WATERLOO — Stitched onto the relative side of a well-travelled backpack, not from an obligatory Canadian flag far, is really a patch from Byron Bay, Australia.
It’s a coastal town at the country’s easternmost point, among the many places Rob Evans visited throughout a break from his university studies in the late 1990s. It is also where the theory for Backpacker College was created.
At the main of Backpacker College, a fresh accommodation booking app, may be the belief that the need to start to see the world must not be thwarted by concerns about getting a safe, affordable spot to stay.
“The more I’ve travelled, the more folks I meet, the more I recognize that we share more in keeping than we do differences,” said Evans, Backpacker College’s founder and president. “I really believe absolutely that the more folks travel, the higher the world will be.”
Evans worked for a couple months in Australia to greatly help finance his journey; one of is own jobs was at an upscale hostel, the sort he felt would interest probably the most discerning even, budget-minded travelers.
Now, the hostelling industry in THE UNITED STATES isn’t nearly as developed since it is in other areas of the planet. But Evans knew there is another way to obtain economical but under-publicized rooms just looking forward to visitors through the peak summer travel season — university and college campuses.
“This gap available in the market meant that it had been a chance,” he said. “That has been the genesis of Backpacker College for me personally, to leverage underutilized beds in college towns.”
Evans, a Wilfrid Laurier University political science grad, worked for quite some time in the neighborhood tech industry running a business and sales development. Those roles, for firms including Desire2Learn, LiveHive and maplesoft Systems, meant travel often, and business visits to post-secondary campuses — and meant that Evans’ idea for Backpacker College was never too much from his thoughts.
He incorporated the business enterprise in 2016, having made an effective pitch to the Accelerator Centre in Waterloo. His company there’s based, with nine employees.
The Backpacker College website and mobile apps for iOS and Android list available accommodations at college and university residences and dorms first, accompanied by other affordable hostel and hotel choices in the certain area. Travelers can directly book; Evans said he’s got distribution partnerships with sites including Expedia and Priceline also.