Guest Experiences

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.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Three month Sabbatical in Chile

Dietmar from Germany, now living in Shanghai took a 3 month sabbatical and travelled to Valparaiso Chile. He had spent many years in South America over the years but never Chile so was excited to learn more about this vast country. He spent his first week with host Maria Teresa in Valparaiso.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Retired couple travel to Cuba

A retired Serbian couple travels to Cuba, and discovered new joys of life. The people and the culture inspired love and happiness in their hearts. They had an unforgettable experience through homestay.

Written by Sally Meacham

Travelling to Japan for the First Time

Steve from Australia travelled around Japan for the first time in August and stayed in 3 different homestays. He learned about their unique culture first hand by living with his hosts and also made sure to see some of the sights. Steve fell in love with Japan, and will soon be planning a trip back. Keep reading for some fascinating stories from his time in Japan.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Nursing placement in New South Wales

People choose to stay in homestays for all kinds of reasons. Emily a nursing student was on a placement in Yowie Bay and chose a homestay for the duration.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba staying with a musician

Ben from the United States visited Cuba in July 2017 for a photography project to capture Caribbean music and dance. He found a host Jose who is also a professional musician, allowing him access to capture some amazing shots. Read on to hear all about Carnaval in Cuba from Ben.

Written by Sally Meacham

Fuerteventura Accommodation: Exploring the island whilst practicing Spanish

Shelley Anderson and her partner Ian from New Zealand stayed with host Susana on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. They were looking to spend some time at the beach, explore the island, cultural exchange and a chance to practice their Spanish. They had an amazing time and really bonded with their host Susana. Read on to see how they got on.

Written by Sally Meacham

Americans travelling to Cuba

Jessica Maienza went to Cuba with her husband on vacation. She went caving, road in a cool 1950's Chevy, and experienced some great hospitality. Interested? Read on and hear what she has to say about Cuba.