What we're about

We are a group of adventure lovers dedicated to bringing travellers a culturally immersive travel experience at wallet-friendly prices, and to giving hosts an opportunity to boost their income while making lasting friendships.

Our story

Founded in 2013 by travel industry veterans Tom Kennedy (Hostelworld.com co-founder) and Debbie Flynn (Irish Education Partners & A Star Hostels Group), with a vision of taking an offline industry online and making homestays a popular choice of mainstream leisure travel accommodation.

Homestay.com now offers guests the chance to live like - and with - a local with more than 50,000 homestays in over 160 countries and to discover a truly authentic travel experience.

At a glance

2013 Launch

Homestay.com open for business

50K+ Homestays

In 160+ countries

200K+ GUESTS

From 195 nationalities

750K+ nights booked

Average length of stay is 12 nights

2.5M+ Messages

Sent between hosts and guests

$31 per Room

Average price per night globally

35K Guest Reviews

Over 90% are 4 stars or higher

8.5/10 Trustpilot rating

4000+ reviews

$1500 per year

Average host earnings

In the news

National Geographic Traveller

The best way to discover the similarities — and differences — in a new destination is on a homestay. And in Tokyo, negotiating Japanese culture can be made easy with the help of a local.

The Independent

Whether you're visiting a capital city or a remote village, staying with a host offers a unique insight into local life.

Mail Online

From a 19th century French châteaux to a 1920s Cuban casa: The historical homestays that transport you to another era.

Who we are

Paolo

CTO

Yvonne

VP Operations

David

Development

Paddy

Chairman

Felipe

Customer Support

Grainne

Development

Debbie

Founder

Eva

Customer Support

Lorenza

Customer Support

David

Development

Suzanne

Marketing

Tom

Founder

Inspiration from the travel blog

Jana, and her Czech family: husband, mother, aunt and her granddaughter came to Ireland to visit an Irish friend. Jana spent one year in Tullamore in 2000 for work experience. This time they came to stay a few nights in Dublin to catch up with some old friends. She tells us why she decided to book a homestay with Pauline in Walkinstown. Continuer la lecture »

"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." Continuer la lecture »

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 Continuer la lecture »

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