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10 of the best home-swap and home-sharing websites

There are lots of informal accommodation websites out there. We pick the most comprehensive and most trusted

Homestay.com is an accommodation marketplace that connects guests with local hosts in more than 150 countries. With a database of 50,000 homestays, there are plenty of stays to choose from, and the site tries to match guests and hosts with similar interests so as to provide an authentic travel experience.
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Bar tour bravery: catching Dubrovnik’s local spirit

In search of a reasonably priced beer, David Farley tackles the fiercely local drinking haunts of Dubrovnik’s old town

On my first day in Dubrovnik, the stunning walled city on the southern Dalmatian coast, I sat down at an outdoor café on the Stradun, the main limestone-clad pedestrian street in the old town, and ordered a beer. It hit the spot, the crisp pilsner washing away the memories of a long flight. But then I got the bill: £5. This wouldn’t have been outrageous if I’d been in, say, Oslo, but here in Croatia, it seemed particularly expensive.

Related: The great Eastern European road trip, part one: island hopping in Croatia

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