Accommodation for professionals in Dublin

"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 to others."

Written by Suzanne Cox

Homestay Holiday in Vancouver

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.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Conference Accommodation in Lisbon

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.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Solo Travel in New Zealand's North Island

Christina a medical student from London, worked in New Zealand for 6 weeks on an overseas medical placement at Starship Children's Hospital. She stayed with Auckland hosts Charlie and Kelly, who made her feel really welcome in their home. Read on to hear more about her trip and pick up some tips if you're relocating to the North Island.

Written by Suzanne Cox

Hosting to make rent in between housemates

Mary lives in San Francisco and pays high rent on her home. Sometimes she finds herself between housemates and Homestay gives me a way to make up some of the rent during those times.

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

Csilla, a Californian teacher has been a host with 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 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.