Europe

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Packing for a semester abroad

Melissa from the US studied abroad for two semesters. Firstly in Florence, Italy and then Dublin, Ireland. Going abroad is an exciting adventure, and the first step is deciding what to bring. Here are her tips on how to pack for a semester abroad:including her actual packing list.

Written by Mary Plunkett

10 Top cafes for you to try in Britain

Tea and Britain go hand-in-hand and the café scene in Britain, although little known outside of London, really is second to none. The quality of produce available in many of the UK’s cafes is top notch and no road trip around Britain would be...

Written by Tanja Franke

10 things you notice when moving to Dublin

Tanja from Germany is on an internship with Homestay.com in Dublin. She has found Irish people to be really helpful and friendly but isn't too fond of the black stuff (Guinness)

Written by Melissa Knowlton

10 Attractions to Visit in Amsterdam with 'I Amsterdam' Card

After spending a week in Amsterdam with her sister, Melissa recalls her favorite attractions of Amsterdam--Van Gogh Museum, Our Lord in the Attic, ARTIS Micropia, and more!

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 Homestay.com. Explore Ireland one cake slice at a time with these local favourites.

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

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.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

The Best Place to Eat in Rome is in an Italian Home

Melissa, an American study abroad student, got to experience authentic Italy in an incredible way--by being invited with her own family into the home of a local Italian family for dinner.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

A City Break in Croatia

Melissa, a study abroad student from the United States, recalls her weekend in Split, Croatia and her favorite moments of the trip. Whether you're looking for high adventure or a bit of rest and relaxation, Croatia has it all.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

A City Break in Florence: How to See it All in Three Days

How to tackle Florence, Italy in just a few days. Melissa, a US student who lived there for four months, shares her jam-packed three day itinerary, ensuring you catch all the major sites and attractions.