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Hostel life

36 articles

12 travel things we'll never complain about again

We’ve officially reached the bargaining phase of the pandemic.

July 14, 2020
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What does hostelling look like now?

You asked, we answered!

June 26, 2020
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Friends for a season: The bittersweetness of meeting people when you travel

It is better to have met and moved on than to never have met at all.

April 21, 2020
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The delicate art of coming home

Going is easy. Coming back is a different story.

April 20, 2020
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8 things you learned while travelling that will help you in a pandemic

You’re more prepared for this than you might think.

April 07, 2020
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Editor’s note: What COVID-19 means to us at HI Canada

It’s not in our DNA to tell you to stay home, but now we’re doing it.

March 25, 2020
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Help bring solar power to HI Beauty Creek Wilderness Hostel in the Rockies

This little spot in the wilderness is in the running for an HI Sustainability Fund grant.

March 10, 2020
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24 free or cheap things to do in Montreal

Discover a little bit of Euro living for less in la belle province.

January 23, 2020
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A coffee-lover’s guide to staying caffeinated in a hostel

Sorry, Tim Horton’s, we don’t need you where we’re going.

December 02, 2019
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How to avoid the same old boring hostel conversations

If ONE more person asks me where I’m from...

November 22, 2019
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10 cozy Canadian foods to try this winter

Warm yums for cold tums

November 04, 2019
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FOMO vs. YOLO: The highs and lows of full-time travel

Even living the dream has its downsides

October 29, 2019
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4 good reasons HI Ottawa Jail is proooobably definitely haunted

A deep dive into the facts

October 23, 2019
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Who knew hostelling with kids could be so great?

Having kids doesn’t mean you have to stop staying in hostels.

October 23, 2019
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13 fights you’ll inevitably have with your travel companion

Nothing can tear you two apart, right? But have you ever been hangry in a foreign country?

October 15, 2019
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How to Marie Kondo your backpack

Pack less stuff and more joy.

October 15, 2019
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How to get a job in a hostel in Canada (and why you want to)

Insider tips for landing that travel #dreamjob

September 20, 2019
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17 moral dilemmas every backpacker faces

Top bunk vs. bottom bunk and other existential quandaries.

September 16, 2019
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For me (and my parents), hostels are the safest way to travel

A week in Cape Town had me and my parents worried… til I met my dorm mates.

August 23, 2019
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How to ace a long stay in a hostel

Sticking around for a bit? Some words of advice from a pro.

August 13, 2019
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How to practice self-care while travelling

Avoid burnout with these 10 tips

July 23, 2019
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How to make the most of an empty hostel

Count yourself lucky.

May 17, 2019
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How to stay fit while travelling

Don’t sacrifice health and wellness while on the road

May 17, 2019
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What to splurge on when you’re backpacking

Even budget travellers can afford these little luxuries.

April 23, 2019
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Unplugging from technology while travelling

Take a tech break while staying at a hostel.

March 20, 2019
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How to stay in a hostel sober

You don’t have to drink and party to enjoy staying in hostels

November 25, 2018
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11 signs it’s your first time in a hostel

Not quite sure how the whole shared room thing works? Yeah, we can tell.

February 28, 2018
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What to do when you’re the only person at your hostel

Sometimes it happens. And yes, it’s weird. And yes, it’s awesome.

January 08, 2018
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5 reasons digital nomads love hostels

Figured out how to take your work on the road? Your own Google Campus awaits.

January 02, 2018
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10 hostels you’re gonna want to check out in 2018

Need some inspo for your 2018 travel bucket list? We’ve got heaps of it.

December 22, 2017
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7 bunkmates you hope to avoid when you open your hostel room door

Every night can’t be the best night ever, and these people are usually why.

December 18, 2017
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What NOT to pack when backpacking

 Follow our tips to avoid overpacking for your next trip!

April 18, 2017
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7 Quick and Cheap Hostel Meals

We often run short on time and money when traveling, but that’s no reason to get out of habit and lose taste for good things.

November 17, 2016
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10 Basic Rules of Hostel Etiquette

Staying in hostels has so many advantages, starting with the savings and the chance to meet amazing people. But living with strangers 24/7 can also be a challenge. Here is a quick how-to guide to hostels.

August 19, 2016
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