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 still having that fun, transformative, self-empowering experience? It’s easier than you think. If you consider yourself a traveler, you probably already seek out ways to integrate with the local community. But you can pack more impact into your travels by looking for a holiday, tradition, or cause that’s important to the community you’re visiting. When you’re seeking out a local’s perspective, you’re serving as a valued ambassador to your country. When you share that experience with your friends and family back home, you’re spreading understanding. When you do something to help, you’re leaving the community a better place when you arrived.
In San Francisco, our 3 hostels make it easy to make a positive social impact – especially if you’re there on January 16. It marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday celebrating the iconic Dr. King’s legacy in leading the Civil Rights movement. The hostels lead guests to participate in a city-wide march, as well as join a volunteer project. In the company with new friends from around the world, hostel guests are doing something for themselves and benefiting the community at large, disguised as pure fun. You can pack even more impact into your San Francisco visit by following our Responsible Travel Guide. This guide will show you how to be an environmentally and socially responsible traveler, with insider things to see and do all year long. No matter which HI USA hostel you stay at, our staff will help you identify opportunities like these. Even if there’s not an organized city event, there’s always an opportunity to connect with the local community and make a positive social impact. No matter where you travel, don’t forget to #packyourimpact.
The authentic, local experiences provided by our hostels support our commitment to further the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This goal seeks a world where communities are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030.