If you want a unique experience when
traveling, you can consider joining a homestay program. Instead of booking
hotels and services apartments, you
can opt for home stays. They’re popular in the UK, India, and Malaysia.
However, in other rural areas, these home stays are common too. If you intend
to try something different on your next trip, these are the reasons why going
on a homestay would be perfect for you.
You can learn the local language
Even on a short trip, you wish to
pick up a few words. However, it’s difficult if you don’t have someone teaching
you. Of course, you can’t expect people you meet while traveling to teach a
lot. When you go for a homestay, your host family will probably teach you some
words. It’s also easier to learn because you’re hearing everyone at home using
the language. In some cases, you have to force yourself to learn since the host
family couldn’t speak a lot of English. It’s challenging at first, but it would
be worth it.
Unique cultures and traditions
It’s fun to travel for shopping and visiting
tourist destinations. However, you won’t necessarily imbibe the unique
cultures and traditions of the locals. The best way to do it is by joining
homestay programs. You will invite the local culture because you live with the
locals. You will know how they eat, cook, and live their every day lives. You
won’t have the chance to do it if you stay in a hotel. Sure, it’s convenient,
but it’s not enriching. You can also proud to say that you learned these unique
traditions by experience and not only by looking at pictures or videos online.
Going outside the comfort zone
Homestay programs aren’t necessarily
comfortable. In some places, it’s not easy to get portable water or have a
clean bathroom. It’s part of the experience. You always feel comfortable with
everything that you have. It might be time that you start to go outside your
comfort zone. You will learn a lot when not everything is given to you. You
become resourceful and creative. You can use the skill in other instances in
Living within your means
Host families don’t live extravagant
live within their means. They also have a limited income source. Therefore,
you will eat whatever is offered to you. Your bedroom wouldn’t be like the one
you have at home. You might even have to learn how to work like your host
family. If they survive by fishing or farming, you can learn the same skills.
Not using technological devices often
Given your current lifestyle, the use
of the technological devices is already a part of it. You can’t start and end
your day without using your phone. You also need your laptop to work. When you
join the homestay program, you will have a simple life. You won’t even think
about using your phone. There are times when you feel tempted to post something
on your social media account, but you will hesitate. You become more sensitive
to the environment.
Once the program is over, you will
reflect on your experience and feel good about it. You might even want to try
doing it again next time.
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2nd image from https://projectgora.com/tboli-homestay-experience/