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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

what's your view on homestays?
are they popular in your country?
have you ever been on holidays like that?

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I have had 4 Japanese students live with me and my family as part of a homestay program. (Is that what you mean?)
It was a wonderful experience and I am still in contact with all of them. One of them calls herself our 'Yooper daughter.' I would reccomend it to anyone! :)

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

obviously homestay is popular with students - but in another form it's a holiday.

istead of staying in a hostel/hotel you enjoy daily life of your host and learning their culture (cooking, traditions and believes, some language), local skills as well as exploring neighbourhoods where foreigners don't come often.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

As much as it sounds like a great idea, and for other people i do think it is a great idea, to me personaly, it doesn't appeal to me. When I travel I really like the free feeling to come and go as I please, etc.. So for me, I prefer a hotel. However, like I said I do think it would be a great opportunity for a person to really get to see what a "typical" tourist would miss.

So I guess my answer to the question is, yes I like the idea, but not for me personaly.

How about you MASSAGEUK? What's your experience and opinion on homestays?

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

When my parents came to visit me in Ireland and decided to travel around the country on their own for a week (fair play to them, they couldn't really speak English) I sugested homestays instead of staying at hotels. They had their best time ever, not only learning English from the hosts, but also experiencing real Irish daily life. Now five years later they still talk about what great holiday it was!

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

As much as it sounds like a great idea, and for other people i do think it is a great idea, to me personaly, it doesn't appeal to me. When I travel I really like the free feeling to come and go as I please, etc.. So for me, I prefer a hotel. However, like I said I do think it would be a great opportunity for a person to really get to see what a "typical" tourist would miss.

So I guess my answer to the question is, yes I like the idea, but not for me personaly.

I'm with you on this. I'm not for homestays personally, because part of travelling is to get away from people (I know, I'm totally anti-social), but I really enjoy the solitude and privacy of exploring places on my own. It's one of the few ways I know where I will have total freedom and acres of space, and space includes doing whatever I like in the privacy of a hotel room.

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

How about you MASSAGEUK? What's your experience and opinion on homestays?

in a sense I have experienced homestay while staying with friends of my friend in Cairo and in Bangkok - and fully enjoyed it.

I think that it's especially good for the first time solo travellers.

I am trying to research a little on the subject as I have a very remote plane of running a home stay when I retire in Bangkok.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

In Bukhara (Uzbekistan), I kind of stayed at a homestay but maybe it was more similar to a bed and breakfast. I paid money to stay there and had a seperate room and bathroom area. But it was not in a hotel but part of a large house. My room was across the courtyard from the area where the people lived. Is that the type of place that you are describing? To me it seems more like a "bed & breakfast" in Ireland (an alternative to a hotel, but not actually staying IN the person's house).

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

no, home stay is when you are, in a sense, part of the household - doing shopping, preparing food and eating together, cleaning after yourself, taking care of animals and plants, learning some skills etc - as well as spending leisure time together with your hosting family

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

no, home stay is when you are, in a sense, part of the household - doing shopping, preparing food and eating together, cleaning after yourself, taking care of animals and plants, learning some skills etc - as well as spending leisure time together with your hosting family

Thanks, that's what I thought. The place in Bukhara was more like a B&B. Which, to me, was a nice in between (not an impersonal hotel but also not a homestay).