January and February are the months of HI-USA’s Great Hostel Give Back – a scheme encouraging groups of 10 or more travellers to get involved in the local community by offering a minimum of 2 hours of their time each day of their stay to a volunteer project. In return, volunteers get to stay at the hostel free of charge!
Whether you’re at a small, intimate hostel or one with hundreds of beds, space is valuable. If you’re staying in hostels, you should pack light so that you can always be ready for the next adventure. Do your bit to be a good room-mate and keep your belongings in your area, not spread all around the room. Below are seven items you can safely leave at home. I’ve made the mistake of bringing all of them. Now I can confidently tell you that you DON’T need them.
In April 2012, the HISF (Hostelling International Sustainability Fund) was launched to help hostels reduce their CO2 emissions. We couldn’t have done this without the generous donations we’ve received from travellers booking on hihostels.com. Since it’s you that’s raised the money, we want it to be you that chooses which hostels receive the fund. 15 projects have applied for a grant from the HISF and now is the time to vote.
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