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 state capital and Gold Rush town, Sacramento is one of the most bike-friendly cities in California and also happens to be America’s farm-to-fork capital, making it a great destination for all kinds of travelers. “I personally love Sac because the people are friendly,” says Marc.
HI USA’s IOU Respect program aims to break barriers by gathering a diverse group of young individuals for a two-week cultural exchange program. Participants come from six countries – the US, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon and Tunisia – and travel to two cities where they take part in facilitated dialogue sessions, team-building project work and group outings and activities.
HI USA believes travel should be accessible to everyone, and one way we’re helping make this possible is through the Explore the World scholarship. Eighty-one $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are keen to venture overseas on an educational or service learning journey. If you’re interested in taking a trip to deepen your understanding of people, places, and cultures, this scholarship might be for you.
There’s something about the humble picnic – the simple pleasure of sharing a meal outside with great company while the sun shines happily from above – that makes it feel good to be alive. Now that we can gearing up to celebrate the beginning of summer and all the good things that come with it, we can also start getting excited about all the picnics to be had in spectacular places. HI Marin Headlands hostel, which is lucky to call one of Northern California’s national parks home, is a paradise for spending time outdoors, especially if you’re up for a bit of al fresco dining.
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 hostel’s volunteer-led tours, or over a community dinner cooked in the kitchen. And if you’re an experienced hosteller, you may come to realize that there are certain characters who seem to be a constant feature no matter where in the country (or the world) you’re hostelling.