5 European Homestays for a weekend city break

Nothing beats getting away for a weekend of discovery and fun. With so many brilliant cities in Europe being so accessible and affordable to visit, why not explore somewhere new? From cafe culture in Berlin to exploring historic Dublin, your choices are endless...

Written by Mary Plunkett

Experience traditional Thai life in Bangkok homestay

Hosts Tanisara and Am live in the west of Bangkok, an area that offers all of the buzz of this international city while still allowing guests a glimpse at authentic local Thai culture and life.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Travel to New Zealand will awaken your soul

While New Zealand may be a long flight for most of us, the journey to get there is unquestionably worth it. With breathtaking scenery and a tranquillity that is unparalleled, here's 13 images of New Zealand that will make you want to explore.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Travel to Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival

With the release of Disney movie "Coco", we take a look at Mexico's distinctive culture and history for the Day of the Dead festival View the Homestay.com photo guide to this colourful festival.

Written by Suzanne Cox

5 Must Visit Travel Destinations for 2018

Another year, another excuse to explore! Not sure where to wander in 2018? Based on our insider knowledge (we are a travel company after all), we've put together the ultimate list of where to go in 2018. Some are our old favourites, others are newbies and for good reason. Dive into the best destinations of 2018.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Learning English in Dublin

Using homestay.com to find a great place to stay is really easy! I could choose among many families and I found a perfect one! I think it is better staying in a host family than a hotel, for sure! It was perfect! I have no words to describe my stay at Antoinette's house.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Affordable accommodation in Cape Town

Ahamed a doctor from Sri Lanka was in Cape Town for over a week for a medical conference. He chose to stay with Asa and her young family in District Six Neighbourhood to get to live like a true Capetonian.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Third time visit to Iran

Iolanda from Portugal recently travelled to Iran for the third time. Having been to Iran twice before on organised tours she decided to try a different approach this time. She had started to learn Farsi so wanted to meet more Iranians to practise with. Staying in a homestay allowed her to be in close contact with local people (her hosts, their friends as well as their neighbours), which ended up being one of the aspects she liked most.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Cambodia: Slice of Khmer culture and village life

Laura and Taj and from the United States travelled to Cambodia and were in the Siem Reap area to explore the Angkor temples and Tonle Sap. They wanted to stay in a homestay to learn more about Cambodian and Khmer culture. Homestay Host Pheaktra was a perfect way for them to see real Cambodian village life as she is a kindergarten teacher as well as a local tour guide.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Farmstay in Vinales, Cuba

Nina and Michael from Germany travelled with their 18 month old daughter to Cuba. They wanted to learn about the agricultural way of life. They stayed with host Miguel on his farm. He grows mangos, oranges, lemons, tangerines, pineapples, bananas, coconut, guavas and coffee. He also grows lots of vegetables and medicinal plants.

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Homestay in Sydney's Southern Suburbs

Jane from England stayed with Homestay Host Lyn in Sydney. In her words "Lyn's place is not just a homestay, it's a 5 star experience. At just $42AUD per night it's a great value accommodation option for Sydney.