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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 Fire Pit at HI Point Montara Lighthouse

fire pit at hi point montara lighthouse hostel

After a day of exploring Northern California beaches, whale watching, or hiking, one of the best places to be is at the fire pit at HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. It overlooks the expansive Pacific Ocean and is a prime sunset viewing spot. That’s why you’ll likely find fellow sun chasers settling into a cozy evening at this magical spot where the peaceful silence is as good as great conversation.

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.

At a Summer Outdoor Movie at HI Sacramento

HI Sacramento outdoor movie bike in

Mix and mingle with locals and fellow travelers every Friday in the summer at HI Sacramento’s bike-in movie nights. The annual favorite event features great movies projected outside during those perfect Sacramento summer nights, free snacks, costume contests, and the chance to make new friends. By the end of the movie night, you’re more than likely to have found a crew to continue the festivities.

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