When I was 12 years old, my family planned for a trip to ooty. It is a hill station in South India, perfect for a vacation. It was peak season and all the hotels were occupied. But, through a reference, we were able to get accommodation. We spent 3 days here and it was magical. Why? Because it was not a hotel!
Hotels have this commercial feel attached with it. I agree that some of the top hotels offer excellent customer services and amenities. But, hotels cannot offer what homestays can.
On a working day, you come back home from office. You can have the same feeling if you come back to a homestay after an exciting day trip while travelling. This is the reason why I have been a fan of homestays. During my recent visit to Kerala also I preferred a homestay.
I have a wish. To stay in the best homestays across my dream travel destinations. I have a wish-list which will help me fulfil my desire. There is a reason for considering my wish-list items ‘Best homestays’. Whenever I travel the world, I wish to cover these 5 homestays!
1) Queensland, Australia
Australia will definitely be covered in my world tour. The sun-kissed beaches are irresistible. When in Australia, I would stay in this amazing homestay.
This homestay has it all! A snuggly bed, pleasant wallpaper, pool to relax, garden breakfast table, amazing hosts and the beautiful Tugun beach nearby! Maybe I can stroll in the nearby village and spend time at some cafes. How wonderful would it be to read my favorite book while staying in this homestay!
2) Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Norway has been in my wishlist since I saw the amazing base jumping videos on Youtube. While I explore the adventures this European country offer, I would love to stay at this homestay
It would be amazing to stay at this homestay and sip coffee at the lakeside when the sun is about to set. Moreover, it is located close to mountains where you can go for hiking in summer or skiing in winter. I wish I can snuggle in his homestay with the backdrop of mighty Norwegian mountains!
3) Westfjords, Iceland
Lets go away from civilization. Lets go to Iceland! I am not saying Iceland is uncivilized. But, wouldn’t it be amazing if ice-capped mountains are your only companions? I was fascinated by iceland after watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. Maybe I would not have such a story in background. But, I would certainly find my Iceland trip life changing. In Iceland, this would be my homestay.
This Homestay is located amidst mountains. It has the backdrop of Steep mountains and offers spectacular views from the rooms. What more do you need when you are surrounded by mountains in Iceland! This homestay would be my pad when I am busy getting excited by living a secret life!
4) Malibu, CA, USA
After Europe, I would head for US! Malibu beach is one of my dream destinations because I have heard so much about it. This homestay would definitely help me realizing my wish. It is peaceful, relaxing and look how comfortable the bed looks!
The homestay looks so amazing that I bet I would extend my stay here. The view encompasses the beautiful ocean and Islands. The peaceful surroundings make the view prettier! The balcony would allow me to relax as the gentle wind would brush my hair. During my stay, I might take a hike nearby or learn surfing fro a guide which they can arrange! Maybe at night I can attend one of the amazing Malibu parties I have heard so much about.
5) New York, USA
Well, after exploring inner-self while staying at peaceful homestays, maybe I would like to mingle with people from different culture. What can be better city than New York to do so? This homestay right in Manhattan would be ideal for me to spend a day or two. It would provide me the perfect experience of being a New-Yorker for a while. I can visit the nearby pubs and experience what I have heard about this city! In addition, it has a cat!
This homestay offers views from every window! Be it Empire State Building or Freedom Tower. In the evening, when New Yorkers are rushing back from office, I would sip coffee and observe the hustling traffic from the 14th floor.
So, the above homestays made it to my Homestay wishlist! Hope someday I can check all of these wishes. Thanks Airbnb for helping me build this. You can also register yourself and book any of these homestays. Feel free to use my referral link