Clearly the only constant in hospitality is that the sands are always shifting.
New concepts emerge, technology disrupts and new entrants to the scene redefine what it all stands for.
Look at how the boutique hotel completely transformed the bones of most major hotel brands, or at how Airbnb shifted the how and where of accommodation via technology.
There's an emerging concept out there that could do the same for the "design hostel" category that's sweeping Europe and even making inroads into the United States (namely, Generator). It's called PodShare, and it's a "co-living" space made up of 10 pods.
Each pod is 60 inches by 90 inches by 5 geet high and has amenities like plugs, a small closet, a television, and a nightlight.
The whole thing is basically like a giant Airbnb loft with open rooms rather than bunkbeds.
And the founder, Elvina, has a grand vision of a global network of PodShares that would change the way people of a certain stripe travel the world through memberships and an app-driven reservation experience.
We've already seen how popular capsule hotels are in Asia; could there also be a market for the Millennial traveler that pursues a shared experience rather than a high-design room?
Average hotel room sizes are already dropping in favor of large social "living rooms" that bring guests together in a social setting rather than all alone on their devices in their rooms.
Could PodShare be the next big hostel/hotel brand that focuses on the device-toting Millennial traveler?
Well, the tech community seems to truly love it. The brand just managed to garner $25,000 on IndieGogo with one of the funniest videos for a travel-related product:
Another key factor here is that the way that work is changing has truly affected the way many are traveling.
As a near-majority of American workers are freelance without regular jobs, it could very well fuel the rise of these pod hotels in the country as workers move from job-to-job and community-to-community.
There are also already digital nomads doing this regularly, marking yet another technology-driven change in hospitality.
Technology continues to fundamentally change the way people travel, and the possibilities of change are still quite numerous.
Here's another video from two years ago that showcases some of the amazing statistics that this brand has managed to achieve with the one location.