But, first of all, you need to be interested in other people's life and in different styles of life.
This is the real news of that kind of travel: before the trip, you keep a long conversation by email with your potential partner, in order to understand if he/she is the right person for the experience.
It doesn't mean that you consider only the place where he/she lives, but, mostly, the kind of person he is and what this friendship can offer.
Sometimes you are so lucky to meet very interesting, kind and cozy persons you never want to let go...That's why I'm still in touch with some good friends all around the World.
Some good friend we've hosted in our house and in our heart...