How to Experience Japan like a Local

Alexander and Ekaterina recently had an amazing stay with Conan and Yoriko in Japan! Highlights include seeing the beautiful parks, enjoying authentic food, and experiencing Japanese traditions like a local.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Affordable Accommodation in Rio for Carnival

Kacper and his fiancée Żaneta from Poland travelled to Rio, their last trip before the Wedding. They wanted to learn the best places are worth visiting in Rio from the locals. He chose host Mary in Copacabana with a double room for $42 per night.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Five Homestays Worth Visiting in Kenya

Kenya is a beautiful country located in western Africa. Wondering where to stay? Here is our list highlighting five Kenyan homestays you should definitely check out!

Written by Suzanne Cox

Birmingham Internship with Aston Villa Football Club

Tony from Australia travelled to the UK for a 6 week internship at Aston Villa Football Club. He stayed with host Shirl within walking distance to Villa Park for 6 weeks for just £15 per night.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay Holiday in Kerala, India

Julie and her sister Lee from the UK travelled to Kerala on a 2 week holiday to spend some time relaxing on the beach. They didn't want to stay in a hotel but in an Indian home to truly experience Indian culture. Read on to hear about their adventure.

Written by Colm Hanratty

15 of the Best Cafés in Ireland for an Indulgent Pitstop

Find the best cafés around the country with the expert guide from Explore Ireland one cake slice at a time with these local favourites.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Studying Medicine in Southern California

Satoshi recently spent a month in Irvine, California to observe medical procedures at the University of California, Irvine. During his time here, he learned a lot about American culture and experienced the area through a local's eyes.

Written by Kim Gillick

5 Amazing Vietnam Beaches for You to Discover

There are almost too many picture-perfect beaches in Vietnam. Choosing which ones to lounge on can be hard. Here are 5 of our favourite Vietnam island beaches.

Written by Mary Plunkett

10 Alternatives to the Traditional Paris Hotspots

There's plenty of neighbourhoods and districts you can add to your itinerary when you visit Paris that offer an alternative to the traditional tourist to-do list. Here's our top ten.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

A Month Abroad on Australia's Gold Coast

Martina, a 21-year-old Italian girl and the winner of our "Win back your trip" photo contest, shares her experiences in Maria and Peter's homestay on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Weekend Getaway in Northern Ireland

After having spent two months in Dublin as a study abroad student, Melissa tells us about her first trip to visit Northern Ireland and many of its top attractions from Titanic Museum to the Giants Causeway.