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Behind the Scenes of an Epic Cross-Canada Trip

Last summer we recruited Gabrielle Caron from HI-Montreal and cameraman Jonathan Brisebois to go on a trip across Canada, stay in HI hostels all over the country, experience each city and film the whole thing! We sat down with Gab and Jonathan to chat about their adventure, get behind the scenes and of course, get some great tips!

5 Reasons Hostels are better than Hotels

If you’re planning any kind of vacation in the near future, you should seriously consider staying in a hostel over a hotel. Hostelling is an amazing way to save money, meet new people and try new things so forget any preconceived ideas you might have about it. Here are 5 great reasons hostels are indeed BETTER than hotels.

Your Guide to Backpacking Cuba Like a Pro

If you are looking for advice on the best restaurants, cafes, and museums, don’t click on the “read more” button. This guide is all about how to get around in a world in which everybody knows somebody, contracts are malleable, time stretches and your only certainty is uncertainty.

What kind of Hosteller are you?

From the staunch traditionalist packing little more than a change of underwear and a few ZigZag papers to the tricked-out 'flashpacker' (an obnoxious buzz word in the industry) carting a laptop, iPod and wheely luggage - hostel managers see all kinds of people every day. Each faces challenges adapting his or her travelling style to hostel life.

10 North American Festivals you need to check out

Once again, festival season is upon us. North America alone hosts well over 1000 festivals each year in so many different categories. I thought I’d help you narrow down the list by choosing 10. Some you may have heard of and some are a bit quirky but I promise that all are worth checking out!

8 Life Lessons I learned in the Nordic Countries

During my travels to the Nordic Countries las spring, I visited Copenhagen for the second time. I enjoyed the beautiful landscapes I already knew and spent my days trying to find refuge from the way-too-cold-for-May weather. Mostly thou, this time around, I observed life around me and paid special attention to those subtle cultural differences between the locals, and myself. I found that there are many great lessons any Quebecer can take away. Well at least 8, anyway!

Craft breweries across Canada that are doing it right

After living in Fort Collins, Colorado for a year, I inevitably developed a strong love for all things beer. After all, it’s said that Fort Collins is the Napa of beer. Even their university has a chemistry degree specializing in beer brewing. What choice did I have? Thankfully, craft beer brewing has also exploded across Canada. In fact, according to Beer Canada, there are over 520 licensed breweries across the country. If that’s not a great reason to travel from province to province, I don’t know what is. Here are some of our favourite picks from west to east.

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