HI USA News

  • Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks

    On August 25th, the National Park Service will turn 101 years old! In honor of this grand milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels located in and 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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  • 6 City Parks to Check out Near HI USA Hostels

    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 ...

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  • 5 Genius Accessories We Can’t Travel Without

    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 ...

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

    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 ...

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  • 7 Sweet Spots to go Swimming this Summer

    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 ...

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  • Fun & Easy Ways to ‘Green’ Your Vacation

    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 ...

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  • Lighten Up Your Travel Footprint

    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 ...

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  • Pack Your Impact on the Cape & Islands

    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 ...

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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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  • 5 Coastal Hostels for Northern California Adventures

    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 ...

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  • Celebrating John Estrada’s 40 Years of Service

    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 ...

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  • Fearless Females of Travel

    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. ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in Washington DC

    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 ...

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  • Why We Hostel: Community Dinners

    One of our favorite things about our hostels are Community Dinners. Sometimes they are planned and happen regularly and sometimes they spontaneously happen when a bunch of travelers come together on their own to make and share food with each other. From big hostels like HI San Francisco City Center to ...

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  • 6 Things You Can Do Before Your Trip to Enhance the Experience

    Whether you’re going it solo, or you’ve get a bestie or five by your side, there are a few things you can do before your trip that can enhance the experience of exploring a new place and getting to know a different culture. Once you’ve done the easiest and most important, which is booking your ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in Point Montara

    In their natural state, the gardens at HI Point Montara Lighthouse hostel are a tangle of greenery made up of coastal succulents and little optimistic wildflowers. They rise and swell to the rhythm of wind and nature just like the waves of the Pacific Ocean alongside them do. For the visitors who come ...

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  • 5 Perfect Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts

    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 ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in Portland

    HI Portland Hawthorne is so green, Kermit the Frog would be jealous. From plants on the roof to toilets fueled by rainwater to a bike service station, this hostel infuses sustainability into its core. So it should come as no surprise that they have big plans for the sustainability trifecta: Earth Hour, ...

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  • How HI USA’s $2,000 Grant Helped Piper Travel to Rwanda

    When Piper Sutherland heard about an opportunity to spend some time in Rwanda learning and volunteering with locals and other travelers, she knew that this was something that she had to do. The only barrier to her plans was a lack of funds to pay for the three-week program with Global Youth ...

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  • Pack Your Impact: What Does It Mean?

    So what exactly does Pack your Impact mean? It means leaving a positive print on every place and person that you meet. Here at HI USA we believe that whether we’re travelling to see beautiful landscapes, historical cities or fascinating cultures, it’s vital that we do so responsibly. If not, 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. 14 outstanding candidates lined the ...

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  • Eat Your Way Around the World at HI USA Hostels

    When you think of traditional American food what comes to mind? Pizzas? Burgers? Fries? Or is it maybe tacos, injera bread or General Tso’s chicken? One of the things that makes the United States awesome to visit is the melting pot of cultures from all around the world that can be found – and tasted ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in New York City

    Real New Yorkers don’t hang out in Times Square. They definitely don’t go to the Empire State Building. And the Statue of Liberty is more of a passing glimpse than a destination. Of course, a traveler should see these things, but HI NYC wants to make sure you experience the city as a local would. ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in Boston

    Hack for 2030 What do you get when you combine 17 changemakers, creatives, and developers from 10 countries in a hostel for 48 hours? Hack For 2030, the first-ever hackathon inside a hostel in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Held at HI Boston – one of the world’s most ...

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  • What to do in Biarritz on less than €10

    Feel the hot wind of the holidays getting up? Then how about a trip to Basque country - to Biarritz? Famed among surfers all over the world, Biarritz has authenticity, beach scenery, street life, great culture (food, local festivals) and leisure sports, all under the sun ... and it’s free! Stunning ...

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

    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 30,000 hostels ...

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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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  • 6 Best Places to Travel in 2017 with HI USA Hostels

    A new year means a blank slate for new travel adventures! To start 2017 off right, we’ve rounded up some of the top must-visit HI USA hostels for both city exploration and outdoor adventuring that should satisfy that travel itch and allow you to meet fellow travelers from all around the world. All you ...

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  • Pack Your Impact in San Francisco

    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, while ...

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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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  • 5 Reasons to Travel During Low Season

    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 ...

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  • Holiday Recipes You Can Prepare at a HI USA Hostel

    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 ...

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  • YHA New Zealand Turns Heads With Hostel Upgrades

    YHA New Zealand is in tip top shape after spending much of 2016 focused on the regeneration of their hostels. YHA Auckland City received a $3M makeover to make sure it’s a worthy starting point for travelers entering New Zealand. A new kitchen was installed in YHA Mt Cook (located in the shadow of the ...

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  • How To Travel on a Budget

    So you want to go on an adventure to see new places and meet new people, but your bank balance doesn’t seem to want to play along? The good news is that you don’t need a small fortune to be able to cure your insatiable wanderlust, especially since it’s easier today than ever before to travel on a ...

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  • A Local Guide to the Best of Monterey

    Welcome to Monterey, home of the magnificent Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and a John Steinbeck novel or two. As any astute traveler knows, the best way to really experience what a place has to offer is to go exploring by foot. From your base at HI Monterey hostel, you can cover many of ...

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  • Hostel for the Holidays with HI NYC

    New York City is a truly magical place to spend the holiday season. If you’re planning to come and take in the festivities, why not do it with new friends at HI NYC? Fill your New York visit with merry days and joyous nights with our special holiday programming, free with every HI NYC stay. ...

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  • Give Back, Stay for Free

    If you believe giving back makes for a more rewarding travel experience, then you’re just like us. And if you believe these types of experiences shouldn’t be costly, we’re also right there with you. For this reason, throughout January and February, any group of 8 or more can stay for free at one ...

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  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

    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 ...

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  • Create World Tolerance by Staying at a Hostel

    Original Content written by Chandi Wyant of Paradise of Exiles HI USA Offers Much More than a Cheap Bed “I didn’t know hostels existed in the U.S. until after I stayed in them in Europe.” Cheryl-Anne Boccadoro says as we settle onto the bench of a picnic table on a bluff over the sparkling ...

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  • Water the Gardens by Washing Laundry

    VOTE NOW! The beautiful landscapes at HI Point Montara are simply breathtaking, and attract thousands of guests and community members each year. But they are at risk. Climate change has thrown California into prolonged extreme drought. HI USA is committed to keeping beautiful spaces like HI ...

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  • An East Coast Road Trip with HI USA

    There’s nothing quite like taking a road trip – the open road, the ever-changing scenery, the good soundtrack to go with the good company. While it would probably take a couple of months to do a road trip across America, it’s entirely possible to cover a number of states and cities on the East ...

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  • How to Spend 3 Days in Paris

    Have two or three days and a small budget to explore the French way of life by visiting its most famous cities? Easy, if you’re organised! To begin with, head for Paris, the city of light. Paris, the glamorous city Bednarek Fotolia Four different environments for day 1: begin with a visit ...

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  • 9 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. If throwing together a ...

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  • Get to know our Explore The World Scholarship recipients: Part 2

    On Thursday, September 15, HI Richmond celebrated its one year anniversary, and presented the Richmond Explore the World Scholarships to the winners. If you missed the celebration, check our Facebook page to see a photo album of the evening! Last month we spoke with two of Richmond’s Explore the ...

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  • October Highlights: Richmond

    HI Richmond is excited to play host to some exciting events this month! As part of artoberVA we are inviting some creative changemakers in to our space! artoberVA is a month-long celebration of arts and culture held each year in October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities month. The ...

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  • Ruby Recommends: Introducing Ruby

    Hi Travelers, I’m Ruby! I’m a Chicago native and the unofficial mascot of the awesome HI Chicago hostel. After telling my friends at HI Chicago about all my favorite places in the city, they suggested I share my top picks with you. You may be wondering why you should take travel advice from a ...

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  • What is Sleep For Peace

    HI USA’s annual Sleep For Peace celebrations highlight the peace-building benefits of travel and, more specifically, of staying at our hostels. Started in 2013, these events coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, which takes place each year on September 21 as a way to ...

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  • October 7-9: 12th Annual Richmond Folk Festival

    Photo courtesy of Richmond Folk Festival Venture Richmond and the National Council for the Traditional Arts will be hosting the 12th Annual Richmond Folk Festival the weekend of October 7-9. This free, three day event will take place on and around Brown’s Island, just a few blocks from HI ...

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  • Get to know our Explore the World Scholarship recipients

    At HI USA we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it, so we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service ...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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 98 $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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  • 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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