So... what is a homestay?

All around the world, from cities to off the beaten path locations, homestays are a type of accommodation that define the phrase a 'home away from home'. In a homestay you book to stay with a local in their home. They are your 'host' during your stay.

Staying in a homestay you not only get to visit a destination, you get to really live it too. You see how the locals live their lives – something that is almost impossible to do when staying in other types of accommodation. What make homestays different to other types of accommodation are the hosts. No matter where you're staying, be it the Australian Outback or the metroplis of London, you'll never be in a homestay on your own. Your host will be there during your stay, to welcome you and make it as enjoyable as possible.

Our hosts, in over 140 countries, come from all walks of life, from artists and writers in Toronto to renovation experts in Provence, a filmmaker in Rio and home-cooking instructors in Florence.

Whether you're planning a short break for two or three nights or a round-the-world trip, a homestay is ideal. If you're relocating to another country or city, a homestay is the perfect place to stay for a couple of months while you get to know your new location, meet the local people and look for more permanent accommodation.

Some homestays are modern and contemporary, others offer rural charm. Finding your favourite homestay is easy! Choose your destination and enter your selected dates. You'll see a list of available homestays. Select the homestay you like best and send a booking request to the host. You can send a message to as many hosts as you like and use the message system to find out any additional information you need and find out if the host is the right fit for you.

You can also contact the host using our Video Call feature, which allows you to see and speak directly with your host face to face online before you book. Once you've completed your booking, you'll receive a confirmation email immediately with your hosts full address and contact details – simple!

If you're looking for great value accommodation and a true travel experience, a homestay is the perfect option.