One of the many great things about traveling is having the chance to experience and learn about another culture, but when you’re on a short trip it can be difficult to break down the traveler’s wall and truly become immersed. Planning your trip around homestays gives you the opportunity to instantly overcome that wall by living with locals in your destination and having a truly unique travel experience.
When doing a homestay abroad, you stay in a private home with an individual or family instead of a hotel or other similar accommodations. Hosts provide a room and meals, and as locals they can offer the best advice on what to do, how to get around the city, and how to find the best deals so you can get the most of out your trip. For the linguistically inclined, homestays also provide a great opportunity for language exchange. Even a short homestay provides a unique opportunity to communicate with native speakers of your target language freely in a home environment.
There are many services and organizations — for example, Responsibletravel.com — that can help you plan a trip to do a homestay in your destination city, but another great way to enjoy this experience — especially if you’re on a budget — is by finding your own hosts on sites that track reputations like Airbnb. No matter how you go about finding a host family to stay with during your travels, remember that mutual respect, honesty and open-mindedness are key to making any homestay trip a great experience.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
While everyone wishes for a holiday season free of stress, hassle and glitches, we all know this isn't a perfect world and something is bound to go wrong, especially when our holiday plans involve travel. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for travel and that means plenty of opportunity for something to go awry. How we handle those bumps in the road can make or break us, especially when we are already stretched thin thanks to the hectic holiday season.
Giving gifts is hard. The task grows when you need to manage the gift giving festivities of the holiday season. For something a little out of the ordinary, but that shows you still know your charge, consider giving a subscription service.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.