If you're traveling and need to book accommodations, you might not be interested in staying at a conventional hotel or motel. This leaves you with a few different options, including choosing a homestay. Homestays are very popular today, but they're not the only form of lodging for those who are looking for an alternative to hotels. Another idea is to stay at a bed and breakfast (B&B), which you'll find in a lot of different markets. If you've never stayed at a bed and breakfast, it can be an enjoyable experience for a number of reasons. Here are some reasons to choose a bed and breakfast over a homestay.
When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you'll get to enjoy some home-cooked food. It's customary for your host to have some breakfast options for you to enjoy in the morning, and some B&Bs also have light snacks in the evening. The ability to eat home-cooked food can be a treat when you're traveling for a long time and are accustomed to dining in restaurants. When you book a homestay, there's typically no on-site host and you shouldn't expect anyone to cook for you.
Some people who travel, particularly if they're on their own, don't always feel safe when they book a homestay. While these forms of lodging are overwhelmingly safe, you may find that being on your own in someone else's home can seem a little uncomfortable at times. This isn't a feeling that you'll get when you stay at a bed and breakfast. If you're a nervous solo traveler, you'll appreciate that your hosts are present throughout your stay. You'll meet them when you check in and will likely encounter them at various times during the visit. Knowing that they're around can make you feel more comfortable.
Homestay experiences don't generally provide a sense of camaraderie. If you book a home, you won't likely see anyone else over the course of your visit. If you book a condo unit, you might briefly encounter other people in the building's common areas, but not have any reason to converse with them. Staying at a bed and breakfast offers a lot more camaraderie. Commonly, the B&B will be hosting a few guests at the same time, so you'll see them at breakfast and in the common areas of the home. If you enjoy meeting new people while you travel, this form of lodging will make this easy.
Contact a bed and breakfast to learn more.