Featured Traveler: Josephine from Germany

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The only thing better than getting to know a new city when travelling is getting to know your fellow wanderers and the different places they are from. The absolute best part, though, is discovering that despite whatever differences you may have – language, fashion sense, or taste in music – you almost certainly have a few things in common, like a shared love of adventure and new experiences. 

When Did You Fall in Love with Hostelling

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childhood memories 
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 fences 
joining our backyards, 
for a few nights
before returning to our 
day jobs. 
                 -Jane, HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Great Hostel Give Back

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At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.

What is GHGB?

Off the Beaten Path Bucket List

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If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go to new places so that you can get a better understanding of the people and the culture that makes the essence of a city, then you’re not likely to turn to oft-visited websites and guide books for suggestions of things to do and see. That’s why we’ve created our own little Bucket List – one that’s great for those who are returning to San Francisco and looking for new experiences and deeper exploration, as well as for first-time visitors who like to steer clear of tourist magnets.

10 Travel Resolutions for the New Year

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As another year comes to an end, we all start thinking about the 12 months ahead and how we can try make them a little better than the ones before. And if your resolutions for the coming year include more travel, we’ve got some suggestions you can take on the road. So, never mind about eating less gluten or calling your parents more (although, on second thought, maybe you should call your parents more). Instead, let’s usher in the new year with set of resolutions you can stick to. We hope they enrich your experiences and open you up to new adventures and new friends!