments, travel advice, inspiration, and fun times with their Beaver Lounges in Vancouver and Banff (which I will for sure be hitting up while I’m there).
The Samesun motto and inspiration for their name, “we all live under the same sun”, speaks to their ideals as a hostel provider:
“It is important to the Samesun Team that we strive to leave the world better than we found it, and to create an environment where people are appreciated for themselves regardless of where they come from.”
I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the “Samesun Nation” and to finally meet the awesome people that have supported my work’s organization for years now. I’m also excited to get the bad taste of that Paris hostel out of my mouth and replace it with a nice, cold Beaver Brew in Vancouver.
Cheers to you, Samesun. I’ll be seeing you soon!