Homestay has always been a great way to immerse yourself in a country’s ‘real’ culture while at the same time, experience traditional life to escape the rigors of life. Opting for homestay while traveling to a country enables you to make friends that last a lifetime. Of course, the easiest way to find a suitable and good homestay for your upcoming trip is by searching through search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask and many more. Say for example if you are looking forward to homestay experience in Malaysia, check out the official sites by Tourism Promotion Board. With a bit of hard work including surfing and researching for potential homestay sites, you can browse through tons of options based on the information listed in the web.
After surfing through all the information, check out forum and post a question to seek reviews from those who have experienced with that particular homestay of your choice. Finally, take into account reviews by others’ before deciding whether it is suitable for you. Be prepared to take risks because after all, homestay is also about traveling to some foreign land. Besides surfing the web for related information, the easiest way to find out everything about your homestay location and the price is through travel agents. Seek their professional advice. Perhaps, you can ask around your community and talk to someone who has actually participated in a Malaysian homestay programme. Besides checking forum as suggested earlier, you can also read online message boards. After you deciding on the right homestay location, tourists are required to fill in and submit an application form. Be as honest as possible to allow agents to match you up with similar people and host family.
Apply a few months prior to your travel dates. Plan ahead because homestay requires time to set and match up with similar participants. Finally, prepare yourself for culture shock especially if this is your first trip out of your home country. The key to enjoy yourself is by trying to mingle around and make new friends while listening to local folks.