Homestay has been known as a pattern of green tourism favored by travelers who love to discover and experience cultures at new lands and new countries. Homestay means you will live with the local residents, in local houses within the location you travel by. By this way, travelers will have closer approach and truly panoramic view about local lives and their cultures as they stay, live, eat and play as members in host families. Trying this exciting experience, you would be expected for anticipation while living homestay to minimize the unexpected and create greatest memories on your trip. Therefore, learning for tips before trying homestay in any destinations is essential for you to help bring the best travelling experiences.
Preparation of expextation
For any journey, planing before lifting your bags up is always the must-do-item. Specially, homestay is a special type of lodging requires you to immerge in the local lives, so think about having anticipation and preparation carefully before coming. This act will reveal its advantage and helpfulness in assisting you familiarize with the new living environment and harmonize with local residents. You will live with a family, not just rent a room in a hotel, or a hostel and stay with you roommate, so let's expect all the inconvenience at the beginning. The family may have many generations living together, with kids, the elderly, and even pets, and you will find yourself suddenly be thrown into a family's dynamics like when you are living with your parents but happens in a strange placce, with strange people. Living homestay may provide you fully loads of basic amenities; however, you still ought to equip yourself with aids giving you more comfortable stay such as your pesonal belonggings, blankets in case in mountainous areas where the temperature can be low when night falls, or first aid for the trip to rural destinations.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Learning the cultures, customs and the norms of the places where you are going to visit is imperative. You are also expected to learn and respect basic cultural patterns of the family hosting you such as the way they live the daily routine, how they treat each other, the way they eat, their religions,... While living in a local house, suggestion for you is to live just like a true indigenous eating, sleeping, playing with the host families and openly discussing and exchanging your cultures to each other. Sometimes you may find the local gastronomy or religion does not fit you, restrain to express your personal opinions, especially ones with offensive meanings. Respect the local lifestyle and let yourself flowed with it, you will find a lot more amazing experiences.
Gift as the greet
Do not forget to bring the host with your gift. That will build up the good impression for the first time you stayed with a family, create close-knit connection when you arrive, show your willingness and friendliness of an ideal guest. It is good idea for you to bring along something well-known in your home which is typical in your culture namely special delicacies, handicrafts or souvenirs introducing the host the cultural lifestyle that you had left behind.
Never be afraid of asking
Do not hesitate to ask for the thing you are not clear. Living in a total new and strange environment is not easy, especially where you have to make yourself be habitual with the lifestyle of a family in a total strange place. That you question and even give requirement to the hosts can help you have more connection with them while the hosts will surely answer you with friendliness. Conversing with your host family is also an ideal way to work on your language skills. You jus have to remember to keep fine attitude when raising any concern.
In Vietnam, homestay model has been developed and become more and more popular not only in the community of foreign visitors, but also among domestic travelers. Wandering around Vietnam, you can possibly find a variety of homestay choices from the Northern part, to Hoi an and far beyond to the Mekong delta. Each region will bring you with different distinctive homestay experiences thanks to the cultural diversities. Those tips above are definitely helpful for you to have a comprehensive homestay with local residents. In any cases, the two key words you have to keep in mind for experiencing homestay are friendly and respectful.