What we're about

We are a group of adventure lovers dedicated to bringing travellers a culturally immersive travel experience at wallet-friendly prices, and to giving hosts an opportunity to boost their income while making lasting friendships.

Our story

Founded in 2013 by travel industry veterans Tom Kennedy (Hostelworld.com co-founder) and Debbie Flynn (Irish Education Partners & A Star Hostels Group), with a vision of taking an offline industry online and making homestays a popular choice of mainstream leisure travel accommodation.

Homestay.com now offers guests the chance to live like - and with - a local with more than 50,000 homestays in over 160 countries and to discover a truly authentic travel experience.

At a glance

2013 Launch

Homestay.com open for business

50K+ Homestays

In 160+ countries

200K+ GUESTS

From 195 nationalities

750K+ nights booked

Average length of stay is 12 nights

2.5M+ Messages

Sent between hosts and guests

$31 per Room

Average price per night globally

35K Guest Reviews

Over 90% are 4 stars or higher

8.5/10 Trustpilot rating

4000+ reviews

$1500 per year

Average host earnings

In the news

National Geographic Traveller

The best way to discover the similarities — and differences — in a new destination is on a homestay. And in Tokyo, negotiating Japanese culture can be made easy with the help of a local.

The Independent

Whether you're visiting a capital city or a remote village, staying with a host offers a unique insight into local life.

Mail Online

From a 19th century French châteaux to a 1920s Cuban casa: The historical homestays that transport you to another era.

Who we are

Paolo

CTO

Yvonne

VP Operations

David

Development

Paddy

Chairman

Felipe

Customer Support

Grainne

Development

Debbie

Founder

Eva

Customer Support

Lorenza

Customer Support

David

Development

Suzanne

Marketing

Tom

Founder

Inspiration from the travel blog

"I am currently engaged in some project work in Dublin and had been using local hotels. The project was near to the airport and hotel availability was limited and prices were premium. I was researching other options and was recommended the homestay website. So far, its proved to be excellent, I have been staying with a welcoming family in Dublin, I have flexibility for bookings and the prices are much more reasonable than those of nearby hotels. I have already recommended Homestay.com to others." Continuar lendo »

Claudiane from Brazil spent her holidays with our new Vancouver host Jacqueline. She lives in a 100 year old Heritage Home in a very safe, quiet neighborhood only 10 minutes by bus to downtown Vancouver. It's also easily accessible to the ski resorts in North Vancouver. The house was purchased by her husband's grandfather in the 1920's and they are the third generation to live there. Her homestay made her vacation even more amazing. Continuar lendo »

Anna from Poland travelled to Lisbon for a music conference. She is a specialist in Chinese music and plays the lute. Visiting Lisbon for 1 week she was looking for good value accommodation and an authentic local experience. She chose to stay with hosts Ramesh and Brinda originally from Nepal in their central Lisbon apartment. Continuar lendo »

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