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How to Repay a Host Who Has Let You Stay For Free

Updated on February 14, 2015

More and more people are discovering the joys of staying for free the world over, making contact with generous hosts through sites like Couchsurfing, Global Freeloading and Hospitality Club, amongst others. The world seems a smaller space than it has ever been. But how do you pay back the person who has welcomed you so graciously into their home and allowed you to stay for free? Here are a few suggestions:

Cook a Meal

Cook a meal:

Food is a universal language. Most people will be able to rustle up a good meal for their hosts – though make sure that they are happy for you to use their kitchen equipment as some people don't like letting others in their domain. Sharing recipes from your home country can be a good way to please a keen cook of a host who insists on cooking for you.

Of course it should go without saying that you should always offer to do the washing up.

Share some stories:

Share some stories:

Sometimes, there is nothing I like better than to hear other people's travel stories. They can be entertaining, amusing, sad, worrying, exciting or downright madcap but are rarely boring. If you are a frequent traveller you will definitely have some stories to tell and regaling you hosts with a select few of your best ones, and hearing some of theirs in return, could be the highlight of your stay for them. Many people host in order to hear fresh stories of the world.

Make some music:

Make some music:

Obviously this one only applies if you are at all musical. But playing an instrument, singing or even beating in time can have your stay a much more lively and interesting one for your hosts. Music, like food, is something that practically everyone in the world can enjoy.


Teach a skill:

Teach a skill:

Whatever your particular skill may be, many people will be keen to learn new skills from you, and your expertise and time taken to help them can really be of benefit to your hosts. Whether you whittle a spoon, knit a scarf, paint a portrait, or write poetry, or many other things besides, skills are always a valuable gift to give someone. Give some gardening advice, plant a seed, help your hosts with their language skills. The options are almost infinite.

Return the Favour:

Return the Favour:

Of course if you liked and got along with your hosts, one way to repay them would be to offer to host them in return. If you are lucky you may even have made some good friends out of the experience.


Pay it Forward:

Pay it Forward:

The most important thing of all is to give the kindness of your hosts the courtesy it deserves and to pass it on in your own life, spreading the kindness through random and spontaneous acts of generosity. Then, in your travels, you will not just be taking and taking, but will be helping to make the world a better place.


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    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi KevvoDeverson

      Thanks again

      Lee

    • KevvoDeverson profile image

      Kevin Deverson 

      3 years ago from Leyland, UK

      Some good info there traveleze

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      Emma Southworth 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      I am a good cook so looks like a good idea :)

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992 ,

      Thank you very much i highly appreciate your comments!

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Thomas James 

      3 years ago from London

      Very interesting hub, some great points and tips!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Rota,

      Thank you very very much! I Try to do the best in my hubs and i highly appreciate your feedback :)

      Thanks again

      Lee

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      Rota 

      3 years ago

      I really like your unique approach to hubs - and the little coloured divider lines you use. Another great concept as more people as moving around the world - especially as the digital age allows us to become more location independent.

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi withnellcarsales

      Thank you

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi RTalloni

      Thanks for your feedback

      Lee

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      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      Super ideas with great tips on an interesting topic. Hope you'll expand this hub to include more info on the topic soon.

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi mk-globetrotter

      Thank you glad you liked it your hubs are great as well very interesting to read about different religions

      Thanks

      Lee

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