On a casual Thursday afternoon I opened up my inbox to find an email from FaithStay. Having never heard of this company before, I was immediately intrigued. Reading further, I discovered that this company operates similar to Airbnb. However, it specializes in connecting Christian hospitality around the world. What?! That’s genius. How did I not know about this?
As exciting as travel is, sometimes it can be intimidating to be in a foreign place where you don’t know anyone. Even moreso, if you’re traveling solo. But what if we had an opportunity to stay in a welcoming home where you already know you share a common bond, your faith in Jesus Christ? That’s what FaithStay strives to do. To create a place of community around the world by providing a link between Christianity, travel, and hospitality. And if you are not a believer but like the idea of what this company offers, don’t worry, FaithStay believes that everyone should experience Christian hospitality, not just Christians.
So, as you can imagine, I was itching to experience a night with FaithStay and conveniently made that happen on my recent trip to Los Angeles.
Booking with FaithStay
Booking with FaithStay is easy peasy. After navigating to the FaithStay website you will choose where you would like to go and the dates of your trip.
You’ll find all accommodations available during your dates, as well as a geographical map on the right-hand side where the housing options are located.
After booking, you’ll receive an email confirming your reservation. I particularly loved the FaithStay app where your all of your booking details are organized. Here you’ll find reservation details such as the address, check in check out dates, directions, and the ability to message or call the host if need be.
The FaithStay Experience
I had the opportunity to stay in a picture-perfect one bedroom home in Venice Beach that could have easily been used in a West Elm ad. Upon arrival I was warmly greeted and given a tour of the house, as well as a hot cup of coffee. Little did my host know, coffee = long lasting friendship in my book. Over coffee we got to know each other a bit, and my host shared some of the best spots for sightseeing, food, coffee, and shopping. I even had access to their washer and dryer, which was heaven since it can be tough to do laundry while on the road.
My favorite part was when they asked if I would like to meet for dinner. When traveling solo, having someone to share a meal with is always appreciated. I loved being able to come together and break bread, swap travel stories, and connect with other people of faith that I normally would never meet.
These types of personal touches make travel that much more sweet. When on a trip, it often times isn’t always about the beautiful locations you get to see, but the beautiful people you meet along the way.
A huge and gracious thank you to FaithStay for a wonderful experience during my time in Los Angeles (and for all that food!)