Stay Free in San Francisco

It may sound crazy
but it's really not always about the money

"It's not about the money money money
We don't need your money money money
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag"  - Jesse J.



As stated in our hostel mission statement our goal is to help travelers with limited means experience San Francisco and the world!

There are many ways to contribute to the Pacific Tradewinds community and money is not always necessary. We routinely offer free stays (or provide refunds) to guests who can help us show budget travelers how to have a great time in San Francisco. Here are some of the talents (and aspiring talents) we are looking for.


Do you always seem to have your camera (or smartphone) at the ready? Have a travel portfolio you are proud of? We are always looking for photographers to document the fun had by our guests in and out of the hostel. Share your photos with Darren. If we like what we see, we’ll get your permission to use them on our website and make all or part of your stay free!

Hint: We especially like iconic San Francisco photos that feature our guests having fun.

Vloggers & YouTubers

Whether you are an established YouTuber with many subscribers or you are just starting your vlogging stardom, we’d love to see what you’ve got! While we’re always happy to promote your own videos on our website blog, we especially would love it (and pay) if you would let us feature your San Francisco video exclusively on our own YouTube channel.  We'll give you all the credit.  


Let us not forget the lost art of the written word. If you have a well-written trip report about something you did or experienced in San Francisco, we’d love to read it. If we like what you wrote, we’ll get your permission to use your writing exclusively on our website and refund all or part of your stay.

Hint: If you are a good (funny) writer, you might even be able to reuse writing from an email to your friends and family.

Actors and Models

You don't need to be a professional but if you are super comfortable (and maybe even a little silly) in front of a camera, we’d love to feature you in one of our YouTube videos.  These videos show budget travelers the best of San Francisco! If selected for a video shoot, Darren will make you (and up to one friend) the star of your own San Francisco video. You must be very outgoing and able to informally but naturally recite lines on camera. All of your expenses (tickets, food, and local transportation) will be paid for the duration of the video shoot. In addition, you’ll get a free night for every day you are willing to be filmed while having fun in and around San Francisco. Send a YouTube link of your previous “work” or a short “audition” video to Darren.

Travel Bloggers

If you already have a travel blog with an established following, read our special page just for you that will show you how to stay for free and earn cash for every new guest you refer to us.  

Have Another Idea?

Send us your pitch! We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our guests,  inform travelers about our awesome hostel and show them how we make San Francisco inexpensive and fun.

Please email Darren at darren  ☮


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