Thursday, 20 August 2009

Hostelling International - USA open houses

As a member of the honorary committee for Hostelling International - USA’s ongoing anniversary celebrations marking 75 years of hostelling in the USA and 100 years of Hostelling International worldwide, I’d like to extend my personal invitation and encouragement to each of you to attend one of the many open houses being held at HI-USA hostels the week of August 22nd-30th. I’ll be at the hostel at upper Ft. Mason in San Francisco for the festivities on Saturday, 29 August 2009, and possibly at one or both of the two downtown San Francisco hostels earlier that day. But there are open houses at HI-USA hostels across the country that week.

As I said in support of the anniversary campaign for hostelling:

HI-USA empowers and encourages Americans to see and learn about the world, and makes the USA accessible and affordable to many foreigners — especially from less wealthy places — for whom it would otherwise be out of reach. HI hostels aren’t just cheap places to sleep. Hostelling requires us to trust and share with people from around the world, and that lesson in trust and sharing may be its most important contribution to peace and understanding. HI is for everyone. I’m almost 50, and I often stay in hostels even when I’m on an expense account.

If you haven’t been in a hostel lately, or don’t know what the hostels near you are like, you might be surprised. The Practical Nomad says, “Check it out!”

Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 20 August 2009, 17:21 ( 5:21 PM)

A couple of good experiences in Europe, and your comments influenced me to try more, and I've now used the hostels in Monterey, California and Montreal with success. I'm now booked into one in Galway, Ireland, and was considering one in London earlier.

So far, I'm sold.

Posted by: Doug Faunt, 27 August 2009, 21:05 ( 9:05 PM)
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