Written by Suzanne Cox

Solo Travel in New Zealand's North Island

Christina a medical student from London, worked in New Zealand for 6 weeks on an overseas medical placement at Starship Children's Hospital. She stayed with Auckland hosts Charlie and Kelly, who made her feel really welcome in their home. Read on to hear more about her trip and pick up some tips if you're relocating to the North Island.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Relocating to Osaka, Japan

Charlotte from Norway decided to start a new journey by moving to Osaka on a work visa. She hoped to improve her Japanese language skills while staying in her homestay.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Our favourite "Win Back Your Trip" entries of 2018 #HelloHomestay

Here is a glimpse at some of our favorite "Win Back Your Trip" entries, including the winning photo! Click here to see if you were featured! Use #HelloHomestay to be entered in the next giveaway.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

How to Experience Japan like a Local

Alexander and Ekaterina recently had an amazing stay with Conan and Yoriko in Japan! Highlights include seeing the beautiful parks, enjoying authentic food, and experiencing Japanese traditions like a local.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Affordable Accommodation in Rio for Carnival

Kacper and his fiancée Żaneta from Poland travelled to Rio, their last trip before the Wedding. They wanted to learn the best places are worth visiting in Rio from the locals. He chose host Mary in Copacabana with a double room for $42 per night.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Birmingham Internship with Aston Villa Football Club

Tony from Australia travelled to the UK for a 6 week internship at Aston Villa Football Club. He stayed with host Shirl within walking distance to Villa Park for 6 weeks for just £15 per night.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Leaving Japan for a Week in Singapore

Kana from Japan, decided to spend a week in Delsy's homestay in Singapore. During her vacation, Kana was able to experience the people and culture of Singapore through a local's eyes.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

A Month Abroad on Australia's Gold Coast

Martina, a 21-year-old Italian girl and the winner of our "Win back your trip" photo contest, shares her experiences in Maria and Peter's homestay on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Written by Guest Blogger: Vivian Lee

Amazing Japanese Hospitality

Vivian a Travel Blogger from Malaysia travelled to Tokyo with her Mum and little brother. She stayed with Tokyo hosts Yoko and Aki for 4 nights. After a very late arrival, Yoko cooked them a meal of Yakisoba and Miso soup. Vivian knew she was going to enjoy this stay....

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Learning English in Boston

Sunny and her daughter traveled to Massachusetts for three months and experienced what it was like to have a family from another culture. During her time in the USA, she was able to celebrate American holidays like a local for the first time.