Do you visit family during vacation? Staying in someone’s home is a great way to save money and see loved ones. Even with the closest of family and friends there are a few rules of etiquette to follow so everyone is focused on making fun memories together and not the fact that you showed up uninvited…again…and you brought the dog this time.
4 Tips for Being a Good Guest:
- Coordinate a mutually agreeable date. Then, clearly communicate your intended length of stay. Keep in mind, there is something to that 3-day fish theory.
- Not everyone is a Martha Stewart, so you can’t expect to walk into Aunt Edna’s house as if you’re checking into a bed and breakfast. Plan on preparing a meal or two, eating out, or taking food as if to a pot-luck to help meet the meal-time crunch.
- Make sure Pongo is also invited before you load the pet carrier in the car.
- Be appreciative. Take a gift and treat your host to a dinner out. Make sure to convey gratitude and that you’ve enjoyed the stay and the privilege to do so.
4 Tips for Being a Good Host:
- Be warm and welcoming. While a good host makes everyone as comfortable as possible, a great host is ready with an inviting smile and desire for everyone to have a good time. Love covers a multitude of hide-a-bed bars.
- Provide the essentials – towels, extra snacks in the pantry, drinks in the frig, wifi passwords – and invite guests to help themselves.
- Be flexible. Plans changes. The unexpected happens.
- Spend time with your guests. Even family can feel out-of-sorts in someone else’s home. Take time to ensure your guests know you’re glad they came.