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How To Be The Absolute Best Houseguest This Summer

It is crazy how time flies. I had a friend staying from Cape Town this weekend, which led to no time for blogging whatsoever. Also, I was shooting a bunch of photos for future posts, so my apartment was one big mess; luckily it is back to normal now.

Summer holiday is definitely upon us; many are out exploring the world. When travelling, being able to stay with friends or family can be way more fun than putting up in a hotel. I always rely on my amazing friends when I travel; they are always so welcoming, letting me stay with them, which is the case the next three weeks in Los Angeles. And, let’s face it – it helps us save a good few bucks too. However, being an ideal houseguest can be tricky business. So here are some of my best houseguest etiquette tips to help ensure that you will be invited back again. All tips I practice myself of course.

 

Bring a gift

This one is really a no-brainer, it goes without saying. Always bring a gift, again, you safe a hell of a lot of money, so at least bring a super nice gift. An idea could be to bring something special from your home country, and as we are a country full of great Danish design, bring some cool design. No matter where you will travel, Danish design will be appreciated – whenever I travel to the States I always bring Royal Copenhagen – Or if I feel more adventures, I bring something Stelton or Skagerak. Brands that without a doubt are a HUGE hit.

Enquire about the house rules

If you haven’t stayed with your host before, ask for a ‘tour’ around the house upon arrival, and get familiar with the simple things, such as whether you should take off your shoes at the door and how to work the washing machine.

Buy/bring your own

Remember you are not staying at a hotel, so you bring you own stuff; this applies to things such as toiletries and groceries. Before you leave home, you should always ask, if you need to bring towels and bed linen. Just ask your host, where the supermarket is to get yourself stocked if you don’t bring everything from home.

Leave no trace

Make a note of the state of your room or the house upon arrival. Tidy up after yourself; leave the place as clean as possible and return everything to its original position when it’s time to leave. I am sure you hate to clean up after others, just as much as I (or your mom) do.

Thank your host

It is always good idea to leave a little something as you leave, make a little a personalised thank you note, and maybe you have noticed something your host is missing or you stumbled over a nice bottle of wine or a beautiful frame during your visit. Of course, if you have the space, reciprocate and invite your host and his/her family over to your place if they decide to visit! If that is the case, you could bring a guide book to Copenhagen with you as an extra thank you gift, maybe the new Cereal Guide.

Gem

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    yvonne faure
    July 23, 2016 at 15:01

    What bring your own………how rude…. if they are coming to stsy….i provide the food…i have an alcohol free house. They have jet in and have to look for a supermarket……really…bD form…..

    • Reply
      Allan
      July 29, 2016 at 02:40

      I think you at least if you need to bring anything before you show up, no? And I don’t think anyone said that your guests need to rush to the supermarket right away, but at least stuck up on things that you use, thats my opinion anyway.

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    Ingrid
    July 25, 2016 at 19:35

    Good advice, It is really true what you say, we should ensure to make our hosts make feel comfortable with us, not regret to invite us

    • Reply
      Allan
      July 29, 2016 at 02:40

      Exactly. Thank you.

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