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It has been a tough summer for all accommodation businesses, but the worse effected are hostels and bunkhouses. Over two thirds of our accommodation has now reopened and you can support them by booking a stay this Autumn or Winter.

Hostels and Bunkhouses offer unique accommodation with shared self catering kitchens, gardens and social areas.   Their traditional guests come from multiply housesholds like outdoor clubs and groups of friends & family, or they could be solo travelers, couples and families sharing living spaces.  This has made re-opening in the New Normal a real challenge.  Not to be kept down over two-thirds of the accommodation in our network has now reopened with social distancing and extra hygiene measure in place.  You can support these plucky businesses by booking a stay away in a hostel or bunkhouse this Autumn or Winter.

This is your chance to pick and choose between some amazing places in stunning locations.  Most places have had to cancel their Autumn bookings because they were from two many household.  So there is lots of choose, very often from places that would normally be booked up year in advance.   Some of the larger hostels have reduced their prices to make it economical for small groups to hire the whole building for exclusive use.  So not only do you have the pick of the crop, but you can also hire an amazing building which would normally not be affordable for one or two households.

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IHUK is backing “Support Our Hostels”, a recently launched lobbying campaign to ask the Government for additional funding and to encourage hostellers to come and stay.  Scottish Independent Hostels (SIH) has sent a report to the Scottish Government after a survey of its members which highlights the challenges facing its members as they try to reopen their doors for business.  IHUK will soon be lobbying the UK Government on the same issue.

Social distances guidelines put hostels, bunkhouses and group accommodation industry in a much worse position than the majority of accommodation providers.

So support the UK’s Hostels.  Book an Autumn or Winter holiday today.

About Sam Dalley

Editor of the Independent Hostel Guide