CULTURE KEEPER – Why to choose a homestay
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller
Home stays can be a rewarding experience since they allow complete immersion into a culture and ethos that set each household or community apart. Ayana’s presents the same unrivalled opportunity for genuine cultural exchange. Unlike guesthouses or hotels, home stays work wonderfully for a holistic and wholesome experience while visiting a new country or land. They are a number of reasons why we love giving you a home stay experience and encourage travellers to definitely give us a visit. Here are some of the top reasons why home stays work…
Cost: Amongst the obvious joys of being at a place where people have no vested interest other than showing you a good time, home stays are cost effective. They are not black and white or business like in dealings and transactions and help put you at ease in every way possible.
Cultural Melting pots: By living with locals than other travellers, home stays can provide a more authentic cultural experience depending on the level of involvement that you choose to have with your host family. Hosts cook you the best local fare and give insider invitation into events or places that most other tourists and visitors would never even know of. It can be amazing how your family members at the home stay can become your personal guides providing tips and advice on surviving a new environment.
Language Champions: Moving around in the same group with the same set of people can limit your education and understanding of a new culture. Living at a home stay will however force you to use the language or pick up bits and pieces from familial interactions. It willing turn definitely make exploring the city and meeting new people a less daunting task.
Home Away from Home: With family and friends in a distant time zone, a home stay family can substitute as a great support system and can be an excellent resource in your time of need. Also, if you allow yourself to develop a relationship with your host, you can open yourself up to life-long friendships and connections abroad.
In Focus: As a guest at a home stay, the focus is on you, and your likes and dislikes. The hosts are usually very accommodating and will put a great deal of effort into arranging activities that are of interest to you. Also, there is a huge difference between food served at home and at restaurants where it’s mass produced. It’s definitely a lot lighter and has more variation and flavour.
At Ayana’s not only will you enjoy all this and more, want to keep coming back for more. That’s the Nair promise.