Hotel or homestay? Have you asked yourself this question before? If yes, read on, my friend.
Let’s be honest. When it comes to luxury, a 5-star hotel is sure to lure you, but is that why you go on a vacation? After all the hours spent on planning and prep, would you want to spend your time being a part of some routine tourist trip or would you prefer going off track and living like a local?
If you chose the latter, here are a couple of reasons why you should look beyond that posh hotel and opt for a homestay.
If you wish to make the most of your vacation, staying with a local helps with accurate information about that place, it’s culture and traditions, cuisine, and more.
By staying and moving around with a local, you can explore places that are lesser known, understand local cuisine, and even partake in cooking local delicacies. When it comes to shopping, the host can also give you tips on where to shop, and even help you get the best deals.
Now tell us, would you get all of this while staying at a hotel?
Feels like Home
Generally, families run Homestays and one can expect to be treated like a part of that family during the stay. While a hotel may have tight security in place, it’s nothing compared to a mother-like figure offering you a freshly prepared meal. Moreover, the family that you live with will treat you as their own and ensure your safety.
The Business Of Hospitality!
While hotels do take steps to ensure that their guests enjoy a comfortable stay, at the end of the day, it’s all business. They often lack the care and warmth that comes with a homestay. On the other hand, the host opens up their home for want of company or to share their home and life with others. Of course, this also helps the host to earn a bit, and there’s no harm in that!
Matters Of The Pocket!
Hotels these days charge a bomb. Add to that the barrage of taxes and peak season tariffs and you could literally burn a hole in your pocket. So, isn’t a homestay, available at half the cost, a better option?
Hell yeah! And by the way, when it comes to things like airport transfers, etc., ask your host and they would be happy to help with this as well, without any taxes charged!
There you go!
Choosing a homestay over a hotel is truly a win-win situation for both the host, and you, the guest. Get a sneak peak into the life and habits of your host; get to know their story, not through some brochure but by experiencing it first hand.
Go local, go unhindered and trust us, it will be one hell of an experience!