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HI hostels are taking part in Earth Hour, are you?

Join the Mexican wave of worldwide blackout and challenge your friends and family to go beyond the hour. Think of actions that could reduce your environmental footprint as together we can make a change and create a brighter future for our planet. Here are just a few of the things that are happening in the HI world in support of Earth Hour 2014.

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Snap up sweet prizes in Canada photo contest

Grab your chance to win amazing prizes with Hostelling International Canada and their Best of Backpacking campaign. Help them build the ultimate backpacker guide to Canada by sharing your photos you’ve taken on your travels across the country.

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7 trips every twenty-something should take

Why wait to see the world? In today’s guest blog, Gretchelle Quiambao shares her thoughts on how to make the most of being young and care free. Check out her list of the 7 trips every twenty-something should embark on.

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5 ways a hostel can help you save money on your travels

Hostels can help you with most aspects of money-saving while you’re traipsing the globe. If you’re planning a budget getaway, a long-term stint away from home or a bucket-list quest, read on to find out how HI can help make your money go further while on the road.

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5 hostels perfect for wildlife spotting

Monday 3 March is World Wildlife Day and a great opportunity to celebrate the stunning and varied species of the world’s wild fauna. Here at HI, we’ve come up with a list of five unique face-to-face animal encounters for true nature lovers.

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Lonely Planet love HI hostels!

Lonely Planet has released its top 10 best value stays for 2014 – and guess what – almost half of them are HI hostels!

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HI catches up with Big Blog Exchange winner

One of the winners of the Big Blog Exchange 2013, Liesbet Maroye, attended HI’s CEO meeting in Paris recently and we couldn’t resist catching up with her. Liesbet is from Belgium and she was lucky enough to exchange with Didintle Ntsie from South Africa. In this short interview with HI she shares her thoughts with us, potentially inspiring even you to enter the upcoming Big Blog Exchange 2014.

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5 cool travel gadget picks for 2014

Are you a travelling technology geek? With a rapidly transforming technology market, it can be quite challenging to stay on top of the game and not miss out on any hi-tech developments. Here at HI, we have come up with a list of gadgets to help boost your travel gadget collection.

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HI announces the winners of the HI-5ive! awards

You voted – we listened! We’re pleased to announce the best hostels in the world according to Hostelling International customers.

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Gallop off in the Year of the Horse

The Chinese Year of the Horse canters in on 31 January, bringing a new year and a time to think about new plans. The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle and people born in the Year of the Horse are

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