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About Homestay

Homestay is an international platform that connects travelers and hosts with similar interests for guests to experience local, authentic hospitality. Hosts are present at the home for the entirety of the guest's stay. Started in 2013, this Dublin-based company wanted to create a platform to reach travelers who craved a more cultural, educational travel experience abroad. The site boasts more than 15,000 homestays in 3,000 cities across more than 95 countries.

Things to Know about Homestay

  • Users can save favorite homestays in a folder for future reference. Each homestay describes whether a meal is included in the rate, as well as house-specific rules.
  • Homestay's blog highlights different cities and interesting things to do, such as "10 of the Best Breakfasts in Paris".
  • Travelers must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult for the duration of their stay.
  • Homestay supports translations for English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

What Others are Saying about Homestay

"Wonderful, friendly, interesting to talk to. Wish Insa was staying for longer! One of the nicest guests I have had. I did a little tour of Portsmouth and provided meals and Insa was always very grateful for all I did."

-Carol-Penny · Homestay in United Kingdom, Hosted Insa from Germany in her homestay in Cosham, Portsmouth, August 2014

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