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.