Steam rose from the rain-soaked concrete at the Emeryville Amtrak Station, where I was boarding a morning train to HI Sacramento hostel. Inside the train car I overheard a young woman with an indeterminable European accent ask another passenger which was the side with the best views. “This side,” he said, meaning the left side facing the tracks and a couple of tall hotel buildings, so that’s how I chose my own seat.
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?
Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, which opened in September 2016, is an all in one-in-one venue for entertainment, and yet another excellent reason to visit California’s capital city. The downtown arena is set to host sporting events, live music concerts and a variety of shows, from Disney on Ice to WWE wrestling, and it’s right in the heart of a buzzing downtown. The best part? HI Sacramento hostel is the perfect home-away-from-home place to stay while you’re in town for a good time.
HI USA’s annual Sleep For Peace celebrations shine a light on our mission to inspire a better understanding of people, places and cultures through travel and, specifically, through staying at our hostels. Each year, to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, our hostels host a series of events which emphasize this mission and bring our guests together to take part in a variety of peace-building activities.
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still an abundance of fun and excitement to be had. September is a great month for festivals in California: whether you’re looking to feast on the fall harvests or to catch the last bit of outdoor music fever before it gets too cold, it’s likely happening in this part of the world. Best of all, you can stay at one of our HI USA hostels so you save on accommodation while meeting like-minded revelers before and after the festivities.
The Explore the World scholarship was created because HI USA believes travel should be as much about making a difference in the places we visit as it is about exploring those places. We also believe that travel should be accessible to everyone, and shouldn’t be limited because of the cost involved. These travel scholarships are just one part of our commitment to inspire a new generation of travelers by supporting their big dreams to better the planet.