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Top 12 Hostelling Hacks: Tips for Travellers

Top 12 Hostelling Hacks: Tips for Travellers

Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. We’re strong believers in this ethos and understand that preparation is key to successful travelling – especially if you want to get the most out of your hostel stay. So, to ensure that you’re a happy hosteller and well equipped for your next trip, we’ve decided to garner insight from some of the world’s most knowledgeable travellers and curate a list of travel hacks which we feel are essential for hassle-free hostelling.

Adverse weather update 14/1/2015

Adverse weather update 14/1/2015

After an undeniably wet end to 2015, we'd like to confirm that almost all of our hostels are open thanks to the amazing staff, volunteers and local communities in the areas affected! Only YHA Keswick remains closed for essential repairs and will be reopening at the end of March. Look out for our updates to see how we're getting on. In the meantime, YHA Helvellyn will be opening its doors over February half term to make up for the closure.

Meeting Rooms at YHA

Meeting Rooms at YHA

YHA have hosted meetings for both internal and external guests since before we can remember. But we’ve never really shouted about it…until now! Our inspiring meeting rooms and corporate hire spaces are ready for you to take over, offering great facilities at an unmatchable price.

Adverse weather update 31/12/15

Adverse weather update 31/12/15

Despite the best efforts of the storms over the past few weeks, it’s great to see that almost all of our hostels are open as planned.

Only YHA Keswick remains affected, and will be closed for essential repairs until the end of March.

With the weather conditions constantly changing, and some road closures resulting in diversions, we recommend you check the local news, weather and travel channels before setting off so that you can plan your journey and avoid any travel disruptions.

Lake District Flooding - Update 22/12/15, 12pm

Let’s start by thanking everyone, especially our guests and suppliers, for their continued offers and messages of support and encouragement. It reminds us how special we are to have such a dedicated group of team members, volunteers and guests who are all, without exception entirely understanding of the disruption caused by the flooding and tireless in their efforts to get back to normal. The latest position is as follows...

YHA Cockermouth – is now dried out and will opening as normal over the New Year.

Why choose a hostel for your company away day?

Why choose a hostel for your company away day?

Need a break from the office? YHA has a wide range of hostels that are perfect for letting off steam with your colleagues – and they’re really affordable too! We’ve got well-equipped meeting rooms so you can get down to business, along with flexible options for lunch like self-catering facilities or tasty group meals. Chow down on breakfast butties or a delicious three course buffet – we can even keep you refreshed with tea and coffee.

YHA's Green Promise

YHA's Green Promise

Whether you’ve stayed in a recycled shipping container or waved your hands to activate our energy-saving lighting – it’s hard to ignore YHA’s commitment to the environment. Here’s why we’re an award-winning choice for guilt-free adventuring around the England and Wales.

85 Years In The Making

85 Years In The Making

In 1930, a group of volunteers set up an association to provide young working people with an affordable escape. YHA was born.

The date was December 1930, the place Pennant Hall in North Wales. It’s now 85 years since the first YHA property opened its doors, but our overall mission as a charitable organisation has stayed clear: to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.

Ben Fogle Interview

Ben Fogle Interview

It’s now 15 years since Ben Fogle first found fame on the BBC reality show Castaway. He’s since become one of Britain’s highest-profile adventurers, rarely straying far from an ocean, desert or mountain. We caught up with him for an exclusive chat about the places and people that have left him with the most enduring impressions.

Growing up, what do you remember about your first great outdoor experience?

Hiking boots buyer's guide

Hiking boots buyer's guide

Choosing suitable footwear is essential for outdoor adventures – there’s nothing worse than achy feet and blisters! Your perfect pair of hiking boots will help support your feet, compliment your terrain and keep you comfy for years. Whether you’re a casual day hiker or an expert mountaineer, these handy tips make picking the right type of shoes easier.

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