Hello 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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The Journey: 90th anniversary
group of people in 1943
Then and now

Then and now

1930 Price of a pint of beer Approximately 5p Take in the view Blackpool Tower (158 metres/ 518 feet) UK population Estimated at around 45 million Monarch George V League champions Sheffield Wednesday FC Technology John Logie Baird installs a TV receiver at 10...

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90 fun ideas

90 fun ideas

On our 90th anniversary, we thought it would be the perfect time to list 90 of our favourite things to do. 1. Climbing a tree 2. Baking a cake 3. Listening for woodpeckers 4. Playing an instrument 5. Learning a new language 6. Eating something you’ve cooked...

The Journey: 90th anniversary
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Let’s Go

Let’s Go

Welcome to our special section for our youngest hostellers. YHA began all the way back in 1930 (the same year that Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was born!), and children have been staying in our hostels ever since. In a normal year, around 400,000...

The Journey The Journey: 90th anniversary