Arthur Frommer’s Vision

Travel legend Arthur Frommer recently identified in his syndicated column the work of four USA travel-related nonprofits as worthy of donor support. One of those is Hostelling International USA.

About HI-USA, Mr. Frommer said “the organization enables a great many people to travel who otherwise could not afford to do so, and it obviously is dependent on grants and contributions for a large part of its expenses. Though you might never have thought of this institution as an object of charitable giving, you definitely should.”

Of course, we agree! HI-USA builds intercultural understanding among hundreds of thousands of young people each year by bringing them to together in our hostels. The hostel stay is a powerful tool for promoting international exchange. And related hostel programming increases the impact.

Yet there is more to this story.

Arthur Frommer is probably best known for his 5 Dollars a Day books which opened international travel to wider US audiences. But to my mind, his seminal book is Frommer’s New World of Travel, published in 1989. In it, he was a thought leader, sharing an alternative view of travel based on cultivating mind and spirit. I still prize my copy of the first edition (a 5th edition is now in print). It’s a source of ideas and inspiration.

So it’s not surprising that this iconic travel author should venture a bit from the travel road, to appreciating organizations that “operate for an idealistic purpose”. Advocating a higher purpose of travel has long been part of Mr. Frommer’s farsightedness.

By | 2015-04-22T14:53:33+00:00 January 24th, 2011|Our Community|1 Comment

About the Author:

Since 2000, Russ has been the CEO of Hostelling International USA (HI USA), a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. The HI USA hostel network is consistently recognized as one of the best in world by the International Youth Hostel Federation and by independent rating agencies. Russ has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences on topics ranging from experiential education to nonprofit management. Russ serves on the Boards of the UNWTO, US Travel Association, and WYSTC.

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