8 Things to do in Madrid: architecture, cafes and places to enjoy the sun

The stunning capital city of Spain, Madrid has everything you could hope for from a city break: impressive architecture, world class museums and galleries, fantastic places to eat and drink, and all at a great price. Madrid is often...

Written by Colm Hanratty

The ultimate guide to a day in Cusco

The gateway to the Peru’s Sacred Valley and celebrated Machu Picchu, Cusco is a compact city that packs quite a punch. While many who arrive here concentrate on the sights that surround it rather than those within it, those who do explore encounter...

Written by Suzanne Cox

South Pacific Islands Homestay Adventure

Nix and Paul from England are currently taking a mature gap year travelling the world. Having spent 6 months in India and South East Asia, they now are spending 11 exciting weeks in the South Pacific islands during May/June/July. They stayed 2 weeks with our host Elanye in Savusau on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Written by Colm Hanratty

The best of Edinburgh in one perfect day

What's not to love about Edinburgh? The people are friendly and it’s small enough to explore in a day. Read our guide for 24 hours in Scotland's capital city.

Written by Colm Hanratty

Know where to go in Dubrovnik after dark

Looking to explore the nightlife of Dubrovnik? Our guide will give you the lowdown on the best bars in Dubrovnik so you can explore this Croatian city in the wee hours.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Visiting Zaragoza for Scientific research

Dr. Orwa from Palestine stayed with our host Yolanda for 2 weeks during a research trip to the Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD) or Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) just on the outskirts of Zaragoza.

Written by Mary Plunkett

8 things you must eat when you go to Sicily

Food and holidays go hand in hand and nowhere is this truer than on a trip to Italy. Each of Italy’s regions has its own dishes and traditions when it comes to food but the island of Sicily, is the origin of some of...

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay in London: Highlight of European trip

"My other stays during my trip were all through Airbnb, and because I couldn't find a home in London through their site, I came to Homestay, and it was the best thing that could have happened."

Written by Kim Gillick

Japan in Cherry Blossom Season

Cassandra from the United States visited Japan during Cherry Blossom season and stayed with our host Kyoko in Tokyo. The magical Cherry Blossom season occurs from Mid-March to late April or even early May. Staying in a homestay allows you to get the inside track from the locals on the best "sakura" spots for example Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo.

Written by Kim Gillick

Havana Casa Particular

"Staying in a Homestay was much more valuable than staying in a hotel or any other accommodation because we saved a ton of money, and we really got to experience the Cuban culture, living with a real Cuban family."

Written by Colm Hanratty

Local Tips for 10 of the Best Places to Visit in Spain

While visiting Spain, I’ve had a stab at Flamenco dancing, tried cooking tapas & enjoyed lots of sunshine. I’ve also picked up tips for lots of different destinations. Here are my top 10.