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How to Meet People While Traveling Solo

19 April 2018

Traveling on your own can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be intimidating. After all, how do you meet people on the road so you can travel solo without feeling alone? We know it’s the people you meet who really make a trip special, so we’ve got a few tried-and-true ...


6 U.S Cities that Every Music Lover Should Visit

17 April 2018

Are you the type of person who likes to bond with new friends over favorite songs? Do you have to have the ultimate playlist during your travel adventures? Do you live for the freedom of the open road and life on the festival ground? If you answered yes, you should combine your ...


7 Great Hikes Near HI USA Hostels

12 March 2018

Nature-lovers rejoice! You can experience the natural beauty of the U.S. without having to pack a tent and sleeping bag. Here are six of our favorite hikes near HI USA hostels that you’re sure to love. Dr. Roberts Trail - HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel Nestled inside the spectacular Itasca ...


5 Spring Break Destinations that Won’t Break the Bank

09 March 2018

Spring break season is the perfect time to get traveling, but it can also mean higher prices in some of the country’s top destinations. If you’re short of funds, fear not: we’ve got you covered! Check out these off-the-beaten-path cities where you can make the most of your spring break on the ...


7 Summer Hostels You Didn’t Know Were Beach Destinations

07 March 2018

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 ...


5 Perfect Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts

04 February 2018

As the warmer weather rolls in and the wanderlust gets a little more urgent, outdoor enthusiasts all over the world are looking to get their fix of fresh air and breathtaking nature. And where better to end a day of hiking and biking than a HI USA hostel where the beds are comfortable and there’s ...


12 Ways Travelers Find Love On The Go

30 January 2018

From the outside looking in, people may think that travelers never have time to fall in love. On the contrary, we believe travelers have the rare ability to fall in love with something new every day! That’s why we’re taking the time to celebrate 12 ways travelers fall in love all while exploring the ...


7 Reasons It’s Easy to Find Love at a Hostel

16 January 2018

If you’re single and it’s bumming you out, your perfect match may be closer than you think – literally. Throughout the world, in small towns and major cities, are hostels, which are havens for single travelers who just want to meet other people and have a good time. And with over ...


Pack Your Impact in San Francisco

10 January 2018

Travel comes with the reward of self-discovery made possible by the thirst to dive in, dig in, and let go. But that’s only part of it. Your travels also impact the people and places around you, maybe even for long after you’re gone. The challenge is, how can you make an even stronger impact, ...


Make the Most of Summer Music Festivals by Staying at a HI USA Hostel

06 January 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for music lovers: festival season! While it might seem complicated figuring out where to stay for Coachella, Lollapalooza and Governors Ball, it doesn’t have to be: the no-brainer solution is to stay at a HI USA hostel. After all, hostels and festivals are ...


7 Tips for a Successful Explore the World Application

06 December 2017

HI USA’s Explore the World scholarship program is an exciting opportunity providing 100+ $2,000 travel scholarships to young adults interested in taking an educational or service learning journey. It’s received a lot of interest, which means it’s really important to submit a compelling ...


5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Achieve By Traveling

05 December 2017

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 ...


Why You Need to Check Out These 3 Underrated East Coast Cities

29 November 2017

Many visitors to the USA make New York City their one and only stop on the East Coast, but that means they’re missing out on the many things this side of the country has to offer. If you’re looking for a trip with a variety of things to do and discover, we recommend checking out Baltimore, ...


Holiday Recipes You Can Prepare at a HI USA Hostel

22 November 2017

If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s food. Not only do we all need it to survive, but it’s also a way we feel connected to each other – sharing a meal at a table and having a conversation tends to bring a sense of camaraderie and a feeling of family. That’s part of the reason why ...


Pack Your Impact in Chicago

15 November 2017

From culture to compost, HI Chicago, The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel takes food very seriously. Enter the hot dog. It may sound like a cheap American food for kids, but for Chicagoans, it’s so much more than that. It’s tied to strong traditions stemming from the Great Depression ...


5 Reasons to Travel During Low Season

13 November 2017

When it comes to planning a trip, it might seem like it makes the most sense to go traveling in the summer time, but for the seasoned traveler who may be doing it on a budget, the best time to go is actually during the low season There are HI USA hostels in multiple prime locations around the country ...


3 Places to Visit in the Midwest This Fall

16 October 2017

Whether you’re looking for the perfect autumn road trip, or you just want to embrace the crunchy-leaf coziness of the season, don’t overlook the Midwest as a place to travel this fall. At this time of the year, states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois glow with the colors of the changing ...


Here’s Where to Stay for your Golden 1 Center Show

06 October 2017

The Golden 1 Center in buzzing downtown Sacramento plays host to all kinds of entertainment, from NBA games and other sports events, to concerts, variety shows like Disney on Ice, and WWE wrestling. Whether you’re heading to California’s state capital for the big game or the concert of the ...


The People You Meet While Hostelling in the United States

05 October 2017

Original Content written by Britt Hysen of MiLLENNiAL Magazine Viewed as a hub for community rather than just a place to rest for the night, Hostelling International USA (HI USA) hostels have evolved into cultural centers for the towns they represent. Each traveler that visits influences the vibe of the ...


4 Ways to Include EcoTravel Into Your Next Trip

05 October 2017

Original Content written by Britt Hysen of MiLLENNiAL Magazine EcoTravel is on the rise as more Americans are choosing to travel with purpose. Taking conscious trips has translated into a growing popularity for sustainable accommodations. In 2015, Booking.com surveyed 32,000 global travelers from 16 ...


9 Free & Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make in a Hostel

04 October 2017

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. If throwing ...


It’s Time to Agree: #StudyAbroadBecause

03 October 2017

We Americans don’t seem able to agree on much these days. The controversy about whether NFL players should stand for the National Anthem during a football game is just the latest example. These disagreeable times make it even more remarkable that this group of 100 people spread the same ...


7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

01 October 2017

Today more than ever, it feels like the world is literally at your fingertips and you can virtually go anywhere you want without even needing to leave the safety of home. So, why travel? Well, at the very core of everything that we do at HI USA is the belief that travel is a powerful tool for creating a ...


5 Genius Accessories We Can’t Travel Without

31 August 2017

Summer’s finally here, and that means it’s time to travel! Unfortunately, it also means it’s time to start packing your bags. The dreaded pre-trip task can feel overwhelming to a lot of us, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are a few simple travel accessories that can ...


17 Things HI USA loves about the National Park Service

22 August 2017

What’s not to love about the National Park Service? Without them there would be no gorgeous national parks to marvel at or national monuments to remind us of history and heroes, and a few of our favorite HI USA hostels sitting in these pretty places might not even exist. Whether you’re an American ...


Pack Your Impact in Sacramento

22 August 2017

All of our hostels believe that the people you meet are the most important and memorable part of the hostelling experience. And HI Sacramento doesn’t waste any time. When guests arrive on Wednesdays and Fridays, they are treated to Afternoon Tea with friends they haven’t met yet. From ...


Pack Your Impact in HI Point Reyes

21 August 2017

Part of modern-day travel involves being online – or does it? While you’re on the road, it’s important to be able to ditch the tech every now and then so you can truly Pack Your Impact, that is, travel mindfully to not only get the best experience, but to get a better understanding of people, ...


Why We Hostel: to Go Green

14 August 2017

Whether it’s eating sustainably, shopping local, or respecting the great outdoors, there are tons of ways eco-conscious travelers can go green while they’re on the road. And at HI USA, we believe it’s just as important to tread lightly on the planet as it is to travel around it, so we’re here to ...


Why We Hostel: How to Meet People at HI USA Hostels

11 August 2017

Traveling solo can be a liberating experience, although one of the most frequent questions that adventurers get asked is how to meet people when you’re going it alone. As any seasoned pro will answer, HI USA hostels are perfect if you’re traveling solo because there are plenty of opportunities to ...


Top 100 Travel Bloggers Reunite in Support of Study Abroad

10 August 2017

On September 21-23, Hostelling International USA (HI USA) and Partners of the Americas will co-host the Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship —a sequel to the prestigious White House event held in December 2014. The 2017 Summit will reconvene 100 of the top celebrities, ...


How to Spend Three Months in America Part Two: Southeast and Midwest

27 July 2017

America’s Midwest and Southeast regions may be the most underrated regions in the country to visit, since their often overlooked for well-known destinations on the coast. But while you’re on your three-month trip across the America, you’ll want to make time to go off the beaten path and discover ...


11 Tips for Traveling Solo

25 July 2017

Traveling solo is something everyone should do at least once. It’s a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a different culture while also finding out about your true self as you navigate through new environments and experiences. Traveling alone can also seem like a scary experience if you have ...


Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks

19 July 2017

When you’re looking for a chance to escape the city and unplug for a while, there’s possibly no better place to go than a national park for some pure, unadulterated nature. You’ll get to take in spectacular sights while hiking and biking along scenic trails, spot some local wildlife in their ...


6 City Parks to Check out Near HI USA Hostels

19 July 2017

Visiting a new city is an exciting experience – all the sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis – but sometimes it’s nice to find a green space to walk around or just sit and reflect on your travels. When you visit HI USA hostels in big cities across America, you’ll have access to some of the ...


How to Spend Three Months in America Part One: East Coast

23 June 2017

Summer’s officially here, and if you’re planning on spending your school break or hard-earned vacation time on a trip to the US, there’s plenty to keep you occupied! In fact, you could easily spend a full three months exploring the diverse people, places, and cultures that make up this vast ...


7 Sweet Spots to go Swimming this Summer

23 June 2017

What’s not to love about the summer? Long days and warm nights, road trips and outdoor adventures, new cities to see and new friends to make at HI USA hostels. And, when the sun gets a little too hot, is there anything better than taking a refreshing swim to cool down?Take a look at some of the sweet ...


Fun & Easy Ways to ‘Green’ Your Vacation

12 June 2017

Want to make your next vacation more sustainable, without sacrificing any of the fun or spending lots of extra money? It’s surprisingly simple to make travel choices that are healthier for the planet, starting with how you plan your trip. 1. Avoid peak travel times Overly busy tourist hot ...


Lighten Up Your Travel Footprint

12 June 2017

With a few new habits that won’t cost you anything, you can help make any place you choose to visit a more sustainable travel destination for years to come, whether it’s a Polynesian island, an African wildlife reserve or a historic European city. 1. Ditch the water bottle Multiply a little ...


Pack Your Impact on the Cape & Islands

23 May 2017

Ditch the car, soak up the sun, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Cape and Islands. If you’re not familiar with this part of the country, Massachusetts has a long, narrow peninsula that sweeps out into the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal region is known as Cape Cod, home to ...


9 Not-So-Obvious Packing Tips

22 May 2017

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 ...


5 Coastal Hostels for Northern California Adventures

15 May 2017

Ready to discover Northern California beyond San Francisco? No matter what you’re in the mood for, the area’s wind-swept coastline, gorgeous national parks, and inherent spirit of adventure make it a destination unlike any other. Check out HI USA’s collection of hostels up and down the Northern ...


Celebrating John Estrada’s 40 Years of Service

10 May 2017

In 1977, John Estrada answered a call for volunteers to assist the HI Los Angeles Council open their first hostel. John was promoted from volunteer to Executive Director of the Council by the time the Harbor City Hostel opened in 1978 and he continued to serve in that position until the Council ...


Fearless Females of Travel

09 May 2017

Being a solo female traveler can be an exciting, and yet very intimidating experience. That’s why we’ve asked four female travelers from across the country to share their best travel advice to keep our female explorers inspired and empowered to continue discovering new parts of the world. Talia H. ...


Free For All: Seattle

01 May 2017

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 ...


Pack Your Impact in Washington DC

01 May 2017

Staying at HI Washington DC is a cultural experience unto itself. You’ll feel it during outings to national monuments, live performances, and historical neighborhoods. You’ll taste it with ethnic meals cooked at the hostel by volunteers. And you’ll be right in the middle of it with every hello and ...