HI USA News

  • 6 Expert Tips to Book Cheap Bus Tickets

    Guest post by Karina Barriga Albring of Wanderu It’s a broad belief among many that people living on a budget cannot afford to go on adventures because it would mean breaking the bank. Well, here’s the good news, friends: this isn’t true. To prove that, we want to share with you our 6 expert ...

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  • What is a Youth Hostel?

    What is a youth hostel? A hostel is a type of budget accommodation where people have the option of staying in dorms or private rooms, and there are usually shared bathrooms, a communal kitchen and common hangout areas. Hostels also usually offer activities for guests so they get to know each other and ...

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  • Meet this year’s IOU Respect Participants!

    After a competitive application process, 4 individuals were selected to participate in IOU Respect, a HI USA signature program that exemplifies our mission. These 4 delegates will join representatives from Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, and Tunisia for an intensive 2 weeks of facilitated discussion on ...

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  • 11 Tips for Traveling Solo

    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 ...

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  • Green Footprints: Sacramento

    With a wealth of good weather year round, Sacramento is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and anyone who is up for new adventures while keeping conscious of their impact on the Earth. And if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find this capital city has plenty of things to do for the traveler in ...

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  • Travel Tips: Planning a Trip to San Francisco

    Every city and town around the world has its own little quirks and characteristics that make it interesting, and the reason we travel is to experience these differences and take a little piece of them with us when we move on to the next destination. When you stay at our HI San Francisco hostels, ...

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  • Dorm Tips and Hostel Etiquette

    Staying at a HI USA hostel can be a life-changing experience: it’s where you interact with people and learn about cultures from all over the world, make lifelong friends and memories, and fall in love with a city that you’ve gotten to know while travelling the world. Staying in a hostel can also ...

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  • HI USA Awards 11 Travel Scholarships in Southern California

    HI USA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Explore the World Scholarships for the Los Angeles and San Diego area. The $2,000 scholarship was awarded to eleven individuals who best demonstrated a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through international ...

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  • Green Footprints: New York City

    Beneath the shining lights, crowded streets, and landmark attractions that hallmark NYC is a city rich in culture, preservation, and community. Whether you want to see great works of art or the hidden gardens of the concrete labyrinth, there’s a way to do it sustainably. Here’s how: Garden Party ...

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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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  • How Your Stay at HI USA Does Good

    Our mission. HI USA takes travel seriously. So seriously in fact that along with offering enlightening hostelling experiences across America, our non-profit organization is also dedicated to spreading the joy of seeing the world. That’s why we run several signature programs for guests at our ...

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  • Green Footprints: Los Angeles

    There’s more to Los Angeles than famous zip codes and celebrities of all kinds. When you live like a local, you’ll discover captivating natural beauty, a distinctive local culture, and a dedication to satisfying your mind, body, and spirit. Here’s what the real LA is all about, and here’s how ...

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  • HI USA Partners With the National Peace Corps Association

    HI USA is proud to welcome the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) as an official partner and excited to welcome returned Peace Corps volunteers into our international community of travelers! As both organizations seek to advance deeper understanding, respect, and tolerance among people from all ...

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  • France’s 5 Best Cycling Routes

    MontSaintMichel© “Shrink your carbon footprint!” Do you love your bicycle and the freedom it gives you to just pedal off for miles of adventures? Come to France and spin your wheels around our countryside, taking in our fabulous heritage. Green tracks, hidden lanes, vineyards, walnut tree ...

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  • Green Footprints: Boston

    Consistently ranked one of the top 3 most walkable cities in the US, Boston makes it easy to be a responsible traveler without sacrificing excitement or adventure. Surrounded by water and infused with rich American history, Boston satisfies every traveler’s agenda. Discover your perfect day in ...

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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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  • Three Cool Things to Do Within Walking Distance of Fort Mason

    A stay at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf means you’ve got everything at your fingertips. Being in the historic Fort Mason, a former military post, means that travelers have access to a wealth of museums and eateries, as well as stunning views of the San Francisco Bay on one side, and the sprawl ...

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  • 5 Places to See FREE Live Music in Madison This Summer

    I’m always on the hunt for live music when I visit a new city. Not only is it affordable entertainment, but a free show is a great place to meet locals and learn what makes a community unique. I’ve hunted out some great places nearby the HI Madison hostel to see FREE live music this summer, but ...

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  • Green Footprints: San Francisco

    While you’re traveling in San Francisco, it may seem like a daunting task to discover all the city’s amazing offerings and do so with the greenest footprints possible – but you’ve taken the right first step by choosing to stay at a HI USA hostel! Each of our San Francisco locations are ...

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  • Marc Edward’s Guide to Sacramento

    Marc Edwards: GM at HI Sacramento Hostel There’s a lot to love about California’s capital city. Especially if you ask Marc Edwards, general manager at HI Sacramento hostel, who’s lived in four major cities including San Francisco and Washington D.C. Apart from being rich in history as a ...

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  • Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks

    On August 25th, The National Park Service will turn 100 years old! In honor of this grand milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels located in or 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 ...

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  • June 4 & 5: Letterbox Wisconsin: A Travel Hobby Series

    ​ Letterbox Wisconsin: A Travel Hobby Series Saturday, June 4, 2016: Intro Class & Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. HI Madison – 141 South Butler Street, Madison, WI Sunday, June 5: Carving Event & Find 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Governor Nelson State Park - 5140 Co ...

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  • Tips for Women Traveling Solo

    Alicia Flores in Valparíso, Chile in the beautiful city-sector of Cerro Alegre. Nothing should stop someone from seeing the world, especially being a woman! I am here to demystify the notion that a woman traveling alone is an unsafe, foolish, or a radical idea. From traveling solo in Europe to ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Michelle McDade

    I was a late bloomer by many travelers’ standards. At the age of 26, I had enough of my life in Brooklyn and set out on a trip to…somewhere. That trip landed me in Jackson Square, New Orleans. I fell in love with the city, music, food, excitement, and culture. I knew I wanted to stay longer than a ...

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  • The Best Places to Travel Alone

    Oh, the places you will go! So you’ve decided that you’ll be travelling alone, and now the question is, where to? There are many things to consider when visiting a new place on your own, like how easy is it to get around? How safe will it be? Will it be easy to talk to and interact with other ...

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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: Portland

    Put your flannel on - you’re in Portland. Home to beer, bikes, natural beauty and more beer, this city is perfect for foodies, active travelers, and those who embrace all things weird. And, there are tons of ways to experience this city for free! Pioneer Courthouse Square Welcome to the heart ...

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  • Free For All: Los Angeles

    Most travelers assume that to have fun in Los Angeles, you’re going to have to spend like a movie star. But, lucky for you, Los Angeles is massive and offers an abundance of free activities. From beaches and lighthouses to music and art, here’s a look at some of the great free activities and ...

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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: 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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  • 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 ...

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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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  • Free For All: Chicago

    What do hotdogs, blues music, and beaches have in common? You’ll find them all in the Windy City! And here’s where you can find those and more for free: Lincoln Park Lincoln Park is both a park and a trendy neighborhood. The park features a conservatory, filled with exotic plants, as well as ...

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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 ...

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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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  • Tried and Tested: Awesome Hostel Activities to Take Advantage of!

    Written by: Jennifer Doré Dallas Blogger at moimessouliers.org. Let’s keep the conversation going at @moimessouliers on Twitter and Instagram! Being bored when travelling is simply out of the question, and at HI USA it’s obvious! During our one-month trip along California’s coast, my ...

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  • Green Footprints: Washington, DC

    There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that it can almost seem impossible to do it all in one trip. But local insiders know that the town is actually quite small and easy to navigate, thanks to the metro, buses, and bikes in arm’s reach. As a bonus, many key attractions are also walkable ...

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  • 4 Types of People You’re Likely To Meet at HI USA Hostels

    One of the best things about staying at a HI USA hostel is the fact that you get to meet and interact with people you may not have paid much mind to out in the ”real world”. You just never know who you might befriend while hanging out in the hostel common room, or while you’re out on one of the ...

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  • 5 Bizarre Drinks You Can Only Find in Hong Kong

    Dear friends, speaking of beverages of Hong Kong, you might immediately think of the famous “milk tea made with sexy stockings”. But well, it doesn’t end there! Now, get ready to be surprised by these 5 EVEN MORE BIZARRE combinations!! 1. Black Cow (黑牛) With a scoop of chocolate or ...

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  • 3 Places to See Wildfowers Near HI USA Hostels

    Whether you’re used to warmer climates or quite content in the cold, there’s no denying that spring is a pretty wonderful time of the year. All the life that seems to have been hiding within the earth emerges, and the world seems to become a more colorful, brighter, livelier place. If you happen ...

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

    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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  • 7 Tips for a Successful Explore the World Application

    HI USA’s new Explore the World program is an exciting opportunity providing 81 $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 application that ...

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  • 5 Easy Recipes, Perfect for Hostellers!

    By Anne Larue, blogger at Montreal Addicts I love hostels for a lot of reasons and one of them is… the kitchen! I like cooking, so, when I can do it during my travel, I do it! HI USA’s kitchens are very well equipped: blender, pan, toaster, microwave, etc. Some guests cook really good and ...

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  • Desks Become Bunkbeds at HI USA Headquarters

    Hostelling International USA brings mission to life by replicating hostel experience at headquarters To fully bring to life the HI USA vision to create a more tolerant world, our Central Office team needs to live and breathe the hostelling experience. Traditionally, employees have been isolated ...

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  • Hostel Takeover’s Impressive Return to HI San Diego Downtown

    The Hostel Takeover Art Show is back and in full effect! Over 180 local community members attended this event at HI San Diego Downtown in January after its return from a 2 year hiatus. Prior to the hiatus, this hostel had been hosting Hostel Takeover for almost 3 years, starting in February, 2010. ...

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  • HI Chicago: An Exciting Urban Getaway

    Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, HI Chicago, the J. Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel, is the perfect place for an urban getaway! Take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile to experience world-class shopping & restaurants, visit the Art Institute of Chicago (recently voted the best museum ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Will Kasparian

    In 2013, the seed of travel was planted inside my head. For the longest time I wanted to study abroad and dive into different cultures. After months of researching I decided it would be a more incredible experience to see more than one country. That was the best decision I would ever make in my life. ...

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  • How To Do Portland on the Cheap

    Downtown Portland For those of us with the incurable thirst for travel and the never-satisfied itch for new adventures and new people-meeting, we know that sometimes not even those moths flying out of our empty wallets can prevent us from hitting the road. Fortunately, a stay at an HI USA hostel ...

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  • 5 Reasons to Spend Earth Hour and Earth Day at HI Point Montara

    One thing that all HI USA hostels have in common is that they strive to be good to the Earth and minimize the impact that traveling may have on the environment. From HI Boston in the East all the way to HI Point Montara on the West Coast, our hostels try to be as sustainable and green as possible, ...

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  • HI USA Launches Explore the World Travel Scholarship

    We are excited to announce the Explore the World scholarship, which will award 81 $2,000 scholarships for individuals to venture overseas on an educational or service learning journey. As HI USA works to create a more tolerant world, this program helps inspired young travelers in their efforts to make ...

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  • Coffee with Strangers RVA Visits HI Richmond

    Hostellers, before heading over to HI Richmond, plan your adventure by checking out the Coffee with Strangers RVA podcast. They interview an exciting and influential Richmonder every week and give you great tips on places to shop visit and eat while in the River City! ...

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  • Monterey: A Mini Music Capital

    Sitting between the two pop-culture powerhouse cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Monterey might not stand out as a pioneer town for anything except gorgeous beaches and laid-back living. But in truth, this is a town of firsts: it has California’s first state historic monument, it was where ...

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  • HI Richmond Featured in the Washington Post!

    Big names are starting to fall in love with HI Richmond! Check out what the Washington Post had to say about our new and trendy Richmond hostel: “Richmond has always been a bit rough around the edges —and proudly so. It’s no surprise, then, that the often-elegant city is also a haven for ...

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  • Artists in Residence: Jeff at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse at Sunset From National Park land to downtown streetscapes, hillside perches to coastal lighthouses, HI USA hostels are located in some of the most beautiful settings Northern California has to offer. So perhaps it’s not surprising that so many staff members across our ...

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  • The Votes Are In!

    HI USA has recently conducted two elections to fill important positions on our Board of Directors. We are very excited to share the results of these elections. AT-LARGE DIRECTORS HI USA looked to its members for nominations to fill 2 At-Large Director seats. 16 outstanding candidates lined the ...

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  • Women in Travel Summit (WITS) Announces WITS ‘16

    WITS by Wanderful will host 500 female travel bloggers in Irvine, CA in March, 2016 Wanderful - an international community and online resource for adventurous, independent, globally minded female travelers - has announced the third annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS), will take place at the ...

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  • WE HEART HI SANTA MONICA: Meeting the Challenge

    SM H.E.A.R.T. CAMPAIGN: Hostel Endowment And Resources for Travelers HI Santa Monica celebrated its 25th Anniversary on October 10, 2015 by thanking our donors, volunteers, staff, leaders, community members, and partners for their continued loyalty and support and kicked off the future facing SM ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Joanne Lam

    Why do I hostel? A question that I have to answer to on a regular basis, and yet, I still struggle to come up with a one liner. And that’s because there are so many reasons to why I hostel it’s hard to pinpoint just one. I hostel because of the unexpected encounters. I hostel to make new friends, ...

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  • Meeting Awesome People: Why I Stay in Hostels!

    Written by: Jennifer Doré DallasBlogger at moimessouliers.org Let’s keep the conversation going at @moimessouliers on Twitter and Instagram! Locals on a short weekend trip, world wanderers or global citizens, all interesting profiles of people that you can encounter in hostels. Want to engage ...

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  • 5 Ways to Get Arty in Point Reyes

    The Point Reyes National Seashore is known as a refuge for those who are looking to escape the chaos and calamity of everyday life. Within the expanse of the park, you get the serenity of green trees and shrubs on the hills and the calming magic of the ocean that stretches out forever, so a stay at HI ...

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  • Why I Chose HI USA for My Epic California Road Trip

    Written by: Jennifer Doré Dallas Blogger at moimessouliers.org Let’s keep the conversation going at @moimessouliers on Twitter and Instagram! I’ve always been a hostel ambassador and have been staying in them forever, so I guess it won’t come as a surprise that I chose to stay in Hostelling ...

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  • 12 Ways Travelers Find Love On The Go

    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 ...

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  • When Did You Fall in Love with Hostelling?

    Dear Hostels, We love you. childhood memories bring exchange students from far and wide that stayed with us and others and brought the word ‘hostel’ to me and dreams of train trips to Europe and Japan to my sisters. We threw parties that threw open the gates opening our ...

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  • Student Leaders From 3 Countries Give Back at HI Marin Headlands

    The communal kitchen at HI Marin Headlands hummed with the sounds of breakfast preparation and lively conversation early on a Saturday morning. Hostel guests visiting for the weekend mingled with teenagers from the Global Student Embassy, who were staying as part of HI USA’s Great Hostel Give Back ...

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  • Taking On the Hills of San Francisco

    If there’s one thing that there’s an abundance of in San Francisco, it’s hills. And usually, when folks are getting around the city by foot or by bike they do their best to avoid the thigh-busting streets and lanes. But on the Hills of San Francisco walking tour, which starts from HI San Francisco ...

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  • Our Seal Friends Adopted from the Marine Mammal Center

    You know how when you see a cute baby seal in pictures or in real life you wish you could just pick it up and take it home? Since you can’t actually do that, we did the next best thing, which was to adopt two young Pacific Harbor seals from the Marine Mammal Center. This haven for oceanic ...

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  • Best Things to Do in France for Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day - just whimsy? No…For romantic travellers, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for tender or passionate adventure. Sound sentimental? It doesn’t have to be. Come with us on a whirlwind tour of the six best destinations for couples, from the famous to the less well known to the ...

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  • Not Just a Hostel: HI Phoenix Is Leading the Way As a Cultural Hub

    There is a lot on the forefront here at HI Phoenix! In our busiest season yet, we’ve proudly taken our hostel to new levels. Winter is an excellent time to visit the city; with a bustling downtown scene and access to incredible hikes and scenic drives, the desert is well-worth the experience. In ...

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  • HI DC: Peaceful and Patriotic

    Nestled in the heart of our capitol, HI DC is literally blocks from Metro Center and Chinatown and just a short minute walk to the National Monument and White House. The hostel has 250 beds and rises up eight floors. Its most popular hangout spots – the outdoor patio in spring months and large ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Joelle Dent

    I was 14 years old the first time I stayed at a hostel. I was with my youth group, en-route to do service work in Maine when we stayed at HI Boston for the night. Before we got there, I remember we were all a bit skeptical - after all, we had no idea what a hostel would be like. It turned out, of ...

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  • Stay at HI Sacramento, Learn Something New

    One of the many perks of traveling is that, even when you’re not really trying, you’re expanding your mind. You’re figuring out how to navigate unfamiliar territory, you’re learning about different cultures and customs, and you’re discovering things about yourself that you might not have ...

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  • Off the Beaten Path Bucket List

    Choose the road less travelled. If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go to new places so that you can get a better understanding of the people and the culture that makes the essence of a city, then you’re not likely to turn to oft-visited websites and guide books for suggestions of ...

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  • At-Large Director Election – Voting Now Open!

    The nominations are in, and now it’s your chance to help shape the future of HI USA! Elections are now open to select 2 At-Large Directors to serve a 3-year term on the HI USA Board of Directors. Take a minute, and meet the nominees! HI USA members who meet the following criteria will be ...

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  • HI USA Named #1 Best HI Hostel Network 2015

    12 HI USA hostels earn awards during Hostelling International’s global competition Hostelling International USA (HI USA) has been named the #1 Best HI Hostel Network for 2015, out of 90 countries in the Hostelling International (HI) global network. This honor was announced during HI’s annual HI ...

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  • Do California from HI Point Montara and HI Pigeon Point

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re the kind of traveler who has to plan every step of the journey or the go-with-the-flow-type: when you’re a visiting a new city there are certain things that you have to see or do because they are unique to that place. When in New York, you can’t miss Central ...

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  • 10 Travel Resolutions For the New Year

    As another year comes to an end, we all start thinking about the 12 months ahead and how we can try make them a little better than the ones before. And if your resolutions for the coming year include more travel, we’ve got some suggestions you can take on the road. So, never mind about eating less ...

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  • APAP World Music Showcase Kicks Off at HI New York City

    APAP is a world music industry conference, where musicians, agents, publicists and other music industry influencers from all over the world come together to share knowledge and make professional connections. The actual conference is being held at the Hilton starting on January 15, but HI New York City ...

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  • Expand Your Global Network Without Ever Leaving the U.S.

    Original Content written by Britt Hysen of MiLLENNiAL Magazine Travel has never been so popular! With the advent of Pinterest, Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet it has become easier than ever to explore the world through our phones, tablets, and computers. As a result of following these daily travel sites, ...

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  • 4 Ways to Include EcoTravel Into Your Next Trip

    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 ...

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  • HI NYC Launches New Educational Programs

    HI NYC is excited to expand our community outreach by rolling out some exciting new cross-cultural educational programming to engage local youth. Our three main programs are Study Abroad 101, Cultural Kitchen and Community Expressions. Study Abroad 101 is a workshop that educates community college ...

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  • Bikes and Beer: Portland’s Way of Life

    Saying that Portland is a bike-friendly town is about as obvious as saying that hostellers like free food. Accordingly, the city has more bicycle shops than you can shake a handlebar at where the droves of two-wheeled commuters get their fixies fixed and their tires trued. And what do Portlanders do ...

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  • Navigating the Return: Lessons from Abroad in the Southwest Region

    Get excited - the Lessons from Abroad (LFA) Returnee Conference in both the Rocky Mountain Region and San Diego Region are coming up in just a few short months. LFA is an event chock-full of info on international job opportunities, details on graduate schools abroad, and professional-development ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Sue Schaffner

    After years of being a tourist, I became a traveler at the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station. It was not that I had not been on family vacations or taken a train to a new destination. I had even spent the past six months living on a kibbutz in Israel, touring the Holy Land, with a jaunt down to Egypt. It ...

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  • HI Austin: Sustainably Relaxing

    HI Austin rests in a city park on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, providing a peaceful setting only minutes from downtown Austin. In our recently renovated hostel, guests are just minutes away from bus lines, the 10-mile Butler Hike and Bike Trail, music festivals, as well as local bars and restaurants. ...

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  • Make Food, Make Friends at HI Sacramento

    There’s something about the fall time that makes sharing a meal around a table seem extra enticing – maybe because it’s Thanksgiving season in the US, or perhaps it’s just because the colder weather calls for hearty food and cozy conversations. If you’re traveling, it might be a little ...

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  • Explore Our Great Holiday Hostel Destinations

    As guests continue to arrive at our hostels throughout the holidays, it’s our job to make them feel right at home. We have some great holiday hostel destinations creating a home away from home this festive season: HI Mississippi Headwaters will be having its 2nd annual New Years Eve Party. Last ...

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  • Stay at a Hostel, Brighten the World

    At HI USA, we believe hostelling can be a real force for good, and as more and more people are opening their eyes to the joys of travel, this form of social, budget-friendly accommodation is fast becoming the popular choice for young and old who are looking to explore the United States and beyond. ...

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  • 9 Famous Addresses to Visit in San Francisco

    Sometimes, while you’re staying at a hostel, you’ll find it a little challenging to connect with your fellow travelers beyond the usual “where are you from?” conversation – maybe the language barrier is particularly strong or it’s extra difficult to find the flooring for common ground. That ...

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  • 5 New Years Resolutions You Can Achieve By Traveling

    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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  • Reflections on Paris: Words from Our CEO and Travel Scholar

    In the few weeks following attacks in Paris, Nigeria, Beirut, Mali, and several other cities and countries across the globe, we still reflect on the actions of those perpetrators, and mourn the lives of those lost. Paris was particularly meaningful to our CEO Russ Hedge, as HI USA had just participated ...

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  • #GivingTuesday with HI USA

    We’ve given thanks, gone through Black Friday, supported Small Business Saturday, and found great deals on Cyber Monday. Now, we enter the season of giving with #GivingTuesday, a day across the globe we give back to our favorite causes and charities. HI USA provides several opportunities to ...

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