The other guest hosting website we’ve been using has proven quite disappointing as of late. A while ago, we’d listed the guest room on Homestay.com. Surprisingly, Homestay recently emailed asking to feature us and our house on their blog! Naturally, we were delighted to accept.
What we love about Homestay is the focus on community. Vacation rentals aren’t allowed there; neither are hotel rooms. Hosts must live on the property in order to participate. This creates a unique situation in which the guests actually want to interact with the hosts, and expect us to be there! So far, we’ve found that Homestay guests are more respectful and friendly on average, not just looking for a cheap alternative to a hotel (but still wanting a 5-star experience). We’ve become good friends with guests from all sites we’ve used, but Homestay makes that process more simple for us. It reminds us of the main reason we started, and the main venue through which we started- CouchSurfing.
Jasmine, the photographer sent by the site, laughed and talked with us for quite some time. She was a delight to have! Check out her images of us and our home. Since Homestay is all about the hosts’ personalities, she made sure to capture us participating in our favorite hobbies: hanging out with the dogs and working on projects around the house! The blog entry turned out great, and we look forward to hosting many more guests this year. We hope that we can help with suggesting improvements as Homestay grows- the staff seems to respond well to suggestions and ideas!
Oh, and in case you were wondering- yes, that’s the table Jon was building, and I’m reupholstering a couch from the early 1930s. Post coming soon! Also, definitely need to plug Jasmine’s business here- j.monet photography– for all these fun and inviting images! Thanks so much to Homestay and Jasmine ❤