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A Homestay Offers A Welcome Change

Jul 12, 2008
Everybody's working for the weekend. Everybody wants a little romance. . and why is that? Because they need a break! Some are ready to blow this town, and some are ready to skip to another country for a break. Would it be helpful if you already knew somebody there? You bet. What about yourself? Have you ever considered having somebody come stay with you from somewhere else? A homestay is where somebody travels, and just like it sounds, and that staying in somebody's home, maybe yours.

You may have one or two unused rooms in your house that could accommodate guests on a regular basis. Plus, you get to choose the schedule, and when that big bucket of money overflows you can make plans for a homestay somewhere else, maybe even with people you already met at your home.

If you live in North America, you're in luck. Over one third of all home stays are in North America. California, Washington DC, and Canada are all very popular destinations for home stays. And even though homestays are a bargain price for travelers, they still make for a very nice additional income at home.

Becoming a host family can help open up your world to other cultures and at the same time, save you money that you can use for your own travels. There are homestays in over 30 countries which gives you the chance to experience different cultures with both people visiting you, and you are firsthand travels to other homestays. In fact, you may end up hosting somebody in your house, then turn around and visit them back following year. There is a big benefit suspending your vacation time in the company of somebody who knows the local area well. This can give you access to bargain's and cultural activities, far beyond what tany preplanned vacation package would offer.

An interesting part of this market is the student sector. Students will often seek out homestays as part of their foreign education plan. You might host a student for five months if they are just studying for a semester or for a full year in the case of students studying for a degree. If you have a student in your house you may want to consider a homestay exchange. Your son or daughter visits overseas, and is hosted by a family who send a student to stay with you.

It is not just the younger students, who can benefit from this arrangement, mature students also seek accommodations in other countries that are both safe and interesting. A homestay may be just the thing. And if you are hosting such a student, they benefit from your knowledge of the local area and the receive a nice side income too.

I am sure you can imagine the safety benefits that come from staying with somebody who has lived in the area for a while. They know the best ways to get around, and the best areas to visit.

Nearly everyone is looking for ways to make more money to cover the monthly bills. As a homestay host you have the advantage of being able to create an income for your family as well as lowering the cost for your own vacation abroad. Likely as you learn about new places to be tempted to pre-plan your next couple years of vacations.

If you have an extra room or two in your house, a sense of adventure, and the desire to travel the world without robbing a bank first, then you should look into becoming a homestay host.
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Students from 35 Countries Are Looking To Share A Lifelong International Friendship. Accommodations Can Be Found For Homestays In The US and Homestays In Canada
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