The Homestay Experience

Recently travelers have been staying in homes with the locals (aka regular people) instead of booking with hotels. In places like India, the idea of people vacation via someone’s homestay been around for years. Peer to peer traveling has just recently became popular because of the current trend of people looking for alternative lodging to save money for a cost effective travel experience. So today’s traveler would prefer the opportunity to prepare meals and things like the possibility of checking out at a later check out time instead of at the traditional 11 am hotel check out time. Now you have the perk of having a cheaper place that looks as nice or even better than a hotel for a fraction of the costs. So It’s possible for you to stay in a mansion with a hotel value of $400 or more each night for $120.

Homestay has been around for years in places like india but has become popular recently because of peer to peer travel websites like Airbnb. For example Airbnb has had 10 Million nights booked since its creation in 2008 and has helped establish the homestay market significantly with its 65% growth in revenue from 2010 to 2011 and 500% nights booked increase from January 2011 to 2012. This just means that the homestay market is quickly growing. This indian concept of people lodging in a locals home was never new but has become one of today’s quickly growing.

People are flocking to the Homestay market to save money on travel, and for a cheaper travel experience. So what does this mean for the homestay and hotel experience? Some say that the homestay market is the new competition for the hotel industry.

Top 3 Homestay Tips 2017

Searching for a hotel can be expensive. Recently there has been a big trend with travelers staying in homes for vacation versus a hostel or hotel to save money. We researched THE most popular questions people asked in 2016 when staying in a home for vacation and came up with this Top 3 Homestay Tips 2017 list. Here are 3 of the most popular Homestay questions from 2016.


Top 3 Homestay Tips 2017Table of Contents
1. No Front Desk
2. Review Reservation Itinerary & Check-in Instructions

3. Confirm Your Reservation

 


NO Front Desk!

Traditionally when traveling, you stay in a hotel or lodging where there is a ‘front desk’. Normally the front desk is available 24 hours for things like collecting keys and questions about reservations.

When staying in a Homestay, there is no front desk. Some examples of homestays are Bed & Breakfasts, Apartment Hotels and Host Vacation Homes. Times Shares and Villas are also a type of homestay where you may find a common area or office that serves as a front desk and is available during standard business hours. So keep in mind, that generally when you stay in a homestay for vacation there is no front desk.


Review Reservation Itinerary & Check-in Instructions

Some people make the mistake of thinking that a Homestay is a hotel when they book through places like Expedia.com or Booking.com. Most homestay companies and hosts send reservation information with information like instructions for where to collect the keys because there is no front desk. So make sure you receive and review your reservation itinerary before arriving to your homestay reservation.

Most websites where you book your vacation home will have a 24 hour customer service number where you can get help and ask questions about your reservation. Keep in mind that if you are booking with a homestay host (individual person), you will need to wait and contact them when they are available. So you will also want to check with your staying in a vacation home with a company or with a local host.


Confirm Your Reservation

Confirming your reservation simply means checking your email shortly after you made your reservation for issues with your payment. Most homestay companies charge 100% of the reservation payment at the time of booking. Sometimes they don’t process the reservation payment at the time of booking because of booking errors like double bookings or  a problem with the payment.

It’s also EXTREMELY important to know that when you enter you submit your payment with third party booking websites you ARE NOT paying the third-party booking company. For example, if you booking a vacation home on Hotels.com, you are not paying Hotels.com. Instead, Hotels.com sends your credit card details to the hotel or vacation home company (or host) to process your payment. If you are booking a vacation home with TripAdvisor.com, then TripAdvisor will take the payment directly and later submit the payment to homestay company or host.

If you don’t receive a receipt for your payment, then you might want to make sure the reservation is confirmed by contacting the homestay company or host. Websites like Orbitz.com or Trivago.com DO NOT provide them with the your email address, so you may need to contact the homestay company or host and provide your email address for  important information and updates about reservation information.



Thank you or taking the time to read Top 3 Homestay Tips 2017. You might also want to check if there is a app or communication method available to keep you connected with your reservation. We hope you found this these tips helpful.


 

This article was written by Karen Statcher, Marketing & Content Director at Beysicair.

Karen Statcher
Marketing & Content Director

Beysicair INC
www.beysicair.com