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What is this #Followyourheart all about?

#Followyourheart or EDP-2 is the 2 nd season of our unique and highly successful Zostel ‘Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ (EDP-1), launched as #beyou last year (www.zostel.com/beyou).
#Followyourheart takes the mantle from #beyou, a one-of- its-kind initiative by Zostel to help and motivate the ‘free’ and ‘ambitious’ souls, the souls who feel trapped in various other spheres of work life and want to break free and fly away doing what they love.
Through #BeYou, Zostel has handheld a number of people who wanted to own and run their own Backpacker Hostel anywhere in India and even abroad. Infact, as many as 11 Zostels across India were launched within last 1 year under the #beyou programme – creating atleast 20 entrepreneurs who are now happily following their heart doing what they love – traveling, interacting with people, meditating, pursuing their other passions in life or just chilling.
In short, Zostel EDP is once in a lifetime opportunity where Zostel helps the enthu cutlets in every possible way to be an entrepreneur and to break free from the shackles of a monotonous life holding them back. If you have that fire in your belly and the capability to take some calculated risk – Zostel will take care of the rest. Know More Less

Who is it for?

Zostel EDP is targeted at anyone who wants to break the shackles of mundane, uninspiring daily rut which we mistakenly call ‘life’. It’s for all those who realize that the clock is continuously ticking and we are not going to be here forever to do what we have been procrastinating for so long now. It’s for all those who wish they had time to pursue their hobbies, those who want to control their life while being happy about what they do – everyday. He/She can be anyone – a fresh college graduate, a corporate honcho, a retired citizen, a businessman – anyone who is ready to work hard and is passionate in life. Know More Less

Yes, I am interested! What should I do next?

The first thing that we honestly guarantee is that being an entrepreneur has never been easier than this. So, just clear your mind from all the doubts as you are stepping in to a domain where your life will change forever.
The next step is to go through all the data we have posted in a transparent manner on this page (www.zostel.com/followyourheart) – something not done by any private company anywhere in the world other than Zostel. The data explains the entire backpacking space in India and more importantly, showcases the financial results of various Zostels owned and run by the entrepreneurs selected during last year’s EDP-1 or #beyou campaign.
In case you are excited by the results, which we bet you will be, and want to be an entrepreneur yourself - you just need to spend a few minutes filling up a small registration form on this page itself and that’s it!! We will get back to you after analyzing your answers and checking your fitment and level of dedication. Trust us this is going to be worth it :) Know More Less

Why is Zostel doing it?

We are no corporate, neither we started and operate like one. We started out three years back as a bunch of friends with a common passion for travel and entrepreneurship. We believe that travel is a form of meditation, a way of knowing yourself deep down – something which has profound effect on the way you think and act in life. Our sole ambition is to make people travel more and to change the way India is travelled by wiping off all the muck present in this sector. Our philosophy of life is simple – we simply want to live doing what we love while trying to leave our mark by changing the face of travel and tourism sector. Obviously, being such a humongous task, we can’t do it alone. We want passionate, hard-working people with a similar philosophy in life to come along. We want to create a strong community of travelers and entrepreneurs, a community that can bring in a revolution. It may sound too good to be true at this stage but trust us, that’s what it is! Know More Less

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY AFTER THE LAST 'EDP'. WE HAVE FORGED LASTING NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND DISCOVERED LESSER KNOWN PARTS OF INDIA - HELPING THE TRAVELERS AS WELL AS THE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE PROCESS.
WE TOUCHED NEW HEIGHTS (LITERALLY) AND
CHALLENGED STEREOTYPES; WE TOOK LEAPS OF FAITH, HEARD AMAZING STORIES AND BECAME A PART OF MANY EXCITING ONES WHILE EVEN SURPRISING OURSELVES IN THE PROCESS.
WE CHERISH EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF OUR JOURNEY SO FAR BUT MOST OF ALL WE CHERISH THE FACT THAT WE CHANGED THE WAY INDIA TRAVELS.
AND WE COULD'NT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU, WITHOUT YOUR BELIEF IN US.

FROM THE ONES WHO FOLLOWED THEIR HEART


After my engineering, I was lost and confused as people asked me to follow my passion and clearly engineering wasn't. I loved meeting new people, partying and adventure. This is what life is everyday at Zostel.
Hiren, Owner at Zostel Mysore
Before Zostel: Engineering Graduate
Passion: Travelling and meeting new people.
Working with Zostel is fun as the team has nurtured us well and helped us along the way from inception to launch to day to day operations.
Sagar, Owner Zostel Gokarna
Before Zostel: Engineer in CISCO
Passion: Trekking, travelling and educating under-privileged kids
Zostel is not just a brand or a chain of hostels for us, Zostel has been a chapter in our life through which we have lived, laughed, traveled and learned more about ourselves and the world around us.
Ayush, Owner Zostel Goa
Before Zostel: Business Analyst at Tredence
Passion: Music
I have been in hospitality tourism for the last 20 years but this has been one of my most exciting endevours. Zostel has brought a great culture of exceptional hostels to India. I am proud to be part of the Zostel family. It has been such an exciting year hosting so many amazing travellers from all over the world.
Ali, Owner at Zostel Jaisalmer
​Before Zostel: Businessman in Australia
Passion: Travelling the world
Zostel gave us the platform to promote vacation with zero carbon emission. Trek, Take Off and Trail (Hiking, paragliding and Mountain Biking) are non-polluting adventure activities which engage the travellers in eco-friendly tourism and also helps the locals earn a living near their hometown.
Ankush ,Owner at Zostel Bir
Before Zostel: Project Manager, IT Company in Germany
Passion: Aviation, Photography and Adventure Sports
Helping travelers to experience the very adventure of the place is not less than a celebration of life. Being a Zosteler, hosting travelers across the globe feels like a journey in itself.
Hemant, Owner at Zostel Khajuraho
​Before Zostel: Engineering Graduate
Passion: Biking and photography

RECOGNITION

"Zostel is not what young India wants. But clearly what India needs!"
BUSINESS INSIDER

"Zostel dominates the Indian Hostel scene with outposts in Bir, Spiti, Khajuraho and other locations across the country"
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

"Zostel aims to provide safe, clean and cheap accommodation to budget travellers"
LIVE MINT

"With an aim to change we travel, Zostel is every Backpacker's dream come true."
INDIATIMES

"An honest move Zostel has decided to go public with all the information about it's business and operations."
YOURSTORY COVER FOR #BEYOU 2015

"Zostel is also on the path of taking a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility"
YOURSTORY


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