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…and welcome to this 90th anniversary issue of The Journey. In 1930, the collective will of a group of far-sighted men and women brought YHA to life. At the heart of their plans was an organisation that would bring adventure and opportunity into the lives of those who needed it most. It’s an ethos we still stand by – and today more than ever. We’re incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved over the past nine decades, and we’re doubly determined to make the next chapter of our story a powerful force for good. In these pages you’ll find memories, hope, inspiration and a positive outline for the future. Happy reading!

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Read in hostel

Sit back and relax and enjoy The Journey in hostel.

Walking side by side

Seventy-five years on, their smiles are still contagious. This hale and hearty group of YHA members are pictured in around …

Your memories

From our longest-serving members to our youngest school groups, we always love receiving your letters and emails. Here’s a recent …

A letter to YHA supporters

Our 90th anniversary year has been very different to the year we imagined, writes Chief Executive James Blake. The challenges …

Carry on stamping

Guests have been collecting stamps at YHA hostels for more than 80 years – and the tradition continues. Everyone loves …

Grand designs

Our hostels span several centuries of different design trends. The 150-plus hostels in our network are united in terms of …

Founding figures

The official opening of Maeshafn youth hostel on 4th July 1931. Tom Fairclough, Rev HH Symonds and Berta Gough are …

WIN!

New Jack Catchpool book We’re giving away five copies of Duncan M Simpson’s comprehensive new book about Jack Catchpool, a …

The history of YHA

This year marks our 90th anniversary as an organisation, but YHA’s story stretches back even further – and it’s seen …

Turning the page

Much like our hostels, the YHA magazines like the one you’re reading now have gone through various iterations over the …

Exclusive interviews from recent magazines

For the past five years, our magazines have featured exclusive interviews with some truly inspirational characters. Here’s a selection of …

All together now…

The YHA Songbook was first published in 1952, and it remains a fondly remembered part of our past. Picture the …

Let’s Go

Welcome to our special section for our youngest hostellers. YHA began all the way back in 1930 (the same year …

Amazing animal journeys

This magazine is called The Journey. We gave it that name because staying with YHA is all about discovering new …

90 fun ideas

On our 90th anniversary, we thought it would be the perfect time to list 90 of our favourite things to …

21 adventures for 2021

1.  Find the county’s highest point Wherever you find yourself in 2021, turn it into a little treasure hunt by …

The biggest issues

Lord John Bird MBE is a campaigner, social entrepreneur and life peer. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The …

An exciting decade

At YHA, our work has always been about connecting people and places. About granting access to nature and the outdoors …

Q&A: Ray Mears

We speak to Ray Mears – TV presenter, author and Fjallraven’s bushcraft ambassador – on why now is the perfect …

Then and now

1930 Price of a pint of beer Approximately 5p Take in the view Blackpool Tower (158 metres/ 518 feet) UK …