You’re planning a trip, and a kind friend or family member offers to put you up for a few days during your travels. Regardless of how close you may be to your host, you are still a guest in their home. Put your best foot forward with these tips:
Stick to the agreed-upon arrival and departure dates.
Show your appreciation when you arrive by bringing the host a gift.
Help with cleaning and cooking. While you don’t need to “earn your keep,” your host will appreciate an offer to help out around the house.
Offer to pay for gas and other expenses incurred by the host as a result of your visit.
Treat your host to a nice meal, or offer to buy groceries and cook one night during your stay.
Inform your host of your schedule each day, and don’t expect the host to be your personal travel guide.
As soon as you get home, write your host a note recounting your enjoyable stay and expressing thanks for their hospitality.
With a little effort on your part, you can ensure that you’ll be a welcome houseguest the next time you’re visiting your host’s neck of the woods.