Guest Experiences

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Outdoor Adventures and Organic Food in a Homestay in Wicklow

As a travel writer, Dave spends most of the year on the move. So for him, staying with local host Cathy offered him the comforts of home while he set out to discover Ireland.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Havana Holidays: Learning About Cuban Culture and Organic Worm Farming

Steeped in history and filled to the brim with a rich culture, Havana offers something for every kind of traveller. Fresh off the plane, Anna shares her adventures.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Learning German with a Homestay Host Family in Berlin

Guest Wan Yin from Taiwan tells us about living with a local family in Berlin, brushing up on her German and new friendships as part of her homestay experience.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

A Budapest Travel Guide from a Seasoned Solo Traveller

Travel expert Denae gives us her tips for visiting the Hungarian capital Budapest. Find out where to relax, explore and how staying in a homestay could transform your trip.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Discovering Peru and Learning Spanish in Cusco and Lima

Solo traveller Denae shares her travel experiences in Cusco and Lima, as she dives into the culture of Peru and learns Spanish from her homestay hosts.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

5 benefits of staying in a homestay over a hostel

Looking for an alternative to a hostel? Read about the differences between hostel and homestay accommodation to get a great value, local experience when you travel.

Written by Mary Plunkett

City living Down Under with Snap Gap winner Denae in Sydney

Competition winner Denae has been travelling the world and staying in homestays. See what she made of her trip to Sydney, staying in Elizabeth Bay and Bondi.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Exploring the pyramids and culture in Egypt's capital, Cairo

As the runner-up in the recent SnapGap competition, Brad won a homestay experience anywhere in the world. Read about his adventures in Cairo with his host Daniele.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Around the world, one homestay at a time: adventures in Japan

Have you ever dreamed about travelling the world? Well that’s what one lucky competition winner, 22 year-old Denae gets to do.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Packing tips: 10 suitcase travel hacks to help you save space

There's nothing quite like preparing for your next adventure in a new destination. The anticipation of arriving somewhere you've longed to visit and the excitement of all the amazing things that you're going to see. However, with airline luggage restrictions getting tighter, suitcase space is at a premium. We've put together some helpful hacks...