I often hear this advice from other travelers, that if we want to really experience the place that we’re going to, then we have to live like the locals. We have to immerse ourselves in the culture, the experiences. And we will never feel like a local if we stay in a hotel. It is best to live with people you know like your relatives, friends or another popular option right now – homestays.
So this is what my blog post today is all about. Homestays. According to Wikipedia, “Homestay is a form of tourism or study abroad that allows visitors to rent rooms from local families.”
Ever since we started traveling with our little one, we’ve learned that the usual 3 days and 2 nights of staying at a certain place will not only be “bitin” or unsatisfying, it will also be very tiring as well for the 3 of us especially for our Renaissance. So that’s when we decided to look for another option when it comes to our accommodations, an option that will allow us to stay longer but will not burn a hole in our pockets. We began considering homestays.
So far we’ve only had 2 homestay experiences where we didn’t know or we’re not related to our hosts and we had to pay. This was when we went to Boracay for Renai’s first birthday and to Palawan for our wedding anniversary. I will be creating separate blog posts for those occassions.
So what have we learned from our homestay experiences? See below:
- For longer stays, cheaper costs compared to hotels.
- We have a kitchen so we can buy food and cook them ourselves. Not only do we get to save money but we also get to know the local vendors as well as get tips on how to cook from them!
- Make friends with our hosts. They gave us tips on where to go, what to eat, what to avoid, etc.
- Make friends with the neighbors.
- Learn the local dialect.
These are the things that I can think of right now but I will add more to the list in the future. I hope this blog post has helped you if you are considering the homestay option too. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment or click on my contact us page.