Book a Homestay
A homestay is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and divert from the guidebook. Many tour companies specializing in adventure travel offer homestay options. The length of the stay will vary based on preference, but usually ranges from several days to several weeks. Host families typically provide home-cooked meals and basic accommodations. They might also accompany guests on sightseeing trips and take them to community events.
Another way to stay with locals while traveling is by couchsurfing. Couchsurfing.com has more than 8 million members in 120,000 cities around the world. Once you register, you can search by city, browse potential hosts and send out a couch request. What’s more, couchsurfing is completely free. Since there is no monetary exchange, the concept of couchsurfing relies on generosity and the possibility of reciprocity. Hosts receive no compensation for offering up their couch to guests. However, hosts and guests build up a profile based on reviews.
Dine with Locals in a Private Home
If a homestay or couch surfing experience is too far out of your comfort zone, a new website called EatWith.com may offer an alternative. EatWith.com offers travelers the opportunity to dine in a local home and enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by the host. There is a fee per guest. Users have the opportunity to sort by region, cuisine and price range. In-home dining provides an intimate cultural and gastronomical exchange without the commitment of an overnight or long-term stay.
It’s easy to blow through your travel budget on airfare, accommodations and food before you’ve factored in any downtime or entertainment. Skip the expensive attractions and look for free entertainment while traveling for a budget-friendly adventure.
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.
Travelers looking for the world’s biggest parties tend to flock to the tiny Spanish island of Ibiza where world-renowned DJs play electronic music until the wee hours of the morning. But the island off the coast of Valencia and Barcelona has a lot more to offer than rousing parties and crazy nights followed by hazy mornings. If partying isn’t on your agenda, here are a few other ways to enjoy Ibiza.
Borgo Egnazia is more a small village than a hotel. The gorgeous fortified walls of the complex sit amid a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills and blue sea, and feels like something out of a fairytale. With its stunning views, luxurious accommodations and perfect placement near the seaside town of Savelletri, it’s no wonder the place is popular among celebrities.
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.