Why We Hostel: How to Meet People at HI USA Hostels

11 August 2017

Traveling solo can be a liberating experience, although one of the most frequent questions that adventurers get asked is how to meet people when you’re going it alone. As any seasoned pro will answer, HI USA hostels are perfect if you’re traveling solo because there are plenty of opportunities to strike up a conversation with a stranger who can quickly become a friend. Whether it’s in a common area, or during a volunteer-led walking tour of a new city, you’ll find that barriers are quickly broken when you’re sharing in an experience.

Take a look at some of our favorite places around the country to make new friends.

At the Campfire at HI Harper’s Ferry

Whether you’re stopping at HI Harper’s Ferry along your trek down the Appalachian Trail, or as the next stop on your East Coast adventure, you’ll love the beautiful natural surroundings of this comfy cool hostel. After a day of wine tasting, hiking, or fun on the river, guests like to gather around the fire pit to have conversations and share stories.

At the pool table at HI Chicago

No matter where you’re from or what language you speak, there are some things that are just universal, like music, food, and ping pong. No matter when you’re visiting HI Chicago, you’re more than likely to find a bit of friendly competition going on in the hostel’s common room over a game of pool or ping pong. Once the ice has been broken you’ll have a crew to check out the big city sites and other in-house hostel offerings with.

On a hostel tour with HI San Francisco hostels

One of the best things about staying at HI USA hostels in San Francisco is the unique, locals-led tours. You’ll not only get to see some of the City by the Bay’s highlights and hidden gems, but you’ll also mix and mingle with fellow guests staying at all three hostels. Whether it’s the Bike the Golden Gate Bridge tour, the Hills of San Francisco tour, or Chinatown tour, it’s going to be a good way to strike up a conversation with someone new.

At the pool at HI Houston

When it’s summer time and the living is easy, travelers visiting HI Houston flock to the hostel’s outdoor pool to cool down and lounge in the shade. And while there is plenty to explore beyond the pool, like Houston’s Museum District and the vibrant Montrose neighborhood, you know you can always go back to home base to hang out and socialize.

At HI New York City’s Welcome Party

Every Monday and Thursday, HI New York City hostel hosts a meet up shindig for guests to break the ice during their trip and make some new friends. Have a drink and a snack while you find something in common with someone from Australia or make plans to join a walking tour with a new pal from Germany, because that’s exactly what the welcome party is for.

On the porch at HI Malabar Farm

You might wonder what the odds are that you’ll encounter many people in a state park in rural northern Ohio, but when you stay at HI Malabar Farm hostel you’ll find other travelers looking for a cozy country escape. After a day of hiking and biking, unwind on the hostel’s porch as you watch the sun set behind the scenic hills and you share stories with someone you just met who feels like an old friend.

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