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Melissa Knowlton

Melissa is a two-time study abroad student from the greater Boston area in the United States. She studies marketing with a minor in global studies. Melissa's interests include traveling, reading, creative writing, and hiking


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Why I Chose to Host with Homestay.com

Csilla, a Californian teacher has been a host with Homestay.com for almost 2 years. She chose to host guests in her home so that she wouldn't have to work in the summer to supplement her income when she isn't teaching. Last summer she was able to take the summer off and is hoping to do the same again this year.

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Experience real Bali Family life in Sanur

Kumkum, a Balinese man, and Caroline, his French wife, live with their daughter Julia near the beaches of Sanur. There is so much to explore and see in Bali, and these hosts are confident that you will have an amazing experience when you stay with them. They love giving guests an authentic Bali experience through ceremonies and traditions. They welcome guests from all ages, and Julia is always happy to share her toys with other toddlers.

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15 of the USA's National Parks that are worth visiting

Although there are many reasons to visit America, some of my favourite places to visit are its national parks. America has 60 national parks, and all worth seeing for their own reasons. For this blog post, I'm featuring some national parks (in no particular order) I think people should visit during their time in the US.

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Packing for a semester abroad

Melissa from the US studied abroad for two semesters. Firstly in Florence, Italy and then Dublin, Ireland. Going abroad is an exciting adventure, and the first step is deciding what to bring. Here are her tips on how to pack for a semester abroad:including her actual packing list.

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10 Steps of Culture Shock for Study Abroad Students

I'm not going to lie to you--going abroad is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and it was all due to culture shock. I truly believe that if I had known more about culture shock before going abroad, I would've been better suited to handle how hard it was. So with that being said, here is my 10 step guide to culture shock for study abroad students.

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Things to do in Interlaken: Adventure in Switzerland

For one of Melissa's weekends trips while studying abroad, she decided to give Interlaken a shot. She was shocked by the beauty of the city, which she got to see both by walking the streets and soaring above them!

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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.

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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.

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7 Irish Day Trips from Dublin, Ireland

Day trips are the best way to see the countryside. There are too many places to count that are worth seeing within two hours of Dublin, so here's our list of the top seven must-sees near Dublin!

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Five Homestays Worth Visiting in Indonesia

Dreaming of visiting Indonesia? We have some incredible homestays listed, so here are just five of them that deserve your visit!

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