The holiday season is upon us and we are all preparing for a fantastic summer break. Does your holiday involve visiting (and staying with) your family and friends? How do you rate as a house guest? Are you often asked back? Well, we often have house guests at our place and with the holiday season upon us, we have some great tips on how to be a great house guest – and the things our guests have done that we have loved!
Of course, this can be translated into when you holiday with family/friends at holiday houses, where a little bit of consideration for everyone goes a long way – and can make your holiday memorable, exciting and fun!
Location, location, location
The first thing to think about is picking where you are staying. If you have a choice, make sure it is somewhere where everyone feels comfortable and that you know will suit your whole group! No point being cramped into a space could create tensions, and no matter the strong protestations that everything will be fine – if in doubt – don’t..
Often hosts will go out of their way to get you where you need to be to enjoy your break. However, think about being a little independent and reducing any burden on your hosts. Even if it is for a few days, if you need a car, hire one. Ask about local transport – buses and trains – and even think of catching the odd taxi. Don’t be a drain on your host in any expectation you may have about them running around after you.
Having said that. some hosts love this part of being a host, so be mindful both ways.
Many hands make light work
One of the best things a house guest can do for us is to help out (within reason of course!). Whilst hosts are keen for our guests to enjoy their hospitality, a hand with a meal – or even making an occasional meal, can be a wonderful. It doesn’t have to be elaborate (nor expensive), but if everyone chips in, it leaves more time for being social and doing some activities together.
A night off from cooking for crowds can be a true bonus for your host (we have been known to say to house guests – don’t worry about contributing cash – just cook the meal one night instead).
Go it alone
Really, many hosts will not mind if you undertake some of your travel plans on your own. Many hosts may not have the chance to take a holiday at the same time as you – but are certainly keen for you to make the most of their local attractions! If your host offers keys – take them, but also let them know if you will be home for dinner/lunch/breakfast – mainly so they can be organised too. After a long day sight seeing, many hosts will be keen to see how you went and about your favourite parts of the day. However be mindful that they may have had a full day and may just looking for a relax. In essence, just be mindful of your hosts’ schedule – and compliment it!
“No” means No
OK, so you’ve had dinner and the dishes are waiting. You jump up to start to help, but your host defers and says, “hey, let’s chat about your day instead”. They really mean this. Take the break – dishes can wait!
Your host may say no to a cash contribution, but a heartfelt thankyou (see below) and thoughtful gift is entirely appropriate.
So this can depend on how long you stay, but think about the costs you are incurring at your hosts. If you are staying for a while – consider whether you can buy some groceries, pay some utilities or maybe replenish some of the wine you may have enjoyed. Hosts are certainly not interested in making a “profit” from their guests, but it can be expensive so contributions are always welcome.
…as you prepare to leave…
Whether you stay for one night or one month, there is still the preparation and clean up when guests stay. Fabulous hosts will have everything ready for when you arrive, but when you leave, you have a great opportunity to return the favour. Consider stripping the beds (and putting the washing machine on – with their ok of course!), taking out the towels, putting away the air beds and replenishing the soaps/shampoos or other treats that they have had for you. It will be appreciated.
A heartfelt thankyou note is always appreciated by hosts. You are sure to have already to thank your hosts personally, but to do it by way of a note is not only polite, but a great opportunity to add a gift or surprise. Think about what you have loved when people have stayed with you and pass on the favours. Being a guest is a great privilege and if your hosts have been equally inviting, let them know how much they have appreciated it.
If you are leaving a gift, think about something that you have picked up on your travels – locally made chocolates, coffee, wine or once again, think about replenishing something you have used.
The festive season can be a fantastic opportunity to visit family and friends and a great chance for you to have a wonderful holiday with the ones you love. Being a great house guest will smooth the way and create the chance for your best holiday ever!
Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next! It is your turn!
…and… if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for your family holiday, romantic break wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), or a girls getaway contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote…. Remember, our rates compare really well with local 5-star resorts – and La Maison Pacifique is private – on the beach – walking distance to cafes at Cabarita Beach – perfect spot for whale watching (June to November each year) – children optional!
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