Host Stories

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 Homestay.com 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.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Check out my Star Wars collection - posters, toys, action figures & life size stormtroopers

Written by Mary Plunkett

Los Angeles accommodation that won't break the bank with hosts Morgan and Jon

When I saw the pictures of Morgan and Jon’s at their home in Inglewood in Los Angeles, they immediately seemed like someone I wanted to get to know. The couple, who share their craftsman-style bungalow with their adorable dogs...

Written by Mary Plunkett

Skiing and Puppetry in Ottawa with our host Romi

One of the great things about doing a homestay is meeting new people and learning about their skills and talents. One such host is Romi who lives in the peaceful Gatineau district of Ottawa in Canada. Romi lives with...

Written by Mary Plunkett

Brisbane accommodation at the right price from our host Alice

When Alice signed up as a host on Homestay.com earlier this year, she thought back to her childhood in Canada. Alice explained that “growing up in Canada there were often people staying with us from different countries. We had...

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

10 cooking vacations where you can taste the local cuisine

There’s no better way to experience a different culture than by tasting all the delicious local dishes and delicacies in that country. Arriving somewhere new and discovering exotic ingredients that are a treat for the senses through the locals. Learn to cook...