Not every trip involves traveling to exotic places. Sometimes we want to explore nearby or visit family or friends in other states. Whether it’s for a weekend or longer, staying with people you know can be fun, provide local insights, and help cut expenses. But if you want to be welcomed back, remember to be a good houseguest. Even if you book a home stay online—a rented room or entire villa—you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure a pleasant stay, both for you and for your host.
|Bring a gift to your hosts.|
Once you arrive, abide by the conditions that everyone has agreed on. Respect the rules of the house, and follow the timetable set by your hosts regarding meals, bedtimes, and entertainment, even if it’s not your preferred schedule. Remember that you are the guest, and try not to undermine your hosts’ routines.
|Help out whenever you can.|
Keep your space neat and clean. Make your bed, and hang up your towels. Put clothes in drawers or closet, if available; otherwise, keep them in your suitcase. Bringing sheets to the laundry room after your stay is a nice gesture. Throughout your visit look for ways to help out, even if it’s something small like setting and/or clearing the table, watching little children, or making your own breakfast.
|Tidy up after yourself.|
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