10 Ways To Be The Ultimate House Guest

August 16, 2019

10 Ways To Be The Ultimate House Guest

Being a good house guest is just as important as being a good host.

If you travel a lot, you'll soon appreciate the hospitality offered by friends, family or vacation rental hosts. Not only can these hotel-alternatives save you money, but being a guest in someone's home provides a priceless insider perspective on your travel destination.

Given all of these benefits, it's important to show your appreciation and exceed your host's expectations. We've compiled this short list to help make your next trip better for you and your hosts, and to make sure you get invited back!

1. Bring A Housewarming Gift

Whether it’s a bottle of wine, flowers, a box of chocolates, or a small gift from your hometown, bring a small gift to thank your host for generously opening up their home to you. They will immediately feel appreciated. It's a good idea to stock up on cards from your hometown to leave for your hosts whenever you travel.

2. Clean Up After Yourself

Even if you don’t keep a tidy home, it is important that you clean up after yourself as a guest. Part of being a good guest is leaving as little of a mark as possible. Clean your dishes, wipe the bathroom counter and clean up after yourself so that your host isn’t left with a mess when you leave.

3. Don’t Clutter The Shared Spaces

The presence of more people than usual will already make a home feel more cluttered. Do your part to keep clutter at a minimum by storing your luggage in your own guest bedroom/space. Don’t leave your laptop, jacket or day bags lying around in common areas.

4. Keep Your Guest Room Clean

Make your bed, keep your clothes off the floor, etc. Try to leave the room just as you found it every morning. It may take a few extra minutes but your host will appreciate your respect for their space.

5. Offer To Help

Hosting people in your home can difficult. Make your stay with your host as easy as possible by lending a helpful hand whenever possible. When staying with friends or family, offer to cook, run errands, clean etc.

6. Help Pay For Groceries

Hosting people in your house can also be expensive. Help alleviate the financial burden of your friends and family by helping pay for all shared expenses incurred during your stay. This is a nice way to reciprocate the financial burden they've lifted for you by offering you a temporary home.

7. Treat Your Hosts To A Meal/Drink

Offering to cook a meal for your guests (if you feel confident in their kitchen) or taking them to a nice restaurant is a great way to show your appreciation and relieve their stress of preparing a meal for an evening. It's also a great way to make a memory of your time together.

8. Be Quiet

Be flexible and courteous in their living space. When your hosts need space and quiet time, let them have it. If you are going out for a night on the town arrive back at a respectable hour as not to disturb them

9. Engage With Your Host

When staying with family or friends, use this time to enjoy some good conversation. Share stories and ask questions. You might be surprised at the things you learn and the stories you hear. If the opportunity arises, have a conversation or two with vacation rental hosts, too. Don’t retreat to your room to check your email or spend unnecessary time on your phone at every available opportunity. You may discover new local hot spots or future travel destinations.

10. Follow-up

A thank you note is a nice and easy gesture to show your host that you appreciate their kindness. Even an email or e-card is a great way to let your host know how much you appreciated their hospitality.

Return the offer if you are able, letting you host know that they are welcome in your home when they visit your town or city next.

All of these are simple courtesies, but added up they will make a big impact on your next experience as a guest.

Happy travels!

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