HI USA News

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 ...


8 Things I Always Pack When I Stay at a Hostel

28 November 2018

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? ...


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 ...


Edible Education: Cooking as a Second Language

18 October 2018

Something has been happening in HI USA hostel kitchens across the country. From San Francisco to Richmond, Virginia, travelers and community members have been coming together to learn about different cultures by preparing and eating delicious food. Through Cooking as a Second Language, one of HI USA’s ...


11 Kitchen Hacks for Cooking at a Hostel

12 October 2018

By Christine Emhardt Read Christine's 9 Tips for Staying in a Hostel at her blog, And the Story Goes. Staying at hostels can save travelers a ton of money, and cooking your own meals there instead of eating out can save you even more! Even if you don’t cook often at home, don’t worry: with a few ...


Should You Stay in a Hostel as a Couple?

03 October 2018

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah at her blog, Endless Distances A few months ago, I was eating dinner with my boyfriend at a hostel in Portugal when a fellow guest said, “Okay, I think I’m missing something here. How do you guys know each other? Are you…dating?!”  And I get it! A lot ...


6 Ways to Achieve Hostel Hygge While Traveling this Winter

02 October 2018

Whether you love or loathe the winter, there’s something to be said about the feeling of being warm and cozy inside when it’s so cold outside. The Dutch have a word for it, hygge (pronounced hue-gah), and it’s all about appreciating the little moments of bliss found in being comfy and content. ...


My Trip to Kathmandu

18 September 2018

By: Allie Stephens   Allie is a 2017 winner of HI USA’s Explore the World Scholarship from San Francisco. Allie used her scholarship money to travel to Nepal, where she volunteered with the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal. This is her story. As I ran across the street, cars zoomed around ...


Why Fall is the Best Time to Visit San Francisco

23 August 2018

Brigid M. Hughes is a San Francisco writer whose work has appeared in The Rumpus, MissionMission, and Memoir Magazine.  When I was a kid growing up in San Francisco, we longed for summer days when we could wear shorts or play at the beach. But that’s not how this city works. I grew up and still ...


3 Mini Road Trips to Take this Fall

22 August 2018

They say the best thing about travel is the journey and not the destination, but we say it’s a little bit of both. You can’t deny the feeling of ultimate freedom you get from a road trip with friends, and there’s also something great about arriving at a place you’ve never been before. And while ...


Battle of the Best Food Cities in the US

09 August 2018

One of the best things about traveling is experiencing a new culture through its food. Across the United States, from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between, you can indulge in iconic foods that highlight a specific region. Some cities share similar signature eats, and depending on ...


How to Do Cape Cod On a Budget

26 July 2018

Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula on the Massachusetts coast, is largely known as a vacation destination for the rich and famous, including U.S. presidents, pop stars, and Hollywood A-listers. But while many people might think that a vacation on Cape Cod is too expensive, it’s actually more ...


Go Camping Without a Tent

19 July 2018

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 ...


How Traveling Solo Made Me Feel Less Alone

27 June 2018

By Sarah Bence Read more from Sarah on her blog, Endless Distances The first time I tried traveling alone, I got trapped in an apartment in Madrid. But let me start at the beginning. In an attempt to dip my toe in the metaphorical pool of solo travel, I booked a one-day layover in Madrid. I ...


Why Choose a Hostel Over a Hotel

20 June 2018

By: Lauren Marinigh  Read more from Lauren on her blog, Twirl the Globe.   Hostels can sometimes get a bad reputation, and there are some people out there who may be hesitant to stay in a hostel based on this stereotype. However, this preconceived idea or image of a hostel is not ...


How to Hostel

14 June 2018

The first time you spend time at a hostel, you’ll quickly come to realize that hostelling is more than just about finding a place to sleep at night. When you hostel, you’re choosing an experience that is social, that lets you explore a new destination beyond its typical tourist attractions, ...


Best US Cities to Celebrate Pride

07 June 2018

It’s Pride Month! Cities across the country and the world will be celebrating the LGBTQ community throughout June with a host of epic parades and lively events. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Pride destinations where you can get fully immersed in the spirit of joy and love that encompasses ...


Lindsey & Meghan Hughes Visit HI Chicago

31 May 2018

We invited YouTube vloggers Lindsey and Meghan Hughes to our HI Chicago hostel to give them their first taste of hostelling and help them connect with some of their fans. Here’s what they had to say about the experience.   A post shared by Hostelling International USA (@hiusa) on Apr 22, ...


Best Bike Shares near HI USA Hostels

21 May 2018

There’s no better way to get to know a new city than by cycling around, and with bike sharing becoming more and more popular, it’s getting easier to do so. When you stay at HI USA hostels across the country, you’ll have access to public bikes, and bicycles to rent so you can explore ...


How to Spend Three Months in America: East Coast

17 May 2018

So, you’re planning a three month adventure traveling across America, but you don’t want to do it the ordinary way. You want to see the big sights, but you also want to go off the beaten path and discover secrets of the cities and magical small towns. We happen to know a thing or two about budget ...


6 Takeaways from the Diversity Abroad Annual Conference 2018

16 May 2018

By Indigo Goodson, Education Coordinator at HI New York City hostel As the Education Coordinator at HI New York City hostel, I facilitate a program called Study Abroad 101 and spend a lot of time preparing young people for their first international travel opportunity. A core component of our Study ...


Moms Who Hostel

13 May 2018

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the moms who inspire us to travel. From the moms who helped us start exploring the world at a young age to the moms who are willing to sleep on the top bunk at any age, we salute you. You help us make the world a better place by being open-minded, ...