How To Be a Good Guest
There is no end when we talk about manner and how to be act well or good attitude. I think this hub related with my last hub about "How to be a wise host". After a weeks a go I wrote about how to be a wise host, but this time I want to read about how to be a good guest. Once we become a good host, sometimes we also be a guest. This kind of reciprocal relationship. If our friends or relative willing to visit our house. Someday we'll want to visit them. Whether it's for refreshing or we want to go to other place and we want to find a place to sleep for one night.But the nearest place is the home of a our relative or friend of us. This can happen at anytime and sometimes unexpected. Or in the long journey maybe your car is damaged and requires little maintenance. It require a long time to fix that car. While waiting maybe we could visit to their house while pending car repair. I myself can not predict the time to visit. But it is running normal and naturally. .
After we observe the behavior of our guests. When we become a guest we must act good and wisely too. This is easily done if we promised and committed to respect the host. Maybe sometimes you stayed at your family home or a close relative when traveling out of town. We must know the proper ethics when the people stay at others home, even only one night. Let find out together.
Send Message (notify your arrival)
Better, don't come suddenly. More polite if you notify your arrival plans, so that the targeted families can prepare everything properly. If you have intend to spend the night over there, better ask for their willingness and possibility to accept you. Specify how many family members who will come to stay. If the number of members of your family too much, consider staying at the hotel in order not to bother the host. I hope they understand with your family situation if it looks emergency.
Bring a gift
Better, don't visit with empty hand. As a good attitude try to give something special from your hometown to the host. It could be anything, like: fruit, chocolate, bread, cake, etc. Or you can bring your food which had cooked before. I think the host more pleasant with that gift. It need a plan before and you have doing this before the departure. If you forget or do not have time and felt bothered bringing it along the way, buy something after arrived at the destination city.
Ask if you need to bring anything. If staying overnight, your host may not have linens or extra pillows for the extended stay. If coming for dinner, offer to bring dishes, desserts or wine. I think the host will understand with this good attitude.
Do not bother the host
Make sure this is in our mind. Bring
all necessary equipment, such as bathroom fixtures, towel, and a small
packet of detergent if you intend to wash clothes there.
If bringing children under five years old, do not forget to bring all their needs such as milk, baby cereal, diapers, and others. And you can stay comfortable without bother the host.
Putting yourself in the good side (offer the help)
Do not expect excellent service like five star hotels as a guest. Be sensitive and try to understand their circumstances. Give attention while the host was busy serving you. Offer help to prepare the dining table, raised food, and bring dirty dishes to the sink. Don't too long using the bathroom, remember there are other people who life in that house, including the host. but do not expect the host to act as cooks and waiters, you can share your recipes to make lunch or dinner Help around the house, like sweep the flood or anything you can do in that house.
As a guest we have good relations with the host. One of them through communication. If you want use anything inside the house try to permission first. By the good communication there is no gap between the guest and the host. If you have food allergies that can really cause some losses to your health, try to communicate with the host. You can choose another food.
Don't forget to always say "thank you" . This looks simple, but if we do not practice very often. It hard to be done. But I believe we can do that well. And the host will appreciate us, trust me!
Keep the privacy
Provide privacy to the host in order not to disturbed by your presence. If bringing children, warn them not make noisy or doing troublemakers. Try not too late when going to bed not, in order to provide the opportunity for hosts to rest. You have responsibility to behave properly, by keeping good attitude. Also give space to the host, because they also need comfort to life in their own home.
I hope we can learning something from this hub. Please, follow these steps and you'll get a good reputation as a gracious guest, your friends, or your relative will be happy to invite you back. Would you invite me to your house? I am glad to be your guest.......