HI USA News

OCT
5
Call for Candidates – HI USA Board of Directors
Candidates for Board-Elected Directors The Board Development Committee of Hostelling International USA seeks candidates to serve important leadership roles as members of the HI USA Board of Directors. The HI USA Board will elect a slate of directors to serve a three-year term, beginning in March …

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OCT
14
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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OCT
13
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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OCT
10
Our Favorite Things To Do During Fall in Madison
Fall is a great time to visit Madison. Our farmers markets are exploding with late season produce, the cool, crisp air makes biking around town truly invigorating, and our favorite team, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, take the field. Here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do during fall …

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OCT
7
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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OCT
6
HI Houston Recommends: Museum District
Houston’s Museum District contains an impressive 20 museums, galleries, cultural centers and community organizations, 11 of which are always free which is great for budget conscious travelers. From the unique Health Museum to the impressive collection of contemporary photography at the Houston Center …

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SEP
28
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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SEP
26
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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SEP
25
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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SEP
23
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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SEP
23
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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SEP
21
Things To Do In Chicago: Fall
As summer winds down and we cruise into fall here at the HI Chicago hostel, we look forward to a break in the humidity and cool, crisp air. It’s a great time to be in Chicago and we have a few suggestions for how to make the most of it. Fall Colors in Lincoln Park – 2001 N Clark St (Lincoln …

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SEP
13
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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SEP
13
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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AUG
31
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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AUG
25
8 Reasons HI USA Hostels are Perfect for Business and Conference Travelers
I travel a lot for work, and have for years now. And I love traveling, sure, but when you do it often enough for work it can quickly start to feel like an endless tour of the nation’s hotel corridors and conference centers. Fortunately, whether I’m traveling for meetings with colleagues, site …

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AUG
25
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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AUG
23
How to Visit LA on a Budget and Without a Car
When my sister and I arrived at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel for a quick SoCal vacation, we had two rules: no cars, and no budget splurges. Despite our posh surroundings in Santa Monica and LA’s well known car culture, we were determined to keep our feet on the ground and spare our credit cards …

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AUG
11
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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AUG
9
HI USA Awards 81 Explore the World Scholarships to Young Global Citizens
Thanks to HI USA’s hostel guests and generous donors, 81 young men and women from across the United States will be able to go on life-changing journeys abroad as recipients of the Explore the World travel scholarship. Launched as a nationwide project in 2016, the fund awards young adults aged …

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JUL
27
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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JUL
27
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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JUL
25
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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JUL
18
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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JUL
13
Travel Tips: Planning a Trip to San Francisco
Every city and town around the world has its own little quirks and characteristics that make it interesting, and the reason we travel is to experience these differences and take a little piece of them with us when we move on to the next destination. When you stay at our HI San Francisco hostels, …

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JUL
8
German Blogger Shares the Love for HI SF Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel
HI USA hostels attract a confetti of guests from all corners of the world, and often, we’re lucky enough to host seasoned travelers who share their adventures on blogs. Melanie from Germany recently took a trip along the California coast, which included a stay at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s …

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JUL
7
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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JUL
7
Top 5 Reasons To Stay At HI Chicago For Your Summer Concert Adventure
Concert and festival season is in full swing here in Chicago and we are pumped! With Lollapalooza, Adele, Phish, Drake, Pitbull, Pearl Jam, Luke Bryan, Billy Joel, Sublime, and many others coming to town, there’s something for everyone. Here at the HI Chicago hostel we love this time of year because …

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JUL
5
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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JUN
27
Green Footprints: New York City
Beneath the shining lights, crowded streets, and landmark attractions that hallmark NYC is a city rich in culture, preservation, and community. Whether you want to see great works of art or the hidden gardens of the concrete labyrinth, there’s a way to do it sustainably. Here’s how: Garden Party …

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JUN
22
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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JUN
20
6 Images to Make You Fall In Love with HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
It’s pretty much impossible to say which HI USA hostel is the fairest of them all since the selection ranges from havens in secluded National Parks, to architectural eye treats in city centers and beachside paradises on the coast. HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of these beauties and a favorite for …

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JUN
15
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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JUN
13
Green Footprints: Los Angeles
There’s more to Los Angeles than famous zip codes and celebrities of all kinds. When you live like a local, you’ll discover captivating natural beauty, a distinctive local culture, and a dedication to satisfying your mind, body, and spirit. Here’s what the real LA is all about, and here’s how …

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JUN
9
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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JUN
8
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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JUN
7
Green Footprints: Boston
Consistently ranked one of the top 3 most walkable cities in the US, Boston makes it easy to be a responsible traveler without sacrificing excitement or adventure. Surrounded by water and infused with rich American history, Boston satisfies every traveler’s agenda. Discover your perfect day in …

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JUN
7
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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JUN
1
Three Cool Things to Do Within Walking Distance of Fort Mason
A stay at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf means you’ve got everything at your fingertips. Being in the historic Fort Mason, a former military post, means that travelers have access to a wealth of museums and eateries, as well as stunning views of the San Francisco Bay on one side, and the sprawl …

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MAY
23
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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MAY
23
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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MAY
20
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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MAY
17
Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks
On August 25th, The National Park Service will turn 100 years old! In honor of this grand milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels located in or 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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MAY
16
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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MAY
16
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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MAY
9
Stay in a historic prison guards’ home at Fremantle Colonial Cottages
You can already sleep in a cell in Australia, at Fremantle Prison YHA, and now you can stay in the guards’ colonial cottages, just outside the jail walls. You even get 3 nights for the price of 2! The latest unique tourism accommodation in Western Australia is Fremantle Colonial Cottages, part …

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MAY
4
HI San Francisco City Center: Vintage and Retro Meet Modern and Cool
Vintage and retro meet modern and cool at HI San Francisco City Center, a former 1920s boutique hotel and a great launch pad for exploring the City by the Bay. With a marble-tiled lobby and mahogany-railed mezzanine level, this hostel combines the throwback charm of its past life with modern amenities …

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MAY
4
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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MAY
4
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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MAY
1
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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MAY
1
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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MAY
1
Free For All: Los Angeles
Most travelers assume that to have fun in Los Angeles, you’re going to have to spend like a movie star. But, lucky for you, Los Angeles is massive and offers an abundance of free activities. From beaches and lighthouses to music and art, here’s a look at some of the great free activities and …

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MAY
1
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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MAY
1
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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MAY
1
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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MAY
1
Free For All: Boston
Boston might be known for A-listers like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and the Kennedys, but you don’t even need a dollar to experience its heart and soul. Here’s how you can get to know this historic, New England city and save your pennies: Museum Visits Every Wednesday after 4:00pm, admission to …

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MAY
1
Free For All: Chicago
What do hotdogs, blues music, and beaches have in common? You’ll find them all in the Windy City! And here’s where you can find those and more for free: Lincoln Park Lincoln Park is both a park and a trendy neighborhood. The park features a conservatory, filled with exotic plants, as well …

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MAY
1
Free For All: New York City
New York City may be known as the most expensive city in America, but there’s also no shortage of free things to do. Staten Island If you want to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty without paying the $12 ferry tour fee, take the free ferry to Staten Island and you’ll get a look at …

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MAY
1
Free For All: Washington DC
If you want to explore the Land of the Free, there’s no better place to start than the nation’s capital. Because just about everything is actually free – as in no cost, don’t have to spend a dollar, 100% free. Here’s a look at some of the cultural, historical, and fun things Washington, DC has …

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APR
27
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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APR
21
Green Footprints: Washington, DC
There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that it can almost seem impossible to do it all in one trip. But local insiders know that the town is actually quite small and easy to navigate, thanks to the metro, buses, and bikes in arm’s reach. As a bonus, many key attractions are also walkable …

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APR
20
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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APR
19
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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APR
14
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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APR
14
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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APR
13
The Westside Spirit gave a shout-out to our Explore the World Travel Scholarships
We’re thrilled that the Westside Spirit, a local neighborhood publication, joined us for our Explore the World Travel Scholarship ceremony and spent some time talking to our scholarship winners. Read their full article here: Fostering World Travelers by Daniel …

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APR
6
7 Tips for a Successful Explore the World Application
HI USA’s new Explore the World program is an exciting opportunity providing 81 $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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APR
4
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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APR
1
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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MAR
23
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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MAR
23
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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MAR
23
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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MAR
22
5 Reasons I Like to Stay in Hostels – Especially When They’re HI USA
Written by Anne Laure Anne Laure is the French-Canadian travel blogger behind Montreal Addicts. She’s stayed in HI USA hostels across the country, and here’s her 5 reasons she likes to stay in hostels, especially when they’re HI USA: 1. Wonderful places The most amazing thing about …

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MAR
22
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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MAR
14
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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MAR
14
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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MAR
14
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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MAR
4
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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MAR
2
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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FEB
26
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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FEB
25
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. 16 outstanding candidates lined the …

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FEB
24
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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FEB
23
WE HEART HI SANTA MONICA: Meeting the Challenge
SM H.E.A.R.T. CAMPAIGN: Hostel Endowment And Resources for Travelers HI Santa Monica celebrated its 25th Anniversary on October 10, 2015 by thanking our donors, volunteers, staff, leaders, community members, and partners for their continued loyalty and support and kicked off the future facing SM …

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FEB
23
Join the Community Hostelling Fund Volunteer Committee in Southern California!
HI USA Community Hostelling Fund Scholarship Committee Members will provide oversight for and manage the HI USA travel scholarship program in the following counties: Orange, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Ventura, Los Angeles, Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego. Committee members will be collectively …

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FEB
23
Why We Hostel: Joanne Lam
Why do I hostel? A question that I have to answer to on a regular basis, and yet, I still struggle to come up with a one liner. And that’s because there are so many reasons to why I hostel it’s hard to pinpoint just one. I hostel because of the unexpected encounters. I hostel to make new friends, …

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FEB
19
Meeting Awesome People: Why I Stay in Hostels!
Written by: Jennifer Doré DallasBlogger at moimessouliers.org Let’s keep the conversation going at @moimessouliers on Twitter and Instagram! Locals on a short weekend trip, world wanderers or global citizens, all interesting profiles of people that you can encounter in hostels. Want to engage …

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FEB
19
5 Ways to Get Arty in Point Reyes
The Point Reyes National Seashore is known as a refuge for those who are looking to escape the chaos and calamity of everyday life. Within the expanse of the park, you get the serenity of green trees and shrubs on the hills and the calming magic of the ocean that stretches out forever, so a stay at HI …

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FEB
19
Why I Chose HI USA for My Epic California Road Trip
Written by: Jennifer Doré Dallas Blogger at moimessouliers.org Let’s keep the conversation going at @moimessouliers on Twitter and Instagram! I’ve always been a hostel ambassador and have been staying in them forever, so I guess it won’t come as a surprise that I chose to stay in Hostelling …

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FEB
14
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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FEB
12
When Did You Fall in Love with Hostelling?
Dear Hostels, We love you. childhood memories bring exchange students from far and wide that stayed with us and others and brought the word ‘hostel’ to me and dreams of train trips to Europe and Japan to my sisters. We threw parties that threw open the gates opening our …

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FEB
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Student Leaders From 3 Countries Give Back at HI Marin Headlands
The communal kitchen at HI Marin Headlands hummed with the sounds of breakfast preparation and lively conversation early on a Saturday morning. Hostel guests visiting for the weekend mingled with teenagers from the Global Student Embassy, who were stayin…