Our Community Archive

Sleep for Peace

September 21st is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace.   It’s a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  And yesterday it was a day of common focus for HI-USA hostels across ...Read More

Leaders In The Field

With unification, HI-USA is now positioned to realize its aspiration of being a worldwide leader in the field of hostelling.  As a larger, unified organization, HI-USA will have new access to capital and economies of scale.  But that’s only part of it.  Our success ...Read More

A Deeper Shade of Green

HI-USA is no stranger to the sustainable tourism movement.   In many ways, we helped found it. Since its inception decades ago, hostelling has been about travelling lightly on the earth.  Even today hostellers are more likely than other travelers to share transportation, cooking and ...Read More


The Hostelling International Annual Report for 2012 was released recently, and its content offers some interesting insights about the global hostelling movement, and HI-USA’s part in it. Annual reports are typically packed with numbers, and HI’s is no exception.   HI (also known as IYHF) ...Read More

Transformation Day

June 11th marks a special day for hostelling.  Two years ago, committed HI-USA volunteer leaders gathered from across the country and voted a momentous decision: to join their 26 previously separate councils together with the National Office to form a single unified organization. It was ...Read More

IOU Respect

IOU Respect is more than a creative moniker.  It’s a program with compelling lessons relevant to today’s world. The program was born in the aftermath of September 11th, and the deep gulf of misunderstanding between Western and Islamic cultures that it revealed.  HI-USA teamed with ...Read More


Last week I flew to Boston to participate in the 2013 North American Managers Meeting.  The event brings together hostel and community engagement staff from four countries.   And while hostels were the focus, it was people and geography that defined the gathering. For this ...Read More