Giving Back: Homestays Around the World
Collected by Nicole Petrak
Choosing to stay in a local home, rather than a hotel, is a great way to travel with a purpose and give back to the community while on the road. These days it is easier than ever to book private accommodation over Airbnb or VRBO, but this list introduces you to homestays in remote areas around the world that aren't quite as accessible—which makes them all the more appealing.
Patio, 98733, French Polynesia
While pensions in French Polynesia are often touted as overpriced accommodations with no amenities, Fare Pea Iti proves this is not always true. In fact, this family home pension is downright luxurious, with an in-ground pool, well-manicured...
Visitors to Jordan have the unique opportunity to have a meal with a local family or even do a homestay to truly immerse themselves in the culture. There are a few local families who participate. When I did it I ate outside on cushions on a farm...
Andreta, Himachal Pradesh, India
A New Zealander & his French wife's vision, The Mirage - a traditional Himachali mud house which they've lovingly restored to an inviting homestay with fully modern amenities. Set amongst dense foliage in the artist's colony of Andretta, against a...
Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The team organized an amazing treasure hunt on Chew Jetty. Our host were generous enough to let us in their homes and we saw their sanctuaries and the ocean water through the floorboards! It was amazing!
Put Stjepana Cvijića 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Two tips for Dubrovnik-bound wanderers: 1) Stay with a family. "Sobe" (so-bay) homestays are very common. In fact, upon arrival to the airport or bus station you'll hear/see lots of people with signs and soliciting guests by yelling "sobe, sobe!"...
Kitsubozou Colony, Kohima, Nagaland 797001, India
Khonoma Village is about 20KM from Kohima, Nagaland's capital. Set on a hill amongst rice paddies, mountains, and mystical fog - it makes you wonder if you're still in India. The village is estimated to be around 700 years old, which you can still...
Skanderbeg, Shkodër, Albania
Though the country's former dictator, Enver Hoxha, died nearly 30 years ago, the Albanian landscape is still dotted with the 700,000+ bunkers that he ordered to be constructed. They're on beaches, in the countryside, in urban areas and even...
Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83352, Indonesia
Little island where the people are obsessed with Reggae and the Rhastafarian looks. You could circle the island within an hour, snorkeling is amazing because the waters are clear and there are plenty of marine life(fishes to sea turtles). You'll...
Albergue el Socorro is more than a place to stay, it's an experience. It takes a little adventure to get there - a 6 hour bus ride from San Jose - but the scenery is stunning and I found the fellow Costa Rican passengers were quite friendly and...
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