Amber Harrold: CamelBackpackers Hostel Owner

Amber Harrold, CamelBackpackers Hostel owner, photographed at the hostel in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Amber Harrold, CamelBackpackers Hostel owner, photographed at the hostel in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Amber Harrold
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While Phoenix might not quite yet be a popular travel destination, Phoenix resident Amber Harrold is trying to put it on more travelers’ radars. The 33-year-old owns CamelBackpackers Hostel, one of only two hostels in Phoenix, with an occupancy rate of 18. The hostel has a full kitchen and events board, and it was Harrold’s own experiences staying in hostels that inspired her to open one of her own here in the Valley last summer. Read on for how she became a hostel owner, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m originally from Nebraska, but I joined the Army when I was 17, and that helped me put myself through college. I got my commission in the Army and went to Germany for 6 years, and after I was done with the military, I came back to the U.S. and job hunted. I interviewed with Pepsi in Texas, and they told me to come out here and check out their Phoenix location. I did, and they took me out on the city, and I instantly fell in love with it. The weather was great, and I thought I could definitely live here. I’ve been working as a production supervisor and logistics supervisor with Pepsi for 6 years now. Continue reading