Put up your hand if you’re “stuck” in Europe this summer with nothing but your backpack, an iPad (smeared with fingerprints), and a Europass.
Life’s a drag, isn’t it? But don’t worry – you’re not alone out there. Droves of backpackers are hopping trains across Europe in search of the next party.
You see, there’s comfort in numbers. Read more »
Along with millions of other people, I loved reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. In the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, it's mentioned in passing that a hostel on Långholmen (an island within Stockholm) has been booked for one of the characters. On impulse, I looked it up, and I'm pleased to say that the hostel in question, housed in a former jail, is a Hostelling International hostel. Read more »
Tree houses date back to way before you had one as a five-year-old, traditionally being used for survival or religious purposes.
But you're right, there is something about being suspended among the foliage that sparks that childlike wonder and now you can combine it with the joys of hostelling in Norway. Read more »
If you're not into the sport part, the World Cup also offers a bit of inspiration for your travel list. Almost all of the countries competing in this year's tournament have HI hostels at home, which just goes to show how extensive the network is.
There are some good deals in these countries over the summer. Just don't pick your destinations based on how well their teams do this year. Greece really is a nice place. Read more »
Going on safari in Kenya is often associated with high costs but it doesn't have to be that way. We always say your HI card can get you deals all over the world, and that includes Kenya. You can save up to 15% on budget camping safaris in Kenya and Tanzania that'll pick you up right from HI-Nairobi. Read more »
HI-C-PM Region Member Services Assistant Lydia went to Iceland right before that whole volcano business erupted in the news. She explains to us why there's a whole lot more to the country than a steamin' mountain.
I love Iceland. I’ve been to other places I loved- Paris and New York jump to mind- but when I see anything about Iceland, I get all warm and glowy. And there sure has been a lot about Iceland for me to see recently. They had some sort of natural disaster there, I think? A volcano, was it? Ah yes, that’s right. Every photo of Icelandic landscapes I’ve seen in the news the last couple of months just makes me sigh and remember how awesome it is there. Read more »
The fine folks at the Slovenian Tourism Board and the Bank of Tourism Potentials in Slovenia are running a contest that could bag you a trip to Slovenia worth 3000 EUR. All you have to do is describe the 3-day trip of your dreams, with an emphasis on responsible travel and ecotourism, and you'll be in to win. Read more »
Hostels are some of the most eco-friendly accommodation options out there. Check out a few ways hostels are helping the planet in Norway, Iceland and New Zealand. Read more »
Taking some German courses at the Université Laval helped Stéphane Larrivée of Québec land an internship in an HI hostel in Germany, the country that gave birth to hostelling. Sound intriguing? If you’re an HI-Canada member, you can do the same thing. Read more »
Today's the day when the world seems to focus on all things Irish. Over on the Emerald Isle, the beer flows during this unique public holiday, but Ireland can be kind of a dreary place in mid-March. What if we told you you could celebrate this public holiday on the beach, sipping your Guinness from the comfort of a beach lounger, maybe with a little paper umbrella in the top and no one would question you? Read more »