We choose to hostel not just because we’re looking to pinch a few pennies while travelling, but for the feeling that seems to only exist in these spaces. At hostels, strangers don’t seem that strange and the commonness of everyone’s adventurous spirits is far more important than any differences that might exist. Because as most seasoned hostellers can attest, it’s the people that make the experience – not just the travelers you may be sharing a dorm with, but the staff of locals who make sure that you head to your next destination feeling enriched and renewed.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Throughout January and February 2014, 17 Hostelling International USA hostels are providing the perfect opportunity for travelers to answer that question for themselves by participating in HI-USA's 4th annual Great Hostel Giveback!
Autumn is upon us and with it comes the return of all things pumpkin, the Bay Area's warmest months (really), and the spooktacular fun of the 11th annual Haunted Hostel Halloween (HHHXI)! Held at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel each October, the Haunted Hostel Halloween is a family friendly event featuring an elaborately imagined world of mythical creatures who, for over a decade, have delighted children and parents alike.
There's a new place for guests to kick back and unwind at the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel: an indoor parklet located in the lobby. The recently completed redwood parklet provides the perfect nook for road-weary travelers to relax on colorfully pillowed benches near a diverse array of plants.
Who doesn't love passport stamps? Stamps are like little badges of honor, awarded to the adventurous wanderer, and serve as tangible reminders of the memories made while exploring new places. Hostelling International is pleased to offer 27 stamps to add to your collection, with the HI-West Coast passport. Collect a free souvenir stamp at each West Coast hostel in the U.S.