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
Here at Hostelling International we do love a bit of nostalgia, so when we discovered that a former YHA (HI’s England and Wales network) member had put together a website full of photos and stories from his youth hostelling days in the 1950s and early 1960s we jumped at the chance to talk with him about his experiences.
Halloween has come a long way since the Celts celebrated the date as a transition from summer to winter. This year, don’t limit yourself to dressing up in a tacky costume, carving a wonky smile onto a pumpkin, and answering the door to a plague of irritating trick or treaters – head to some truly spooky dwellings, wild street parties or ghoulish haunts around the world instead. Here’s HI’s guide to the eeriest, and coolest, places to be seen this Halloween.
With the colourful autumn season on its way in England & Wales and the countryside showing a blaze of reds, oranges and browns from the autumn leaves ready to fall from the trees, it’s a great time to visit and discover this land of rolling hillsides, lakes, rugged mountains and beautiful coastlines. Here are just a few ideas of great places to visit to get you started.
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