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Revealed: Cumbria's 50 Finest Icons

Revealed: Cumbria's 50 Finest Icons

Guidebook author Alfred Wainwright has been voted Cumbria’s greatest icon in a poll to define the spirit and character of Britain’s best-loved region.

Melvyn Bragg, Chris Bonington, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, author and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, Joss Naylor and Hunter Davies are among those who helped to create the definitive list of Cumbria’s Finest 50 Icons.

What to look for in a backpacking travel partner

What to look for in a backpacking travel partner

Making sure you gel with your backpacker buddy is the key to happy travel – get it right and your adventures will flow! Amazing experiences are even better shared and travelling with a partner helps cut travel and accommodation costs.

Whether it’s a friend, someone cool you met travelling or a like-minded person from online, read our tips to see if you’re right for each other.

Top Apps for travelling and backpacking

Top Apps for travelling and backpacking

Off on your travels? As well as stocking up on those suitcase essentials, make sure your gadget is loaded with these handy travel apps! From planning your journey to sharing your tourist tips, these 12 clever titles help to make backpacking a breeze. Just don't forget your charger...

Ramblers Big Pathwatch

Ramblers Big Pathwatch

Step up and protect the places you love to walk with the Big Pathwatch. Join the Ramblers' most ambitious campaign ever to protect and improve our glorious paths in England and Wales. Taking part is a walk in the park. From 13th July simply step out and walk nearby paths at home or on holiday and report back on what you find using the Big Pathwatch smartphone app.

Vote to save outdoor spaces

Vote to save outdoor spaces

We all know how important green spaces are for creating stronger and healthier communities, giving children space to play and access to nature.

The Co-operative is asking their staff and members to vote between 22 June – 12 July on a cause to support over the next two years.

Calling all supporters, join us at our new event!

On 13th June 2015, all supporters of YHA, whether you’re a member, guest, donor or volunteer, are welcome to join us for the first of a new series of events called Exchange Forums.

The event is designed to give you the chance to find out more about supporting YHA and to answer your burning questions. The day will be led by our fantastic Trustees and Executive team, including Peter Gaines, Vice Chairman, and our CEO Caroline White.

85th Birthday Competition - Winners Announced!

85th Birthday Competition - Winners Announced!

Every day last week we gave away £100s worth of YHA vouchers plus 10 runners up prizes of YHA membership to 15 lucky winners in total. This, our biggest competition to date, celebrated YHA's 85th birthday on 10th April - 85 years of creating opportunities for young people.

The competition saw thousands of entries from all corners of England and Wales hoping to bag themselves a low price getaway. Entrants were asked to spot the four differences in two photographs of the gorgeous YHA Brighton.

The Hosteller's Cookbook

The Hosteller's Cookbook

From a sizzling all-you-can eat breakfast to a fish you caught yourself at the beach - good food might be our fave reason to go travelling! But you don't have to cross the globe (and spend loads) to add an international flavour to your meals - communal cooking experiences with people from other cultures and nationalities are part of what's great about staying in a hostel. Nothing makes you new friends like dishing up a tasty meal!

5 things people most commonly forget when packing for a holiday

5 things people most commonly forget when packing for a holiday

We know it's super exciting, but don't lose your head just before your big adventure! Here are the handy holiday items that we're most likely to forget when stuffing our suitcases...

1. Sun Cream

Unless you're going for the sunkissed lobster look, make sure you pack that freshly bought tube of sun cream. Stay protected from top to toe as you head for the beach - it's always best to stay safe from the sun's rays with the correct UV rating for your skin type.

Top 10 mind-blowing novels for travellers

Top 10 mind-blowing novels for travellers

So after our mighty Kindle vs paper book battle (it's a draw!) we promised we'd share our own fave reads for travel! These novels and memoirs of incredible journeys, spiritual awakenings and outrageous adventures are fantastic wanderlust fuel for when you're on the road.

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