HI USA News

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, ...


How to Meet People While Traveling Solo

19 April 2018

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


6 U.S Cities that Every Music Lover Should Visit

17 April 2018

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


How to Spend Three Months in America: West Coast

16 April 2018

Who doesn’t get excited at the thought of an epic west coast road trip? The perfect way to cap off your three-month travel adventure across America can only be with a journey up the coastline with the Pacific Ocean serving as your shimmery blue guide. And while you probably have Los Angeles and ...


7 Great Hikes Near HI USA Hostels

12 March 2018

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


5 Spring Break Destinations that Won’t Break the Bank

09 March 2018

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


7 Summer Hostels You Didn’t Know Were Beach Destinations

07 March 2018

There’s no better way to get to know a new place than with insider tips that give the real local edge. With summer all around, we just had to introduce you to our favorite hidden beaches across the country. We have over 20 hostels near the beach, but we’ve compiled a list of just a few you ...


5 Perfect Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts

04 February 2018

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


12 Ways Travelers Find Love On The Go

30 January 2018

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


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

16 January 2018

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


Pack Your Impact in San Francisco

10 January 2018

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


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

06 January 2018

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


7 Tips for a Successful Explore the World Application

06 December 2017

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


5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Achieve By Traveling

05 December 2017

It’s that time of the year again, where we contemplate how we can improve our lives for the coming year. Learn a new skill. Save more money. Lose weight. If you’re a traveler, you know the best place to start checking off your goals is on the road. Because travel isn’t just about spending a night ...


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

29 November 2017

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


Holiday Recipes You Can Prepare at a HI USA Hostel

22 November 2017

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


Hostelling International Washington DC’s 2017 Peace Conference

21 November 2017

By Emma Yingst WASHINGTON—Over seventy people gathered at the Washington Center for Academic Seminars on September 23rd to attend Hostelling International Washington DC (HI DC’s) annual peace conference. The topic of the 2017 peace conference was mass incarceration and its negative impact ...


Pack Your Impact in Chicago

15 November 2017

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


5 Reasons to Travel During Low Season

13 November 2017

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


3 Places to Visit in the Midwest This Fall

16 October 2017

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


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

06 October 2017

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


The People You Meet While Hostelling in the United States

05 October 2017

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


4 Ways to Include EcoTravel Into Your Next Trip

05 October 2017

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


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

04 October 2017

If you’re traveling through the U.S. on October 31, get ready for pumpkin carving, mountains of candy, and perfectly normal people dressed as zombies. It’s Halloween, and HI USA hostels across the country will be hosting celebrations and leading outings to local festivities. If throwing ...


It’s Time to Agree: #StudyAbroadBecause

03 October 2017

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


7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

01 October 2017

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