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5 reasons why HI members will love our friends from Urban Adventures

Hostelling International has partnered with Urban Adventures to offer HI members special rates on over 750 unique tours in 160 destinations around the world!

What makes Urban Adventures so special and unique?
Read our article to find out more about why a tour with Urban Adventures may be your best holiday decision this year!

1.Offering the best local experience

With our friends from Urban Adventures, you will experience the best that a destination has to offer. They prepare tours with the aim to provide travellers with authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and cuisine.

All their tours are designed, built, and run by locals — the very people who know a city best and whose love of their destination they want to share with travellers, Our HI members have the opportunity to learn local customs, taste local delicacies, take a ride with a local bus driver, interact with locals and observe their daily lives.

Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined!

Pete Owen
Photo by Pete Owen on Unsplash

With Urban Adventures it’s all about the destination and taking a dive into the local culture! And the best part? After you come home, you will know more about the city than any book you have ever read before.

Click HERE to learn how to travel like a local anywhere!

2. Supporting local communities

Hostelling International and Urban Adventures share similar goals: we both aim to support local communities and give back.

By choosing a tour with Urban Adventures you can be sure that your money will spread amongst local people and operators, and used to provide support to organisations and local communities. Your money is fed directly back into the local economy and community.

Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash
Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash

How is this possible?

Urban Adventures work with individual guides, small tourism-based businesses, or even local indigenous or grassroots organisations in order to give them a chance to tell their unique local story and in exchange earn revenue.

READ more about Urban Adventures’ goals!

Since the foundation of Hostelling International over 100 years ago, we have been committed to supporting the communities around our hostels and contributing to the protection and preservation of locally important properties and sites in all parts of the world. As part of our Sustainable Tourism through Hostelling campaign, July 2017 was a month wholly dedicated to showcasing our activities throughout the world that align with our goal to support locals by giving back and building bridges.

VISIT the HI blog to read more about our activities.

3. Promoting responsible travel

Responsible travel is a term used to explain and promote travelling in a way that both respects and benefits local people, their culture, their economy, and their environment. Everywhere you go you should be cautious about how your presence and actions may affect the local community and the environment.

Even taking in the most popular touristic experiences may leave a negative impact. Without knowing about it, you may be causing serious environmental damages, supporting illegal practices or morally dubious organisations.

Photo by Pratham Gupta on Unsplash
Photo by Pratham Gupta on Unsplash

Did you know that animals are often being bred in captivity, mistreated, and neglected just so tourists can participate in animal-friendly activities?

VISIT Urban Adventure website to read more about this issue and learn more about responsible travel.

4. Organising projects that matter

The United Nations has declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development of which the aim is to “foster better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilisations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.

Hostelling International supports the goals of the UN Year by dedicating each month to support a different area of sustainable tourism, showing the world how youth hostelling drives sustainable tourism to foster development globally, this year and beyond.

Click HERE to read more about our participation in the UN Year.

We couldn’t be happier to learn about how our friends from Urban Adventures are going to support the UN initiative! They have decided to offer a 30% discount on their Focus tours with all proceeds going directly to the partnering NGOs, non-profits, and social enterprises in those communities. Welcome on board!

5. 25% discount exclusively for HI members!

Last but not least, let’s not forget about our partnership! If you like what you’ve read so far, you will be pleased to learn about the exclusive discount that Urban Adventures offers HI members!

Hostelling International has partnered with Urban Adventures to offer HI members a 25% discount on over 750 unique tours in 160 destinations around the world!

Click HERE to learn more about the offer.

See you soon on one of Urban Adventures tours!

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