Why Homestay.com Is the New Airbnb

By Francine Fluetsch on August 24, 2016
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When you are studying abroad, you want to make sure that you see as much as you can, because you never know when your next trip back will be! Many students study during the week and then take small weekend trips to nearby places that they have always wanted to see. But where will you stay, and is it cost effective?

According to this press release, Homestay.com is a powerful tool in getting you to all the places you’ve dreamed of for a killer price and out of this world accommodations. Unlike Airbnb, the host of Homestay is always present, leaving you with a feel of home, delectable food, and depending on the host, tons of free perks.

Image via Homestay.com

Now you may be wondering, will it be awkward staying with a stranger in their home? Homestay is determined to fit students with a perfect match of a host. According to the press release, “students can easily read transparent host reviews penned by previous guests, or use Homestay’s video call option. Plus, groups need not compromise on their size, as many homes offer multiple rooms for easy under-one-roof bunking.”

How cool is that? You can take a trip for some “me” time, or get a whole group of your study abroad friends together and go to some far off land that you never thought you’d be able to see with your very own eyes.

This is definitely going to save you way more money than going to a hotel, and is going to be much more of an authentic experience. Homestay guarantees that breakfast is included, but many hosts throw in more awesome things to welcome you, like pick-up service from the airport, laundry service, shared dinners, storing of luggage, and more!

Here’s an example of what you could get:

Berlin, Germany ($16 per night): Get a glimpse into Germany’s glamorous yet gritty art scene by staying in the center at this spacious Homestay. The $16 per room, per night price includes pick-up service from the airport, washing machine usage, and Internet; so travelers can get truly get the most bang for their buck. Plus, those on a multi-stop European trip can keep their luggage stored in Anke’s home for several days. The Homestay is within walking distance of three train stations.”

And no, that number isn’t typed incorrectly, it’s really only $16 per night!

This is going to change traveling as we know it. Before, you’d have to spend countless hours trying to map out all the places you wanted to go, wince as you pay for the expensive hotels, and then have no idea where anything is, especially if you didn’t know the language. This had to be planned out months in advance, even if you wanted to stay at a youth hostel, so spontaneous trips were pretty much out of the question.

With Homestay, you will have so much more flexibility in this regard. All you have to do is match with a family and go, and you don’t even really have to think twice about the price. Having a native take you in will allow you to feel safer and more confident about going to a place that you’ve never gone before, so it might even open up more doors for people who haven’t really had the experience of traveling before. It really can be quite intimidating if you don’t know anything or anyone, but Homestay fixes all that.

Even if you don’t get a chance to study abroad, Homestay makes it much more realistic for you to save up for a trip abroad. Sure, you still have to pay the expensive flight, but since the accommodations will be cheap and you can travel to many different countries that are clustered together by train or cheap airfare (or at least cheaper than flying to each place individually from the states) you will get more bang for your buck and will be able to make every second of the trip count. So what are you waiting for? Go try out Homestay.com today!

Here’s a little more about the awesome company from the press release:

Homestay.com is an accommodation marketplace dedicated to the homestay travel experience, where the host is present for every stay. With more than 50,000 hosts offering places to stay across some 150 countries, Homestay.com enables travelers to stay in the home of a local resident while they are there. Focused as much on people as it is on places, Homestay.com puts hosts at the heart of amazing travel experiences. The company was founded in 2013 by Tom Kennedy, co-founder of HostelWorld.com, and Debbie Flynn, a veteran of the education travel industry. Homestay.com is funded by Delta Partners Ltd.”

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Hi! I'm Francine and I'm a fourth year Creative Writing major at UC Santa Cruz. I am one of the Campus life columnists on Uloop's National Team and also the campus editor for UCSC. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking selfies with my cat.

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