duara_website_background8.jpg
duara_website_background8.jpg

What is it really like in the village? Read our blog to find out.


SCROLL DOWN

What is it really like in the village? Read our blog to find out.


static1.squarespace.png

Taste Vietnamese kitchen and learn to cook local dishes in a Duara village

SAARA NOKELAINEN, AUGUST 20TH 2017

16486980_572761296249818_8528730220794310213_o.jpg

Whenever you stay in a local home during your travels, one of the highlights is tasting local specialities. In a Duara village the biggest perk is not just eating like locals, but learning how to cook like locals. All of our destinations have a characteristic kitchen, but Vietnam above all has a very distinct food culture influenced by its neighbouring countries.

 
static1.squarespace.png

Why Nirmala and Silvester chose to share their life with travellers and offer homestays in Sri Lanka

SALIA FROM DUARA, AUGUST 8TH 2017

To bring you closer to our villages and host families, we want to tell you the story of Nirmala and Silvester from Alagollewa village, who decided to open their home to travellers.

 

5 reasons why Duara Travels is different from Airbnb

Salia from duara, June 27th 2017

When we introduce Duara to people who hear about it for the first time, we often hear things like “So you are like Airbnb!”, “But we already get private rooms from Airbnb!” and “Why should we book a homestay from Duara when we have Airbnb?”

Here are the main reasons why Duara Travels is so different from Airbnb...

 

Why I decided to seek a local adventure in a Duara village while in Bali

ISABEL, MUNTI GUNUNG, BALI, APRIL 2017

Isabel spent her first weeks in Bali surfing in Canggu and doing yoga in Ubud with other travellers. As she had no plans for the next weeks, she started asking around what to do and ended up in Munti Gunung.

“It was not an option for me to go to Kuta or Seminyak or other super touristy areas. I wanted to get to know the local culture and get involved.”

 

Why I gave Duara a chance after spending my entire life in four star hotels

SUSAN, HUONG NON, VIETNAM, FEBRUARY 2017

“When I travel I don’t need luxury, but I need clean sheets in a nice, usually a four star hotel. I am a 'champagne-in-a-hotel-room' type of traveller. Or actually, maybe a sparkling wine type.”

It sounds like the experience in Huong Non was far from clean sheets and champagne. 

 

How to Google Translate "snake wine" in Vietnamese?

JUUSO, HUONG NON, VIETNAM, JANUARY 2017

I stayed in Huong Non, Vietnam for 5 days in January 2017. I had been backpacking South East-Asia before, but unfortunately my experiences have been somewhat "touristy" because I have not really experienced these countries from the local perspective. When I heard of Duara, I decided I would give it a try when backpacking for the next time. 

 

We were guests in a Zanzibarian wedding party

IKILOMALLA, KIZIMKAZI, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA, SEPTEMBER 2016

We moved in with a local Muslim family for a week in a fishing village in Kizimkazi because we wanted to experience authentic African lifestyle. We camouflaged ourselves with culturally appropriate clothing and we hopped on a speedy dalladalla minivan to Kizimkazi. 

 

Our week in a homestay on tea plantations: A breakthrough!

Ma famille voyage, neluwa, sri lanka, september 2016

We just spent one week in a small village near Neluwa town in Sri Lanka. We stayed in a “homestay”, in other words in a local home with a charming and caring family which pampered us for a week. 

 

Safety is not absence of threats, but feeling at home somewhere

Saara, KALKUDAH, SRI LANKA, AUGUST 2016

I am picked up exactly on time by Prathap, the local Duara contact person. He even takes me to see the fishermen on the Kalkudah beach although I am not sure it is his job really. He seems to keep an eye on if I’ve settled well before he leaves. There is a sense of excitement in all of us, this being new to us all.

 

How we got to live like a Tanzanian family in Likamba

Laura & Emilia, Likamba, TANZANIA, June 2016

Hi! 
Last week we travelled three long days from Ruanda to Arusha, Tanzania. The journey was extremely long, roads in poor condition and we didn’t have internet so we had to find a place to sleep when arriving to each village exhausted after such long travel days. However, crossing the border to Tanzania was easier than any other border crossing before, we got the visas from the border and the staff was really friendly. 

 

Lembeni – a cute little town surrounded by beautiful mountains

Miriam, LEMBENI, TANZANIA, March 2016

I begun my Duara experience from the busy bus station of Moshi which is the town where many travellers stop by on their way to Kilimanjaro or other “most visited places in Tanzania”. I, on the other hand, was not on my way to any of those places but to a little village, called Lembeni, located in the middle of Tanzanian countryside.