Finding a great hostel on your travels can be hard, especially when you’re going off the beaten path to less travelled places. OurHostels is a map-centric and social hostel discovery platform that aims to be the most complete database of hostels by relying on trawled and user-generated listings from across the world.
Travellers can easily suggest hostels they found on their trips that are not listed on traditional booking sites, and get rewards for doing so. It integrates with HostelSnap to accept direct bookings for a fast booking experience.
I was deeply involved on the strategy, service as well the UX and UI design of this project. I continue to support and develop this product as the design lead.
For this project I was involved right from the beginning of the project to the launch of the product. I was heavily involved in the strategy as well as the service design of the product with the main focus on great user experience.
Being a long-term digital nomad with background in the travel industry gave me a unique insight into the market and let me test out ideas quickly on other travellers. Whilst the founder’s experience as a hostel owner equiped us with the knowledge to undertand all stakeholders on both sides of the spectrum.
Unlike traditional booking sites, OurHostels is map-centric and suited especially for the planning stage of a trip, by aiming to show all hostels in a specific location. Users can browse the map to discover new places and cool hostels to be found there.
For the MVP we were limited to a web based platform, but we put a lot of attention to make the mobile experience as smooth as possible, without a native app at this stage.
A simple, consistent and friendly UI is key to differentiate OurHostels from other platforms. On top of this, users should feel that they belong to a community of likeminded travellers instead of being just another user on a booking platform.
The design of OurHostels takes into account the roadmap and the future vision of the platform and leaves plenty of room for it to grow from the current MVP to a fully fledged platform.