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A Volunteer Guide for Visitors and Locals

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The more and more we travel the more our eyes are opened to the realities of the world and our responsibilities as global citizens. As we interact with people and explore different environments, it’s difficult not to want to help make the world a better place, and increasingly for a lot of travelers, volunteering while vacationing has become an essential part of the itinerary. “Voluntourism” – as this type of traveling has become known – is not an entirely new concept, but it’s picked up over the years and has become an industry in its own right.  

Stay at a Hostel, Meet the World

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In the past, hostels have generally been associated with over-zealous, boozed-up young adults; dingy, dodgy dorm rooms with ultra-thin mattresses and far-flung European destinations à la the movie Hostel. But at HI USA, we believe hostelling can be a real force for good. And as more and more people are opening their eyes to the joys of travel, this form of social, budget-friendly accommodation is fast becoming the popular choice for young and old who are looking to explore the United States and beyond.

A Guide to San Francisco: 6 Insider Tips from Locals

Scenic San Francisco

One of the reasons we choose to stay at hostels is that we are looking for experiences that are off the beaten path. Sure, when visiting a city like San Francisco, it’s basically mandatory to see as many of the major sights as you can, but as any traveler will tell you, we often make our best memories by interacting with the locals and becoming one -- even for just a little while. 

8 Ways to Participate in the UN's International Day of Peace

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Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Annually, HI USA has been joined by HI hostels around the world to host various events in celebration of promoting peace. If you can’t make it to one of our hostels on September 21st, don’t fret! Here are 8 other ways you can celebrate the UN’s World Peace Day.

Celebrate the 4th of July With Friends You've Never Met

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By Marguerite Richards 

We gather together, sometimes rushing to make it in time for sunset. In that moment we’re united, regardless of ethic make up, financial or social standing, under a spectacular light show in the sky. Don’t worry: I’m not going to start singing the National Athem on you. But it’s true that, despite our shortcomings, I’m always proud on the 4th of July. There is reason to celebrate.

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