Live Like a Local: 12 Unique Homestays

Looking for a unique place to stay on your travels? Check out these unusual homes where you can stay with a local.


The best travel stories come from unexpected experiences — and staying with a local is a perfect opportunity for something different. You can stay in a treehouse in Costa Rica, on an organic farm in Thailand or at a temple home in Bali. From quaint and quirky to weird yet wonderful, here are 12 homestays that will make you feel right at home.

This traditional Balinese house, steps away from Pulagan Rice Field UNESCO World Heritage Site, has its very own family temple, called a “mrajan,” right on its premises. (From $14 per night)