Third time visit to Iran

Iolanda from Portugal recently travelled to Iran for the third time. Having been to Iran twice before on organised tours she decided to try a different approach this time. She had started to learn Farsi so wanted to meet more Iranians to practise with. Staying in a homestay allowed her to be in close contact with local people (her hosts, their friends as well as their neighbours), which ended up being one of the aspects she liked most.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Cambodia: Slice of Khmer culture and village life

Laura and Taj and from the United States travelled to Cambodia and were in the Siem Reap area to explore the Angkor temples and Tonle Sap. They wanted to stay in a homestay to learn more about Cambodian and Khmer culture. Homestay Host Pheaktra was a perfect way for them to see real Cambodian village life as she is a kindergarten teacher as well as a local tour guide.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Farmstay in Vinales, Cuba

Nina and Michael from Germany travelled with their 18 month old daughter to Cuba. They wanted to learn about the agricultural way of life. They stayed with host Miguel on his farm. He grows mangos, oranges, lemons, tangerines, pineapples, bananas, coconut, guavas and coffee. He also grows lots of vegetables and medicinal plants.

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Homestay in Sydney's Southern Suburbs

Jane from England stayed with Homestay Host Lyn in Sydney. In her words "Lyn's place is not just a homestay, it's a 5 star experience. At just $42AUD per night it's a great value accommodation option for Sydney.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Three month Sabbatical in Chile

Dietmar from Germany, now living in Shanghai took a 3 month sabbatical and travelled to Valparaiso Chile. He had spent many years in South America over the years but never Chile so was excited to learn more about this vast country. He spent his first week with host Maria Teresa in Valparaiso.

Written by Sally Meacham

Top 6 Homestays Near the Ski Slopes

Ski season is almost in full swing. Considering a ski break this season? Well look no further we've collated our top hosts near the slopes for you.

Written by Mary Plunkett

10 of the best brunches in Vancouver

Vancouver is a city that does so many things well, but if there is one thing it really excels at, it's brunch. Vancouverites are passionate about their weekend egg sessions and the race to get...

Written by Sally Meacham

Traveling Abroad for Mid-Term Break

An American student studying in Dublin takes advantage of the time off traveling with her roommate around Europe. Here is her story.

Written by Michelle O'Beirne

10 great Barcelona bars for you to try

Barcelona is a cultural hub famous for its beaches, beautiful sights and their amazing football team! That aside, it’s also home to some of the best bars in Europe which boast views of the city, beautiful...

Written by Suzanne Cox

Retired couple travel to Cuba

A retired Serbian couple travels to Cuba, and discovered new joys of life. The people and the culture inspired love and happiness in their hearts. They had an unforgettable experience through homestay.

Written by Sally Meacham

Travelling to Japan for the First Time

Steve from Australia travelled around Japan for the first time in August and stayed in 3 different homestays. He learned about their unique culture first hand by living with his hosts and also made sure to see some of the sights. Steve fell in love with Japan, and will soon be planning a trip back. Keep reading for some fascinating stories from his time in Japan.