HI USA’s Sleep for Peace did more than celebrate the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st, we helped bring it to life.

Gardening for Peace Montara

Gardening for Peace at HI Montara

When you intersect hostels and peace, the possibilities for expression explode: sheets, pillows, gardens, tide pools, community service, pancakes, pizza, music, poetry, yoga, flags, mandalas, peace conferences, message signs, dinners, and origami doves, to name a few. And we saw them all incorporated in hostel activities across the country. Program offerings were unique and imaginative, just like the hostels themselves.  My thanks to all 55 of our HI USA hostels for their participation!

Every day our hostels engage a diverse community of travelers in conversation and activities. Yet Sleep for Peace is special. It’s all about commemorating the UN International Day of Peace, and asking our hostel guests to tell us what’s on their mind:

  • “Peace is allowing differences to exist”
  • “Ignore hatred”
  • “One step at a time you can meet that person on the street”
  • “Hug more”
  • “Don’t be a jerk”
  • “Because I’m not afraid of dying, I am afraid I have not lived enough”
  • “Peace starts with a smile”
  • “Travel makes the world a smaller place while enlarging your own world”
  • “Spread the word about Peace Day, BELIEVE, and be the drop that brings the glass to overflow”
  • “Sharing fun times, music, art, dance, drama, adventure”
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    Bed sheet wisdom at HI Boston

    “Travel more, be happy”

As you might expect: thoughtful, funny, provocative.

That’s the power of Sleep for Peace.

By |2018-05-10T15:34:52+00:00October 6th, 2015|All|Comments Off on OUR HOSTEL GUESTS TELL US: HERE’S WHY WE SLEEP FOR PEACE

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.