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HI - Hostels- Worth joining?

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1. Posted by Aussie83 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

It has been suggested that I join Hostelling International for both the US and Europe. Is anyone a member that can tell me if the membership fee is worth it?

2. Posted by eazeliff (Full Member 23 posts) 10y

Yes, but more so for Europe. I do use it in the US, but some hostels have given up their HI affiliation. Others are not listed, but will give a discount if you ask and present the card. This was the case for me last week in Eugene, Oregon. It is an independent hostel ( pretty nice, too ) and they gave me a discount with the HI card.

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

When I was buying my Eurail pass last year, my travel agent suggested I get a card, but I decided not to and did not have a problem finding cheap accomodation. There are so many hostels out there in Europe that I think you'll be ok. We travelled in the middle of high season and the only problem we had was in Munich, but mostly because there are more cheap hotels than hostels in the area of town that we wanted to stay in. But that had nothing to do with the HI card, just out bobo-ness for not booking ahead :)

Cheers,
Katie ;)

PS: If you're a student, I recommend you get an ISIC card. It can get you great deals on almost anything!

4. Posted by Aussie83 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

If you dont have an HI card you can still stay at there hostels, yes? From what I gather the savings arent that great and if you change your mind you can join later?

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

You can stay at an HI hostel for one night only without membership, If you plan to head to SA its definately worth it theyre everywhere :)

mim