Top 100 Travel Bloggers Reunite in Support of Study Abroad

Sequel to the White House Summit convenes influencers in NYC amidst United Nations General Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Washington, D.C.) - On September 21-23, Hostelling International USA (HI USA) and Partners of the Americas will co-host the Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship -- a  sequel to the prestigious White House event held in December 2014.  The 2017 Summit will reconvene 100 of the top celebrities, journalists, bloggers and digital media influencers in travel, and is designed to stay true to the community’s original mandate: Go forth and engage young people about the transformative power of travel and study abroad.  

This large scale, prestigious event also acts as a fundraiser for the co hosts’ distinct scholarship and grants programs that enable more young people to embark on a transformative experience abroad.  The three day voyage will be expertly steered by Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler, George  Stone, as emcee alongside travel media darling and famed explorer, Paula Froelich, at HI NYC hostel on the Upper West Side.  All Travel Blogger Summit participants will conclude their journey by attending the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

Held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, this entirely open press event will take place in three parts:  

An invite-only Summit will provide a platform to discuss U.S. government initiatives and strategies for encouraging American students to study, volunteer, and work abroad. Dynamic keynote speakers will be complemented by blogger story jams, workshops, and a custom recording studio.

The inaugural Global Goals "Green" Gala will be hosted in HI NYC’s backyard, Manhattan’s largest private green space, and serve as a benefit event open to organizations and individuals.  Join the top travel bloggers and industry leaders for an evening promoting the Sustainable Development Goals through study abroad. All proceeds will support HI USA’s Explore The World travel scholarships and Partners of the Americas’ USA Study Abroad Diversity Fund grant program.

All bloggers who partake in meaningful volunteer projects will be rewarded with a ticket to the Global Citizen Festival, with headliners such as Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, and The Lumineers. The Festival brings together top music with world leaders to make commitments toward health, gender equality education and other poverty issues. Guests earn their tickets after taking a series of actions to effect change around the world. Participants will also enjoy a privately guided photography walk to the festival, led by National Geographic Your Shot.​​

Current Partners:  

Hostelling International USA, Partners of the Americas, Global Citizen, National Geographic

For more information, visit   For press access, please contact Netanya Trimboli, HI USA Director of Communications + PR, at or (240) 650-2104.​


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About Hostelling International USA

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters a deeper understanding of people, places, and cultures for a more tolerant world.  As the nation’s leading hostel network, HI USA hosts around 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries across more than 50 hostels.  In 2014, HI USA co-hosted the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship.

About Partners of the Americas

The mission of Partners of the Americas is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems..  Each year, Partners awards approximately 50–75 study abroad grants through its Education and Culture program, and has awarded 40 grants under The USA Study Abroad Diversity Fund in partnership with the State Department’s USA Study Abroad Office that was announced during the first Travel Blogger’s Summit.  Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, D.C. Learn more at or via Twitter @partnersamerica.