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Should you stay at a hotel or homestays in a foreign country

There was a time when planning an international trip, travellers had the option to choose between different categories of hotels depending only on their budget. However, with the advent of Homestays in the hospitality landscape, tourists now can choose between the two.

Both options offer unique benefits and cater to different types of travellers. Again, the accommodation options also depend on your preferences and the type of experience you’re looking for. 

Here’s a guide to help you choose between a hotel and a homestay in a foreign country

Hotels – They are a perfect choice for travellers (family or large group) who are looking for

  1. Comfort
  2. Consistent quality and professional service.
  3. Convenience of amenities such as room service, housekeeping, concierge services, on-site restaurants, gyms, and pools, and customer service.
  4. Better security systems.
  5. Independence and privacy.

However, putting up at a hotel can be a costly affair and may not offer a chance for travellers to experience the local culture and lifestyle in true sense.

Homestays- They are the perfect choice for solo & budget travellers, backpackers, or very small groups as they:

  1. Get a unique opportunity to live with locals and have a community feel and cultural experience of the destination.
  2. Save more as homestays come under the affordable category.
  3. The hosts provide personalized experiences
  4. Get home-cooked meals, guided tours, and insider tips about the area 

However, all homestays are not the same. You may experience varied standards so going through reviews and research becomes vital. Again, homestays have limited amenities and lack in offering complete privacy as you’re staying in someone’s home and may have to share common areas.

Conclusion- Choosing the right one

Ultimately everything comes down to the fact that what your travel preferences and priorities are. If you value consistency and want comfort, privacy and convenience, then a hotel might be the better choice. On the other hand, if you seek cultural immersion, affordability, and a personalized experience, a homestay can provide a more enriching and authentic travel experience. Lastly, what matters is how much you’re willing to spend on accommodation. Consider your preference- if you are on a business trip, attending an event with or without family, or travelling with a pre-planned and busy itinerary, then a hotel will be more convenient and if you are going to explore an off-beat location, a homestay can offer a more enriching experience.

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