HI-USA News

  • Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks

    On August 25th, The National Park Service turned 99 years old! In honor of this grand milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels located near National Parks. This list also includes a wide range of activities that would make any nature-lover never want to leave. Sure, we may be a little ...

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  • For a truly memorable night in NYC, check out Max’s Comedy Tour

    ​Most tours of New York start off with the basics: the Empire State Building, Times Square and maybe the Statue of Liberty. But how do you give travelers a New York experience they’ll never forget? If you’re Max May, an up-and-coming stand-up comedian from Staten Island (and volunteer at HI ...

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  • HI Madison Hosts Weekly Guest Events

    HI Madison hosts weekly events for guests. Check out our announcement board​, kitchen calendar, Google calendar and your inbox for upcoming events. Attending an event is a great way to meet your fellow travelers, learn about Madison and have a treat. Email activities.madison@hiusa.org if you have ...

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  • HI San Diego 59th Annual Christmas Bicycle Trip

    Make some non-traditional holiday plans this year by being a part of this exciting six-day, 400+ mile bicycle tour through the mountains, deserts, and coast around San Diego! The history of hostelling in Southern California is steeped in cycling culture. The Christmas Bicycle Trip is a long-held ...

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  • Adventures on the Silk Road and Tibet: A Judy Baruth Tale

    On September 22, 1987, I began my traverse on the newly opened Karakoram Highway from Islamabad, Pakistan through Hunza, to Kashgar, China, the southern arm of the ancient Silk Road. There are many marvelous mountains to see in Pakistan, but one that stood out to me was Rakaposhi. Snow-covered and ...

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  • 7 Summer Hostels You Didn’t Know Were Beach Destinations

    There’s no better way to get to know a new place than with insider tips that give the real local edge. With summer all around, we just had to introduce you to our favorite hidden beaches across the country. We have over 20 hostels near the beach, but we’ve compiled a list of just a few you ...

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  • HI USA Welcomes HI Richmond

    You’ll now find friends you haven’t met yet in Virginia’s state capital, Richmond. Opening a new hostel isn’t easy. It starts with an idea filled with passion and commitment, followed by finding and renovating a space, rallying support from the community, raising money, and developing ...

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  • What is a borough?

    At HI New York City we know that many of our guests are coming to The Big Apple for the very first time. We also know that New York can be a scary place for first-timers so we are going to do our part to help you navigate this incredible city and make the most out of your trip with some tips, tricks, ...

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  • Explore the World scholarship winners give back while they travel

    Diana Ventura Earlier this year, HI USA launched two scholarship programs, Explore the World and Explore America, that provide financial support to people age 18-30 who are planning to travel in the U.S. or abroad. The programs are being piloted in Austin, Chicago and Houston and the scholarships ...

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  • Free yoga at HI Austin

    We are proud to announce our partnership with Austin Parks Foundation to provide Vinyasa and Hatha yoga in the park on the first and third Friday of the month at 11 a.m. year-round and on Sundays throughout the month of July at 10 a.m. We also offer indoor Kundalini yoga on the second Saturday of the ...

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  • Travel Classes in Madison, Chicago

    HI USA believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of travel, which begins with learning the how and why of traveling abroad. During July, Deidre Mathis, a travel blogger, author, and HI Houston volunteer, a will be traveling to 3 HI USA locations to present on ...

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  • Free For All: Washington DC

    If you want to explore the Land of the Free, there’s no better place to start than the nation’s capital. Because just about everything is actually free – as in no cost, don’t have to spend a dollar, 100% free. Here’s a look at some of the cultural, historical, and fun things Washington, DC has ...

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  • Old Fort MacArthur Days

    Old Fort MacArthur Days is a unique two-day event celebrating world military history occurring every July in Angel’s Gate Park San Pedro, just next to HI LA South Bay. It was created nearly 30 years ago, when rifle enthusiasts from the Fort MacArthur Military Museum got together to demonstrate how to ...

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  • Free For All: New York City

    New York City may be known as the most expensive city in America, but there’s also no shortage of free things to do. Staten Island If you want to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty without paying the $12 ferry tour fee, take the free ferry to Staten Island and you’ll get a look at this ...

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  • Free For All: Seattle

    It may be home to Bill Gates, but you don’t have to be the richest man in the world to have a great time in Seattle. Nicknamed the Emerald City for its scenic beauty, Seattle’s got plenty of free activities outdoors, and just as many indoors for when it’s raining. Museum of Flight In the ...

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  • Well, This is Awkward

    At HI USA hostels, talking to strangers can be a very good thing. Strangers become acquaintances, traveling partners, and friends. We’re bound by a common spirit of discovery, curiosity, and adventure. HI USA is launching a 3-part video campaign that captures the spirit of hostelling with us and ...

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  • Free For All: San Diego

    Beaches, sunshine, history, and culture – San Diego has it all. Best of all, it’s easy to live the high life here on a traveler’s budget. Start with our list of free activities from beer tasting to sunbathing, and you can save your money for more important things, like fish tacos, local craft beer ...

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  • Free For All: Boston

    Boston might be known for A-listers like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and the Kennedys, but you don’t even need a dollar to experience its heart and soul. Here’s how you can get to know this historic, New England city and save your pennies: Museum Visits Every Wednesday after 4:00pm, admission to ...

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  • Austin in a day

    When I arrived in Austin, the breezy 70-degree weather was a welcome respite from the chilly, wet winter that was still lingering in Baltimore. I came to Austin in search of two things; fresh air and Tex Mex—but I only had one day to take it all in. There are many reasons to visit Austin, a diverse ...

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  • Your European Summer Adventure

    American travel forecasts are out and summer 2015 is expected to hit an all-time record with 31 million airline passengers flying internationally! With London and Paris landing in the top 5 destinations abroad, a Eurail adventure is bouncing back to become all the rage. Let our resident experts help ...

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  • 5 Spots for Big-Money Views On the Cheap

    By Marguerite Richards Visitors often arrive to the Golden Gate City with visions of lovely Lombard Street, its steep hairpin turns dominating the mind’s eye. Navigating newcomers can be surprised by less-than-foot-friendly mini mountains to summit on their tours. But here’s the skinny on those ...

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  • Free For All: San Francisco

    From the Gold Rush through to the Silicon Valley boom, San Francisco has always seemed to attract the kind of people who chase the big bucks. But you don’t have to spend like a Google Exec to get the most out of a visit here. In fact, the City by the Bay is an excellent stop for anyone on a budget – ...

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  • Free For All: Austin

    This spirited city is bursting with character, charm, and endless things to do. Whether you’re looking for a late party with up-and-coming bands or a quiet place to relax in nature, there is something free for everyone. Live Music This is what Austin is known for, and there’s no shortage of ...

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  • 12 Seasonal Hostels Open in May, June

    Discover outdoor adventures, quiet getaways, and beach destinations at HI USA summertime hostels Throughout May and June, 12 Hostelling International USA (HI USA) hostels [LINK: http://www.hiusa.org/summer] are opening their doors for the season, welcoming a community of travelers from all over the ...

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  • 2015 HI USA Travel Grant Recipient: Alicia Frausto

    Hostelling International USA (HI USA) presents an annual Travel Grant in the amount of $1,000 to an individual between the ages of 17 and 26, residing in the greater Los Angeles communities, who is just beginning his or her travel experiences. HI USA would like to congratulate Alicia Frausto of ...

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  • Memorial Day: Tips for Your Travel Weekend

    The weather is warming up and the sun is beckoning us to come outside and play. On Monday, the 25th of May, many of us will heed that siren song and travel somewhere over Memorial Day weekend. Because so many people hit the roads, we wanted to help you kick off the summer season with some travel tips ...

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  • HI Point Montara: Lighting Your West Coast Adventure

    Unique and whimsical in every way, HI Point Montara Lighthouse is a not to be missed beacon for every kind of traveler. Housed in former coastguard buildings, the hostel first opened in 1980. Recently rated as the best mid-sized hostel in the HI USA network (2014), Point Montara annually serves ...

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  • HI USA seeks applicants for 2-week cultural exchange in Paris

    Eye-opening. Thought-provoking. Remarkable. If this isn’t how you would describe your summer, you’re doing it wrong. Now through May 15, young adults ages 18-23 from Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the United States are invited to apply for IOU Respect, a life-changing cultural ...

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  • HI USA launches travel scholarship program in Chicago

    HI USA has launched two travel scholarship programs in the Chicago metropolitan area. The HI USA Explore America and Explore the World travel scholarships provide financial support to people age 18-30 who are planning to travel in the U.S. or abroad and are granted based on an application process. ...

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  • HI USA launches travel scholarship program in Houston

    HI USA has launched two travel scholarship programs in the Houston metropolitan area. The HI USA Explore America and Explore the World travel scholarships provide financial support to people age 18-30 who are planning to travel in the U.S. or abroad and are granted based on an application process. ...

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  • HI USA launches travel scholarship program in Austin

    HI USA has launched two travel scholarship programs in the Austin metropolitan area. The HI USA Explore America and Explore the World travel scholarships provide financial support to people age 18-30 who are planning to travel in the U.S. or abroad and are granted based on an application process. ...

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  • Why Are You Going to Sacramento? 5 Answers

    Check out what Sam Wu of the Go Girl Network has to say about her time in California’s capital city. Sam’s beautiful room at HI Sacramento. Image by Sam Wu. It was a pretty common question I was posed when I told people about my trip: Why are you going to Sacramento? To finally, truly ...

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  • Earth Day: Celebrating Environmental Protection

    April is here! And with it comes Earth Day, the celebration that started at the height of the counter culture movement of the 60s and 70s. For Hostelling International, this day is a chance to showcase the ongoing efforts of to address sustainability in our travel communities. In the Southwest Region of ...

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  • HI Portland Hawthorne: Eco Friendly Home Away from Home

    Looking to go green in your April travels for Earth Day? Look no further than HI Portland Hawthorne for your ecofriendly needs. Hawthorne is leading the way in sustainability and green initiatives. From rainwater harvesting systems to partnerships with Sustainable Travel International, Hawthorne ...

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  • HI USA brings more than just a hostel to Richmond

    Hostelling International, USA is a 501-(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI USA hostels offer a wide range of fun activities, events, and educational programs that engage the community, enrich the travel experience and ...

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  • Travel Ideas for Spring

    Flowers are blooming, the air is fresh, and adventure-seekers are bursting with wanderlust – welcome to springtime! All across the US, small towns and big cities come back to life this time of year, and you can beat the summer tourists by starting your journey now. To help you plan your perfect ...

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  • 5 Ways to Travel Like a Local Insider Anywhere in the World

    To get to the heart and soul of a new town, you need to toss aside your guidebook. To go from observing to participating, from thinking to feeling, and to really experience a place from a local perspective, you need to travel like, well, a local. Use your guidebook to check off the “can’t miss” ...

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  • Potential Economic Impact of HI Richmond

    Businesses stand to benefit significantly from a hostel in downtown Richmond. Hostels enable city visitors to save on overnight accommodations while connecting them directly to local businesses and experiences. Charlsie Dewey, a writer for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, highlighted the economic ...

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  • San Diego Hostel Earns International Sustainability Award

    Hostelling International (HI) recently announced the 2014 winners of its annual HI5ives competition, which recognizes outstanding hostels in its global network of more than 4,000 hostels in 91 countries. Among the winners were HI San Diego, Point Loma, which took home the designation as the #4 Green ...

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  • Team HI: Racing to the Finish of the 30th ASICS LA Marathon

    4 a.m. Rubbing the sleep off your eyes, groaning from a restless night, mind still racing. Shower off the drowsiness, grab the band aids, Vaseline, jersey, bib…time to lace up. Pounding heart increases as you board the shuttle; it’s a rollercoaster of nerves as you de-board, enter into your 2-hour ...

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  • HI USA Wins Big at HI5ives Awards!

    At the HI CEO Meeting in February, HI USA hostels were honored with 7 HI5ives awards, in addition to HI USA as a whole taking home the #3 Best National Association title. Based on guest reviews and ratings on hihostels.com, the HI5ives recognize outstanding hostels across HI’s global network of more ...

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  • HI USA Draws Crowd in First Ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair

    On Wednesday, February 25, students from around the world joined the first ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair. HI USA was selected as an exhibitor for our nonprofit leadership and commitment to educating the public on the how and why of travel. The event featured more than 50 universities, government ...

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  • Times Square Welcomes HI USA

    A 10-second Hostelling International USA (HI USA) video advertisement now appears every hour on a 56’ x 29’ display at 1500 Broadway, at the southern end of Times Square. An opportunity to share HI USA’s nonprofit mission to create a more tolerant world, this segment lets visitors to Times Square ...

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  • Banner Year for Great Hostel Give Back

    The 5th Annual Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) wrapped up last month, with a record number of groups taking part in this community service program. In all, 19 groups participated, accounting for more than 320 individuals performing more than 1,100 hours of community service. GHGB rewards groups of 10 ...

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  • HI San Francisco City Center Partners with Women’s Travel Fest

    Women’s Travel Fest is an annual event whose mission is to inspire, empower, and connect women through travel. This year’s conference sold out with 350 attendees, most of who stopped by the HI USA booth to learn more – especially after many of the speakers endorsed hostelling on their own! The ...

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  • Now Recruiting For 3 Central Office Positions

    HI USA has recently posted the following positions: Brand Content Marketing Manager – Based out of Silver Spring, this individual is tasked with raising awareness of HI USA’s brand and purpose by telling the stories that reflect who we are in a way that motivates our target audience to take ...

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  • Cape Cod Hostels Win Big in International Awards Competition

    ​Hostelling International presents 6 awards to 2 Cape & Islands Hostels Hostelling International (HI) recently announced the 2014 winners of its annual HI5ives competition, which recognizes outstanding hostels in its global network of more than 4,000 hostels in 91 countries. Cape Cod was ...

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  • Thinking About Study Abroad? Join Us Online Feb. 25!

    On Wednesday, February 25, students from around the world are invited to join the first ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair. From 12:00-8:00pm ET, dozens of study abroad offices will be available online to offer resources and engage in a real time chat about their study abroad programs. HI USA is among ...

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  • February Construction Update

    J.W. Enochs , Inc. has been hard at work through the cold weather to transform the former Otis Elevator Headquarters into HI Richmond, the newest hostel in a southern city. A tour through the hostel today will impress on visitors our vision of a community-creating space. Walls have been framed, paths ...

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  • NYC, College Tourist and The Great Hostel Give Back

    What happens when you spend time helping the local community when you travel? A guest post by Nina Truong, Travel Ambassador at The College Tourist With the spring semester just starting, I decided to take a trip to New York City for one weekend before my workload started to pile up. ...

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  • Where Your Heart Belongs on Valentine’s Day

    There can be an unspoken pressure to do something meaningful on Valentine’s Day. And the fact that it’s on a Saturday this year doesn’t make it any easier. But we know a secret. If you’ve ever been to one of our hostels, then you know the “L” we talk about doesn’t refer to finding the one, ...

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  • Summer 2015 Travel Scholarships Now Available

    Hostelling International USA is pleased to announce that its 2015 Y.O.U.T.H. Travel Scholarships application is now available for nonprofits, schools and other youth-serving organizations in the Greater Boston area. The scholarship provides free travel to youth groups for a 2-3 night excursion to one of ...

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  • March Workshops & Classes at HI Wellspring

    HOSTEL NEWS AND EVENTS - Workshops & Classes. Wellspring offers a number of classes and workshops throughout the year covering a wide range of topics. Hostelers are welcome to attend while staying at Wellspring. Sign up online at www.wellspringinc.org. Sun. March 8th 10am-3:30pm -Cheese Making ...

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  • 2 Central Office Positions Now Open

    We are currently looking for 2 individuals to join the Silver Spring team: Payroll Specialist – This candidate will have primary responsibility to assist with the development of company payroll policy and procedures to ensure clear, consistent practices are implemented throughout the organization. ...

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  • MLK Celebrations Across the Country

    As a tribute to the legacy of peace, tolerance, and understanding that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind, hostels across the country offered unique celebrations for guests, volunteers, and the community in his honor. Throughout the MLK holiday weekend, January 17-19, here’s how some of our ...

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  • Creating New Hostellers Through Community Service

    Each January and February, HI USA invites groups of 10 more to volunteer their time in the local community in exchange for a free night stay at one of our participating hostels. Coined the Great Hostel Give Back, this program is designed to help out local communities, while also introducing hundreds of ...

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  • HI USA Wins Global Hostel Awards

    The guest feedback is in, and HostelWorld has named HI USA the World’s #3 Large Hostel Chain for the 2nd year in row in its prestigious Hoscar award competition. HostelWorld is the world’s largest hostel reservation engine, with tens of thousands of hostels on its site. The Hoscars are granted based ...

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  • Why Do Hostellers Create Legacy Gifts?

    Many hostellers have made a bequest in a will, “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.” Some want to memorialize themselves or a loved one. Others see HI USA as serving the broader community of all those wanting to understand ...

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  • 2015 Los Angeles Travel Grant: HI USA Now Accepting Applications

    Hostelling International USA (HI USA) presents an annual Travel Grant in the amount of $1,000 to an individual in the Greater Los Angeles area who is between the ages of 17 and 26 and just beginning his or her travel experiences in life. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015. The purpose ...

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  • HI San Diego Downtown: Fun in the Sun

    San Diego’s classiest hostel, in the premier Gaslamp Quarter offers everything a backpacker or business traveler could want. Our recently renovated urban hostel offers shared and private rooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, comfortable spaces to meet new friends, and a worldly staff ready to ...

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  • Mardi Gras: The Annual Liberation

    Grab your beads and masks. Adorn yourself in purples, greens, and golds. Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday is just around the corner, falling on February 17th this year. New Orleans is already counting down the minutes until the celebration with their huge parades, balls, picnics, and floats. With a history dating ...

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  • 9 Not-So-Obvious Packing Tips

    There’s nothing more satisfying than coming back from a trip and realizing you used everything you packed and packed everything you needed. Okay, maybe there are a few more satisfying things than that, but a well-packed bag will help make your trip that much easier and more enjoyable. So what are ...

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  • Suddenly, European Travel is Affordable Again!

    Travel insights from HI USA CEO Russ Hedge. It literally happened over night. Last Thursday, vacation travel within Switzerland became about 20% less expensive. That’s like getting every fifth day free! It’s all because the Swiss government reversed a long standing policy that set an ...

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  • HI USA Named #3 Large Hostel Chain Worldwide

    HostelWorld presents 4 Hoscar awards to Hostelling International USA After analyzing guest feedback from thousands of hostels, HostelWorld named Hostelling International USA (HI USA) the #3 Large Hostel Chain in the world in its 2015 Hoscars competition. HostelWorld is the leading provider of online ...

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  • How Travel Can Help Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

    It’s that time of the year again, where we contemplate how we can improve our lives for the coming year. Learn a new skill. Save more money. Lose weight. If you’re a traveler, you know the best place to start checking off your goals is on the road. Because travel isn’t just about spending a night ...

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  • White House and HI USA Brought 100 Travel Bloggers to DC

    The first White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship took place on December 9, which HI USA helped organize in partnership with the White House. The event brought 100 top travel bloggers to the nation’s capital – 22 of whom stayed at HI Washington DC – to learn about ...

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  • HI USA Proves We Can #ShakeEbolaOff

    Last month, HI Washington DC participated in the #ShakeEbolaOff challenge in partnership with George Washington University’s Afro Caribbean Dance Group, XOLA, to show its support for the End Ebola Now campaign. Created to spread accurate information about the current Ebola crisis through dance, the ...

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  • Spreading the Holiday Spirit

    The holidays are a perfect time to unite guests from all over the world in celebration, and here’s how some of our hostels did just that: HI Baltimore hosted an ugly sweater holiday party. HI Chicago invited guests to enjoy mulled wine, holiday desserts, and music. HI San Francisco Downtown ...

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  • HI Washington DC Reinvents Itself For Big Event

    ​In preparation for hosting 22 bloggers for the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, HI Washington DC fast-tracked all renovation efforts to be complete in time for their arrival. Under the leadership of Hostel Services Vice President Javier Bujanda, General ...

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  • Southwest Region Joins Tourism Cares

    Working alongside nearly 300 volunteers coming from across the globe, four HI USA representatives from the Southwest Region picked up their tools and joined Tourism Cares (TC) for a day of volunteering in San Pedro. TC brings together tourism professionals twice a year to help provide a bit of love and ...

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  • 6 New Hires Join HI USA Family

    Over the past 2 months, HI USA welcomed 6 new Central Office employees: Patricia Page joined HI USA on November 24, as Controller. Patricia is based out of Silver Spring. Her primary responsibilities are managing the day-to-day operations of the Accounting Department and ensuring appropriate ...

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  • 2 Open Positions in Resource Development

    The following positions are now being recruited: Grants & Communications Manager The Grants & Communications Manager is primarily responsible for the generation of all Resource Development content, including the Annual Report, appeals, web pages, and grant writing. Grant writing ...

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  • HI Seattle: Gateway to the Pacific Northwest

    Queen City, Jet City, Rain City, and most popularly known as the Emerald City, Seattle offers a blend of arts, culture, professional athletics, and an ocean view one cannot pass up. Seattle is the gem to the Pacific Northwest, and HI Seattle at the American Hotel is your gateway to this magnificent ...

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  • White House and HI USA Brought 100 Travel Bloggers to DC

    Hostelling International USA partnered in hosting summit on December 9 Hostelling International USA (HI USA) joined with the White House to host the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Held December 9, 2014, this event was attended by the top 100 travel ...

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  • HI Washington DC teams up with XOLA to #ShakeEbolaOff

    In celebration of #GivingTuesday, HI Washington, DC teamed up with XOLA - George Washington University Afro-Caribbean Dance Group to complete the #ShakeEbolaOff dance challenge. The challenge aims to raise awareness about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa through dance, which is an important ...

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  • Southwest Region Joins Tourism Cares

    ​ Working alongside nearly 300 volunteers coming from across the globe, four HI-USA representatives from the Southwest Region picked up their tools and joined Tourism Cares (TC) for a day of volunteering in San Pedro. TC brings together tourism professionals twice a year to help provide a bit of love ...

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  • Useful Travel Gifts for 2014

    We here at HI USA, Southwest Region are building our lists; not of our next destinations, but for the travel gear and gadgets that we would like to give (and receive) this holiday season. Here are some of the items that we hope to see wrapped with a bow this year. Scarves are a travel must and the ...

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  • Complimentary Stays for Service Groups in January and February

    ​Throughout January and February 2015, groups of 10 or more are invited to participate in Hostelling International USA’s (HI USA) 5th Annual Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB), which rewards them with free overnight stay in exchange for volunteerism. This program eases the financial burden on groups ...

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  • HI USA Hostel Kitchen Cooking Challenge

    ​No matter where in the world you’re from, food always brings people together. Because it’s more than food. It’s conversation. It’s a shared experience over the satisfaction of a tasty meal. It’s a representation of your country on a plate. And food is the universal catalyst for uniting ...

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  • The HI-USA Free For All

    If we have a hostel there, we know the area inside and out. That diner with the most amazing burgers you’ll never find without a hand-drawn map. That place locals go to unwind that’s not written about in guidebooks. And best of all, anything and everything that’s free. Take a look at our Free ...

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  • HI Point Montara Hosts 12th Annual Haunted Hostel

    We love hostel traditions, especially when they involve monsters and music! For the 12th year, HI Point Montara hosted its famous Haunted Hostel and a spook-tacular experience for guests and the community. Even with untimely rain, more than 250 people turned out for this anticipated event. In ...

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  • Congrats, Sue!

    A big congratulations to Southwest Regional Vice President Sue Schaffner, who was honored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at the 12th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL). As one of seven women receiving this award, Sue was recognized for her contributions to San Diego and her ...

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  • First HI USA National Engagement Summit Makes Key Announcements

    For four days in October, Hostel Managers and Engagement staff met at HI Chicago for the first GM Engagement Summit. The meeting provided an opportunity for Hostel Managers to discuss operations, Engagement to discuss programs, and for everyone to discuss the convergence of both with our mission. The ...

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  • 2014 Annual Report: What Would You Say…

    This year’s annual report poses the question, “What would you say if you could go back and share a piece of advice with your 18-year-old self?” It shares personal and emotional stories of how our hostels and educational programs have created a more tolerant world. It also includes life advice from ...

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  • Now Recruiting: New Positions

    The Central Office is currently recruiting for a Southwest Regional Engagement Manager, Resource Development Manager – East, Marketing Manager – East: Southwest Regional Engagement Manager This candidate will be tasked with stimulating participation and interest in hostelling and the HI USA ...

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  • 4 Positions Filled

    Over the past few weeks, HI USA has hired a Northeast Regional Engagement Manager, a Senior Accountant, an Affiliate Development Specialist, and an HI Richmond Resource Development Director. Please join us in welcoming: Paul Kuhne began his role as Northeast Regional Engagement Manager on October 27, ...

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  • 58th Annual San Diego Christmas Bike Trip

    Thanksgiving. Christmas. Hanukkah. We have so many reasons to celebrate over the fall and winter months. Hostelling International USA San Diego offers yet another reason to celebrate. ‘Tis the season for the Christmas Bicycle Trip! The 58th Annual Christmas Bicycle Trip begins on Friday, December ...

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  • HI Boston Sits at the Crossroads of Yesterday and Tomorrow

    Much like the city itself, HI Boston sits at the unique crossroads of a proud history and rapid transformation in a city where the past is hurdling towards the future. Well known for its high density of young people and colleges and universities, Boston has cemented itself as a must-see destination ...

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  • French-American Exchange Starts October 30

    ​ They’ve never met, and maybe they never will. But for 10 days, American blogger Taralynn McNitt is going to get to know a lot about what’s it’s like to be Lucie Aidart, a blogger from France. Taralynn and Lucie are two of the winning bloggers in Hostelling International’s 2nd Annual Big ...

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  • 10 Free & Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make in a Hostel

    If you’re traveling through the U.S. on October 31, get ready for pumpkin carving, mountains of candy, and perfectly normal people dressed as zombies. It’s Halloween, and HI USA hostels across the country will be hosting celebrations and leading outings to local festivities. There’s no better ...

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  • Boston On A Budget… With Lobster?

    Vanessa of www.turnipseedtravel.com tells you all about her stay in Boston, doing everything her heart desires, while staying within an ambitious budget. When I first conceived the $200 Challenge two years ago, the premise was fairly simple. Can two people travel for two days spending just $200, and ...

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  • Join the Challenge: Run with Team HI

    Waking up to the sunrise, stretching, jogging off the nerves, waiting until…BANG! 25,000 pairs of feet start to move, increasing with speed and excitement as they begin the 26.2 mile adventure from Dodgers Stadium to the beach in Santa Monica. The 2015 ASICS LA Marathon returns on Sunday, March 15th, ...

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  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    As I sit in my living room back in the States, I reminisce of my time when I was riding the Tube or walking the streets of Sweden. It was a remarkable trip! I’ve been blessed to have spent time in some amazing cities/towns: Washington D.C., Malibu, Los Angeles, and London. I’ve already committed ...

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  • San Diego Christmas Bike Trip

    Are you an avid bicyclist looking for an adventure? Join the Christmas Bike Trip, which starts on December 26, 2014. The Christmas Bike Trip is a 58-year-old tradition for HI-San Diego. Riders spend 6 days traveling over 400 miles around Southern California, overnighting in community centers, churches ...

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  • Now Recruiting: 2 New Positions

    We are currently recruiting for the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President, as well as a Senior Accountant: Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President This candidate will lead the strategy/operational planning and operations of hostels located in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, ...

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  • Network Hostels Support Coordinator Joins HI USA

    Please welcome Jan Gilbert as HI USA’s new Network Hostels Support Coordinator. Since 2011, Jan has been working for HI San Francisco Downtown team as the Overnight Auditor, moving to Senior Front Desk Staff and, most recently, serving as Assistant General Manager since November, 2012. In her ...

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