The Latest Backpacker News
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 »
Celebrate biodiversity by entering the 2010 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest. Launched on Earth Day, April 22, the contest is open to all young Canadians aged 19 or younger. Youth are invited to "get to know" local plants and animals and then submit works of art, writing, or photography to the contest for a chance to win wild prizes. Read more »
Penticton loves summer. And it had better, being situated in semi-arid desert conditions in British Columbia's Okanagan. They've already hit 27 degrees this month, which is undoubtedly a sign of things to come over the next few months.
Oh but there's more. Penticton is rife with festivals over the summer months, and homey HI-Penticton has an excellent multi-day deal on offer all season long. Does anybody smell a long-weekend road trip? Read more »
If everything goes as planned, we'll be in full-on summer in a few weeks. In the spirit of helping you enjoy yourself and save some money, HI's come up with some summer packages to get you out in the sunshine. Read more »
The new HI-Whistler is almost ready to roll. It was home to international atheletes from around the world during the Winter Olympics and is now just getting a fresh coat of paint and some touch ups before opening its doors on July 1. 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 »
Summer in the Rockies is short and sweet but what it lacks in endurance, it makes up for in intensity. HI's wilderness hostels are already gearing up for summer. We've got details on summer operating hours so you can start planning your summertime wilderness escapes now. Read more »
Hostelling International members from around the world can get in on a new discount in Calgary. It involves movies! 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 »
It’s been 4 weeks since I left Canada to spend time in the mountains of Italy and then Austria for the end of the European ski season, but all the adventures of Canada and the Olympics still hold strong in my mind..... As things wind down and I have to think about getting ‘back to reality’ I wanted to reflect and send out some massive, massive thank yous.... Read more »