You don’t have to be home for the holidays to feel the love this time of year. As anyone who’s ever spent Thanksgiving on the road, Christmas with strangers, or New Year’s Eve in a foreign land can attest, it’s often the people you’re with who make the season bright. And when you spend a holiday in a hostel, you may just find yourself forming a spontaneous family with whoever’s around, celebrating and laughing with new friends you’ve never met.
What’s better than giving loved ones the perfect holiday gift? Giving a gift with a story! If you’re traveling to San Francisco this season, don’t just settle for bringing home cliché souvenirs: instead, scoop up locally made, SF-inspired goodies for friends, family, and yourself. Read on for our guide to unique, budget-friendly stocking stuffers with travel tales to tell.
The year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service (NPS), and though we're still a couple years away from the centennial our friends at the NPS are already excited! As a lead-up to the organization's big birthday, our friends from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) have put together a list of 101 Ways to Recreate in the Golden Gate. And we liked their list so much, we decided to put together our own!
At HI USA, we firmly believe that travel has the power to transform. Meeting new friends from other cultures, participating in the customs of an unfamiliar country or city, and integrating ourselves into the local community are irreplaceable experiences, and ones that help us to better understand the world around us. And the most rewarding travel experiences of all are those that allow us to affect the communities we visit just as positively as they do us.
If your life has been positively affected by a hostel stay; if your favorite memories revolve around the ocean; if you believe the beauty of California's coastline belongs to everyone, Hostelling International USA needs your support. On Dec. 10, HI USA will be participating in a workshop with the California Coastal Commission, discussing the use of Commission funds for current and future investment in affordable accommodations along the California Coastline. And we want our loyal hostellers at our side when we get there.
We've all heard that there's no place like home for the holidays. But at HI USA, we believe there's a hidden meaning behind the old adage: sometimes, spending the holidays far from your comfort zone can be a great thing! Just ask any traveler who's ever shared a holiday meal with a group of new friends, or anyone who's unwittingly arrived in a foreign country at the start of an exotic holiday season.