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private accomodation in europe, anyone done it?

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1. Posted by jereminho (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

sup all

Just wondering if anyone has done that private accomodation type deal. For example, instead of staying at a hostel or whatever, you pay a local family to live with them. Has anyone done this anywhere in europe, particulary interested in places like Croatia, Greece, France, Spain.

How was the experience?? How old were you?

any feedback more than welcome

cheers

2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting jereminho

Just wondering if anyone has done that private accomodation type deal. For example, instead of staying at a hostel or whatever, you pay a local family to live with them. Has anyone done this anywhere in europe, particulary interested in places like Croatia, Greece, France, Spain.

How was the experience?? How old were you?

any feedback more than welcome

One of the nicest "bed and breakfasts" (though many do not offer breakfast) was in Verona, Italy. We have also stayed with people in Germany and in Russia. The facilities can range from a simple guest room and shared bathroom to your own private suite or apartment. Googling a bit will find you something; there are many agencies that offer bookings (as here at TP) but you sometimes will find better prices by locating the direct web site or contact to the place you are interested in.

For weekend dates it is probably worth booking in advance in many places; but this could vary, depending on the season. If the choices are limited or you have specific requirements (for example, "on this date I must be here because tomorrow my flight leaves") you would want to book ahead as many such private accomodations only have 1 or 2 rooms available.

I haven't stayed in B&Bs in the countries you list (well, maybe France, but I don't recall), but I would recommend this; you can possibly save money (though not always); you will certainly get to meet people and see how they live.

There are also international "hosting" organizations; the members offer mutual accomodation; a friend of mine has done this for years and has guests maybe once or twice a year.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 30, 2006 12:41 AM by pfeiffer ]

3. Posted by jereminho (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

hey thanks for the feedback

I was thinking more along the lines of living with a host family for a longer period as opposed to a bed and breakfast type deal.

Something similar to what your friend does perhaps