Hostelling International Christmas bike trip around San Diego

Speaking of hostels, the latest Travelbytes newsletter from Hostelling International recently appeared in my inbox, with news of a unique holiday bike trip. It turns out that for over 50 years, HI has been hosting a 400-mile Christmas Bike Trip around the greater San Diego area.

So, if you’re looking for something different to do this holiday season, consider ringing in the new year after an intense six day bike trip! It would be a nice nod to the region, and a great way to support businesses that endured a tough wildfire fall. Just don’t expect to stay in many hostels along the way — alternative accommodations available for booking during the ride include inns, ranches and lodges. But riders can stay at San Diego’s Point Loma Elliott Hostel the night before the race, which runs from Dec. 26 through the 31. The registration cost for non-HI members is $350, which includes a year-long HI membership.