Written by Colm Hanratty

Boston – a tale of two cities

When speaking to the locals in Boston, they talk about the area north of the Charles River, Cambridge, like it’s a different city. So when you visit, it's like getting two for the price of one.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Why I Chose to Host with Homestay.com

Csilla, a Californian teacher has been a host with Homestay.com for almost 2 years. She chose to host guests in her home so that she wouldn't have to work in the summer to supplement her income when she isn't teaching. Last summer she was able to take the summer off and is hoping to do the same again this year.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Lorraine from Auckland hosts to supplement her income

We caught up with Auckland host Lorraine who has hosted many guests in her home in Otahuhu. She offers one double room for $40 NZ per night, which is fantastic value in Auckland. Lorraine has also tried out homestay.com herself as a guest most recently in Tauranga with hosts Liz and Phil. Lorraine also booked a homestay on a visit to London to see her son and grandchildren.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Experience real Bali Family life in Sanur

Kumkum, a Balinese man, and Caroline, his French wife, live with their daughter Julia near the beaches of Sanur. There is so much to explore and see in Bali, and these hosts are confident that you will have an amazing experience when you stay with them. They love giving guests an authentic Bali experience through ceremonies and traditions. They welcome guests from all ages, and Julia is always happy to share her toys with other toddlers.

Written by Melissa Knowlton

15 of the USA's National Parks that are worth visiting

Although there are many reasons to visit America, some of my favourite places to visit are its national parks. America has 60 national parks, and all worth seeing for their own reasons. For this blog post, I'm featuring some national parks (in no particular order) I think people should visit during their time in the US.

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 Colm Hanratty

Five views in Cape Town to be savoured

It’s seldom that a city leaves me speechless with its beauty, but Cape Town did. It really is awe-inspiring – everywhere you look there’s a mountain, beach or landmark to gaze at. Here are five very special views that will leave you gobsmacked.

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 Melissa Knowlton

Things to do in Interlaken: Adventure in Switzerland

For one of Melissa's weekends trips while studying abroad, she decided to give Interlaken a shot. She was shocked by the beauty of the city, which she got to see both by walking the streets and soaring above them!

Written by Melissa Knowlton

Relocating to Osaka, Japan

Charlotte from Norway decided to start a new journey by moving to Osaka on a work visa. She hoped to improve her Japanese language skills while staying in her homestay.

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