Guest Experiences

Written by Suzanne Cox

Improve your language skills with a Host Family in London

Samuel, 21 from France wanted to live with a host family to improve his English. He decided to stay with Kait and her family in Belvedere a 35 minute train journey to Central London. Kait, her husband Joe and their daughters provided him with lots of opportunities to practice his English conversational skills. He stayed with them for 3 weeks and didn't want to leave...

Written by Suzanne Cox

Loft room in Biarritz

Andrey from Russia stayed 4 nights with Serge and Katie in their loft room in Biarritz, France. He really enjoyed his time in their beautiful home especially their delicious breakfasts.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Unique Family Holiday in Italy

"We had a lovely holiday in Bracciano. Fulvia and her husband were the perfect hosts. We were a little nervous about how little Italian we could speak but Fulvia made every effort to communicate with us. Fulvia was always very helpful and even organised train tickets for a day trip to Rome. We were made very welcome but felt we could also get on with our own plans. Fulvia included some nice touches in our holiday including home made wine, berries to taste and an invitation to eat pizza with her family on the final evening. We would love to return sometime."

Written by Suzanne Cox

July - Win back your trip winner

Thang from Vietnam was just chosen as our "Win back your trip" winner. He visited Cuba with his parents and won back the cost of his trip for posting some photos and video on instagram. Being a filmmaker, he took some great video footage of this colourful country. Read his account of the trip below with some stunning photography

Written by Suzanne Cox

One week with a family in Kathmandu

Miranda and her partner Ivan from the United States, travelled to Nepal for a few weeks and stayed with Kathmandu Homestay host Puran for 7 nights. They felt truly part of his family. Puran is a tour guide and he gave them lots of recommendations about what to do and which sites to see. They were invited to participate in a Hindu cleansing ceremony, walked with the family to get dinner with their in-laws, and enjoyed heaping portions of Bina's excellent cooking.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Accommodation for professionals in Dublin

"I am currently engaged in some project work in Dublin and had been using local hotels. The project was near to the airport and hotel availability was limited and prices were premium. I was researching other options and was recommended the homestay website. So far, its proved to be excellent, I have been staying with a welcoming family in Dublin, I have flexibility for bookings and the prices are much more reasonable than those of nearby hotels. I have already recommended to others."

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay Holiday in Vancouver

Claudiane from Brazil spent her holidays with our new Vancouver host Jacqueline. She lives in a 100 year old Heritage Home in a very safe, quiet neighborhood only 10 minutes by bus to downtown Vancouver. It's also easily accessible to the ski resorts in North Vancouver. The house was purchased by her husband's grandfather in the 1920's and they are the third generation to live there. Her homestay made her vacation even more amazing.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Conference Accommodation in Lisbon

Anna from Poland travelled to Lisbon for a music conference. She is a specialist in Chinese music and plays the lute. Visiting Lisbon for 1 week she was looking for good value accommodation and an authentic local experience. She chose to stay with hosts Ramesh and Brinda originally from Nepal in their central Lisbon apartment.

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.

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