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Summer Adventure Awaits! Discover the Great Outdoors with HI

Embark on an unforgettable journey through nature’s playground as we delve into the myriad of outdoor adventures awaiting you this summer. From serene hikes to adrenaline-pumping activities, let’s uncover the wonders of the wilderness together. From Switzerland to Japan, Luxembourg to Australia and the USA, summer adventure awaits! Pack your bags and join us on an enlightening journey throughout the HI Network!

Summer Water Sports or Serenity in Switzerland

Whether adventurous or just looking to switch off, you’ll enjoy a stay at Switzerland – BrienzNestled between the Bernese Alps and the pristine waters of Lake Brienz, it is a haven for nature lovers, yet with loads to do! Spend your days kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply relaxing on the lake shores . The crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain backdrop make it a perfect summer retreat. You can take a ride on the Brienz Rothorn Bahn, a vintage steam train that climbs to the summit of the Brienzer Rothorn, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps. Don’t forget a visit to the enchanting Giessbach Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls that can be accessed by a scenic boat ride across the lake followed by a short hike. So get on those hiking boots and let’s go!

Lazy days in Luxembourg

Luxembourg City hostel awaits you in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a charming destination that comes alive in the summer! Make sure you explore the UNESCO-listed Old Quarter of the town. Wander through the cobbled streets, historic fortifications, and admire the picturesque views from the Chemin de la Corniche, often dubbed the “most beautiful balcony in Europe. Guided tour finished? No problem, check out the lush Pétrusse Valley and the scenic trails of the Mullerthal region, known as “Little Switzerland.” Here you will find excellent opportunities for hiking and biking amidst verdant landscapes. We did say that it comes alive too, right? Summer is festival season in Luxembourg City, from open-air concerts, to food festivals, and the Schueberfouer, an annual funfair that’s a hit with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy!

Enchanting Shodoshima, Japan

Shodoshima Island, located in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, is famed for its olive groves, dramatic landscapes, and tranquil beaches. Check in to Shodoshima Olive Youth Hostel, leave your bags and set off discovering the area either on foot or rent a bike. Enjoy hiking in Kanro Valley and visiting some of the 88 temples on the island. Why not learn about the island’s olive production, take part in olive oil tasting, and enjoy Mediterranean-inspired gardens with stunning sea views at the Olive Park. For romantic and panoramic views, adventure along Angel Road, a sandy pathway that appears at low tide, connecting Shodoshima to a series of smaller islands. The more adventurous can hike or take the ropeway through Kankakei Gorge, one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges, with breath-taking lush scenery. See you there!

Summer fun in San Diego, USA

Known for its idyllic climate, stunning beaches, and vibrant cultural scene, San Diego is a top destination in Southern California. HI San Diego Downtown is a fantastic base to explore this amazing city.  It is located in the historic heart of San Diego, in the lively Gaslamp Quarter which plays host to some of the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, shops and theatres. Catch a bus to Balboa Park, home to numerous museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. And of course… Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf at some of America’s finest beaches like La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, and Coronado. Activities include surfing, paddleboarding, and beach volleyball. You will have a ball! Make sure you ask the hostel reception for information on free tours, movie/video/game nights, happy hours, pub-crawls and a quarterly ‘Hostel Takeover’ event with local art, live music and food. ENJOY YOUR STAY!

Summer… no Winter Wonderland in Australia

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere means just one thing, a chance to experience Winter in Australia! Fancy some unforgettable wildlife encounters and breath-taking scenery all without the summer crowds? Why not try YHA Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road? If you are looking for more adventure then check out YHA Thredbo, located in the heart of Australia’s premier alpine village, at the foot of the mountain. Enjoy fun filled days of skiing on some of the best slopes in Australia. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the diverse terrain caters to all skill levels. If you prefer a slower pace, snowshoeing through the pristine landscapes or embarking on guided backcountry tours can be an exhilarating way to explore the winter wilderness. End your busy days with some Apres-Ski activities at the hostel or check out some cosy mountain lodges, gourmet dining, and lively bars, the perfect end to a day in the snow.

Whether you’re chasing summer sunshine or winter thrills, these global destinations offer a wealth of adventures and activities. Luxembourg City, Brienz, Shodoshima Island, San Diego Apollo Bay and Thredbo each provide unique experiences that cater to diverse interests and seasonal preferences. So pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey, discovering the beauty and excitement that each season brings to these incredible locations.

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