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Why this Community Organization Loves the Great Hostel Give Back

17 October 2019

When Maria and her fellow high school sophomore students from Los Angeles arrived at HI Monterey hostel in Northern California, they were nervous and excited. They got a tour of the kitchen where they’d be making meals and of the spacious, nautical-themed common room with the ping pong table. “The ...


You’ll Be Glad You Kept a Travel Journal. Here’s How to Do it.

09 October 2019

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances. For years, I thought I was too busy having adventures while traveling to bother writing about them in real time. Gradually, however, I began the process of travel journaling. Now, it’s become a habit, and it’s one of my favorite ...


Traveling while Queer: I Spy a Rainbow Flag

27 September 2019

By Parrish Turner Parrish is a freelance writer who volunteers at "Traveling While Queer" workshops at HI New York City The first gay bar I ever went to was in Serbia on my first trip abroad. It was 2015 and I was in Belgrade. In 2014, the city had held its first official Pride March after previous ...


Tips for Traveling with a Chronic Illness

13 September 2019

by Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances. Over the last eight years, I was diagnosed with two chronic illnesses. Both times, the diagnosis turned my world upside down. With celiac disease, I had to change everything I ate. With the extent I now had to monitor my food’s ...


6 HI USA Destinations Where You Can Stay Like a Local

10 September 2019

More and more travelers are choosing to explore beyond the well-beaten tourist track, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they get to be immersed in local culture and experience day-to-day life in a new destination, but it’s a more sustainable way to travel too because they support small ...


Avoid Travel Burnout with these 6 Tips for Travel Self-Care

21 August 2019

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances. I learned how to practice travel self-care after a serious case of burnout. I’d been traveling “nomadically” without a home base for four months – during which time I visited 17 countries! However, I hardly experienced those ...


Why You Should Consider Hostels for Your Next Family Trip

16 August 2019

Traveling with children is a lot different than traveling solo or with a friend or two, but that doesn’t mean you have to rule out hostels as an option when you’re looking for a place to stay. In fact, hostels are great for families: not only are amenities like shared kitchens and private family ...


The Best Scoops of Ice Cream Across the U.S.A. This Summer

02 August 2019

We’re of the opinion that once summer reaches its peak, there’s no better way to sample a city’s local food scene than by eating as much ice cream as possible. In some of our favorite destinations around the country, the ice cream scene is seriously heating up, taking creative ingredients and ...


8 Things I Always Pack When I Stay at a Hostel

24 July 2019

By: Sarah Stockman  Sarah is a front desk agent at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel.  The first time I stayed in a hostel I was 19. I knew what they were from stories my mom told about the summer she traipsed through Europe, but I wasn’t quite sure what I needed to bring with me. Sheets? ...


How to Get the Most out of your HI USA Membership

19 July 2019

Whether you’re type of traveler who likes to take a bunch of small trips throughout the year, or a one-big-trip-per-year kind of person, there are many reasons why getting a HI USA membership is totally worth it. Not only will you have access to some pretty spectacular hostels across the country and ...


6 Myths About Hostels

10 July 2019

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances. Hostels have provided some of the most unique accommodations and best local experiences I’ve had while traveling. Yet, I still meet people who believe the unflattering rumors they’ve heard about hostels. You probably know the ...


Go Camping Without a Tent

09 July 2019

Camping is a great way to experience the natural beauty of a destination, but lugging around a tent and sleeping bag when you travel can be a chore. If you’d like to enjoy all the best parts of camping, but want to lighten your load, we’ve got you covered.  You can still get up close and ...


Should You Stay in a Hostel or a Home Rental on Your Next Trip?

26 June 2019

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances If you’re like me, you probably spend longer deciding where to book your accommodation than planning any other aspect of your trip. These days, there are so many different kinds of places to stay… but how do you choose? I often find ...


7 Sweet Spots to go Swimming this Summer

25 June 2019

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 ...


Where to Spend the 4th of July When Visiting the USA

20 June 2019

If you’ll be visiting the United States on or around July 4, get ready for a serious party: that’s when Americans celebrate our Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July. “The Fourth,” as you’ll also hear it called, commemorates America’s public Declaration of Independence ...


8 Road Trip Tips You Need for the Best Summer Ever

13 June 2019

From short and sweet road trips to long-haul adventures, there’s something magical about hitting the highway with your favorite friends in the summer. As we all know, to have a good road trip, everyone has their role: the pilot drives, the co-pilot navigates and changes the music, and the passenger in ...


Here’s Where to Take Every Type of Dad for Father’s Day

06 June 2019

Father’s Day is coming around again and we can already see all the neckties that inevitably get gifted at this time of the year. How about going for something different and treating the dad in your life to a getaway, either solo or with you, his favorite kid? Whether your dad is an outdoor type, a ...


7 Spots to Upgrade Your Instagram at HI USA Hostels

22 May 2019

Travel is one of the best things you can do to enrich and shake up your life. And, let’s be honest: it can do the same for your Instagram feed. But at HI USA, we know you’re not just snapping photos for your followers: you’re capturing your own travel memories. So, we’re letting you in on eight ...


5 Tips for Making Friends While Traveling

20 May 2019

By Rach Kusel Rach is a Kiwi writer currently living in London. Here she shares her tips on how to make friends on the road on behalf of HI USA's newest partner, Busabout. For a lot of people, the idea of traveling solo can lead to a mixed bag of emotions, and it’s hard to know what to feel. ...


Best US Cities to Celebrate Pride

13 May 2019

Here comes Pride season! Cities across the country and the world will be celebrating the LGBTQ community throughout the summer with a host of epic parades and lively events. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Prides in some of the most gay friendly cities where you can get fully immersed in the ...


Best Places to See Wildflowers Across the Country

24 April 2019

Spring is a great time to travel, because what better reason to hit the road than chasing the rainbow-colored wildflowers blooming across the country? We’ve put together a collection of some of the best places to see spring wildflowers that are conveniently close to HI USA hostels, so you can make a ...


How Community Organizations are Using Hostel Spaces for Free

19 April 2019

Part of what makes HI USA hostels such amazing places to stay is the huge variety of common spaces you’ll find there. From shared guest lounges, to industrial kitchens and cozy libraries, to full-fledged community event spaces, our hostels have a room to share. And while you might think those spaces ...


4 Idyllic Hostels to Visit When You Need a Digital Detox

16 April 2019

Feeling overwhelmed by all the emails, tweets and retweets, and Instagram posts? You might need a digital detox. It’s a good idea to disconnect from your devices and the online world, and reconnect with yourself and the world in real life every now and then, and there’s no better time to do so than ...


Should You Stay in a Hostel While Traveling Alone?

01 April 2019

If you’ve ever thought about traveling solo, one or two people have probably suggested that you give staying in hostels a try. But is staying in a hostel alone right for you? The truth is, solo hostel travel isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking to expand your social circle on the road and ...


7 Lighthouses You Can Visit from HI USA Hostels

15 March 2019

There’s something magical about lighthouses. They’re cool to look at and feel safe because of the work they do, and of course it doesn’t hurt that they usually happen to be in beautiful surroundings. With so much coastal land, the U.S. has plenty of picture-perfect lighthouses that are definitely ...


5 Unique, Budget-Friendly Spring Break Stays

26 February 2019

Want to try someplace new for Spring Break in 2019? Forget the over-crowded beaches and expensive hotels and make your getaway to a unique U.S. city instead. Whether you want to spend your time off relaxing in the sun, eating good food, or just living like a local in a new environment, we’ve got the ...


6 Luxury Locations You Can Visit on a Budget

22 February 2019

Let’s be honest: when it comes to travel, some of us have first-class taste and a coach budget. But we’re here to tell you that it’s entirely possible to hang out in destinations for the rich and famous without having to spend like they do. The secret is to visit these prime locations where you ...


Walk Among Giants: 7 Places to See California’s Redwoods

15 February 2019

There are giants in California. They jut out of soil dampened by fog rolling in from the Pacific and reach greater heights than any other living thing on the planet. They are the coast redwoods: the world’s tallest trees. Many of them grow to be over 200 feet tall and the tallest soar to over 350 feet ...


How Volunteer Travel Helped Me Find My Community

11 February 2019

By Devon Mason Read more from Devon on her blog, Devon Meets World. Solo travel might seem awkward and scary at first, but it can also be rewarding in a number of ways. First, there are the obvious perks: solo travel allows you to become more comfortable in your own head space, and being able to tune ...


4 Hostels Perfect for Valentine’s Day Getaways

31 January 2019

If travel is one of your Love Languages, it won’t take much to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for you and the wanderluster in your life. Picture a romantic getaway to somewhere scenic where you can explore beautiful places by day, and cozy up in a comfy hostel by night. Single? Not a ...


7 Hostel Etiquette Tips For the First (or Millionth) Time Hosteller

24 January 2019

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances. Sleeping in a dorm room is undoubtedly the most affordable way to hostel, but many people might be put off by the thought of strangers sleeping by their side. I know I definitely was! The first time I ever stayed in a hostel, my two ...


6 Places You Should Travel to This Year

16 January 2019

New year, new you, right? If more travel is part of that new you, there’s no better way to make the year a good one than by visiting a few underrated destinations. We’ve got a list of places around the country where you can make great memories of unforgettable experiences.  Choose from bigger ...


5 Healthy Travel Habits for the New Year

07 January 2019

If you’re looking to detox after the holidays and get the New Year off to a healthy start, travel might sound like a counter-productive idea. After all, one of the best things about travel is how quickly it shakes up our daily routines. But the good news is, it’s easy to keep your mind and body ...


9 Unique New York City Experiences for Your Next Trip

04 January 2019

With its eclectic mix of cultures, languages, foods, art, and so much more, New York City is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. It’s this diversity that makes NYC the perfect destination for educational travel, too. And thanks to a new partnership between HI New York City hostel and ...


4 U.S. Cities That Are Even Better in the Winter

28 December 2018

If you want to avoid the crowds, save money, and experience a new city the way few tourists ever will, it’s all about traveling during low season. And while winter brings heavy snowfall and chilly temperatures to many of our favorite U.S. destinations, it’s still an excellent time of year to explore ...


4 Warm Winter Destinations You can Escape to Right Now

20 December 2018

If the winter blues are getting to be a bit too much for you this year, we’ve got good news! There are a few fabulous winter sun destinations you can visit for a few days of blissful escape, and you don’t have to go very far (like to southern hemisphere) or break the bank to get there. Lie on the ...


9 Holiday Gifts for Every Traveler on Your List

07 December 2018

Not sure what to get the travelers in your life this holiday season? Your best bet is anything that will help them travel better, longer, or more easily. The good news is, there’s no shortage of accessories and gadgets out there to fit the bill. Here are 9 of our favorite holiday gifts for all the ...


Celebrating the Spirit of a Hostel Thanksgiving

19 November 2018

Thanksgiving is the perfect hosteller’s holiday because it’s all about getting together with friends old and new, eating lots of great food, and reflecting on the things that you’re grateful for. So, whether you’re an American familiar with the holiday’s traditions, or a traveler who’s new ...


6 Destinations for Last-Minute Three-Day Weekends

07 November 2018

Forgot to make plans for the upcoming long weekend, but still want to get out of town? No problem! It’s not too late to plan an epic three-day getaway no matter where you live, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Here are six of our favorite destinations for last-minute getaways. Each one ...


The Hostel Stay that Changed My Life

05 November 2018

By Jay Cooke Jay Cooke is a San Francisco-based travel writer who still wishes he never did sell that funky old Firebird.  When I first arrived in San Francisco, I had no plans to stay. No way, no thank you, nuh-uh, not me.  As a full-on global traveler, my path was already laid out. I’d ...