Meet our homestay moms
This Mother's Day we're celebrating moms around the world.
Staying in another person’s home, hearing their stories, meeting their family…it’s about as close as a traveler’s ever going to get to the real thing. A country’s wealth isn’t in landmarks or temples: it’s in the homes of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. That’s an Intrepid homestay. You’ll live with a local mom and her family, eat what they eat and sleep where they sleep. Whether it’s a Mongolian Nana or a Peruvian Mama, the cooking, hospitality (and motherly advice) are simply the best.
If you’re ready to meet some amazing moms, these are the trips to do it. Book any of the three tours below between May 1st and May 15th and get 15% OFF when you travel before December 31st 2016.
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Mothers of the world
Country: Suji Village, China
Motherly advice: Walking into Wenzhi’s home is like taking a trip back in time. Her house, which belonged to her ancestors, feels like it’s been untouched for 100 years. The rooms are filled with antique photos and little family heirlooms. The whole place is like a shrine to times gone by. It’s a beautiful reminder of the importance of family, of knowing where you come from and taking pride in your cultural heritage.
Trip: Meet Wenzhi during a community visit on our 12-day China Real Food Adventure
Country: Ikh Uul, Mongolia
Motherly advice: Khandaa and her family, like half of all Mongols, are completely nomadic. They move with the seasons (around four times per year) to allow their livestock to graze and the grass to replenish. Khandaa teaches us how little we truly need to be happy. Her entire home and life can be strapped to the backs of a few donkeys. Her family live only with the essentials, and find happiness with only a handful of physical possessions. Lesson learned.
Trip: Meet Khandaa on a homestay on our 15-day Wild Mongolia tour
Country: Canocota, Peru
Motherly advice: Mama Julia is a strong woman living in a remote 600-person village, high in the Andes Mountains. She owns a big property and grows all the food for her and her family. She teaches us how disconnected we’ve become from our food and its origins. How many of us ever see the path of our food, or know how to tally the cost? Peru’s alpine communities need to be self-sufficient, and their footprint is smaller because of it.
Trip: Meet Julia at a homestay on our 21-day Peru Encompassed tour
Featured homestay trips 15% OFF
Helping women around the world
Urban Adventures are basically day tours with a difference. Their In Focus line of day tours are run in conjunction with local NGOs, non-profits, and accelerators around the globe. They're about understanding local issues and supporting start-up projects in a sustainable way. From sharing snacks with locals in support of single mother entrepreneurs, to seeing city sites with a guide who’s escaping life on the streets, these are day tours that make a difference. Check out the full range of In Focus tours here and see how they are supporting women around the world.