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.

Written by Sally Meacham

First Homestay Experience in Galway

Elena and her friend Giulia from Italy went on holidays in Ireland in August. They decided to spend 3 nights in Galway with our 5 Heart hosts Mary and Pat. Pat collected the girls on their bus from Dublin airport and gave them a traditional Irish welcome. Elena tells us that Mary really made her trip to Galway.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba staying with a musician

Ben from the United States visited Cuba in July 2017 for a photography project to capture Caribbean music and dance. He enjoyed that allowed him to read the profiles of each of the hosts and he found a professional musician Jose. He introduced Ben to the managers of several of the music venues and ensured he got access to help him capture some amazing shots. Read on to hear all about Carnaval in Cuba from Ben.

Written by Sally Meacham

Fuerteventura Accommodation: Exploring the island whilst practicing Spanish

Shelley Anderson and her partner Ian from New Zealand stayed with host Susana on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. They were looking to spend some time at the beach, explore the island, cultural exchange and a chance to practice their Spanish. They had an amazing time and really bonded with their host Susana. Read on to see how they got on.

Written by Sally Meacham

Americans travelling to Cuba

Jessica Maienza went to Cuba with her husband on vacation. She went caving, road in a cool 1950's Chevy, and experienced some great hospitality. Interested? Read on and hear what she has to say about Cuba.

Written by Sally Meacham

Affordable London Accommodation for Frightfest

After living in London for six years, Stefania from Italy made a trip back again for the horror film festival, Frightfest. It takes place every year over the August Bank Holiday. This is always a busy time in London and it is really difficult to find affordable accommodation for a few days. Hotels in central London tend to be very expensive so Stefania said "Homestay was the perfect solution for me on this occasion." Read on to see how she enjoyed her homestay in London.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay Holiday in Malta

Luca from Italy, now living in Madrid, returned to Malta for a holiday with his wife. Malta was a special place for them both as it's where they first met 5 years ago. They stayed in a double room for €25 per night with host Ely in St. Julians with wonderful views down to the bay. Read on to hear how they enjoyed their trip down memory lane.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestays perfect fit for solo travel in India

Becky from the United states was in India for a few weeks for work. She stayed in two homestays in Delhi and Mumbai during her few days free time. She chose homestays as she wanted to see the real authentic India and learn more about Indian culture.

Written by Colm Hanratty

10 insider travel tips for Australia

Australia has a special place in my heart because, among other things, it’s the first country I travelled independently both to, and around. During my time there, I picked up lots of insider travel tips for Australia. Here are 10 of them…

Written by Suzanne Cox

Becoming a Homestay Host

"Firstly, I want to just thank you for providing this great website of yours that lets people meet, share ideas and experiences, and feel more confident and proud for who they are and where they come from. It removes a lot of misunderstandings and prejudices and helps visitors see for themselves that there are also humans here living their own dreams and ambitions as in any other corner of the world."

Written by Sally Meacham

An American Student in Dublin

I am an American student studying in Dublin for four months. At first glance, it didn't seem terribly different from the States. But looking closer, it's the subtleties that really make it different. Here are six things I've noticed.