Guest Experiences

Written by Suzanne Cox

South Pacific Islands Homestay Adventure

Nix and Paul from England are currently taking a mature gap year travelling the world. Having spent 6 months in India and South East Asia, they now are spending 11 exciting weeks in the South Pacific islands during May/June/July. They stayed 2 weeks with our host Elanye in Savusau on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Visiting Zaragoza for Scientific research

Dr. Orwa from Palestine stayed with our host Yolanda for 2 weeks during a research trip to the Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD) or Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) just on the outskirts of Zaragoza.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay in London: Highlight of European trip

"My other stays during my trip were all through Airbnb, and because I couldn't find a home in London through their site, I came to Homestay, and it was the best thing that could have happened."

Written by Kim Gillick

Japan in Cherry Blossom Season

Cassandra from the United States visited Japan during Cherry Blossom season and stayed with our host Kyoko in Tokyo. The magical Cherry Blossom season occurs from Mid-March to late April or even early May. Staying in a homestay allows you to get the inside track from the locals on the best "sakura" spots for example Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo.

Written by Kim Gillick

Havana Casa Particular

"Staying in a Homestay was much more valuable than staying in a hotel or any other accommodation because we saved a ton of money, and we really got to experience the Cuban culture, living with a real Cuban family."

Written by Suzanne Cox

Student Homestay in York

Carlotta and her friend Michele students from Turin in Italy stayed with hosts Ruth and Alan in York on a short trip to the UK.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay in Amsterdam

Andrea and his girlfriend Laura from Italy visited Amsterdam in April. They stayed with Homestay hosts Justus and Noor in their double room from only €50 per night. They chose a homestay because of the value for money and wanted to use the kitchen to cook for themselves.

Written by Kim Gillick

#HelloHomestay Winner Russ Shares his Bali Homestay Story

Guss and his world schooling family stayed with Bali host Ketut to learn about and immerse themselves in the local culture. Well used to travelling the world, we asked him how he got on in his first homestay.

Written by Kim Gillick

Learning Japanese in Tokyo with a Local Host

They say there's no better way to master a language than to immerse yourself in it. That's exactly what Thomas did to learn Japanese. He stayed with a local host in Tokyo and brushed up on his skills.

Written by Kim Gillick

Five Weeks in Seoul: From Sightseeing to Volunteering

Cassandra spent five weeks in Seoul with her homestay host, Veronica. From sightseeing to hand-making scarves and volunteering, it sounds like she did it all. Read her homestay story.