Posts Tagged ‘hostelling international’


Sleep & Ski With a Canadian Hostel Package

March 3, 2011

Think skiing is for wimps? Then you'll love the challenging ice wall at HI Banff.

Save yourself the trouble of booking separate sleeping and skiing packages by checking out what Hostelling International Canada has to offer.

If you’re headed to Fernie, Banff, Jasper or Mont-Tremblant, you can get one low HI member rate on Ski & Ride packages for your bunk, lift ticket, and maybe breakfast, drinks and more.

Not an HI member? It’s easy to become one. And if you’re a frequent skiier and season’s pass holder at Marmot Basin, it works the other way around: you can sleep free at the Jasper HI.

So ski, sit by the fire, do some tobogganing, climb an ice wall, and relax knowing that you might break a leg, but you won’t break the bank.


Have a Travelicious Halloween Party!

October 15, 2010

Scary Halloween snacks... in a can.

Hostelling International recently asked their Facebook friends for ideas on how to make a good Halloween costume when on the road.

There were some creative suggestions for using things you would likely have with you or things you could get for cheap, but it also got me thinking about another question:

How can you bring the road to you when you’re home for Halloween?

If you’re thinking of getting some friends together, how about a travel-themed Halloween party? Ask your guests to dress up as a country, a foreign celebrity, or, if you want to get really spooky, a famous dead person from another country. Albert Einscarecrow? Marco Poltergeist? Skeletor Dali? The options are endless.

Put together some international snacks and drinks, play Pin the Pumpkin on the World Map (I have no idea what the rules would be to that, but I know you can make up something good), put a foreign film on in the background for the atmosphere and make a game of figuring out who everyone is supposed to be.

Travel doesn’t just happen once a year when you get away from home, it’s something you can enjoy whenever you let your imagination run wild.


Need Travel Suggestions? Let Hostelling International Inspire You

August 27, 2010

Get your skis on at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre in the Canadian Rockies.

Where to go? What to do? Some people know exactly where they want their next trip, or their next ten trips, to take them.

But sometimes there’s so much to choose from that it’s hard to focus in on just one destination.

If you’re ready to go, but you aren’t sure where, start with Hostelling International’s Inspire Me feature. This page can help you narrow down your choices based on the kind of activity or climate you’re looking for. They also let you know about all the hostels that will fit your criteria. Once you have a destination and a place to stay, all you need is transportation and you’re almost done!

Before you book a hostel, be sure to get your Hostelling International membership card. You’ll save a few dollars every night that you stay and you can also get discounts on tours, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment with your card. That’s more cash you can spend on postcards, sunscreen, pub food, or whatever you want.

Your friendly local Travel CUTS agent can help you out with all of these details and more.


Travel Canada for Cheap with Hostelling International

July 6, 2010

At this point in the summer you’re either back from vacation, getting ready to go, or you’re thinking that here’s another long, hot summer with nothing to do and nowhere to go and your friends are lame and you should have planned something but didn’t and you’ll definitely plan something for next year because no way are you going to work at a shoe store again while your friends are backpacking Southeast Asia.

If you’re that third, bored, long-winded person, then snap out of it! Summer isn’t over yet, and there’s plenty you can do, even on a budget and even if you only have a weekend.

Check out Hostelling International Canada. They’ll show you how you can:

Get an ISIC and a hostel membership from Travel CUTS and save $4 a night at a hostel and get discounts on lots of other things, too.


Hostelling for Beginners: A Video

May 11, 2010

If you’re planning a trip and want to save money by staying in a hostel, but are maybe a little nervous about it, check out this video. Not all hostels are created equal, but this video will give you a good idea of what to expect from the experience.

Yes, hostels are about dancing.

Yes, hostels are about dancing.


Apply for Hostelling International’s Exchange in Morocco

May 5, 2010

This sounds like an awesome opportunity:

Spend two weeks in Morocco this July with other young people ages 18-22 from Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, France, and the U.S., during Hostelling International’s sixth IOU Respect International Exchange program.

IOU Respect was initiated in response to 9/11. Part of HI’s mission is to build peace through bringing people together, so this program aims to close the cultural gap between youth from Western and predominantly Muslim countries.

You’ll live in and explore Morocco together while taking part in workshops meant to foster an understanding of your own culture as well as the cultures of the other participating countries. You’ll learn to appreciate and respect different perspectives, develop skills for communicating with those different from yourself, and be motivated to work toward building respect, tolerance, and peace in your community, nation, and the world.

Hostelling International will cover on-the-ground costs in Morocco, including accommodations, meals, and local transportation. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to Casablanca. Some scholarships of up to $500 are available through local HI associations.

Participants must be ages 18-22, fluent in English, and not have already participated in an HI international exchange.

Program dates are July 16-30, 2010.

Deadline to apply is May 14th, 2010, so hurry and get started on your Morocco Exchange application forms now!


Find the Perfect Hostel for You

February 11, 2010

One of my favorite parts of planning a trip is finding a fun place to stay. Usually, that means a hostel.

It used to be that hostels were cheap because they offered very little. You got a spot on the floor for your sleeping bag, or maybe a tiny bed, and there was a kitchen you could use to cook some noodles.

Now, many hostels are part of national or international chains (HI, Base, Nomads, St. Christopher’s) and the increased competition means they’re offering you more perks.

Keep this in mind when you’re looking for a hostel and be sure to read all the fine print about what you’re getting for your money. They may offer free breakfast, bike rentals, walking tours, movie nights, laundry, Internet access and other activities.

If you’re in a big city, chances are most hostels will look about the same and offer the same services. Head out a bit farther though and you could come across some really unique opportunities. How about staying in a renovated prison? A lighthouse might be fun, or a train, a castle, a treehouse or a boat.

Check out this Hostelling International video of 100 hostels around the world to get a better idea of what’s out there. HI isn’t the only place to stay, it’s just the first video I found.

Unfortunately, I’ve only stayed at three of these locations, but after seeing the photos I’d love to get to Bahrain, Bratislava and Brumund.

The most important thing to bring when staying in a hostel (besides flip flops for the shower), is an open mind and reasonable expectations. Your hostel may not be exactly the way you imagined it, but with the right attitude you can quickly turn a disappointment into an opportunity.

For example: Wi-Fi isn’t working? Then I guess you’ll just have to spend the evening talking with that hot chick in the lounge. No change for the laundry? Maybe the cute guy in the kitchen has some coins he can spare.

So where are you going to stay next?