Host Stories

Written by Mary Plunkett

Experience traditional Thai life in Bangkok homestay

Hosts Tanisara and Am live in the west of Bangkok, an area that offers all of the buzz of this international city while still allowing guests a glimpse at authentic local Thai culture and life.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Becoming a Homestay Host

"Firstly, I want to just thank you for providing this great website of yours that lets people meet, share ideas and experiences, and feel more confident and proud for who they are and where they come from. It removes a lot of misunderstandings and prejudices and helps visitors see for themselves that there are also humans here living their own dreams and ambitions as in any other corner of the world."

Written by Kim Gillick

Win Cash by Sharing your Homestay Snaps

How about winning €100? We love to see guests and hosts enjoying their homestay time together, so we've come up with an exciting competition.

Written by Kim Gillick

Rent Out Your Spare Room During the World Masters Games 2017

Be a host and rent out your spare room during the World Masters Games 2017 in Auckland. Find out how you can make some extra cash during the games.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Hosting International Students in your Home

Do you have a spare room, enjoy meeting new people and want to earn some extra money? If the answer is yes, hosting international students could be ideal.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Where to Stay in London: 6 Places to Stay with a Local Host

Finding a place to stay in London can be tough, but with our roundup of homestay hosts you'll find affordable accommodation and a local experience. Here are our picks.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Meet Monica: Homestay host and baker extraordinaire

Irish host Monica has been hosting guests in her spacious home for years and loves meeting people to learn about their cultures while sharing hers. We had a chat to see how the experience...

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Tokyo Host Tomoko visits past guests and gains a son-in-law

Being a homestay host is a great opportunity to meet travellers from all over the world. You get to share your hometown, culture and customs while learning about those of your guest. This is certainly true for our Japanese host Tomoko who...

Written by Mary Plunkett

Fall in love with Siem Reap with our host Valentina

Hear why Valentina in Siem Reap likes being a host on and how she has fulfilled her lifelong dream of hosting others by relocating to Cambodia.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

Experience authentic Havana culture in the best casa particular Cuba has to offer

Hear why our top Cuban host Jorge and his family choose to host with Homestay and learn what to expect if you are planning on staying in a casa particular in Cuba.