Join Hostelling International

Hostelling International (HI) is the largest youth hostel network in the world with more than 3,000 hostels in 75 amazing destinations. Located in some of the world’s most inspiring locations, all our hostels meet the HI standards, which guarantee a range of good quality safe accommodation, in friendly surroundings at affordable prices.

Stay in HI hostels 

By staying in a HI hostel you are sure to have a memorable experience, to meet lots of different people and be immersed in the local culture whilst minimising our impact on the environment.  
Our hostels are all connected to their local community and offer loads of activities and programmes to get active! If it is peace and quiet you are seeking for your holidays, our teams will know just the spot off the beaten track for you to get away from it all.  

Our guests and members are also supporting a network of not-for-profit organisation with a hundred-year-old heritage and a commitment to sustainable travel. Read more about our Mission and Story.  

Become a member 

Join a global community of Travellers! HI Membership opens the door to the world’s largest network of safe, clean, welcoming hostels.  

Only members have access to ‘member rates’ or a discount on accommodation in all HI Hostels.  
We always recommend booking directly with the hostel or YHA website to get your member rate, bookings made on a 3rd party website may not entitle you to the member benefits.  
Membership can be purchased online here or at the hostel on arrival. Read more about Membership.
In addition, the membership gives you access to thousands of travel-related savings at home and overseas.

Work or volunteer at a HI hostel 

If you would like to enquire about working at one of our hostels, please contact the hostel directly using the contact details on the hostel’s page. 

If you do not have a specific hostel in mind but know the country you would like to work in, please contact the Youth Hostel Association of that country.

Add your hostel to the HI network or create a new Member association in your country 

Hostelling International is a federation of Youth Hostel Associations, more commonly known as YHA. We are a membership organisation which means our hostels are all part of a national YHA, which in turn is a member of HI. All our member associations must be not for profit and subscribe to our mission and values.   

If you want to add your hostel to the HI network, then please check to see if you have a Member Association already in your part of the world. You can find out by looking through our network of hostels. If there is one then please contact them and ask for details on how to join them. 

If there is not a Member Association in your part of the world, we would encourage you to create one and join us! We have many tools and a wealth of information on how to do this. If you think you are in a position to set up a YHA in your country contact us and we can help you through the process.

We acknowledge that we function best when local knowledge and local support exists, thus ensuring all hostels in a territory move in a positive direction and in line with our mission. 

Become a partner or sponsor 

We believe that hostelling is about more than just having a place to stay. It’s about having fun, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. We support a dynamic community of global citizens who we encourage to make the world a better place. 

We work with NGOs, youth organisations, educational partners and global brands. By partnering with Hostelling International you can: 

  • Work with an international network dedicated to promoting the power of youth travel. 
  • Align your brand with an organisation rooted in sustainable practices. 
  • Reach an audience of international young travellers with a different outlook on travel. 

If you are interested in partnering with HI or would like to find out more please get in touch!