South Pacific Islands Homestay Adventure

Nix and Paul from England are currently taking a mature gap year travelling the world. Having spent 6 months in India and South East Asia, they now are spending 11 exciting weeks in the South Pacific islands during May/June/July. They stayed 2 weeks with our host Elanye in Savusau on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Written by Colm Hanratty

5 of the best breakfasts in Dublin

Looking for breakfast or even a lazy brunch around Dublin? Here are the 5 best spots for breakfast in the city according to the experts at

Written by Mary Plunkett

8 things you must eat when you go to Sicily

Food and holidays go hand in hand and nowhere is this truer than on a trip to Italy. Each of Italy’s regions has its own dishes and traditions when it comes to food but the island of Sicily, is the origin of some of...

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Homestay in London: Highlight of European trip

"My other stays during my trip were all through Airbnb, and because I couldn't find a home in London through their site, I came to Homestay, and it was the best thing that could have happened."

Written by Kim Gillick

Japan in Cherry Blossom Season

Cassandra from the United States visited Japan during Cherry Blossom season and stayed with our host Kyoko in Tokyo. The magical Cherry Blossom season occurs from Mid-March to late April or even early May. Staying in a homestay allows you to get the inside track from the locals on the best "sakura" spots for example Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo.

Written by Kim Gillick

Havana Casa Particular

"Staying in a Homestay was much more valuable than staying in a hotel or any other accommodation because we saved a ton of money, and we really got to experience the Cuban culture, living with a real Cuban family."

Written by Colm Hanratty

Local Tips for 10 of the Best Places to Visit in Spain

While visiting Spain, I’ve had a stab at Flamenco dancing, tried cooking tapas & enjoyed lots of sunshine. I’ve also picked up tips for lots of different destinations. Here are my top 10.

Written by Guest Blogger: Lianne Murphy

Driving the Copper Coast in Waterford

Guest blogger and Ireland-travel aficionado Leanne shares her perfect route when driving the Copper Coast in Waterford.

Written by Colm Hanratty

10 Coolest Neighbourhoods to Explore in Chicago

Chicago epitomises the word 'city' with some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, sports teams and culinary delights being found there. It's also home to some of the coolest neighbourhoods.

Written by Kim Gillick

Student Homestay in York

Carlotta and her friend Michele students from Turin in Italy stayed with hosts Ruth and Alan in York on a short trip to the UK.

Written by Colm Hanratty

Five of the Best 'Snugs' in Dublin Pubs

Looking for a quiet pub for a pint in Dublin? A snug may be just the place for you. Read about these fascinating nooks of Irish history with our guide.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Solo Travel to Japan: What you Need to Know

Dreaming of exploring Japan alone? Even for the seasoned traveller, Japan remains an enticing if somewhat intimidating travel option. Read our expert solo travel Japan guide.